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American TunesNonesuch releases American Tunes, a new studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint's New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch-joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks-in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others.
Allen Toussaint's work as composer, producer, arranger, and performer, especially in the 1960s and '70s, helped shape the sound of R&B, soul, and funk as we know it today. He collaborated memorably with artists ranging from Lee Dorsey and Ernie K. Doe to the Pointer Sisters and Labelle, from the Meters and Dr. John to the Band and Paul McCartney. The New York Times recently said, In Mr. Toussaint's long career as songwriter, arranger and producer he has honed a piano style that's supportive and allusive; a little trill or tremolo sums up all the splashy joys of New Orleans patriarchs like Professor Longhair and James Booker, and a syncopated chord under right-hand octaves summons gospel. Mr. Toussaint has the two-fisted, rippling vocabulary of the city's piano legacy, but he uses it in dapper ways.
Toussaint's children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father's managers, said of the American Tunes album, Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.
Nonesuch previously released The Bright Mississippi in 2009. Also produced by Henry, the record includes songs by jazz greats such as Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn. The album received tremendous critical praise, with the Boston Globe saying it couldn't sound more like New Orleans. (Toussaint) revisits jazz classics and takes them for a stroll through Preservation Hall, imbuing his own funky brand of pop-song charisma. The results are coolly sophisticated, an unfussy, mostly instrumental set of slink-and-slide joints shot through with a harmonic imagination that turns even a traditional hymn into an after-hours swing Toussaint's musical soul guides all, making the classics sound like his own.
That project indirectly grew from Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, the benefit album that Nonesuch released in fall 2005 to aid hurricane victims in the wake of the Katrina disaster. That collection opens with a version of Yes We Can Can, the Toussaint song the Pointer Sisters made famous, newly recorded with producer Joe Henry, and it included a solo piano piece, Tipitina and Me, co-written by Toussaint in tribute to Professor Longhair.
Joe Henry had first worked with Toussaint when he invited the pianist to join the sessions for I Believe to My Soul, a studio convocation of mature R&B stars. Henry subsequently acted as producer on Toussaint's post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello, The River in Reverse. He describes the most recent sessions: I have been working with Allen Toussaint-under his spell and subject to his influence-for a full decade now. He was a quiet radical, musically-speaking, and a prince of great humility.LP 1
1. Delores' Boyfriend
2. Viper's Drag
3. Confessin' (That I Love You)
4. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
5. Lotus Blossom
6. Waltz For Debby
7. Big Chief
8. Rocks In My Bed
9. Danza, Op. 33
10. Hey Little Girl
2. Come Sunday
3. Southern Nights
4. American Tune
5. Her Mind Is Gone
6. Moon River
7. Bald Head$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Southern Nights (Colored Vinyl)Rust Colored Vinyl
Featuring some of the best songs he's ever written, Southern Nights was Allen Toussaint's 1975 swing for the fences attempt at an all out masterpiece. Somewhat of a concept album, with reoccurring instrumental themes popping up between songs, this album spawned at least two hits for other artists. The title track (minus the Lennonesque rotary speaker vocal effect) was a giant hit for Glen Campbell, while What Do You Want The Girl To Do? was one of several singles on Boz Skaggs' 1976 smash Silk Degrees and was also recorded by Bonnie Raitt. On dark red vinyl.1. Last Train
2. World Wide World Wide
3. Country John
4. Basic Lady
5. Southern Nights
6. You Will Not Lose
7. What Do You Want The Girl To Do?
8. When The Party's Over
9. Cruel Way To Go Down$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Parking Lot SymphonyTrombone Shorty has announced the release of Parking Lot Symphony, his Blue Note Records debut. The album is a 12-track tour de force produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day) featuring 10 new original songs along with covers of Allen Toussaint (Here Come The Girls) and The Meters (It Ain't No Use). True to its title, the album contains multitudes of sound-from brass band blare and deep-groove funk to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger - and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as he says, Music brings unity.1. Laveau Dirge No. 1
2. It Ain't No Use
3. Parking Lot Symphony
4. Dirty Water
5. Here Come The Girls
6. Tripped Out Slim
8. No Good Time
9. Where It At?
11. Like A Dog
12. Laveau Dirge Finale$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-1315xAllen Toussaint (Tousan)
Life, Love And Faith1972's Life, Love and Faith was Allen Toussaint's first album for Warner Reprise. While a soul record through and through, this effort from the multi-talented New Orleans native shares some of the singer/songwriter vibe of his contemporary labelmates, such as Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Lowell George and Little Feat. Stand out tracks include Soul Sister, Victims Of The Darkness and On Your Way Down.1. Victims of the Darkness
2. Am I Expecting Too Much
3. My Baby Is The Real Thing
4. Goin Down
5. She Once Belonged To Me
6. Out of the City (Into Country Life)
7. Soul Sister
8. Fingers and Toes
9. I've Got To Convince Myself
10. On Your Way Down
11. Gone Too Far
12. Electricity$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Bright MississippiThrough his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He has collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the Meters, the Pointer Sisters and Labelle and released acclaimed albums of his own. The 70 year-old pianist, already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, was the recipient, on the recent Grammy Awards telecast, of the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustee Award, honoring a lifetime in the studio, both behind the scenes and in front of the mic.
On The Bright Mississippi, his Nonesuch debut, Toussaint continues to break new ground with his first jazz-oriented set, displaying the same effortless swing and relaxed charm he brought to his classic rock and roll sides. He salutes Big Easy stars of a previous generation, the jazz greats who, in the early 20th century, built the genre from the ground up and turned the ears of the world to New Orleans. Backed by an all-star combo that sounds like a group of old friends, Toussaint reinterprets classic jazz and blues tunes popularized or written by such New Orleans greats as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Joe King Oliver, as well as pieces composed by fellow travelers Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. He accedes the producers chair to trusted friend Joe Henry, who sat behind the board for Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, Nonesuch Records best-selling 2005 benefit release aiding hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Henry also produced The River In Reverse, Toussaint's 2006 post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello.
Henry assembled a decidedly non-traditional band of backing players for The Bright Mississippi, assuring a fresh take on such venerable tunes as West End Blues, St. James Infirmary, and Dear Old Southland. Joining Toussaint for four days of sessions at Manhattans Avatar Studio were guitarist Marc Ribot (Costello, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant /Alison Krauss, Sam Phillips). Nonesuch label-mates Brad Mehldau (piano) and Joshua Redman (saxophone) stopped by for one tune each.It was wonderful, says Toussaint of these convivial sessions.
Everything is live, of course. This isn't the kind of assembly line music where somebody put the wheels on here and somebody put the top on there. Everything got done at the same time, so everybody fed on each other, their personality and tonality.LP 1
1. Egyptian Fantasy
2. A Dear Old Southland
3. St. James Infirmary
4. Singin the Blues
5. Winin Boy Blues
6. West End Blues
1. Blue Drag
2. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
3. Bright Mississippi
4. Day Dream
5. Long, Long Journey
6. Solitude$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Life, Love And Faith (Colored Vinyl)Blue Colored Vinyl
1972's Life, Love and Faith was Allen Toussaint's first album for Warner Reprise. While a soul record through and through, this effort from the multi-talented New Orleans native shares some of the singer/songwriter vibe of his contemporary labelmates, such as Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Lowell George and Little Feat. Stand out tracks include Soul Sister, Victims Of The Darkness and On Your Way Down.On blue vinyl.1. Victims of the Darkness
2. Am I Expecting Too Much
3. My Baby Is The Real Thing
4. Goin Down
5. She Once Belonged To Me
6. Out of the City (Into Country Life)
7. Soul Sister
8. Fingers and Toes
9. I've Got To Convince Myself
10. On Your Way Down
11. Gone Too Far
12. Electricity$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-1414xAllen Toussaint (Tousan)
Southern NightsFeaturing some of the best songs he's ever written, Southern Nights was Allen Toussaint's 1975 swing for the fences attempt at an all out masterpiece. Somewhat of a concept album, with reoccurring instrumental themes popping up between songs, this album spawned at least two hits for other artists. The title track (minus the Lennonesque rotary speaker vocal effect) was a giant hit for Glen Campbell, while What Do You Want The Girl To Do? was one of several singles on Boz Skaggs' 1976 smash Silk Degrees and was also recorded by Bonnie Raitt.1. Last Train
2. World Wide World Wide
3. Country John
4. Basic Lady
5. Southern Nights
6. You Will Not Lose
7. What Do You Want The Girl To Do?
8. When The Party's Over
9. Cruel Way To Go Down$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
With You In Mind (Awaiting Repress)With You In Mind: The Songs Of Allen Toussaint, a new release from Galactic-drummer Stanton Moore with David Torkanowsky (keyboards) and James Singleton (bass) features an all-star cast: Cyril Neville, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, and Wendell Pierce. The musicians on With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint are present-generation masters of the unique musical style of the world-historic city of New Orleans. These singers and players felt the mission of the album, and delivered inspired, focused performances. Producers Torkanowsky and Moore sculpted it all into a great album that grows with every subsequent listen.1. Here Come the Girls (Feat. Cyril Neville & Trombone Shorty)
2. Life (Feat. Cyril Neville, Nicholas Payton & Skerik)
3. Java (Feat. Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr. & Trombone Shorty)
4. All These Things (Feat. Jolynda Kiki Chapman)
5. Night People (Feat. Maceo Parker)
6. The Beat (Feat. Cyril Neville)
7. Riverboat (Feat. Nicholas Payton & Donald Harrison Jr.)
8. Everything I Do Gone Be Funky (Feat. Maceo Parker)
9. With You in My Mind
10. Southern Nights (Feat. Nicholas Payton & Wendell Pierce)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Elvis Costello's new solo studio album Momofuku is at this point to be released on Vinyl only, with a digital download code included. The new Lost Highway release follows 2004's The Delivery Man, Costello's debut on the label with his band the Imposters. Since then, Costello recorded The River in Reverse with pianist Allen Toussaint and supervised the first wave of his back-catalog reissues through Universal.1. No Hiding Place
2. American Gangster Time
4. Harry Worth
5. Drum And Bone
6. Flutter And Wow
7. Stella Hurt
8. Mr. Feathers
9. My Three Sons
10. Song With Rose
11. Pardon Me Madam, My Name Is Eve
12. Go Away$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lonely In A Crowded RoomLonely In A Crowded Room finds Pegi Young again showcasing her singing and songwriting talents on a rich and well thought out album. Her 4th offering builds on the acclaim and success of the previous three, the first being released in 2007. Mixed in with her original compositions are three well-selected covers - the Allen Toussaint penned / Irma Thomas classic Ruler Of My Heart; Spooner Oldham's Lonely Women Make Good Lovers; and Don't Let Me Be Lonely by Jerry Ragovoy.1. I Be Weary
3. Better Livin' Through Chemicals
4. Ruler Of My Heart
5. Lonely Women Make Good Lovers
6. Don't Let Me Be Lonely
7. Feels Just Like A Memory
8. In My Dreams
9. Walking On The Tightrope
10. Blame It On Me$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rock of AgesThe Band's Ultimate Live Album Recorded at Its Career Peak!
Legendary Live Set Features Horn Arrangements by Allen Toussaint
Incredible Sound and Virtuosic Performances
The Last Waltz gets bigger billing, but The Band's 1972 live album Rock of Ages is actually the better representation of a live Band album. Recorded at the tail end of the group's Cahoots tour and over the course of four nights at New York's Academy of Music at the end of December 1971, the incendiary concert set bookmarks the close of the first phase of the collective's career.
Rather than follow the lead of most other live records made at the time (and many since), The Band resists any temptation to improvise or extend its material. Instead, the group plays with an intensity, chemistry, and spirit that's nearly unrivaled by any other live album. The quintet also draws on a secret weapon: One Allen Toussaint, who tailors expert horn arrangements for multiple songs, a move that spices renditions of classics such as "Don't Do It" and "Chest Fever." To top it all off, the horn charts are performed by the Rock of Ages Horn Section-a five-piece ensemble that includes legendary trumpeter Snooky Young (Count Basie, Lionel Hampton) and saxophonist Joe Farrell (Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones).
"I felt very much at home with The Band. You could tell in their music they know where they're coming from and they know where they're going. Each one had an extremely special interest in what they were doing." -Toussaint, as told to Rob Bowman
Do they ever. Unencumbered by the myriad guests and grandiose sense that define The Last Waltz, and energized by Toussaint's invaluable work, Rock of Ages is the sound of a great band pulling out all the stops. Robbie Robertson's guitar solos take "Unfaithful Servant" to a higher ground; "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" kicks with raunchy R&B abandon; Garth Hudson delivers a show-stealing performance on "The Genetic Method," a thrilling organ piece that incorporates elements of Anglican church music, folk, classical, and pop-as well as "Auld Lang Syne," due to its being recorded on New Year's Eve.
After various inferior editions and reissues, Rock of Ages is finally presented on an immaculate-sounding 180g 2LP set from Mobile Fidelity that lets Toussaint's contributions, horn section's energy, and the Band's feverish interplay shine like never before. Mastered from the original tapes, the open, airy, natural, and balanced sound will have you returning to Rock of Ages again and again.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Introduction / Don't Do It
2. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
3. Caledonia Mission
4. Get Up Jake
5. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
6. Stage Fright
7. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
8. Across The Great Divide
9. This Wheel's On Fire
10. Rag Mama Rag
11. The Weight
12. The Shape I'm In
13. Unfaithful Servant
14. Life Is A Carnival
15. The Genetic Method
16. Chest Fever
17. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Yes We CanImport
Limited Edition Of 1,000 Numbered Copies On Green Vinyl
Including Songs Yes We Can Part I & Part II, Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley, Who's Gonna' Help Brother Get Further
Lee Dorsey began his career as a lightweight boxer in the early 1950s and moved on to become an influential African American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.
His successful period began when he met songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint with whom he recorded several songs like Ya Ya, Working In The Coalmine, Ride Your Pony and many more which all charted in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
In 1970 Dorsey recorded the Yes We Can album again with Allen Toussaint together with the support band The Meters. Several of the songs were covered by major artists who scored hits with them later that decade; Yes We Can by The Pointer Sisters and Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley by Robert Palmer. The other songs are straight up funky tracks and have a variety of styles and sounds. Included are the protest soul recording Who's Gonna' Help Brother Get Further and the somewhat hilarious comedy song Would You. All in all it stands as a great soul album for that time.
The Music On Vinyl edition is pressed on green vinyl and is available in a limited run of 1,000 individually numbered copies, including an insert with song lyrics.1. Yes We Can - Part I
3. Tears Tears And More Tears
4. O Me-o, My-o
5. Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley
6. Yes We Can - Part II
7. Who's Gonna' Help Brother Get Further
8. Games People Play
9. When The Bill's Paid
11. Gator Tail
12. Would You?$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ya-Ka-MayIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, various groups offered their musical tributes to the city, but few if any captured the diverse snapshot that is New Orleans. Most tended to view the place as something of a musical museum, while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music: the energetic, highly eroticized, and occasionally gender-bending style of hip hop called bounce. Now Galactic have made what may be the definitive New Orleans tribute with Ya-Ka-May, by recognizing this fundamental truth; that all of the town's seemingly disparate styles like jazz, brass bands and funk as well as the newer bounce/hip hop are intrinsically linked. There is a particular inclusiveness about the place which connects both its people and their music, linking seemingly discordant genres from bounce to jazz, brass bands to rock, gospel to funk. There is also, even in the face of diversity, a sense of infectious fun and joy in these grooves, just as there is on the streets of a city that always knows how to let its hair down.
The album features established legends such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint and Walter ôWolfmanö Washington with younger artists like Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutt?, Josh Cohen and Scully, and Glen David Andrews, as well as groundbreaking new bounce artists like Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Sissy Nobby.1. Friends of Science
2. Boe Money (featuring The Rebirth Brass Band
3. Double It (featuring Big Freedia)
4. Heart of Steel (featuring Irma Thomas)
5. Wild Man (featuring Big Chief Bo Dollis)
6. Bacchus (featuring Allen Toussaint)
7. Katey vs. Nobby (featuring Katey Red and Sissy Nobby)
8. Cineramascope (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry)
9. Dark Water (featuring John Boutte)
10. Do It Again (featuring Cheeky Blakk)
11. Liquor Pang (featuring Josh Cohen and Ryan Scully from the Morning 40 Federation)
12. Krewe d'etat
13. You Don't know (featuring Glen David Andrews and The Rebirth Brass Band)
14. Speaks His Mind (featuring Walter Wolfman Washington)
15. Do It Again (again) (featuring Cheeky Blakk)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'll Never Get Out Of This World AliveSteve Earle is set to release Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive via New West Records. The album is the anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning 2009 release Townes. The 11- track set was produced by T Bone Burnett and is Earles first collection of original material since his 2007 Grammy Award winning, Washington Square Serenade.
Writing for Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive began three years ago, the longest span of any song cycle in Steve Earles career. The first two compositions were God Is God and I Am A Wanderer, two songs written by Earle for Joan Baez 2008 album, Day After Tomorrow (which Earle also produced). The album also includes the celebrated song This City, written for the HBO Original Series, Treme, which Earle also appeared in as an actor. This year, Earle will be reprising his role of Harley during many episodes of Tremes second season.
This City features horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and has garnered a Grammy Award Nomination in the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Category. Additionally, the song also garnered Earles first Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Category. Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive also features Heaven or Hell, a duet with Earles wife, the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.1. Waitin On The Sky
2. Little Emperor
3. The Gulf of Mexico
4. Molly - O
5. God is God
6. Meet Me In The Alleyway
7. Every Part of Me
8. Lonely Are The Free
9. Heaven or Hell (with Allison Moorer)
10. I Am A Wanderer
11. This City$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Love Exchange
Mastered From The Original Analog Tapes
Features Complete Original Cover Art
Limited Edition Of 1000 Copies
Both adventurous and appealingly innocent, the Love Exchange's eponymous 1968 album stands as a perfect example of Aquarian-age sunshine pop. Boasting a swirling, jangly sound and a distinctive lead singer in 16-year-old Bonnie Blunt, the Los Angeles quintet burned briefly but brightly. They remained together together long enough to make this album, which remains a favorite of '60s aficionados.
Led by the buoyant, infectious psych-folk-pop single "Swallow the Sun," The Love Exchange perfectly captures the open-minded, open-hearted spirit of its era. Such tunes as "Flying High," "Meadow Memory," "Saturday Night Flight 505" and a take on Allen Toussaint's classic "Get Out of My Life Woman" are distinguished by the band's male/female vocal blend, by Walt Flannery's now-sound organ work and by the interplay of guitarists Dan Altchuler and Fred Barnett. It's music that plays like the perfect soundtrack for a Griffith Park Love-In.
Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, mastered from the original analog tapes and featuring complete original cover art, this Sundazed edition is limited to only 1000 copies!1. Get Out Of My Life, Woman
2. Swallow The Sun
3. Flying High
4. Meadow Memory
5. Saturday Night Flight 505
6. Give Up On Love
8. Ballad Of A Sad Man
9. Nothing At All
10. Mrs. Ansel Griffith$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Betty's Self-Rising Southern Blends Vol. 3Chris Robinson Brotherhood's acclaimed live album series, 'Betty's Blends,' returns with 'Volume 3: Self-Rising, Southern Blends.' Recorded and mixed live from the soundboard by legendary Grateful Dead archivist and recording engineer Betty Cantor Jackson, this latest edition captures the CRB on a Southern swing through Atlanta, Raleigh and Charleston in November 2015.
The 3-LP/2-CD set includes original staple CRB material like Clear Blue Sky, Roan County Banjo and "Oak Apple Day," but focuses on the band's sprawling selection of cover material ranging from Allen Toussaint's "Get Out Of My Life Woman" to the Leiber/Stoller classic "I'm A Hog For You," Bob Dylan's "She Belongs To Me" to the Slim Harpo rarity "The Music's Hot." It also marks the first release in the series with current CRB drummer, Tony Leone. In Robinson's own words, "With Betty, we trust her sonic sensibilities and give her the space and freedom to do what the woman does, and what she does is beautiful and unique. It's the stuff rock n' roll dreams and recordings are made of. Viva la Betty!"1. I Ain't Hiding
2. Got Love If You Want It
3. Clear Blue Sky
4. The Music's Hot
5. Roan County Banjo
6. I'm A Hog For You
7. Oak Apple Day
8. Get Out Of My Life Woman
9. Honeysuckle Interlude
11. Tales Of Thunder Teeth
12. Girl I Love
13. She Belongs To Me$69.99Vinyl LP + 2 CD - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-ANT-9514xWalter Wolfman Washington
My Future Is My PastWalter Wolfman Washington is a soulful musician of rare talent, as
well as a deep thinker and hip philosopher, and his hometown is New
Orleans. Walter has cut his teeth for the last 50 years playing everywhere
from European festivals to bars that Google Maps will never
find. New Orleans is notorious for its wildness, parades, and celebrations.
New Orleans is Mardi Gras, but it's also the uptown class of
Allen Toussaint and hip style and language of Dr. John. Walter has
always embodied both, but finally we have a set of songs that reflects
the yin to Walter's bring-the-party yang. This is the record that we all
have known he has in him. This is the night after that party, or maybe
just the after party. He's been given free rein to express himself, and
Producer Ben Ellman has assembled a sympathetic group of musicians
from keyboardists Jon Cleary and Ivan Neville to a versatile
rhythm section of bassist James Singleton and drummer Stanton
Moore. Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas lends her voice to
a cut and matches Wolfman note for note. Those two go back a long
way. Walter played guitar in Irma's band in the late 1960s. Can you
picture how much fun that might have been? And this is their first
recording together. His future is his past indeed.1. Lost Mind
2. Even Now
3. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
4. Save Your Love For Me
5. I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger
6. Steal Away
7. She's Everything To Me
8. I Cried My Last Tear
9. I Just Dropped By To Say Hello
10. Are You The Lady$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silk Degrees (Pure Pleasure)Boz Scaggs is a unique and marvellous singer. His soulful voice can be, in turn, silky-smooth and sensual or funky and upbeat, depending on the material, but it is always compelling. This voice comes through superbly on the ten great tunes featured on Silk Degrees.
Scaggs, a solid composer in its own right, wrote three tracks on his own, co-wrote five more with David Paich. Paich contributed the delightful Love Me Tomorrow by himself while the remaining tune is a cover of Allen Toussaint's excellent What Do You Want the Girl To Do.
Stylistically, the compositions are a nice blend of Philly soul influenced pop and rock. The production is very slick and sophisticated thanks to the arrangements by future Toto's keyboardist David Paich, to the orchestral direction (strings and brass) by Sid Sharp, to the soulful back-up vocals and to the sheer artistry of all the musicians involved. A classic of elegant, well crafted music.
- Boz Scaggs (guitar, voalc)
- David Paich (arranger, keyboards)
- Les Dudek (guitar)
- Plas Johnson (saxophone)
- David Hungate (bass)
- Jeff Porcaro (drums, percussion)
Recording: At Davlen Sound Studios & Hollywood Sound, Los Angeles, by Tom Perry
Production: Joe Wissert
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. What Can I Say
3. Jump Street
4. What Do You Want The Girl To Do
5. Harbor Lights
7. It's Over
8. Love Me Tomorrow
9. Lido Shuffle
10. We're All Alone$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thanks I'll Eat It Here
The Lowell George & Little Feat 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
Lowell George's Final Masterpiece + 1 Bonus Track Not On Original Vinyl
Featuring Bonnie Raitt, Billy Payne, Richie Hayward, Fred Tackett, Nicky Hopkins, David Foster & More
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Warner Bros. Tapes
For an artist who first gained success as a songwriter and moved on to a stunning career with his band of
renown Little Feat, the late great Lowell George continually proved to be a major force on the music scene for his short
time on earth. His music transcended all genres of music styles, fusing rock, R&B and folk landscapes with thought
provoking and stellar lyrical content during his successful reign on the album and radio charts.
After reaching very successful heights with Little Feat, Lowell decided it was time to record a solo album with
1979's Thanks I'll Eat It Here.
Thanks I'll Eat It Here finds Lowell George groovin' back to the earlier boogie and New Orleans rock and R&B
feel found on his earlier Little Feat albums. Released a very short time before his untimely death, the album included
his brilliant 20 Million Things, a funk infused Little Feat revisit with Two Trains, plus several inspiring collaborations
with notable friends like Van Dyke Parks and Little Feat's Fred Tackett, as well as significant cover versions like Allen
Toussaint's What Do You Want the Girl to Do, which the late artist truly made his own.
The all-star recording sessions included some of the finest talents and close friends like Bonnie Raitt, John David
Souther, John Phillips, Jim Keltner, Nicky Hopkins (Quicksilver, Rolling Stones) David Foster, Floyd Sneed and Jimmy
Greenspoon (Three Dog Night), David Paich and Jeff Porcaro (Toto), and of course a handful of the original Little Feat
alumni like Richie Hayward, Fred Tackett and Billy Payne.
Out-of-print on viny for several decades now, Friday Music is very honored to offer Lowell George's first and only
solo album Thanks I'll Eat It Here/The Deluxe Edition. For this special occasion, we are including the rare original CD
only release of Heartaches featuring a stellar duet with Valerie Carter.
In addition to the newly impeccably mastered original recording, we are also enclosing the original LP sized
artwork elements in a first time rare gatefold cover featuring Neon Park's stunning front cover, as well as liner notes
from Lowell George to enhance this wonderful and classic self-produced album.
Mastered impeccably from the original Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso (Warren Zevon/Boz Scaggs/Elvis
Presley), this amazing rock classic truly shines once again.
The legacy of Lowell George continues with his 1979 classic recording Thanks I'll Eat It Here/The Deluxe
Edition finally available once again on an impeccably mastered LP only from your friends at Friday Music.1. What Do You Want the Girl to Do
2. Honest Man
3. Two Trains
4. I Can't Stand the Rain
5. Cheek to Cheek
6. Easy Money
7. 20 Million Things
8. Find a River
9. Himmler's Ring
10. Heartaches$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
GraceOn Grace, lauded American singer Lizz Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space that pulses and hums with the unspoken suggestion that grace is a cornerstone of our original state of being. Produced by acclaimed singer and songwriter Joe Henry, Grace is a stark reflection of Wright's sense of place and belonging that's deeply woven into the cultural fabric of America. Lizz offers one original, written for this record, plus inspiring interpretations of songs from Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, k.d. lang, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharp & more.1. Barley
2. Seems I'm Never Tired Lovin' You
3. Singing In My Soul
4. Southern Nights
5. What Would I Do
7. Stars Fell On Alabama
8. Every Grain Of Sand
9. Wash Me Clean
10. All The Way Here$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SlipstreamBonnie Raitt's new album Slipstream is daring, bluesy and steeped with the inimitable slide guitar and soulful vocals that could only be hers. Slipstream marks her first new release in seven years, and the debut for her newly minted label, Redwing Records.
While most of Slipstream is self-produced and features Raitt's longtime touring band, four of the album's songs were helmed by celebrated producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Solomon Burke) and showcase his unusual crew of extraordinary musicians. Additional guests include Bill Frisell, Al Anderson (NRBQ), Ireland's Paul Brady and Maia Sharp.
The album's 12-tracks feature Raitt's renditions of songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Joe Henry and Loudon Wainwright III. An updated, reggae-fied version of Gerry Rafferty's Right Down the Line leads the charge here as the album's first single.1. Used to Rule the World
2. Right Down the Line
3. Million Miles
4. You Can't Fail Me Now
5. Down To You
6. Take My Love With You
7. Not Cause I Wanted To
8. Ain't Gonna Let You Go
9. Marriage Made in Hollywood
10. Split Decision
11. Standing in the Doorway
12. God Only Knows$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ice On FireFirst released by Virgin Records in 1977, the ambitious 'Ice On Fire' transformed the Jamaican Roots sound of leading vocal trio, the Mighty Diamonds
into a sophisticated blend of Soul, Funk and Reggae, courtesy of legendary New Orleans based R&B producer, Allen Toussaint. This grand fusion of
styles resulted in one of the most of memorable and compelling albums of the late seventies, with original numbers mixed with impressive covers, of
which 'Country Living' 'Get Out of My Life Woman' and 'Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley' stand-out. Despite receiving mixed reviews at the time of its
original release, the album's considerable merits have been increasingly appreciated by fans and critics, with the LP consistently among the most sought-after in the Virgin's considerable Jamaican music catalogue.1.Country Living
2.You Are Just A Song
3.If I Should Leave You
6.Get Out Of My Life Woman
7.Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
10.Back Weh Mafia
11.Whole Wide World
12.Tracks Of My Tears$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Are Not AloneSoul Gospel Legend at the Top of Her Game: Staples Declared Best Artist at 2010's Lollapalooza Festival
Hallelujah: You Are Not Alone Might Be the Best New Album You Hear in 2010
Stellar Set Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Features Songs by Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Tweedy, Randy Newman, and More
The best album you hear in 2010? You Are Not Alone will be at the top of the list. This is music that's timeless, soulful, and pertinent, performed with an energy and commitment that burns with the same level of conviction as Mavis Staples' belief in a higher power. Here's a record that will change your life and elevate your mood. Just as its two main architects intended.
When Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples sat down to talk about what they wanted her new album to sound like, they both turned to the original spiritual roots of the Staples Singers as a backbone. Both wanted to make a record about connection, about reaching out to someone through the power of music. What they achieved is the album of Staples' career, a warm, powerful, spiritual, and fervent collection of brilliantly chosen and interpreted songs.
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilcos studio The Loft, the intimate and textured production--glorious on LP--mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton. Backed by Mavis smoking touring band (Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals) and featuring guest turns from Tweedy and Wilcos Patrick Sansone, with background vocals by Kelly Hogan and Nora OConnor, the album cradles Mavis exquisite voice, allowing her to stretch out emotionally on tracks like Randy Newmans Losing You and the Creedence Clearwater Revival chesnut Wrote a Song For Everyone.
The two songs Jeff wrote for Mavis meld seamlessly into the vibe and theme of the album: He would listen to my conversations, my words, and then feed off that. The songs he wrote take me places I wouldnt normally go, says Mavis.
Already one of the bestâ€received releases of 2010, Mavis message of joy and redemption has found the setting it has always deserved. Truly, a must-own album that will last you a lifetime.1. Dont Knock
2. You Are Not Alone
3. Downward Road
4. In Christ There Is No East Or West
5. Creep Along Moses
6. Losing You
7. I Belong To The Band Hallelujah
8. Last Train
9. Only The Lord Knows
10. Wrote A Song For Everyone
11. Were Gonna Make It
12. Wonderful Savior
13. Too Close To Heaven$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Original Sound Of New Orleans Soul 1960-76For more than ten years Soul Jazz Records have been exploring and documenting the sound of New Orleans Funk. Now they turn their attention to the flipside of this musical coin - New Orleans Soul.The main force behind New Orleans Soul is Allen Toussaint, a virtual one-man hit-making machine in the 1960s, writing, arranging and producing hit after hit for an unending list of unbelievably talented local singers such as Eldridge Holmes, Maurice Williams, Betty Harris, Ernie K Doe and Diamond Joe all of whom are featured. New Orleans is also a city of great musical families. Vocalist Aaron Neville was the brother of Art Neville (who formed The Meters) and later in the 1970s joined with brother Cyril to form The Neville Brothers. Soul vocalist supreme Willie Tee is also known as Wilson Turbinton, who alongside brother Earl, formed the super-heavy funk band The Gaturs and backed the Mardi Gras Indian group The Wild Magnolias. Also included here are rare, lost and killer soulful tracks from New Orleans artists Eddie Bo (and protÉgÉe vocalist Inell Young), Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks, Francine King and more!1. Caught You in a Lie - Robert Parker
2. First Taste of Hurt - Willie Tee
3. Don't Pity Me - Curley Moore
4. Steppin' Out - Lionel Robinson
5. What's So Wrong With You Loving Me - Irma Thomas
6. You Can Give But You Can't Take - Aaron Neville
7. What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will - Jean Knight
8. Worried Over You - Eldridge Holmes
9. Congratulations Baby - Barbara West
10. Back Street Lover - Ernie K. Doe
11. I Don't Wanna Hear It - Betty Harris
12. She's On My Mind - Aaron Neville
13. She'll Never Be Your Wife - Irma Thomas
14. Lovely Woman - Eldridge Holmes
15. Tell Her That I Love You - Jimmy Hicks
16. The ABC Song - Diamond Joe
17. Gone, Gone, Gone - Eldridge Holmes
18. Two Fools - Francine King
19. Don't Turn Me Loose - Eddie Bo
20. A Hard Nut to Crack - Aaron Neville
21. I've Never Considered - Inell Young$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now