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Mandatory FunMANDATORY FUN, Weird Al's 14th studio album.
"Weird Al" is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won 3 Grammys® (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like "Eat It," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise," and "The Saga Begins." His most recent album, 2011's Alpocalypse, which featured the Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way," charted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 - the highest debut of his storied career.1. Handy
2. Lame Claim to Fame
4. Sports Song
5. Word Crimes
6. My Own Eyes
7. NOW That's What I Call Polka!
8. Mission Statement
10. First World Problems
12. Jackson Park Express$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AlpocalypseWeird Al Yankovic is back and just in time for the Alpocalypse! Actually, Alpocalypse is the title of his eagerly anticipated 13th album. Weird Al has reigned for over 25 years as the best-selling musical comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold, four Grammy Awards (eleven nominations), 10 MTV/VH1 specials, his own feature film, a Disney Channel special, a CBS television series and countless miles logged on tour.
Als prior album, Straight Outta Lynwood (released in 2006) introduced him to an entirely new generation of fans, debuting in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 (a career best) and featuring his first ever Top 10 single, White And Nerdy. In the five years since, Al has gone from triumph to triumph including publishing his first-ever childrens book (which hit the NY Times bestseller list), extensive coverage on National Public Radio, an A&E Biography special, a career-spanning Essential collection, and an appearance at the prestigious All Tomorrows Parties music festival in the UK.
In April 2011, Al announced that his new parody of Lady Gagas smash hit single Born This Way, titled Perform This Way, had not received her approval and therefore he would not release it commercially. Moments after he posted it online, however, she changed her mind and gave her blessing.1. Perform This Way (Parody of Born This Way by Lady Gaga)
3. TMZ (Parody of You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift)
5. Polka Face; Liechtensteiner Polka\ Poker Face\ Womanizer\ Right Round\ Day 'N' Nite\ Need You Now\
Baby\ So What\ I Kissed A Girl\ Fireflies\ Blame It\ Replay\ Down\ Break Your Heart\ Tick Tolk Polka\
Tik Tok\ Whatever's Left Over Polka
7. Party In The CIA (Parody of Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus)
9. Another Tattoo (Parody of Nothin' On You by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars)
10. If That Isn't Love
11. Whatever You Like (Parody of Whatever You Like by T.I.)
12. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dr. Demento Covered in PunkWind up your radio dementites and dementoids-the doctor is in!
This extra-special two-hour demented punk extravaganza is an audio oddity unlike anything else! An eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock have assembled, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more, to pay homage to radio icon Dr. Demento (a world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s), for this mind-blowing compilation. Over thirty different, never before released, all-new 'punk' cover versions of 'mad music and crazy comedy' songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary "Dr. Demento Show"-have been intermixed with 'wildcard' tracks showcasing some incredible, newly 'demented' versions of punk-rock classics!
The result is a uniquely original, highly entertaining, modern-day homage to Dr. Demento's classic radio show, and its undeniable impact on popular culture. This bizarro broadcast from beyond the fringe is hosted by Dr. Demento himself, offering up interesting factoids and anecdotes between songs, with celebrity guest ID spots, creatively crafted bumper segments, and more 'demented' surprises tying it all together into an unconventional take on the traditional radio show format.
Over two-full hours, a total of 64 tracks-all created specifically for "Dr. Demento Covered in Punk"!
The three-disc vinyl LP come with an equally entertaining full-color booklet jam-packed with extensive liner notes and quotes personally written by the artists, a forward by producer John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an Afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as facts, photos, and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created specifically for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk-rock album covers, Topps Trading card series, Mad Magazine and more.
Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to "Weird Al" Yankovic, the late Adam "Batman" West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner-(to name just a few), the Doctor is in and he's 'Covered in Punk'!!
About Dr. Demento: The Dr. Demento Show has been celebrating 'mad music and crazy comedy' on the airwaves playing everything from Spike Jones to Frank Zappa for nearly five decades. Responsible for introducing the world to its #1 most requested song of all time, "Fish Heads", and launching the career of the most successful artist in the entire history of funny music-"Weird Al" Yankovic; the world-famous Doctor's influence on pop culture has earned him induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, a documentary feature film on his life and career currently in production, and even an appearance on The Simpsons.LP 1
1. Dr. Demento Opening Theme (Pico & Sepulveda) / Artist: Osaka Popstar's Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band
2. Demento Segment I / Artist: Dr. Demento and Osaka Popstar
3. Fish Heads / Artist: Osaka Popstar
4. Demento Segment II / Artist: Dr. Demento and Barnes & Barnes
5. Garbageman / Artist: William Shatner
6. Shaving Cream (Punk Lyrics) / Artist: "Uncle Floyd" Vivino & Oogie
7. Demento Segment III
8. Fluffy / Artist: Fred Schneider
9. Demento Segment IV / Artist: Dr. Demento & Gloria Balsam
10. Dead Puppies / Artist: James Kochalka Superstar
11. Demento Segment V
12. Surfin' Bird / Artist: Nobunny
13. Rat Fink / Artist: Balzac
14. Demento Segment VI
15. I Like / Artist: Colleen Green
16. Demento Segment VII
17. Creature With The Atom Brain / Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat
18. I Love Beans / Artist: The Meatmen
19. It's A Gas / Artist: Los Straitjackets
20. Demento Segment VIII
1. Brak Takeover / Artist: Brak & Dr. Demento
2. Institutionalized / Artist: Brak
3. Demento Segment IX / Artist: Brak, Dr. Demento & Oglethorpe
4. Eat It / Artist: Shonen Knife
5. Batman Theme / Artist: The Hamburglars
6. The Thing / Artist: Adam West
7. Adam West ID / Artist: Adam West
8. Science Fiction/Double Feature / Artist: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
9. Demento Segment X
10. Gloria Balsam Closing ID / Artist: Gloria Balsam
11. Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme / Artist: Osaka Popstar
12. Demento Segment XI
13. National Brotherhood Week / Artist: The Vandals
14. Demento Segment XII / Artist: Dr. Demento & Tom Lehrer
15. Mah Na Mah Na / Artist: The Kipper Kids
16. Demento Segment XIII
17. Those Two Dreadful Children / Artist: Rasputina
18. Suicide Is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H) / Artist: JuiceheaD
19. Demento Segment XIV / Artist: Dr. Demento & Moon Unit Zappa
20. Disco Boy / Artist: Missing Persons
1. Telephone Man / Artist: Quintron & Miss Pussycat
2. Demento Segment XV / Artist: Dr. Demento
3. Punk Rock Girl / Artist: Philly Boy Roy
4. Lydia, The Tattooed Lady / Artist: The Dead Milkmen
5. Demento Segment XVI
6. Me And My Vibrator / Artist: Caroline & The Treats
7. Monster / Artist: Nobunny
8. Demento Segment XVII / Artist: Dr. Demento & MC Pee Pants
9. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama / Artist: The Meatmen
10. Demento Segment XVIII / Artist: Dr. Demento & Bobby "Boris" Pickett
11. Monster Mash / Artist: The Kids of Widney High
12. Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Intro) / Artist: Elvira Mistress of the Dark
13. The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati / Artist: The Misfits
14. Demento Segment XIX
15. Pico & Sepulveda / Artist: Osaka Popstar
16. Demento Segment XX / Artist: Dr. Demento & "Weird Al" Yankovic
17. Beat On The Brat / Artist: "Weird Al" Yankovic
18. Shaving Cream (Reprise, Traditional Lyrics) / Artist: "Uncle Floyd" Vivino & Oogie
19. Demento Segment XXI / Artist: Dr. Demento and Uncle Floyd & Oogie
20. Dr. Demento Show Outro / Artist: Dr. Demento with "Uncle Floyd" Vivino
21. Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio / Artist: "Uncle Floyd" Vivino
22. Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Theme (Reprise) / Artist: Osaka Popstar
23. Dr. Demento Theme (Reprise) (Pico & Sepulveda) / Artist: Osaka Popstar's Demented Punk Orchestra with the Roto Rooter Goodtime Christmas Band
24. Brak Closing Message / Artist: Brak$69.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hog Wild!Includes Performances From Kristen Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Raúl Esparza, Laura Linney & "Weird Al" Yankovic, Mark Lanegan, Scott Bakula, Patrick Wilson, Stanley Tucci, Five For Fighting, & More
Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl
Gatefold Vinyl Jacket Includes Lyrics And Illustrations
Hog Wild! is Sandra Boynton's sixth album, created with
long-time writing partner, Michael Ford. Their celebrated
albums have sold over 3 million copies, and have garnered a
Grammy nomination, two Gold record albums and one Platinum
(Philadelphia Chickens). Hog Wild! includes 11 new, original
wide-ranging dance tracks, written and produced by Sandra
Boynton with Michael Ford, performed by a remarkable roster of
artists, including Kristen Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Raúl Esparza,
Laura Linney & "Weird Al" Yankovic, Mark Lanegan, Scott Bakula,
Patrick Wilson, Stanley Tucci, Five For Fighting, and more.
Hog Wild! marks Sandra Boynton's first release on vinyl, with
a sturdy full-color gatefold sleeve designed and illustrated by
Boynton. Includes all the lyrics. Deluxe 180gram black vinyl,
pressed by Furnace Pressing.1. Dance It Out
2. Tyrannosaurus Funk
3. Hog Wild
4. Robot Dance
5. Ducks In A Row
7. C A T
8. And Oh I Love You So
9. Swing Thing
10. Rat Race
11. Easy$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AsiatischFatima Al Qadiri is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Kuwait. In just a few years, she has quickly built a reputation as a conceptual artist, exploring themes informed both by her own background and global pop culture, through a number of highly acclaimed EPs, multimedia projects and writings. She is also a founding member of the production team Future Brown. Fatima's debut album is called 'Asiatisch', and as the track titles suggest, the record provides a simulated road trip through an imagined China. Musically, the album is an homage to that quietly influential sub-strain of grime, often loosely termed 'sinogrime' due to its preoccupation with Asian motifs and melodies, pioneered by the likes of Wiley and Jammer at the beginning of the 2000s in East London. 'Asiatisch' is a provocation which asks more questions than it answers. The title is the German word for Asian. Unlike its title, however, the music on 'Asiatisch' revolves around the fantasies of East Asia as refracted through pulpy Western pop culture, in particular Hollywood, literary fiction, music, cartoons and advertising. Fatima asks what is meant by the term 'Asian' in a digital age of viral interchange and the hi-speed trading of cultural bytes; the concept of 'shanzhai' proves pivotal, a term whose meaning stems from a wild, out of control zone of banditry, but which has come to be used to refer to the Chinese counterfeiting of Western brands and goods. While this 'sinogrime' has had many copyists over the last few years, 'Asiatisch' is really the first record that attempts to articulate this weird complex of sonic interchanges between the West and China. With the exception of the opening track, 'Shanzhai', a haunting cover of 'Nothing Compares To You' with nonsensical Mandarin lyrics, and the shimmering 'Loading Beijing', 'Wudang' and 'Jade Stairs' which sample and distort classical Chinese poetry staging an epic confrontation between China's ancient soul and the onslaught of the industrial factory machine, most of the tracks blend mallets, bells, gongs, flutes, steel drums and choral atmospherics with the searing synth-brass and the skittering drums of grime, playing melodies that are inflected as much by classic R&B as to synthetic versions of traditional Chinese music. On 'Dragon Tattoo' for example, stereotypical iconography of imagined China is slotted into a threatening, robotic R&B format. The carefree pirating of Western brands blurs into a soft-synth pirating of Chinese musical signs. 'Asiatisch' is wrapped in pristine artwork by Babak Radboy from Shanzhai Biennial, and the music was given a 3D sheen by in demand mixer Lexxx. Proclaiming both its love of both ancient and imagined China, 'Asiatisch' is a rare album that is both icily beautiful and conceptually layered.1. Shanzhai (for Shanzhan Biennial) ft. Helen Feng
4. Loading Beijing
5. Hainan Island
7. Dragon Tattoo
8. Forbidden City
9. Shanghai Freeway
10. Jade Stairs$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Doctor Is In And Out (Pure Pleasure)In 1976, Yusef Lateef's as restless a spiritual seeker as there ever was in the field of music, revisited some of his earliest themes in the context of modern sonic frameworks: The Eastern modal and melodic frameworks of his Prestige sides, such as Eastern Sounds, Cry!/Tender, and Other Sounds, brought to bear in much more sophisticated, complex, and grooved-out ways -- after all, it had been 20 years or more. The groove referred to is funk and soul. Funk itself was mutating at the time, so Lateef's interpolation at the crossroads of all ports in the musical journey was not only valid in 1976, but also necessary.
For this recording, he utilized an absolutely huge group of musicians, bringing them in for this or that part, or a sound, or a particular vamp. Some of those present were Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Dom Um Romao, Al Foster, Billy Butler, Anthony Jackson, a five-piece brass section, and a synth player. Lateef, as always, was offering evocative glimpses of geographical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional terrain in his compositions, but not in predictable ways. There's the deep minor-key meditation on blues and evolving thematic variations on Hellbound that becomes a Latin funk tune; the airy, contemplative, and skeletal Mystique, which may use a repeating rhythmic phrase but explores every inch of its margins via a string section and Lateef's flute solo; the smooth, urban, bluesy funk of Mississippi Mud; the completely out electronic musique of Technological Homosapien that becomes a series of synth squeals and an erratically tumbling bassline; and the wonderfully warped mariachi variation (sung in white-boy English) that featured the band playing bluesy hard bop over an age-old recorded track on In A Little Spanish Town. It's a weird way to end a record, but then, it's a weird and wonderful
- Yusef Lateef (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, oboe)
- Jack Jeffers (trombone)
- Joseph Wilder, Leonard Goines (trumpet)
- Jonathan Dorn (tuba)
- Billy Butler (guitar)
- Ron Carter (bass)
- Kenneth Barron (keyboards)
- Al Foster (drums)
- Dom Um Romao (percussion)
Recording: 1976 at Regent Sound Studios, New York, by Bob Liftin
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. The Improvisers
4. Mississipi Mud
6. Technological Homosapien
7. Street Musicians
8. In A Little Spanish Town (T'was On A Night Like This)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
- Yusef Lateef (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, oboe)
Sieg Howdy!Fucking AWESOME. Jello and the Melvins #2. Buy It.
What, you need more reasons? Jello Biafra and the Melvins are musical pranksters united for a common cause - to detonate your brain with some of the most twisted rock anthems ever crafted!
Starting off album #2 with a heavier-than-life version of the Alice Cooper cult classic, Halo of Flies, an intricate tune that alternately slithers and crushes, the band then proceed to treat us to a completely different extended take of their tune The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism (Jello's Hawkwind influence showed through when he asked the Melvins to create a take on the song similar to their cover of Youth of America by The Wipers). With the first two harrowing tracks clocking in at over fifteen minutes -this is not what you'd expect from a Jello record - steering into a more Melvinoid direction, but remaining distinctly separate from anything easily definable - far from a mishmash or outtakes collection, even the Jelvins were surprised at how well Sieg Howdy! flowed as an album.
Through the course of the album the band (yes, they sound like a proper band, not a project!) erupts with colors of its respective players in turns. Biafra's spleen-venting rants Voted off the Island and Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything) are amongst his most acerbic (not to mention insightful!), and the Melvins' cathartic drum and guitar workouts pummel brilliantly through Lessons in What Not to Become and the septic all bass-chug of Kevin Rutmanis (making his final appearance on vinyl with the Melvins on this album) and Buzzo that anchors Wholly Buy Bull.
Of course, the cherry on top is Jello and the lads ripping through a new, updated version of Kalifornia Über Alles - as sung by the GropenfÜhrer himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger! With Jello's unmistakable wit and even more distinctive punk-rock croon fully intact, it's a breath of fresh air to hear a live Jello classic sound the way it was intended to for a change!
The album's remaining remixed tracks serve to deepen the impression that what has been created throughout the course of this collaboration is the work of a band - A band whose songs have enough depth to remain interesting in new and sonic environs. Dalek's chilling reworking of Dawn of the Locusts brings the song into a completely different light, and Al Jourgensen's (Ministry) take on Enchanted Thoughtfist is so cold and almost new-wave-y that it works brilliantly. The tone of the track reaches waaay back into the Ministry back catalog, surprising even Al himself! Then the fresh new tag-team Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi, the album's engineer) reshape Caped Crusader into a disturbing cartoon version of itself to round out the record. The fact that these songs are open to this kind of interpretation, and that these interpretations work so well is a testament to the quality with which they were crafted in the first place.
Once again, the band is joined by Adam Jones from Tool on guitar for over half the tracks, and this time around, the stunning artwork is provided by none other than Camille Rose Garcia! 27 minutes of new and never before heard Jello Biafra and the Melvins and 17 minutes of remixed weirdness from the group's friends has created a record that surpasses its predecessor in sheer sonic audacity and is an extremely satisfying listen in its own right. Whether you missed the boat the first time around, or you couldn't get enough of Never Breathe What You Can't See, it's time to stand up, put your right hand over your heart, extend that middle finger, and say it loud - say it proud - SEIG HOWDY!1. Halo Of Flies
2. The Lighter Side Of Global Terrorism (Extended Space-Melt Version)
3. Lessons In What Not To Become
4. Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)
5. Wholly Bun Bull
6. Voted Off The Island
7. Kali-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live)
8. Dawn Of The Locusts (March Of The Locusts Deadverse Remix By Dalek)
9. Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix)
10. Caped Crusader (Subway Gas/Hello Kitty Mix)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Don't Press Your Luck! The In Sound Of 60's ConnecticutConnecticut had a solid garage rock scene in the mid-'60s, and more than a few of the best bands in the region logged time at Wallingford's Trod Nossel Studios (aka Syncron Sound), a recording facility run by Thomas Doc Cavalier, truly an unlikely champion of local rock & roll. Cavalier was a successful dentist who gave up his practice to manage New England rockers the Bram Rigg Set and the Shags (not to be confused with the infamous Wiggin sisters), and when Syncron Sound (where both bands had recorded) fell on hard times, he bought the studio, changed the name, and turned it into a profitable business that's still running today.
Don't Press Your Luck! collects material from a handful of New England acts who recorded at Trod Nossel and were overseen by Cavalier, and there's little arguing that the folks at the studio knew their stuff -- compared to many compilations of '60s garage rarities, these tracks sound lively and robust, crackling with teenage energy but recorded with a skill that didn't blunt the enthusiasm of the musicians. (Bob Irwin's superb remastering is also to be commended.) And the music is pretty great, too -- the Wildweeds' classic No Good to Cry (featuring a pre-NRBQ Al Anderson) is the standout here, but there's also some moody beat stuff from the Shags (Don't Press Your Luck, Hide Away), fuzztone-powered angst from the Bram Rigg Set (Sleepless Nights, You Don't Love Me, and a potent cover of Them's I Can Only Give You Everything), and intriguing weirdness from the misanthropic Fourth Ryke (Please Leave, You're Cutting Out).
While you'd expect high goofiness from a group called Uranus and the Five Moons, their material is actually smart and adventurous (Nothing Remains, SSS Happenin' Here). Some radio spots recorded at Trod Nossel also make the cut, as does a demonstration of the wonders of multi-track recorded based around a session by the Shags. Garage fanatics and folks with a taste for Connecticut history will both find this set to be well worth investigating.1. I Can Only Give You Everything: Bram Rigg Set
2. Don't Press Your Luck: The Shags
3. Help Me: George's Boys*
4. Too Many Lies: The Lively Ones*>
5. Take the Time Be Yourself: Bram Rigg Set
6. Hide Away: The Shags
7. 'SSS' Happenin' Here: Uranus and the Five Moons*
8. Sleepless Nights: The Ravens*
9. You're Cutting Out: Fourth Ryke*
10. I've Paid My Dues: The Bearies*
11. Radio Spot: WAVZ Radio Jingle: The Shags
12. No Good to Cry: The Wildweeds
13. Think: The Lively Ones*
14. I Can't Explain: Bram Rigg Set*
15. Breathe in My Ear: The Shags
16. Please Leave: Fourth Ryke*
17. Radio Spot: Specter's Radio Ad: The Shags
18. Nothing Remains: Uranus and the Five Moons*
19. You Don't Love Me: Bram Rigg Set*
20. Come Back to Me: The Shags*
21. LUV: The Roadrunners*
22. I'm Dreaming:The Wildweeds LP Bonus Track
23. Your Groove: Uranus and the Five Moons LP Bonus Track
24. Hey, Little Girl: The Shags LP Bonus Track
25. Sticks and Stones: George's Boys* LP Bonus Track
26. Bad News for Me: The Bearies* LP Bonus Track
27. Make a Record with the Shags: The Shags*$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dopesmoker (Awaiting Repress)
It is with an immense amount of pride that Southern Lord brings you a mighty offering from the gods known as Sleep! In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps' Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!
The Lord version features brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the albums' rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by From Ashes Rise guitarist, Brad Boatright (OFF!, Noothgrush, Deviated Instinct). His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically.
What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and all-around unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle! Also exclusive to the reborn version of Dopesmoker, is a unreleased live track of one of the best songs the band ever did, "Holy Mountain." Purple 180g double vinyl pressing from Southern Lord with bonus track and brand new artwork in thick Stoughton gatefld jacket with spot uv-varnish.
Formed as a Bay Area hc/punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November of 1992 (exactly as received by the label!) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite Sleep's Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.
Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a humongous buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a single song, a 63 minute long ode to weed, called "Dopesmoker." Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and re-titled it "Jerusalem," but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.
Dopesmoker was recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins) at Record Two Studio in Comptche, California. While recording the song, it began to form differently than the band had originally envisioned. Pike stated that "The song was getting slower and slower and then it got weird. We started tripping out and second guessing ourselves." Recording the album was difficult. Pike recalled that "There was so much to memorize for that album, and we had to do it in like three different sections because a reel-to-reel only holds 22 minutes. It was really cool, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in in my life." Sleep were in the studio for one month then went home to rehearse and returned for another month. Pike noted that they ended up with two or three different versions of the song.
In the aftermath of the breakup of the band, four versions of the album were released. In 1999, Jerusalem came out with a running time of 52 minutes and is a single composition split into six identically-named tracks. There are 3 different versions/releases of Jerusalem: (1) a rare London Records promotional disc, (2) a bootleg with cover art by Arik Roper, and (3) the Rise Above/Music Cartel Records release. All three of these versions are edited and considered unauthorized versions. The version of the album titled Dopesmoker was released on April 22, 2003 by Tee Pee Records on compact disc and vinyl with a 63-minute running time. That version is the only version the band considers to be "authorized" and worthy of release. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history... a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivaled in the annals of (stoner) metal!LP1
1. Holy Mountain (Live at the I-Beam, San Francisco, CA 1994)
2. Sonic Titan (Live at Gilman St, San Francisco, CA 1992)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now