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Sings For LoversImport
This is the fourth album by the Soul Queen Etta James and this is her tribute to love and lovers.
Here, also on CD for the first time ever, this rare gem of a collection of love songs in the soul style, is one of the best records of entertainment music ever made. You cannot believe it was recorded more than 50 years ago so clear and real is its message.1. Don't Take Your Love From Me
2. How Do You Speak To An Angel
3. Fools Rush In
4. Don't Blame Me
5. Someone To Watch Over Me (Ira & George Gershwin)
7. I Want To Be Loved
8. It Could Happen To You
9. These Foolish Things
10. Prisoner Of Love$32.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
LoversAnna of the North - Lovers, Vinyl LP1. Moving On
10. All I Want$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lovers KnowAfter touring the world as a member of the Postal Service in 2013, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) took a year to get lost. She drove across the US twice, toured South Africa solo, made her first appearance in London (also solo), and trekked all over Europe with William Faulkner's words ringing in her ears: "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." Finally she found herself in Los Angeles with a suitcase of songs to fill a whole new album. Lovers Know, The Mynabirds' third full-length release, was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter (Black English) and recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It's definitely new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way. Lyrically this is her most personal and confessional work to date, and also her most accessible. Whereas her last album, GENERALS, watched from a wide angle to understand the world at a distance, Lovers Know pulls in close. "There's something about wandering the world over," Laura says, "that makes you realize how similar we all are - everyone searching for something, so often the same thing: love. It may sound trite, but it's true. Love - or the lack of it - is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it's also the thing that can make us sing." Burhenn has released two previous albums as The Mynabirds on Saddle Creek, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both of which were produced by Richard Swift and met by critical acclaim.1. All My Heart
4. Say Something
7. Shake Your Head Yes
10. One Foot
11. Hanged Man
12. Last Time$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
100 LoversIncludes FREE CD of this entire album!
For more than a decade, DeVotchKa has melded its influences, from Eastern European wedding bands to Norteno ballads, into an authentic and totally original blend of popular music. The bands haunting, romantic sound evokes timeless images, attracting thousands of fans to their sold-out live shows. DeVotchKas sound has proved particularly attractive to filmmakers, who have used the group's songs to score countless films and commercials, most famously Little Miss Sunshine, for which they received a Grammy nod.
With the release of the band's fifth album, 100 Lovers, the band returns to the epic settings of the Arizona desert with producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case) to create a new collection of haunting stories, with songs like The Man From San Sebastian delivering on their intriguing titles with enigmatic lyrics and cinematic soundscapes.
For 100 Lovers, DeVotchKa spent over a year refining their sound, taking multiple trips to the studio to craft twelve new recordings. The final product is the bands strongest album to date, combining the energy and pop verve of How It Ends with the lush arrangements of A Mad and Faithful Telling, filled with songs fans will love, memorable melodies to draw in new listeners, and driving beats that will slip seamlessly into their rousing live sets.1.The Alley
2.All the Sand In All the Sea
3.100 Other Lovers
4.The Common Good
6.The Man From San Sebastian
9.Bad Luck Heels
$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Modern LoversImport
Limited 1000 Numbered Copies On White Vinyl
This is the eponymous debut studio album by the American Rock band the Modern Lovers, originally released in 1976. Six tracks (Roadrunner, Astral Plane, Old World, Pablo Picasso, She Cracked and Someone I Care About) were produced by John Cale.
The Modern Lovers were formed in 1970 by teenage singer, songwriter, guitarist Jonathan Richman, augmented with Jerry Harrison (keyboards), Ernie Brooks (bass) and David Robinson (drums), with Richman's friend and original band member John Felice joining them occasionally.
The Modern Lovers influenced numerous aspiring punk rock musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Sex Pistols, whose early cover of Roadrunner was placed on The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2003, the album was listed on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.1. Roadrunner
2. Astral Plane
3. Old World
4. Pablo Picasso
5. She Cracked
7. Someone I Care About
8. Girl Friend
9. Modern World$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lovers And LeaversI'm a singer-songwriter. I think "Lovers and Leavers" comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I've made. I didn't worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape.
It's been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. Not "history of the universe time", or "getting a bill through congress time", but in the lives of dogs and recording artists, five years and fifty-three days is only a little less than an eternity. I went through a divorce. I fell in love. Changes were made, realizations were realized, and life was lived.
But, I kept on writing songs, on my own and with a cast of accomplished characters who combined their own stories and perspectives with mine. Songs about my friends. Songs about my son. Songs about beginnings and endings. Songs about songs. Songs about acceptance and regret. Songs about lovers and leavers.
With these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you. I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel.
I didn't have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn't in a long time. But I got what I wanted - a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life.
"Lovers and Leavers" isn't funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it is joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it's not my "Blood on the Tracks," nor is it any kind of opus. It's my fifth record - a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be.
Like I wanted to be.
-Hayes Carll January 1, 2016 Austin, TX.1. Drive
2. Sake of the Song
3. Good While It Lasted
4. You Leave Alone
5. My Friends
6. The Love That We Need
7. Love Don't Let Me Down
8. The Magic Kid
9. Love Is So Easy
10. Jealous Moon$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs For Distingue Lovers...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011
It is undeniable that Billie Holiday's singing changed in her later years. Her voice darkened and shifted to a lower range. Her economy of means distilled her sound to its expressive essence - a kind of heightened speech. The classic LP Songs For Distingue Lovers has also deepened and become burnished with time. Maybe it's that still-arresting word, distingue; maybe it's that iconic, tinted image of Lady Day on the cover. But now that legendary LP, with the singer's best studio work of the Fifties, is available at 45 RPM!
Originally released in 1957.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Day In Day Out
2. A Foggy Day
3. Stars Fell On Alabama
4. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
5. Just One Of Those Things
6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sad Songs For Dirty LoversThe Nationals seminal first two releases are finally available on vinyl! Their sophomore album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, showcases the songwriting and raw emotive power of the quintet: brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner, brothers Bryan and Scott Devendorf and childhood friend Matt Berninger.
At the outset of The Nationals second album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, you just know these boys got it bad. - Rolling Stone1. Cardinal Song
2. Slipping Husband
3. 90-Mile Water Wall
4. It Never Happened
5. Murder Me Rachael
8. Sugar Wife
9. Trophy Wife
10. Fashion Coat
11. Patterns of Fairytales
12. Lucky You$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trojan Records Presents: Best of Lovers Rock1 of 5 LP's in a series of newly created Trojan Records compilations celebrating the 2015 re-launch of Trojan
Records; In the mid-1970's, many British Reggae fans found fulfillment in the first home-produced style to be
successfully exported to Jamaica: Lovers Rock; This romantic style continued to dominated the UK scene well into the eighties and beyond; Features 10 of the best known Lovers Rock tracks from John Holt, The J Sisters, Elizabeth Archer & The Equators, Sonya Spence, & more.1. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - John Holt
2. Lovin' You - Janet Kay
3. Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) - The J Sisters
4. Feel Like Makin' Love - Elizabeth Archer & The Equators
5. Where is the Love? - Sonya Spence
6. I'm Still In Love With You - Marcia Aitken
7. Tell Me A Lie - Candy McKenzie
8. Loving Pauper - Ruddy Thomas
9. Keep It Like It Is - Louisa Mark
10. Walk Away - Marie Pierre$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs For Swingin' Lovers (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 306/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Frank's romantic masterpiece, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. Originally released in 1956 and celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, Songs For Swingin' Lovers features classic standards and signature Sinatra recordings including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Love Is Here To Stay" and "You Make Me Feel So Young."1. You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
5. Too Marvelous For Words
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Love Is Here To Stay
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. I Thought About You
11. We'll Be Together Again
12. Makin' Whoopie
13. Swingin' Down The Lane
14. Anything Goes
15. How About You?$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Songs For Swingin' Lovers (Bonus Track)Import
Ranked 306/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the tenth studio album recorded by the American singer Frank Sinatra for Capitol Records, it was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956.
It took an alternative tack after In the Wee Small Hours (1954), recording existing pop standards in a hipper, jazzier fashion, revealing an overall exuberance in the vein of Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!. The original cover had Sinatra facing away from the young couple, but in 1957 Capitol altered the cover with a new image of Sinatra facing the couple.
The album was the first ever number one album in the UK.1. You Make Me Feel So Young
2. It Happened In Monterey
3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
5. Too Marvelous For Words
6. Old Devil Moon
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Love Is Here To Stay
9. I've Got You Under My Skin
10. I Thought About You
11. We'll Be Together Again
12. Makin' Whoopie
13. Swingin' Down The Lane
14. Anything Goes
15. How About You?
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure)Ben Webster is still a whale of a tenor player, his approach for the ballads being as poignant and lyrical as ever. On such romantic tunes as My Romance and What's New that breathy tone and broad-beamed phrasing are well in evidence, whilst the underlying humour and swing are more to the fore in the more muscular Easy To Love. Autumn Leaves is great Webster. The tempo is exactly right and Ben is in the groove from the start. The pianist is a long way away from Ben's beloved stride men, but he swings gently and forms nice background patterns for the tenor player's improvisations. The bass has been somewhat heavily recorded, but his drive is admirable nevertheless.
Stardust, a lovely tune but sometime a drag for jazz improvisation, shows that Ben is a real master of flowing, keenly phrased ballad construction. Yesterdays is played so close to the microphone that momentarily I suspected a gas leak. But Ben always has that aerated vibrato well under control, and never overdoes what has throughout the years become something of a mannerism in his playing.
- Ben Webster (tenor saxophone)
- Ole Kongsted (tenor saxophone)
- Arnved Meyer (trumpet)
- John Darville (trombone)
- Kenny Drew (piano)
- Niels Jorgen Stein (piano)
- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson (bass)
- Hugo Rasmussen (bass))
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Hans Nymand (drums)
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.
and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Blue Light
3. Whats New
4. Autumn Leaves
5. Easy To Love
6. My Romance
8. Days of Wine and Roses$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sings The Big Ones For Young LoversA marvelous collection of love songs sung wonderfully by Sammy Davis Jr. Restored artwork & 180 gram vinyl.
This album is a marvellous collection of love songs interpreted beautifully by the world's greatest living entertainer, Sammy Davis, Jr. Sam's voice is made for these compositions, a truly wonderful album which reflects a fabulous combination of genius songwriting and a unique singing voice. Beautifully restored cover art and audio-grade 180 gram vinyl. Contains Kansas City and Blue Velvet.1. Kansas City
2. Don't Shut Me Out
3. Deep Purple
4. Walk Right In
5. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
7. Days of Wine and Roses
8. Blue Velvet
9. Not For Me
10. I Wanna Be Around
11. It's All in the Game
12. Fools Rush In$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Death Thy LoverCANDLEMASS are back to celebrate 30 years of Doom with a brand new
EP! The special anniversary release named Death Thy Lover features four
studiotracks with Mats LevÉn on vocals. The band is also happy to announce
that Mats LevÉn, who's a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent
singer for the Swedish Doom Metal Squad.
Epic riffs meet monumental parts of heavy metal! 3 decades of Epic Doom Metal, 3 decades of CANDLEMASS: Tons
of Epic Doom Metal awaits, even for the next decades & generations!1. Death Thy Lover
2. Sleeping Giant
3. Sinister N Sweet
4. The Goose$14.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Bo Diddley Is A LoverMastered From The Original Chess Mono Reels
Delivering a devastating punch to rock's early '60s doldrums, Bo Diddley Is a Lover bursts at the seams with Bo's uncompromising, rockin' beat. Yep. Industry and the government may have cleaned up fellow '50s rockers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis and Gene Vincent, but they didn't get to Bo -- a defiant rocker to the core.
By the time of the 1961 sessions for this album, Bo had relocated from Chicago to DC, to record at his own home studio. He used his artistic freedom to his complete advantage, churning out a series of killer records unfettered by bureaucratic interference. Considered the pinnacle of his collaboration with Lady Bo (aka, Peggy Jones), Is a Lover is also one of Bo's most diverse. Along with rockers like "Hong Kong, Mississippi" and "Bo Diddley Is Loose," the LP also features fantastic instrumentals such as "Congo," straight blues ("Bo's Blues," that is), a call-and-answer with old sparring partner Jerome Green ("Bo's Vacation") and the fabulous ballad, "Love Is a Secret," with backing vocals from a young DC girl group, the Impalas (who would hit the charts three years later as the Jewels). On this album, they're also in fine form on the rocking "Not Guilty" and the title track. And they're not the only gals contributing, as Lady Bo shines on the axe throughout - particularly on the exotic instro, "Aztec." Not to be outdone, Bo closes the album with the badass instro, "Quick Draw" - with strings pulled and twisted to their limit.
This 180-gram edition, properly mastered from the original Chess mono reels, is where you need to be on this album. For sure, for sure.1. Not Guilty
2. Hong Kong, Mississippi
3. You're Looking Good
4. Bo's Vacation
6. Bo's Blues
7. Bo Diddley Is A Lover
9. Back Home
10. Bo Diddley Is Loose
11. Love Is A Secret
12. Quick Draw$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Passion For Vinyl (Book)240-Page Book With 7 Vinyl Single
7 Vinyl Single: Rinus'Garage Feat. Triggerfinger - The Wall Of Dolls / Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Electric Fogg
This book is a tribute to vinyl, a format that is making a spectacular comeback recently, although for many music lovers it never really disappeared.
Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It's Atlantic's CEO Craig Kallman mission to own all relevant albums on vinyl. He has 750.000 already. That's what vinyl does with music lovers.
In Passion For Vinyl a wide selection of DJ's, musicians, label owners, designers, record dealers, collectors and engineers like Henry Rollins, Bernie Grundman, Hans Pokora, Chris Ellis, Steffi, Mala, Vaughan Oliver, Lee Dorrian, Jacco Gardner, John Dyer Baizley and many others share their unconditional love for vinyl. They muse about the first record that changed their lives, talk about their prized collectibles and explain why they were determined to keep vinyl alive. Passion for Vinyl also tells the history of Record Industry, the Dutch factory that has been pressing vinyl since the 1950's.
Passion For Vinyl is written by Dutch author, music journalist and incurable vinyl fanatic Robert
Haagsma. With an introduction by American vinyl guru Michael Fremer.
This title is not eligible for discount.Side A: Rinus'Garage Feat. Triggerfinger - The Wall Of Dolls
Side B: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Electric Fogg$40.99240-Page Book + 7 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Passion For Vinyl Part II: An Ode To Analog (Book)252-Page Book With 7 Vinyl Single
Includes a Limited Edition White Vinyl 7 Single Feat. Hasil Adkins, Bloodshot Bill And Ellen Allien
Record stores are popping up again everywhere. New vinyl pressing plants are opening in America, Europe and Asia. Young vinyl enthusiasts - both male and female! - are swarming to record fairs looking for old and new records to build their collection. When Passion for Vinyl Part 1 came out, there was still some doubt about the comeback of vinyl. Wasn't it all just a hype? Now, five years later, even the biggest sceptic can't deny it: vinyl is back and it's here to stay!
In light of all these new and exciting developments, a follow-up to the successful and well-received first volume of the Passion for Vinyl book (four stars in Record Collector magazine) is more than viable. DJs, musicians, engineers, designers, shop managers, record label CEOs and collectors like Dischord's Ian MacKaye, Norton's Miriam Linna, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker, musician and producer T Bone Burnett, Abbey Road's half-speed maestro Miles Showell, DJs Sven VÄth and Ellen Allien, designer John Kosh and many others tell about the records that changed their lives, their love for vinyl and the impact its resurgence has had on them. Passion for Vinyl Part 2 also shows how analogue recording techniques are making a comeback in the recording and mastering studios.
In the last few years, countless music lovers have (re)discovered that nothing beats listening to a vinyl record on a proper stereo set. It makes the listener connect with the music like nothing else.
This book is a tribute to that unique experience.
Passion for Vinyl Part. 2 is written by Dutch author, music journalist and vinyl fanatic Robert Haagsma. With an introduction by Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day.
This title is not eligible for discount.$41.99252-Page Book + 7 Colored Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-9810xDreamers of the Ghetto
Enemy/LoverDreamers of the Ghetto are a family band from Bloomington, IN, consisting of brothers Luke and Jonathan Jones, Luke's wife, Lauren and Marty Sprowles. After teasing blogs with enigmatic, homemade video clips for the past year, Indiana's most promising and perhaps most eccentric group finally unleashes their debut album, the stunning Enemy/Lover mixed by Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket).
Dreamers of the Ghetto marries the sentiment of classic '80s film soundtracks to minimalist, romantic dream-rock, creating a unique environment that becomes almost instantly addicting. The triumphant, reach-for-the-stars attitude of veterans like U2 and Depeche Mode is paired with the gospel splendor of Spiritualized and ominous austerity of The xx, all carried by what Shaking Through calls the most amazing singer we've seen since Sharon Van Etten.
Dreamers of the Ghetto have mined a sound that is both timeless and nostalgic, and theyve done so with an earnest fearlessness and refreshing lack of irony. They are true, pure, and unbelievably powerful.1. Antenna
2. State of a Dream
6. Crime Scene
7. Phone Call
8. Dark Falcons
9. Night Hawks
10. Tether$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Stone Free/Lover ManFrom Sundazed, the lost 1969 Jimi Hendrix single! Recorded in April, 1969, with key musicians from the guitar god's inner circle-Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums, along with friends Roger Chapman and Andy Fairweather Low on backing vocals-this new platter features Hendrix' second studio attempt at Stone Free, perhaps the song associated with him that best encapsulates the artist's restless renegade spirit!
Reprise scheduled this axe anthem as a single not long after the sessions, but for reasons unknown, they issued an earlier version that was recorded in 1966 and had previously appeared as a 1966 B-side in the UK. This revised, rocking, razing take on a favorite song of the performers' (he often performed it in his shows) only later appeared on a posthumous LP in the '70s in an overdubbed version...but it is restored to the original performances here on the new Sundazed 7 edition!
Also included is Lover Man, a killer, funkified blues track with Billy Cox on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums, recorded summer, 1970. A tight and tempestuous groove that could've (and should've!) been an A-side of its own.
Two sides of pure, original Jimi Hendrix in his prime, presented by Sundazed in partnership with Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the fourth in the series of commemorative singles with a new picture sleeve, featuring unique and hard-to-find vintage performances!1. Stone Free
2. Lover Man$9.997 Vinyl Single Buy Now
More AdventurousFor vinyl lovers only: Barsuk Records is proud to present the LP edition of the latest Rilo Kiley record, featuring an alternate version of the song a man/me/then jim.
More Adventurous is simultaneously bold & understated, bombastic & intimate, tragic & triumphant. It's an album full of uplifting songs of heartbreak, traditional pop from the future, country music from the city, & other manners of oxymoronic perfection.1. It's A Hit
2. Does He Love You?
3. Portions For Foxes
5. I Never
6. The Absence Of God
7. Accidntel Deth
8. More Adventurous
9. Love And War (11/11/46)
10. A Man/me/then Jim
11. It Just Is$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pro-Ject Essential II Digital Turntable
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Turntable innovation with DIGITAL OPTIC and line output!
Many new audio systems, like home cinema receivers, soundbars, multiroom audio, TVs and Bluetooth speakers only offer digital optic input connections: So up to now vinyl lovers using such systems had no chance to play their records on those systems. The perfect solution is: Essential II DIGITAL
An unique belt-drive turntable with built-in MM pre-amplifier that features digital optic as well as analogue amplifier connection options. Delivered with acrylic lid and with black, white and red high-gloss colour options.
$449.00Essential II Digital Turntable - 3 Colors Available Buy Now
Everything Sucks (20th Anniversary)20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Pressed On Audiophile 180 Gram Vinyl
Featuring An Embossed Cover
Includes A 7" Featuring 2 Bonus Tracks
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of DESCENDENTS - Everything Sucks. This remastered edition is a vinyl lover's dream; pressed on 180-gram vinyl and including a 7" with 2 unreleased bonus tracks. The packaging features deluxe embossed cover art which features the beloved Milo cartoon.
This album marked a reunion for the band back in 1996 with the line- up that has remained solid ever since, featuring singer Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton. Everything Sucks features punk classics, "I'm The One" and "Everything Sux."1. Everything Sux
2. I'm The One
3. Coffee Mug
4. Rotting Out
7. When I Get Old
9. She Loves Me
10. Hateful Notebook
12. Eunuch Boy
13. This Place
14. I Won't Let Me
15. Thank You
2. Shattered Milo$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 - Sealed Buy Now
Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullersWhen Suzanne Vega first discovered the novelist and short story writer Carson McCullers as a teenager, she thought, "If I ever want to play a character at any point in the future, I could play this woman." That time has arrived. On Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Vega inhabits McCullers' extraordinary character and renders the life of a woman who, revolted by the politics and racism of her upbringing in the American South, arrived in New York in her early twenties and became one of the literary lights of the 20th century. In such esteemed books as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) and The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ (1951), McCullers used the South as a lens through which to view the painful, nearly always unrequited, search for love in a world that often punishes individual self-expression and rewards repression and emotional compromise. McCullers battled those limits in her life as well as her work - a personal heroism that makes her, in Vega's view, a figure of great contemporary significance. She was an instinctive rebel whose message of personal freedom resonates profoundly in our own insurgent age, nearly fifty years after her death at the age of fifty in 1967.
"I feel that McCullers' ideas and thoughts are very modern," Vega says, "and she incarnates them in a way that other authors don't. She tried to live them and paid a price for it. She would refer to herself in a kind of transgender way - she would say things like, 'I was born a man' -- and she probably was bisexual even if she didn't always act on it. She was one of the first females to write about civil rights and the struggles of blacks in the South. Also, she suffered several strokes and was disabled for pretty much the second half of her life. To use today's parlance, her life and work embodied human rights on just about every level - race, gender, trans, queer, disabled, youth."
The ten songs on Lover, Beloved are part of a two-act play in which Vega and another actress perform the role of McCullers at two historical moments that bookend her career: the first, set in 1941, when The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter propelled her to literary fame, and the second shortly before her death, as she movingly reflects on her life and work. There are also plans to perform it as a one-woman show. Vega wrote the script, and co-wrote eight songs with Duncan Sheik, the singer-songwriter whose keen theatrical sense helped create the Broadway hit show Spring Awakening and the current groundbreaking musical, American Psycho. (Two additional songs, "Carson's Blues" and "The Ballad of Miss Amelia," were co-written by Vega and pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens.) In songs like "New York Is My Destination," "We of Me" and "Lover, Beloved," you can hear the signature cool detachment of Vega's singing and revel in the characteristically incisive observation of her lyrics, many of which deftly draw on McCullers' own writing.
But the songs' elastic melody lines, loping rhythms, idiosyncratic instrumentation (including clarinet, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, trombone and accordion), and surprising arrangements (by guitarist extraordinaire Gerry Leonard, who also produced the album) are like nothing we've heard from Vega before. "It was great working with Duncan Sheik," Vega says. "All you have to do is give him the barest bones of an idea and then he delivers this fabulous piece of music." For "Annemarie," an aching ballad about an androgynous adventurer with whom both McCullers and her husband fell disastrously in love, Sheik delivered a lovely, simple melody that, Vega says, "practically made me cry. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I wanted something with all that yearning, and I love what he came up with." For "New York Is My Destination," which describes the youthful McCullers' vision of her future as a celebrated novelist, Vega says she wanted "something classic, something that sounded like Rodgers and Hammerstein, something glamorous," and, once again, Sheik delivered a melody that perfectly complemented the heady excitement of Vega's lyrics.
Overall, Lover, Beloved finds a sound that exists outside of time. It's traditional enough to suit the iconic quality of its subject; clever enough to capture her originality and daring; and contemporary enough to help establish McCullers as an avatar for this century as well as the preceding one. Most of the instrumentation is acoustic, but, in particular, Gerry Leonard's evocative, atmospheric electric guitar playing lifts the music into another, more imaginative realm. That McCullers herself was an accomplished, classically trained pianist - and that the lyricism of her writing reflects that innate musicality - only further enhances the shivery dynamic between words and music on the album.
In order to realize the theatrical quality of this project, Vega, with Sheik's encouragement and assistance, also handled her vocals in a different way. "Duncan really pushed me out of my comfort zone," Vega says. "I was shocked at how high he wanted me to sing. But he was like, 'No, no - you can hit that.'" Sheik's goal was to achieve a kind of sonic drama in Vega's vocals, "as much drama as he could squeeze out of me," she says. "It works for the character. McCullers is kind of childlike, and you can believe her singing in that naïve, simple way. I'm pushed beyond my limits in both the low notes and the high notes, and also the emotion. I definitely feel as if I was being pushed beyond what I usually do."
Unquestionably, rendering a character like McCullers in words and in sound represented a serious creative challenge. All the songs on the album attempt to capture the innermost feelings of a writer who was highly ambitious, immensely complicated and fiercely dedicated to her conception of herself and her work. She was simultaneously shy, introverted and wildly provocative, as "Carson's Blues," the album's opening song, announces: "A childish liar/A devilish bitch/I can be innocent and charming/And suddenly switch." "Harper Lee," a song Vega describes as "upbeat and bitchy," chronicles McCullers' sense of her place in the literary pantheon - a spot, in her view, well above the wildly successful author of To Kill a Mockingbird. ("I'd like to kill more than just that mockingbird," she sings.) "Instant of the Hour After" and "We of Me" all explore the loving and loathing, the sexual adventurism and missed emotional connections, that swirled inextricably in McCullers' marriage to a bisexual man who shared her literary ambitions but was never able to realize them. On the title track, Vega limns the dizzying dance of unsatisfied desire at the heart of McCullers' work: "The lover pursues,/The beloved one flees Each one alone/In the land of the heart."
"12 Mortal Men" indicts the provincialism and brutal racism of Columbus, Georgia, where McCullers grew up. "The Ballad of Miss Emilia" essentially recounts the plot of McCullers' novella, The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ, a saga, like so much of her writing, of failed joinings, loneliness, and proud, if isolated, survival. By the time the album concludes with "Carson's Last Supper," McCullers has abandoned the ideal of erotic desire in favor of a more universal love that could embrace all the various characters in her books and the many people in her life - as well as, perhaps most importantly, the ravaging contradictions within herself that both drove her art and caused so much hardship in her life.
With Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Suzanne Vega achieves a new peak in her already distinguished career. With these songs and the play they inhabit, she hopes that "a new generation of people will discover Carson McCullers, that they will realize how cool she is and how compellingly her work can speak to them. I want to put her on the stage again so that her spirit lives. Really, no one is excluded from the vision she defined. I'm so excited by the possibilities." In these beautifully transporting songs, many of those rich possibilities have already been realized. - Anthony DeCurtis1. Carson's Blues
2. New York Is My Destination
3. Instant of the Hour After
4. We of Me
6. 12 Mortal Men
7. Harper Lee
8. Lover, Beloved
9. The Ballad of Miss Amelia
10. Carson's Last Supper$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now