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  • Urban Hymns Urban Hymns Quick View

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    Urban Hymns

    On Urban Hymns, the Verve eloquently explore the loud/soft extremes of their dynamic range, tastefully incorporating retro sensibilities with sweet-sounding hooks that yield a tranquil, pastoral beauty. From the full string section of the smash hit Bitter Sweet Symphony to the beautifully cool Sonnet and the country influenced ballad, The Drugs Don't Work, Urban Hymns is full of sweeping, grandiose soundscapes that make for a rich album and undoubtedly the best of the band's career.
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    2. Sonnet
    3. The Rolling People
    4. The Drugs Don't Work
    5. Catching the Butterfly
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Space and Time
    8. Weeping Willow
    9. Lucky Man
    10. One Day
    11. This Time
    12. Velvet Morning
    13. Come On
    The Verve
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Urban Hymns (Deluxe) Urban Hymns (Deluxe) Quick View

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    Urban Hymns (Deluxe)

    20th Anniversary Of The Verve's Urban Hymns

    Remastered • Unheard Live Audio • B-Sides & Remixes

    Comes With A 20-Page Booklet

    Universal celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Verve's Urban Hymns in September 2017 with a massive 6 LP vinyl box set

    Features a remastered version of the album (the work of Chris Potter and Metropolis' Tony Cousins) and the super deluxe edition box set adds four further CDs offering B-sides, remixes, session tracks, BBC Sessions and two discs of unreleased live performance from the era, including the May 1998 hometown show in front of around 35,000 fans at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

    The remastered Urban Hymns is pressed on two LPs, with all the B-sides and remixes included on two further vinyl records. All 15 tracks from the previously unreleased Live at Haigh Hall fill the final two vinyl records, completing this six-LP vinyl box.

    LP 1
    1. A New Decade
    2. This Is Music
    3. On Your Own
    4. So It Goes
    LP 1
    1. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    2. Sonnet
    3. The Rolling People
    4. The Drugs Don't Work
    5. Catching The Butterfly
    6. Neon Wilderness


    LP 2
    1. Space And Time
    2. Weeping Willow
    3. Lucky Man
    4. One Day
    5. This Time
    6. Velvet Morning
    7. Come On


    LP 3
    1. Lord I Guess I'll Never Know
    2. Country Song
    3. Bitter Sweet Symphony (James Lavelle Remix)
    4. So Sister
    5. Echo Bass
    6. Three Steps
    7. The Crab
    8. Stamped


    LP 4
    1. The Drugs Don't Work - Original Demo
    2. Never Wanna See You Cry
    3. Bitter Sweet Symphony (MSG)
    4. The Longest Day
    5. Lucky Man (Happiness More Or Less)
    6. Bitter Sweet Symphony (Extended Version)
    7. This Could Be My Moment
    8. Monte Carlo


    LP 5
    1. This Is Music
    2. Space And Time
    3. Catching The Butterfly
    4. Sonnet
    5. The Rolling People
    6. Neon Wilderness
    7. Weeping Willow
    8. The Drugs Don't Work
    9. Lucky Man


    LP 6
    1. Life's An Ocean
    2. Velvet Morning
    3. Bitter Sweet Symphony
    4. One Day
    5. History
    6. Come On
    5. A Northern Soul
    6. Brainstorm Interlude
    7. Drive You Home


    LP 2
    1. History
    2. No Knock On My Door
    3. Life's An Ocean
    4. Stormy Clouds
    5. (Reprise)

    The Verve
    $139.99
    Vinyl LP - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Out Of Stock) Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Out Of Stock)

    Bill Withers Bill Withers' Greatest Hits on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Bill Withers' Smooth Soul Voice, Mellow Grooves, and Gospel Accents Inform Beloved Work: Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, and Stephen Stills Among Guest Instrumentalists on Greatest Hits


    Essential Bill Withers' Greatest Hits Compilation Includes Ubiquitous Classics Such as Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Use Me, and Grandma's Hands


    Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Pressed at RTI: Roots R&B Has Never Sounded Better on Any Format


    Bill Withers created mellow, downhome-style soul for barely more than a decade before retreating from the industry to pursue craftsman interests. Yet over the course of the handful of albums he made for Sussex and CBS, the Appalachian native struck lasting emotional chords in legends ranging from Booker T. Jones to Stephen Stills - not to mention the millions of listeners that fell under the spell of now-standard tracks such as Lean on Me, Use Me, and Ain't No Sunshine. The antithesis of the sweaty R&B shouter that prowled the edge of stages, Withers dealt in calm and vulnerability, qualities that come to fore on the seminal Bill Withers' Greatest Hits.


    Pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's vinyl reissue of the 1981 compilation provides a transparent view of Withers' relaxing timbre and the subtle grooves underlining his arrangements. Characteristics ranging from the tension of the guitars, funky bends of the bass, whisper-soft coo of the formal strings, airiness of the backing harmonies, and sharpness of the snare drum emerge with utmost clarity and lifelike presence. Always prized for its naked honesty and pure conviction, Withers' music positively caresses the senses on this LP, the unadulterated production and beautiful soundscapes revealed anew with each listen.


    Incredibly, Withers almost never got a shot at recording. After receiving a deal from Sussex while laboring as a toilet-seat manufacturer, he landed in the care of Stax bandleader Booker T. Jones, who gathered most of his fellow MG members - along with Stills and Jim Keltner - to assist in Withers' debut. Two takes from those sessions, the Grammy-winning Ain't No Sunshine and devotional Grandma's Hands, are included here, and showcase the vocalist's incredible breath control, folksy drawl, and restrained phrasing. They also indicate his penchant for converting biographical experience into eminently catchy combinations of pop, gospel, blues, and soul.


    Evidence of Withers' crossover appeal is found not only via his chart successes on both the pop and R&B charts, but in the DNA of his best work. There's not one forgettable moment on Greatest Hits. Covered by the likes of Fiona Apple, Mick Jagger, Isaac Hayes, Alicia Keys, and dozens more, Use Me rides a riveting clarinet riff and urban tempo to express the double-edged feelings associated with an edgy relationship. On the loping Who Is He (And What Is He to You?), Withers again splits the bitter and sweet. For the Latin-tinged Lovely Day, Withers holds a single note for 18 seconds and composed a song that's been sampled and rerecorded countless times by artists spanning Diana Ross to R. Kelly. And with Lean on Me, the West Virginian devised a masterpiece that's been for more than four decades part of the classic American songbook, an updated hymn carried to immortality by members of the Charles Wright & 103rd Street Rhythm Band.


    A veritable template for British soul contemporaries like Sam Smith and an extension of the timeless fare explored by Van Morrison, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, Bill Withers' Greatest Hits belongs in every music lover's library.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Just the Two of Us

    2. Use Me

    3. Ain't No Sunshine

    4. Lovely Day

    5. I Want to Spend the Night

    6. Soul Shadows

    7. Lean on Me

    8. Grandma's Hands

    9. Hello Like Before

    10. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?
    Bill Withers
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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