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Exquisite CorpseOn their debut EP Exquisite Corpse Warpaint weave majestic, haiku-like guitars, hypnotic vocals and driving post-punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia/shoegaze, the haunting intimacy of folk and rock's primal heaviness.1. Stars
3. Billie Holiday
6. Krimson$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
1992 DeluxePrincess Nokia - aka New York rapper Destiny Frasqueri - has been
releasing music via Youtube and Soundcloud since she was in High School,
and slowly bubbling up on the internet, garnering a rabid fanbase. Last year,
with the self-release of her 1992 mixtape, she catapulted herself to the
next level, solidifying her position as one to watch. Since its release, she's
toured the world over, selling out various venues across the globe in mere
days, and racked up literally millions of views/listens on her tracks. She is
not only a brilliant rapper & lyricist but a feminist icon who is unapologetically
herself, and aligns equally with the values of punk rock and riot
grrl, '90s R&B, and the best of forward-thinking hip-hop. This is powerful,
passionate, outspoken, vibrant modern music with deep roots in both
NYC and rap history.
1992 Deluxe will be released via Rough Trade and is her first ever physical
album; boasting 8 additional brand new songs - her first music since 2016.
This expanded version includes the original 1992 tracks fully remastered
and comes with a beautiful gatefold package.LP 1
1. Bart Simpson
7. Saggy Denim (feat.Wiki)
8. Green Line
1. ABCs of NewYork
2. Goth Kid
5. Brick City
8. Chinese Slippers$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Jazz For The Carriage Trade (Mono)Recorded in 1956 when George Wallington was also musical director at the Cafe Bohemia in Greenwich Village, Jazz For The Carriage Trade finds the multi-faceted pianist leading a quintet with regular members Donald Byrd (trumpeter) and Phil Woods (alto saxophone) joined by Teddy Kotick (bass) and Art Taylor (drums). The 6-song set features a fine mix of standards such as Our Delight, Our Love Is Here to Stay and What's New alongside strong originals including Woods' own Together We Wail and But George.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Our Delight
2. Love Is Here to Stay
3. Foster Dulles
4. Together We Wail
5. What's New?
6. But George$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman ArtSo Stressed initially began in Sacramento, CA as a largely
improvisational noise project that included the band's three
members (Morgan Fox, Andrew Garcia and Kenneth Draper).
Over time, the lineup was refined and their sound coalesced
into what's heard on The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, a
technically meticulous but anxiety ridden and sometimes terrifying
cry which calls to mind everything from Q and Not U
to No Trend and the Minutemen. At times, Fox's lyrics bring to
mind the emotional distress and social reservation seen in Wire
and Wall of Voodoo.
The fact that their sound is so violent and tense as to be physically
disarming is almost deceptive; the members of So Stressed
are kind, conscientious and smart young men. Writing this
album took more than two years (and recording took more than
six months) due to a common habit of throwing away fully-formed
songs deemed to be even slightly less than perfect. All
this was done with no goal in mind- if no one wanted to release
it, Fox says, "we were just going to delete it."1. Cupcake Sister
2. Apple Hill
3. Merv King & The Phantoms
4. White Juice
5. Nervous Around Punks
7. Cinnamon Death
8. Flirting With A Cop
9. Sleep Wave
10. Covered In Hair
11. Burger Brother
12. Needs No Chill$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Babelsberg (Awaiting Repress)
Babelsberg is the fifth album by Gruff Rhys, his first record for Rough Trade since 2007's classic Candylion. The album features orchestral scores by Swansea based composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The result is Gruff's best record to date - a ten song gazetteer of modern times, each track set to timeless, indelible melody. Amazingly, for a collection of songs written over two years ago, each one seems to pull very sharp focus on the times we're living in.1. Frontier Man
2. The Club
3. Oh Dear!
4. Limited Edition Heart
5. Take That Call
6. Drones In The City
7. Negative Vibes
8. Same Old Song
9. Architecture Of Amnesia
10. Selfies In The Sunset$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The FoolWarpaint, the all-girl quartet from Los Angeles, weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Both live and on record, Warpaint sound like theyre channelling something truly otherworldly, mystical. The Fool is their utterly mesmeric debut full-length album on Rough Trade Records and follows-up 2009s Exquisite Corpse EP.
The Fool was produced and mixed by Tom Biller (Liars, Jon Brion, Sean Lennon) in Los Angeles, with further mixes from Andrew Weatherall (Bjork, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream) and Adam Samuels (John Frusciante, Daniel Lanois). Warpaint is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals) and Stella Mozgawa (drums).
One of the years most promising new acts, Warpaint construct mysterious songs that pair the rhythmic chug of Pylon with the otherworldly eeriness of Throwing Muses. - Rolling Stone1. Set Your Arms Down
9. Lissies Heart Murmur$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
World Of JoyMinneapolis four-piece Howler are set to release
their second album World Of Joy on March 25 via
Rough Trade! It is their follow-up to the catchy,
youthfully brash debut America Give Up (2012)
which featured the singles 'Told You Once' and 'Back
Of Your Neck' .
Having recruited new member Rory MacMurdo on
drums, Howler's second album was written and recorded in Minneapolis at The Terrarium studio with
America Give Up producer Chris Heidman.
Howler is Jordan Gatesmith, (vocals/guitar), Ian
Nygaard (guitar), Max Petrek (bass/keyboards) and
Rory MacMurdo (drums).1. Al's Corral
3. Don't Wanna
4. Yacht Boys
5. In The Red
6. World of Joy
8. Here's The Itch That Creeps Through My Skull
10. Aphorismic Wasteland Blues$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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The LibertinesRock'n'roll can pretty much burn off pure mythology alone, but what happens when the soap opera of drug abuse and broken friendships threatens to overwhelm the music? That's the problem the Libertines' eponymous second LP faced and while it sometimes struggles to live up to the magic of its predecessor, 2002's Up the Bracket, it's still peppered with enough inspiration to explain why people still care about this band. Co-frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty tackle their problems head on with the opening Can't Stand Me Now, an anthemic, harmonica-accompanied number with echoes of the Cure's Lovecats, that sees Barat sum up The Libertines' troubled history in the album's most quotable line: The boy kicked out at the world/ The world kicked back a lot f***ing harder. Further rollicking numbers include the Barat-sung Narcissist and knockabout closer What Became of the Likely Lads? as well as the hoarse, off-key Don't Be Shy which features Doherty at the helm.1. Can't Stand Me Now
2. Last Post On The Bugle
3. Don't Be Shy
4. The Man Who Would Be King
5. Music When The Lights Go Out
7. The Ha Ha Wall
8. Arbeit Macht Frei
9. Campaign Of Hate
10. What Katie Did
12. The Saga
13. Road To Ruin
14. What Became Of The Likely Lads$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Up the BracketUp The Bracket alludes to a slang term used by British comedian Tony Hancock in Hancock's Half Hour, implying a punch in the throat, which is a most fiiting title for this, The Libertines' raucous and brilliant debut. Recorded by none other than the legendary Mick Jones of the Clash, his not too rough and not too polished production wonderfully emphasizes the pedigree of The Libertines sound and the originality of it. The Londoners have managed to imbue snotty garage rock with a sort of wistful romanticism here, producing an undercurrent of genuine soul that is hard to ignore.1. Vertigo
2. Death On The Stairs
3. Horror Show
4. Time For Heroes
5. Boys In The Band
6. Radio America
7. Up The Bracket
8. Tell The King
9. The Boy Looked At Johnny
11. The Good Old Days
12. I Get Along
13. What A Waster
14. Mocking Bird$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Little JoyLittle Joy is Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) and Binki Shapiro, three friends who dropped their routine in their respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles, California. Through a chance encounter at a Portuguese festival in Lisbon, where both Amarante (Los Hermanos) and Moretti (The Strokes) had performed, the two talked about working together on some music that had no affiliation to their particular bands. A year later, Amarante traveled to the United States to record with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. It was there that Amarante and Moretti were introduced to Bink Shapiro through mutual acquaintances and soon after started writing original music as a band. They all moved into a house in Echo Park to demo songs and soon after, with the help of producer Noah Georgeson who had recorded Banhart's music, finished their self titled debut Little Joy named after the bar on the corner.1. Next Time Around
2. Shoulder to Shoulder
3. Play the Part
4. No Ones Better Sake
6. Brand New Start
8. How to Hang a Warhol
9. With Strangers
10. Don't Watch Me Dancing
11. Keep Me in Mind$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Big EchoThe Morning Benders Big Echo was recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Brookyln. Features 10 glorious pop tracks produced by Chris Chu and Chris Taylor of Grizzley Bear.1. Excuses
3. Wet Cement
4. Cold War
5. Pleasure Sighs
6. Hand Me Downs
7. Mason Jar
8. All Day Day Light
10. Sleepin In$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pop EtcOnce they were The Morning Benders and now they are POP ETC. The stunning debut from POP ETC is an unapologetic celebration of pop music. Written, performed, produced and arranged by POP ETC with collaborations from Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Lil' Wayne) and Danger Mouse.1. New Life
2. Back to Your Heart
3. Halfway to Heaven
4. Keep It For Your Own
5. Live It Up
6. Everything Is Gone
8. Whyd You Do It Honey
9. I Wanna Be Your Man
11. YOYO$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180For a long time if you wanted to hear the most exciting new band in Britain, you knocked on a tall black door off the Lambeth Road. An aging British Rail building - part art studio happening, part squat - Studio 180 was where south London's Palma Violets were gestating, away from sunlight and the world at large. A thrilling rock'n'roll four piece channeling The Clash, the Mysterians, and the Bad Seeds, from September 2011 they were holed-up here writing songs their friends could dance to and occasionally putting on celebratory, ecstatic parties about which word quickly spread.1. Best of Friends
2. Step Up for the Cool Cats
3. All the Garden Birds
4. Rattlesnake Highway
5. Chicken Dippers
6. Last of the Summer Wine
7. Tom the Drum
8. Johnny Bagga' Donuts
9. I Found Love
10. Three Stars
11. 14$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From The Hills Below The CityHoundmouth is comprised of four musicians from New Albany, IN, across the
river from Louisville - hence 'From the Hills Below the City.' Matt Myers (guitar/
vocals), Katie Toupin (keyboard/vocals), Zak Appleby (bass/vocals) and Shane
Cody (drums/vocals) spent the past year building a passionate following in their
hometown and touring with the Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Grace Potter,
and the Drive-By Truckers. "Houndmouth is a great young band," testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. "They 'brought it' each and every night. They were
extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what
they do next."
The 12 original songs on 'From The Hills Below the City' are packed with tales
of down-on-their-luck drug runners, casinos, riverboats, recession-era scraping,
and more. All members of Houndmouth sing, "leading with individual character
and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy," writes Rolling Stone's David Fricke,
and their songs have a loose-limbed swing, anchored by a sturdy rhythm and a
cagey melodic sensibility.
"Earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak"
- David Fricke, Rolling StoneOn The Road
Come On, Illinois
Casin (Bad Things)
Long As You're At Home
Comin' Around Again
Halfway to Hardship
Palmyra$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WarpaintWARPAINT is a Los Angeles based quartet comprised of Emily Kokal
(vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), Theresa Wayman
(guitar/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums). To say that this follow-up
is "highly anticipated" is an understatement, considering the reception
that their debut received when it was released at the end of 2010, and
the excitement at their recent sold-out shows in New York and LA. They
are currently also featured in a Calvin Klein jeans campaign which has
received 2 million views via the YouTube ad alone.
Warpaint was recorded and mixed by Flood, aside from two songs that
were mixed by Nigel Godrich. The album was conceived after some truly
inspirational writing and recording sessions that took place in The
Joshua Tree late last year. The band was joined there by visionary
director Chris Cunningham, who has partnered with them for many of the
album visuals including the cover. He spent two years filming and photographing the band as they made new music.
Warpaint is a well-oiled machine. They weave intricate guitar lines,
hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling
songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Both live
and on record, Warpaint sound like they're channeling something truly
otherworldly, and mystical. They are also a band that truly enjoys playing
together. Emily and Theresa have been friends since they were kids, and
the bond that the four of them have is truly special.1. Intro
2. Keep It Healthy
3. Love Is To Die
8. Go In
9. Feeling Alright
12. Son$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black MetalIn its review of Dean Blunt's The Redeemer - which they later named their top album of 2013 - FACT called Blunt "the premier art prankster
of our time," while acknowledging his earnestness; Tiny Mix Tapes,
who would give the album the #2 spot in their best of the year rank- ings, praise the work for its liberating "short-circuiting of the bound- aries of taste and instilled critical response," while speaking to the
album's near-paradoxical emotional depth.
Blunt's newest odyssey, Black Metal, rides this tension between criti- cal detachment and mainlined human feeling, and in fact he climbs
ever-steeper theoretical heights just as his emotionally stark songs
become, at times, startlingly intimate.
A true multi-media vanguard, Blunt employs original instrumentation
along with elements of pastiche and his unique vocal performances
to create songs and recordings that are not only beautiful, but also tie
into his larger project that incorporates music, visual art, and the writ- ten word to play with identity, cultural signifiers, and artistic agency.
But Black Metal is above all a brilliant, majestic collection of songs, encompassing everything from hypnotic long-form experiments to
ballads almost disarming in their sweet simplicity, swirling equally
with fascinating sounds and fascinating ideas. Blunt's influences are
wide-ranging, from rock's underground pioneers (he quotes Sonic
Youth in interviews; the album leads with a Big Star sample), to neo- classical composers, to early indie pop (another track samples The
Pastels), to classic rock, hip-hop, and R&B. But rather than coldly
compiling them, Blunt brings the works and genres he draws from
into a new musical and cultural conversation.
In the cover story to September's issue of The Wire, Blunt explains
his relationship to his listeners: "Whatever is communicated through
the purity of intention is out of my hands because I didn't know
anything beyond that." With his newest, most accomplished, and
most vexing album, Blunt invites us to draw our own conclusions in
his expansive and fascinating world.1. Lush
2. 50 Cent
6. Molly & Aquafina
13. Grade$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Little Neon Limelight"An album is, or ought to be, a complete picture. It should come in waves,
changing its focal point when things get too predictable or settled."
With this statement to Ann Powers that accompanied NPR's premiere of Houndmouth's
surreal, Dylanesque ballad "For No One," singer/guitarist Matt Myers -
perhaps inadvertently - issued a mission statement for the band's second album.
Little Neon Limelight finds the four-piece stretching out in every direction. Working
with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville, they were able to bring the kind of size and
warmth that does justice to this batch of songs, worked out over eighteen months
on the road, and resonant with joy, hurt, loneliness, glory: all of human ache and
Little Neon Limelight finds Houndmouth further differentiating themselves from the
airtight song structures and shouty singalongs of the current "Americana" scene,
treading into territory occupied by not only their Southern rock forebears, but with
an attention to songwriting and vocal performance recalling at times The Band,
Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch, the Beatles, and the Kinks.
"If you want to live the good life, you've gotta stay away from the limelight," Houndmouth
sings in the chorus to album track "My Cousin Greg." With their outstanding
new record, and a substantial fanbase that swells with every show they play, it will
soon be difficult for Houndmouth to follow their own rule.1. Sedona
3. 15 Years
4. For No One
5. Black Gold
6. Honey Slider
7. My Cousin Greg
9. By God
10. Say It
11. Darlin'$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Before We Forgot How To DreamEarly on, much was made of the young age of Bridie Monds-Watson
- who performs as SOAK - but as her accomplished, wise-beyondher-years
songs and breathtakingly lovely voice reached more new
listeners, the pixie-ish, tattooed skateboarder's appeal has transcended
Before We Forgot How To Dream is a beautifully-wrought album, full
of musical turns that showcase Watson's uniquely sweet and haunting
voice, as well as lyrics that marry a sunny and romantic sense of
nostalgia with frank treatments of human failings, hopes, and - yes
Already a household name in the UK, with "Sea Creatures" in BBC
Radio 1 A-list rotation and prominent festival bookings throughout the
season, SOAK's debut appearances in NYC and SXSW this March
found her playing before capacity crowds - "the only performer to
stun the crowd into silence," noted Consequence of Sound.
US press - including heavyweights like NPR, and the New York Times
- have anointed her one of SXSW 2015's breakout performers.
The stage is set for SOAK to win the hearts of US audiences, and we
know she'll win yours, too, once you listen.1. My Brain
2. B a noBody
5. Sea Creatures
6. "A Dream To Fly"
7. 24 Windowed House
10. Hailstones Don't Hurt
11. Reckless Behaviour
12. If Everyone Is Someone - No One Is Everyone
13. Oh Brother$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Holding Hands With JamieHolding Hands with Jamie, Girl Band's debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour, nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7" sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone. Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance. Recalling any number of things but for only milliseconds at a time, Girl Band make a mockery of comparisons, because you can only get as far as "oh this bit sounds like-" before a guitar scuff-screams, the bass crunches like a car in a bailing press, or something else visceral and glorious comes from the speakers, and the thought's erased.1. Umbongo
2. Pears For Lunch
4. In Plastic
6. The Last Riddler
7. Texting An Alien
8. Fucking Butter
9. The Witch Doctor$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Human PerformanceTheir third album, Human Performance, establishes Parquet Courts as simply one of the best rock bands active in the world right now, no qualifiers needed. Not "in Brooklyn," not "something-something millennial," not "art-rock this" or "slacker indie that" - but a brilliant, accomplished rock band that have established themselves as deserving a role in the historical legacy of the genre alongside the likes of The Velvet Underground, REM, Sonic Youth, and (okay, fine) Pavement.
The LP - their masterpiece - brings together the tunefulness, wit, and guitar wizardry that earned them a crush of critical praise & excitable fans right out of the gate, with a deeply human sense of drive, of yearning, and of wisdom earned. At times nearly overwhelming in its emotional density, at others astonishing with sheer sonic deftness, Human Performance is a rare achievement: breathtaking and brilliant.1. Dust
2. Human Performance
4. I Was Just Here
6. Captive of the Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. One Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It's Gonna Happen$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Is Where Death Begins
Red & Green Colored Vinyl In Gatefold Sleeve + CD
Norwegian-American group Combichrist returns with an unapologetic masterpiece. The new long player "This Is Where Death Begins" is an apocalyptic behemoth of guitars, electronica, infernal drums and dark elemental force.
Thudding tribal drums, guitars slammed in your face like a 20-ton-weight, chopped up synth-attacks and in the midst of it Andy LaPlegua rampaging like an unrestrained demon of wrath: on their new album, "This Is Where Death Begins", Combichrist are conjuring up a proverbial hellfire. A black monolith of unbridled aggression. Produced by Oumi Kapila (Filter) and Andy LaPlegua, with guest vocals from Chris Motionless (Motionless In White) and Ariel Levitan (MXMS) and mastered by the legendary Vlado Meller (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slipknot, to name just a few), Combichrist have created a milestone of their career.
The party is over, the world is on the brink of disaster... but we stand tall and face it, guns cocked: My Life, My Rules!1. We Are The Plague
2. My Life My Rules
4. Exit Eternity
6. Time Again
7. Destroy Everything
8. Tired of Hating You
9. Don't Care How You Feel About It
10. Blackened Heart
11. Pay To Play
13. Black Tar Dove pt1
14. Black Tar Dove pt2
15. Homeward$29.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground (Awaiting Repress)Seasick Steve will be releasing his new album, 'Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground', in 2016.
This album is a celebration of being alive, still going strong, and loving every minute of it.
'Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground' has Steve in the saddle and holding the reins, so what you get here is a good ol' Seasick mix of boogie, blues, rock, americana, folk-music.1. Keep That Horse Between You And The Ground
2. Walkin' Blues
4. Gypsy Blood
5. Shipwreck Love
7. What A Thang
8. Grass Is Greener
9. Don't Take It Away
10. Lonely Road
11. Hard Knocks
12. Maybe I Might
13. Gentle On My Mind
15. Everybody's Talkin' At Me
16. Walkin' Man
17. Southern Biscuits
18. Gonna Get There
19. Signed D.C.
20. I'm So Lonesome$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Go Back HomeWhen Jimmy Scott died in 2014, dozens of musicians, hundreds of journalists and thousands of fans mourned the passing of a jazz legend. Not only had a link back to the era of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Lionel Hampton been lost, but so had the chance to bring the fame and respect denied to him throughout his long and rich life.
Now, as if sent from some righteous deity, comes I Go Back Home, an album full of life recorded by Jimmy Scott years before his death. Created by German producer Ralf Kemper, Jimmy Scott and with mixes produced by Phil Ramone, no expense was spared in giving Scott the lushest musical backdrops possible, creating an album that, like Scott's inimitable vocal style, comes late but but right on time.
I Go Back Home manages to replicate that using the finest arrangers writing for the most experienced players, mixed by the most intuitive engineers in the the best studios available. Scott revisited his favourite songs, into which he invested his lived experience, letting the listener feel the story known by far too few.
The creation of I Go Back Home was the subject of an acclaimed documentary of the same name. It depicts producer Ralf Kemper's drive to work with Jimmy and provide him with the best album he can. The film captures the challenges and sacrifices that lead up to the recording sessions, a document that makes I Go Back Home an even richer record.
Hounding Jimmy Scott through the most of his recording career was an oppressive recording contract that prevented him from releasing albums. It wasn't until 1992 that Jimmy, aged 63, recorded the first album over which he had creative control, All The Way. Nominated for a Grammy and finally bringing him to the attention of an audience that wasn't entirely comprised of jazz fans and a few lucky passers-by, Scott began touring and regularly releasing albums. It's not until I Go Back Home that Scott was given the budget that allowed him unfettered control over song selection, personnel and orchestration.
As the album progresses, each song sees another musician or singer join Scott for a fresh interpretation of a beloved song. Long-time collaborators such as Kenny Barron and Joe Pesci, or new, such as actress and singer Reneè Olstead, trumpeter Till Brönner and harmonica player Gregoire Maret. All give Scott the room he needs to slide between phrases, telling his story and living out the world of each song.
As Jimmy explained: "The lyric is so important to me. I feel if you're singing a song or telling the story in a song it should mean something. That's why I protect what I have in it, because that's where I believe it should go. It should mean something. It should make sense."
Dave Nathan wrote on AllMusic that Scott's phrasing moves "beyond mere poignancy and close to reverence". This is truer than ever on I Go Back Home. Scott shifts from speak-singing in album-opener (Sometimes I Feel Like a) Motherless Child to lively bossa nova take on I Remember You to full-throated commitment on If I Ever Lost You.
Expertly interplaying with top tier collaborators I Go Back Home is ultimately a record of collaboration and companionship, and the sound of a singer going out on top. Scott commemorates his highest points, and spars with fresh new talent in a way that suggests that he would have had great albums in him yet. And while we can mourn the decades he didn't record, the tragedies and injustices that never defeated him, I Go Back Home succeeds in capturing the essence of a life that was ultimately triumphant.LP 1
1. Motherless Child FEATURING JOEY DE FRANCESCO
2. The Nearness of You DUET WITH JOE PESCI
3. Love Letters
4. Easy Living DUET WITH OSCAR CASTRO NEVES
5. Someone To Watch Over Me FEATURING RENEE OLSTEAD
6. How Deep Is The Ocean FEATURING KENNY BARRON
1. If I Ever Lost You FEATURING TILL BRÖNNER
2. For Once In My Life DUET WITH DEE DEE BRIDEWATER
3. I Remember You FEATURING MONICA MANCINI & ARTURO SANDOVAL
4. Everybody Is Somebody's Fool FEATURING JAMES MOODY
5. Folks Who Live On The Hill FEATURING JOE PESCI
6. Poor Butterfly FEATURING GREGOIRE MARET$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now