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Two Of A Mind'
Two Of A Mind (Speakers Corner)
Although the beautiful sound, mutual understanding and harmonic balance mostly predominate, the music of alto saxophonist Paul Desmond performing together with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan is far from what one calls 'easy listening'. For many, it is even difficult to identify the melody of evergreens such as Stardust and The Way You Look Tonight. (And what theme is tucked away in Two Of A Mind????)
The recording in the RCA Victor Studio took place over several days in 1962, and this is why different bass players and percussionists are heard - Wendell Marshall, Joe Benjamin and John Beal each take their turn on the bass, while Connie Kay and Mel Lewis change places behind the drum set. These musicians form a brilliant team, and that there is no piano is both deliberate and inevitable for Gerry Mulligan recordings of the day. By the way, the second saxophonist in The Way You Look Tonight is Paul Desmond - by means of over-dubbing in the middle of the stereo recording!
The present LP could certainly take a rightful place in a 'Best Of' collection alongside the other recordings by Gerry Mulligan with Ben Webster and Stan Getz.
- Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)
- Paul Desmond (alto saxophone)
- Joe Benjamin, John Beal, Wendell Marshall (bass)
- Connie Kay, Mel Lewis (drums)
Recording: 1962 at RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City by Ray Hall, Bob Simpson and Mickey Crofford
Production: Bob Prince and George Avakian
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. All the Things You Are
3. Two of a Mind
4. Blight of the Fumble Bee
5. The Way You Look Tonight
6. Out of Nowhere$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-ORG-2111xPaul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A MindMastered From Original Analog Tapes By Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman
Pressed On 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany
Altoist Paul Desmond and baritonist Gerry Mulligan
always made for a perfect team during their infrequent
collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately
distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to
improvise melodically. Here, on "Two of a Mind", the two
masterful reed players are featured in pianoless quartets
that also include Wendell Marshall, Joe Benjamin or
John Beal on bass, and Connie Kay or Mel Lewis on
drums. ORG Music brings new light to the classic
recording with this audiophile-grade reissue.1. All The Things You Are
3. Two Of A Mind
4. Blight Of the Fumble Bee
5. The Way You Look Tonight
6. Out Of Nowhere$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mind Control (their third full-length album) is set for release in April 2013, following their two debut London sell-out concerts at The Garage. Within it's blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing and drug inspired mass slaughter!
Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake. Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesnt seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
The infectious energy surges and pulverizing grooves of Mind Crawler, tell the tale of a man on a mission who has fled from Mount Abraxas after mercilessly murdering all the members of his cult. He rides his motorcycle through the gates of hell and hijacks the weak minds of yet more foolish disciples to join him in his desert hideaway. This is when the real fun and terror truly commences...
There was no escaping the chained-to-the brain hooks and melodies of first single from the album, Poison Apple, but this was merely a trailer for the real hellish delights now to be bestowed upon the earth. Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has perfectly captured the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60's vocal harmonies. A wider range of influences can be heard from both music and cinema, but their founding principle of presenting light and darkness still remains. Simple and ragged in all its low life glory, Mind Control is the ultimate expose of killer cult madness and mind manipulation.1. Mt. Abraxas
2. Mind Crawler
3. Poison Apple
4. Desert Ceremony
5. Evil Love
6. Death Valley Blues
7. Follow the Leader
8. Valley of the Dolls
9. Devils Work$42.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dirty MindRanked 204/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Prince's Cutting-Edge 1980 LP Back on Vinyl for First Time in Ages: Rock, Funk, New Wave, and Pop Meet in a Furious Fusion
Mastered from the Original Tapes: Lacquers Cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Pressed at RTI and Features Complete Reproduction of Original Packaging: An Audiophile Spectacular
Prince had made a name for himself with his self-titled sophomore record, but didn't come into his own until the liberating Dirty Mind. Originally released in 1980, Dirty Mind is the pop provocateur's third album, completely produced, arranged and composed by Minneapolis' favorite son. While it established parameters that Prince would follow for the remainder of the decade, the record also remains unique for its blend of rock, funk, pop, and new wave. Prince uses rock, rather than soul or R&B as the foundation, and weaves the other styles around a demeanor that finds the singer/multi-instrumentalist both bluntly honest and fabulously furious.
True to the album's title, Prince doesn't shy away from sexuality, with both Head and Sister guaranteed to make many ears blush and, well, nearly every other track on the record addressing desire, lust, and partying in one form or another. Seldom as any performer been so candidly outspoken and gifted with a genius reflected in the irresistble melodies, hooks, and grooves.
After more than two decades of being out of print, Dirty Mind is finally back on vinyl--and how. Mastered from the original tapes, with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and pressed at RTI on 180g vinyl, this is the very best version you'll ever hope to hear. No longer will you have to settle for the slightly compressed original or nearly unlistenable CD versions. Moreover, rhino's analog reissue boasts replicate original packaging.
Grab the LP and get ready to party like it's 1999!1. Dirty Mind
2. When You Were Mine
3. Do It All Night
4. Gotta Broken Heart Again
8. Partyup$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mind ElevationAs the final part of the N.O.W. Is The Time campaign celebrating 25 years of Nightmares On Wax, Warp presents double gatefold vinyl represses of the Nightmares On Wax back catalogue. All of the albums will include printed inner sleeves, and are released on double vinyl, many of these having been out of print for years. Each album will have an explanatory sticker attached to the overwrap tying it in to the 25th anniversary campaign art.1. Mind Eye
3. Thinking of Omara
4. Date With Destiny
5. Bleu My Mind
9. 70s 80s
10. Know My Name
11. BBH (Bongo-Brk-Haven)
13. Thoughts$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mind WarsSide A:
1. Judas Reward
2. Debt of Pain
3. The Immoral Wasteland
4. A Fool's Gold
5. Terminal Humour
6. Mind Wars
7. Damned by Judges
8. Do Unto Others
9. No Resurrection
10. Christian Resistance$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-MAS-2410xTedeschi Trucks Band
Made Up MindMADE UP MIND is the follow-up to Tedeschi Trucks Band's 2011 Grammy®-winning debut, Revelator, and the live collection, Everybody's Talkin'. Through unparalleled musicianship and a timeless, authentic sound, Made Up Mind proves that TTB is fast becoming a band for the ages.
TTB is known for their extraordinary family of musicians, and Made Up Mind continues that tradition as most tracks were penned by husband and wife Tedeschi and Trucks along with various friends and co-writers - Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Krasno, Gary Louris, John Leventhal - all of whom also contributed to TTB's debut Revelator. The album was also co-produced by Jim Scott (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco) and Trucks, and engineered by Bobby Tis - the same team that developed the last two TTB albums.
Made Up Mind features "Part of Me," a song driven by a classic southern soul groove straight out of Muscle Shoals. The raucous soul-rocker title track "Made Up Mind" demonstrates the full power of the band from the albums first notes. Throughout the course of the album it becomes increasingly apparent that Susan Tedeschi has evolved into one of the most dauntingly commanding vocalists in contemporary music, her serious lung power exploding on standout tracks such as the Über-funky "Misunderstood" and just as convincingly digging into the core of poignant, tender ballads like "It's So Heavy" and "Calling Out to You."
Derek Trucks has indisputably matured into one of the finest guitarists of all time, tearing up barnbusters with his masterful slide and lead lines while showcasing his easier, more subtle touch on the bluesy "Do I Look Worried". Although Tedeschi Trucks Band bears the names of its co-leaders, each member of this 11-piece juggernaut contributes equally, there are no weak links in this true group achievement.1. Made Up Mind
2. Do I Look Worried
3. Idle Wind
5. Part of Me
6. Whiskey Legs
7. It's So Heavy
8. All That I Need
9. Sweet and Low
10. The Storm
11. Calling Out To You$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-LAS-4013xEmily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Choir Of The MindOrange Colored Vinyl
It's time: Emily Haines is back with Fatal Gift - the first listen from Choir of the Mind, the Metric singer's first release as her Soft Skeleton solo project in a decade.
Haines' vocals are definitely the focal point of Choir of the Mind. She used her voice to create spellbinding orchestrations for an effect that is subtle and ghostly on Wounded, lush on Fatal Gift and deeply powerful on Legend Of the Wild Horse, which she calls her soft anthem. Haines' voice is the only audible instrument on Strangle All Romance, and she creates mesmerizing layers that drift and swirl through the title track, which includes a spoken word part adapted from a poem by the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo.
Haines recorded Choir of the Mind over several weeks in September And October of 2016, more or less alone in Metric's Toronto studio with a borrowed 18-foot grand piano built in 1850. Her longtime musical partner/Metric bandmate, James Shaw, helped flesh out the sonics with various instruments and rhythmic elements. (Shaw also mixed the album).Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor, a member of the Soft Skeleton's first incarnation, returned to perform on Legend of the Wild Horse. Haines Says, The writing and recording process was heightened and intensive, the two became one thing.LP 1
2. Fatal Gift
3. Strangle All Romance
5. Legend of the Wild Horse
6. Nihilist Abyss
1. Minefield of Memory
2. Perfect on the Surface
3. Choir of the Mind
6. Irish Exit
7. RIP$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fight For Your Mind
Red & Green Color Vinyl
Fight for Your Mind was originally released in August 1995. It was Ben Harper's last solo album before adding the Innocent Criminals to his line-up.LP 1
2. Ground On Down
3. Another Lovely Day
4. Please Me Like You Want To
5. Gold To Me
6. Burn One Down
7. Excuse Me Mr.
8. People Lead
1. Fight For Your Mind
2. Give A Man A Home
3. By My Side
4. Power Of The Gospel
5. God Fearing Man
6. One Road To Freedom$45.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ease My MindEase My Mind, the fifth full-length by Shout Out Louds, is a welcome return from these Swedish pop masters.
In their 15 years as a band, Shout Out Louds have toured the world many times. The band played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box for a dressing room. They once performed in Yokohama,Japan, for an audience of two Austrians. They played in a Sicilian rainstorm so heavy they had to shake out their instruments afterwards,with the soaked backdrop left hung to dry on a hotel façade. Themusic sites will remind you that the band have performed for DavidLetterman and Jay Leno and toured with The Strokes during their heyday, but most importantly, they have released four albums of brilliant pop music.
Ease My Mind was recorded with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the 'burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song Souvenirs and Axel Algmark who produced No Logic andAngel. The band recruited Lars Skoglund for drums, known for his work with Lykke Li.
Adam and Bebban in the band write: The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000s. We didn't grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn't feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.1. Jumbo Jet
4. White Suzuki
5. No Logic
6. Ease My Mind
7. Oh Oh
8. Throw Some Light
9. Crying Game
10. Souvenirs$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Whatever's On Your MindGomez returns with their adventurous, stunning and ambitious seventh full-length Whatever's On Your Mind. Deep in the woods of Virginia, Gomez have conspired to make the most compelling, direct album of their 15 year career. The members reside across two continents (in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Brighton, England) and after several months of sharing ideas through every facet of technology available to them, they came together with their longtime friend, Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) to create their first self-produced offering since 2001's In Our Gun.1. Options
2. I Will Take You There
3. Whatevers On Your Mind
4. Just As Lost As You
5. The Place And The People
6. Our Goodbye
7. Song In My Heart
9. That Wolf
10. X-Rays$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Time Out Of MindThis is the 30th Bob Dylan album, released in 1997. Time Out of Mind is hailed as one of Dylan's best albums, and it went on to win three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 1998.
The album features a particularly atmospheric sound, the work of producer (and past Dylan collaborator) Daniel Lanois, whose innovative work with carefully placed microphones and strategic mixing. Sonically, the album is reminiscent of Oh Mercy, the last album Dylan recorded with producer Daniel Lanois, but Time Out of Mind has a grittier foundation - by and large, the songs are bitter and resigned, and Dylan gives them appropriately anguished performances.
Original vinyl copies of Time Out Of Mind were made in small numbers, making this official reissue a much needed one!LP1
1. Love Sick
2. Dirt Road Blues
3. Standing In The Doorway
4. Million Miles
5. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
6. 'Til I Fell In Love With You
7. Not Dark Yet
1. Cold Irons Bound
2. Make You Feel My Love
3. Can't Wait
4. Highlands$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-FUE-7151xYoung The Giant
Mind Over MatterFor their highly anticipated second album MIND OVER MATTER, Young The Giant enlisted Grammy nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and M83. Featuring the electrifying lead single It's About Time, the collection of songs finds the young band challenging themselves both lyrically and musically.LP 1
1. Slow Dive
3. It's About Time
5. Mind Over Matter
2. In My Home
6. Paralysis$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mind Of Mine (Deluxe Edition)Mind of Mine is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Zayn. It is set to be released on vinyl via RCA Records. Zayn cites to establish his solo career in music, following his departure from boy band One Direction. Primarily R&B and alternative R&B, the album blends elements from a number of genres, including pop, folk, dub, soul, funk, electronic, Qawwali, hip hop, reggae, classical and soft rock, among others. Featuring the singles Pillowtalk, Wrong, and Like I Would.LP 1
1. MiNd Of MiNdd (Intro)
3. iT's YoU
7. INTERMISSION: fLoWer
8. rEaR vIeW
9. wRoNg - ZAYN (feat. Kehlani)
10. fOoL fOr YoU
7. LIKE I WOULD
8. SHE DON'T LOVE ME$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2The last few years have seen Chicago footwork rise to international success, and Traxman's debut album - 'The Mind of Traxman' on Planet Mu - played no small part in that. It showcased Cornelius Ferguson's brilliant ability to synthesise the beat digging of classic hip hop with the highspeed abstraction of Footwork's house-derived beat science.1. Time Slip
2. Blow Your Whistle (Tha Out Of Here Remixx)
3. Nothing Stays The Same
5. Computer Getto
6. Make Love To Me
8. Let It Roll Geto
9. Ever And Always
10. Under Cover Jack
11. Can Nutin Hold Me Back
13. Gone And Hit That Shit
14. I Need Too Do It feat. DJ Fred
15. Your Just Movin
16. Tha Edge Of Panic
17. I Wanna Be High
18. U Got Me Runnin (Remixx)$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Criminal MindedIn listing the greatest albums in hip-hop history, one title never seems to
stray from the upper echelons, no matter how many years pass: Boogie
Down Productions' undisputed classic from 1986, Criminal Minded.
Released amidst a battle between BDP and MC Shan that would redefine
the New York rap landscape as it was then known, the album, which
features the songs "South Bronx," "Criminal Minded" and "The Bridge is
Over," captures the excitement, urgency and raw power that embodies
hip-hop culture as we know it, with KRS-One's aggressive yet intelligent
lyricism backed by Scott La Rock's hard-hitting, stripped-down beats.
A true classic, Criminal Minded has been recognized by Vibe Magazine,
The Source and Rolling Stone as one of the most important albums of all
time. Traffic Entertainment Group and B-Boy Records are proud to
present Criminal Minded, presented inn a double-LP pressing.LP 1
2. South Bronx
3. 9mm Goes Bang
4. Word From Our Sponsor
1. Dope Beat
2. Remix For P Is Free
3. The Bridge Is Over
5. Criminal Minded$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Sound Of The Life Of The MindThe groundbreaking pop trio who changed the course of indie rock in the mid-1990s!
In 2011, the original three members of Ben Folds Five came together to record three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a
career-spanning Ben Folds anthology. With the band's magic rekindled while making the new tracks, Ben Folds Five gave its rst concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York's Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. Now, Ben Folds Five return with The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group's rst album of new music in 13 years.1. Erase Me
2. Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
3. Sky High
4. The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
5. On Being Frank
6. Draw A Crowd
7. Do It Anyway
8. Hold That Thought
9. Away When You Were Here
10. Thank You For Breaking My Heart$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once AgainPeter Buck of REM, Baseball Project, Minus Five, and a million other famous projects is back with a new set of rock and roll. All done the old fashioned way - direct tape cut to lathe cut to vinyl. This time around we have everything from garage rock to psychedelic soundscapes to pretty ballads. All new tunes that will treat you right.1. Ride Thant Road
2. My Slobbering Decline
3. Life Is Short
5. Here In Heaven
6. On the Planet of the Apes
7. Welcome To the Party
8. Gotta Get Outta the House
9. Drown With me
10. Monkey Mask
11. Fall On My Own Sword
12. West of Sunset
13. Roswell$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Two HandsSince 2008, the Bristish riff-ragers have melted minds with their signature brand of punk rock fury. Their live rituals are the stuff of legend: sound-tracked by the red hot fuzz of crackling speakers & overloaded channels.
After wrapping up a successful last year, which included headlining Live Nation's 'Download Freezes Over' tour as
well as crushing stages with Royal Blood & Death From Above 1979, the quartet are set to unleash 2nd album 'Two Hands' & excitement in the camp is infectious1. Invisible Hand
2. Rabbits Foot
3. Solid Gold
4. American Mirrors
5. Toy Memaha
6. Nine Lives
7. Good Hand
8. MK Ultra
9. Twelve Houses
10. Rich Gift
11. Pale Horse$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Monkey Minds In The Devil's TimeMonkey Minds In The Devil's Time is an album saturated with politics. With a title referring to the Buddhist term for an easily distracted brain, the album features 20 songs: 9 recorded in London with producer Dan Carey and 11 short linking pieces self-produced in Mason's Fife studio. Monkey Minds In the Devil's Time is an album that has been shaped by the current global political climate and the lack of dissenting voices in music and popular culture in general. The righteous, undaunted anger at the heart of the album has helped to create Mason's best record to date.1. The Old Problem
2. Lie Awake
3. Flyover '98
4. A Lot Of Love
5. The Last Of Heroes
7. Safe Population
8. Friends For Ever More
9. Seen It All Before
10. From Hate We Hope
11. Oh My Lord
12. Goodbye Youth
13. Never Be Alone
14. Behind The Curtains
15. More Money, More Fire
17. Operation Mason
18. Fight Them Back
19. Towers of Power
20. Come To Me$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Crosley C20A-ZE Two Speed Manual Turntable (On Sale)
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
From the Crosley C-series, the C20 turntable has been designed and engineered with style and sound in mind. Crafted from audio-quality MDF and wrapped in genuine zebrano wood veneer, the minimalist plinth supports a solid semi-opaque acrylic platter and stands on three feet to keep vibrations at bay. The powerful belt-driven motor turns two speeds, 33rpm and 45rpm, to play both LPs and singles.
The C20 is installed with a built-in phono-stage with USB output, useful for capturing favorite albums for the future. The S-shaped aluminum tonearm with sapphire bearings is equipped with an Ortofon OM10 Cartridge pre-mounted and adjusted. Tuning to taste has never been easier with adjustable tonearm counterweights and anti-skate adjustment. High-end features and timeless style meet in one classic turntable.$559.99 $499.99 Save $60.00 (11%)C20A-ZE Two Speed Manual Turntable Buy Now
Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)'Splinter' (Songs From A Broken Mind) is the inspired new album by pioneer, chart-topper and influential artist Gary Numan.'Splinter' features guitarist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses), is produced by long-standing collaborator Ade Fenton, and will be followed by a full national headline tour in November.
The album finds Gary on fine dark electronic form; sounding both cutting-edge and classic Numan, it marks his best work since the late 70s, early 80s heyday.'Splinter''s opening gambit 'I Am Dust' is a statement of intent, combining heavy grind with his archetypal anthemic pop skills. The unsettling whispered verses, crunchy guitars and Hans Zimmer-esque strings on 'Here In The Black' create a sense of menace and drama, whilst more orchestral work adorns the cinematic 'The Calling'. Slower-burning ballads 'Lost', 'Where I Can Never Be' and 'My Last Day', highlight the album's broad palate, adding elements of subtlety and even beauty in contrast to the album's more aggressive moments.
Gary's knack for sexy, idiosyncratic dancefloor killers is strongly evident on the pounding, growling throb of 'Love Hurt Bleed', whilst 'Who Are You' carries equal clout as-body-music-Numan-style - infectious, but sounding unlike anything else you might hear blasting from a soundsystem.
Although Numan released a straight-to-the-fanbase album 'Dead Son Rising' in 2011, this is his first self-penned full album since 'Jagged' in 2006.
In recent years he's been quoted as an influence by everyone from Lady Gaga to Kanye West, Matthew Dear to Queens Of The Stone Age, The Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Prince and J Dilla, to Boyz Noise, Richie Hawtin and Battles (they released a single 'My Machines' on Warp Records with Numan in 2011).
But while Numan's unique style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of metal, hip hop, electronica, industrial and indie, he remains as focussed as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. 'Splinter' sounds unique, while also utilising new sounds and ideas.
Perhaps it's the voice - one of the most distinctive in music and often associated with machines and icy alienation, but for those who are drawn to Numan's songs, his singing is strangely emotional, almost soulful in places. And if you like that side of his writing, you certainly won't be disappointed with the new album, where there are several tracks that set Numan's vocals against moody, atmospheric torch songs to stunning effect.
- Contact Music1. I Am Dust
2. Here in the Black
3. Everything Comes Down to This
4. The Calling
7. Love Hurt Bleed
8. A Shadow Falls on Me
9. Where I Can Never Be
10. We're the Unforgiven
11. Who Are You
12. My Last Day$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow (Clear Vinyl)
Limited To 1000 On Clear Vinyl
Funkadelic's second LP, originally released in 1970, is another straight up masterpiece from the stoniest, strangest funk and R&B group of all-time. Opening with the 10 minute title track complete with a shredding keyboard solo from Bernie Worrell and, of course, the six-stringed insanity of Eddie Hazel. One of George Clinton's finest sets of songs and another essential part of the Parliament-Funkadelic catalog reissued in a limited of 1,000 on clear vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket.1. Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow
2. Friday Night, August 14th
3. Funky Dollar Bill
4. I Wanna Know If It's Good To You?
5. Some More
6. Eulogy And Light$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IIAs rock bands go, The Psychic Paramount is a rigorously all-in proposition. They make impact a state of being rather than a discrete event. As single-minded as the music may seem at first strike, it exists at higher elevations - of decibel, intensity, motion, color, temperature - and spills freely over the walls of genre, magma into new land. It is punk in its fury, noise in its rash extremity, and progressive in form. II is their 2nd studio album.1.Intro / Sp
7.N5.Coda$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now