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What's Going OnMarvin Gaye's What's Going On, released on May 21st, 1971, is regarded by many as one of the best soul albums of all time. Recorded in several locations, including the famous Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit and The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, it was also the first album to give a credit to Motown's legendary house band, the Funk Brothers.1. What's Going On
2. What's Happening Brother
3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
SPCO-PUR-10178xThe Dirty Dozen Brass Band
What's Going On (Pure Pleasure)In 2006, exactly a year after Katrina, in the aftermath of a vicious natural disaster that displayed the incompetence of the Crescent City's infrastructure, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Government, they addressed the tragedy in the only way they know how, by re-creating the same kind of bewilderment and anger that Marvin Gaye felt and witnessed in 1971 by issuing their own take on Gaye's classic album What's Goin' On. This is a question that is proved all the more poignant given the efforts of an entire region trying not only to rebuild homes and businesses, but trying to preserve a culture as this recording was released. The Dirty Dozen recruit a number of vocalists to help out on the hinge tunes. The samples of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's voice in the aftermath of the hurricane usher in the brass slip-sliding along the dark funky overtones of Gaye's signature tune. Guitarists Doug Bossi and Ben Keeler dig into the groove, as does drummer Terence Higgins and keyboardist/producer Anthony Marinelli, as Chuck D raps the refrain in the context of modern history, the disaster, and the ineptitude and even hostility of a government who wages war and ignores domestic problems. It's a news report from the front lines as the horns cut the melody, the harmony, and the deep, steamy funk groove. What's Happening Brother, closes the funk from the inside, turning the groove back in on itself not only playing the rage, but echoing it in the grain of Bettye LaVette's vocal, which dares to spit out the truth with questions and observations in the pain of a first person narrative. The airy arrangement of Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) is nearly mournful, nostalgic for a more innocent time, but is all the more poignant for that longing. The deep tribal drums Mardi Gras Indian-style, with the skronky saxophones, tight guitar groove, and screaming narrative in Save The Children give way to the smoothness of Gaye's melody. It's a bewildered tune, sad with undercurrents of rage. Ivan Neville's arrangement for God Is Love is a stunner, full of deeply imaginative hues and colors and gospel grooves. G. Love helps out on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), where the musicality in Gaye's vocal disappears but is supercharged in the horn charts, and Love's vocal sounds confused, displaced, out of time against the instruments. Right On is both militant and celebratory. It's got the funk, but it's also got gospel, rock, and deep soul blaring from the trombones and the repetitive riff in the rest of the brass section. Guru from Gang Starr cuts out from the moody, spectral introduction of Inner City Blues, when Higgins drums play counter to Kirk Joseph's deep blues sousaphone on the bassline. Frustration is everywhere and the horns point fingers to this truth which Guru lays out: that today is the same and perhaps even more so than it was in Gaye's time. The desolation in Gaye's lyric isn't lost but it is fleshed out over the chart so that they are merely the ghosts from the past preaching and exhorting in this new generation. Never has party music sounded so poignant, so utterly damning and hopeful and unbowed. This is the next step in the Homecoming that was a funeral for a friend; this is the aftermath, the sound of angry resurrection coming out with the sun, one where the revolution may be televised but bursts out of the edges in the screen and makes itself known by the medium understood by the people who have to live its realization. With killer grooves that take no prisoners, What's Goin' On is the most fitting tribute yet to Gaye, because not only does it prove the timelessness of the music itself, it echoes that what is indeed goin' on (Gaye's dedication to Detroit as its decline became a reality with no onlookers interested in doing anything) is even more true today than it was in 1971.
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. What's Going On feat. Chuck D
2. What's Happening Brother feat. Bettye Lavette
3. Flying High (In the Friendly Skies)
4. Save the Children
5. God is Love feat. Ivan Neville
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What's Going On: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970The core of "What's Going On" is the band's performance at the festival on August 28th but it is encapsulated by a documentary on the history and importance of Taste and setting the scene for their Isle Of Wight Festival
appearance.1. What's Going On
2. Sugar Mama
3. Morning Sun
4. Gambling Blues
5. Sinner Boy
6. I'll Remember
7. I Feel So Good
8. Catfish Blues
9. Same Old Story
10. Blister On The Moon$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What's Left To Let GoHailing from the United Kingdom, Goodtime Boys are one of Bridge Nine Records' newest signees. Signing to a hardcore label such as B9 carries with it an expectation that Goodtime Boys immediately buck. The band share more in common with La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth than other B9 bands like Foundation or Expire.
What's Left to Let Go starts off with Bloom, which has a chilling relaxed guitar intro. However when the full band come in, it kicks it up a notch with a melodic but upbeat rhythm. Then vocalist Alex Pennie comes in with his powerful vocals and really brings in the full sound of the band. I immediately noticed the accent on the vocalist, but it's a good thing as it makes the band sound different than most bands of this hard-to-name genre that has been gaining a lot of ground in the hardcore community. His lyrics are immediately at the forefront of everything, as well they should be, being powerful and emotional. The rest of the song keeps up this swing of going from relaxed to very powerful and back again like a lot of the songs on this record. However, it doesn't get monotonous or boring as the band have a good enough writing ability to keep the music interesting.
In the middle of the record the song Rest cools things off a bit coming in with a simple drum beat and an almost haunting guitar melody that fit the lyrics and vocal delivery perfectly. And that's the great simplicity of What's Left to Let Go; Goodtime Boys aren't afraid to use a pattern and vocal style that has been established, but do their own thing with it to try and keep it interesting. This album is technically a double EP and not a singular LP as the first five songs were previously released on the Are We Now, Or Have We Ever Been EP. However, if I had not known this I would not have figured it out from listening to the record as the songs flow so fluidly it sounds like one album. This is partially due to the band's cohesive writing and also partially due to those songs and the new songs being mixed by Defeater guitarist and Getaway Recordings engineer Jay Maas.1. Bloom
10. Sleep$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We're Not Going AnywhereAustin-based songwriter David Ramirez will release We're Not Going Anywhere, the follow up to his 2015 breakthrough record Fables and second in partnership with Thirty Tigers.
Most times, when a relationship ends, there is a season of mourning but then the clouds part, the sun rises, and we move on. What happens if and when the sun doesn't rise? What happens if, no matter how hard we try, we can't move on? Ramirez explained about the song.
On the 10 vividly imagined and passionately performed songs on We're Not Going Anywhere David Ramirez takes in the world from his unique perspective: Being half white and half Mexican has made this current political climate especially interesting. So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family have raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I've seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiraling out control.
For We're Not Going Anywhere, Ramirez partnered with producer Sam Kassirer, who has helmed albums by Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Bhi Bhiman, and many other artists. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer's studio.
It's very secluded, which was part of the appeal. We were able to get out of our touring headspace and stay completely involved with the record and what we were doing, explains Ramirez.
We're Not Going Anywhere turns that distance into a big-picture perspective- engaged and informed, compassionately political but not necessarily partisan. We'd take breaks during the day and watch the news and see all the rallies and marches and the disruption and the out-of-control feeling that was everywhere then-and, frankly, still is now. We were looking around and no one was around us. The closest house was a mile away, so it was just us. We were grateful just to retreat from that social tornado for a while and create something that we hoped would be very beautiful.1. Twins
2. Watching From A Distance
3. People Call Who They Wanna Talk To
5. Good Heart
6. Stone Age
7. Telephone Lovers
9. Eliza Jane
10. I'm Not Going Anywhere$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Going Out In StyleDKM come out swinging with their sixth studio album; a collection of tales about family, loyalty, and remembering where you came from. It contains all the best elements of the band's sound: a complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk, and American rock 'n' roll. It puts the band's diversity, intensity, and sincerity on full display. Consolidating strong sales history with digital single sales of 250,000 for I'm Shipping Up To Boston, which was the title track in Martin Scorcese's Academy Award winning film, The Departed. For fans of The Pogues, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen.
So what if I threw a party & all my friends were there? So goes a line from the title song of Dropkick Murphy's seventh studio album Going Out In Style. From the meanest of times to the best of times DKM want to lift your spirits during these tough times with the party to end all parties blasting from your speakers. The Murphy's know how to turn a wake in to a party.
Now in their 15th year; with a Scorsese soundtrack hit, a US top 20 album, a lifetime membership to every Boston sports team and a sound owing as much to Springsteen and The Pogues as to the Clash, DKM have come a long way from the days of Bostonâs Rathskeller.
Dropkick Murphys are not your typical punk band, they are Boston's biggest rock band, a band that plays Irish music with punk roots. A band with enormous families and armies of friends. They roll deep. DKM's music is so fierce and furious, their stage presence so explosive, and their commitment to their fans so ironclad, one can't help but be moved. They are the AC/DC of Celtic punk rock.1. Hang 'Em High
2. Going Out In Style
3. The Hardest Mile
5. Memorial Day
6. Sunday Hardcore Matinee
7. Broken Hymns
8. Deed Not Words
9. Take 'Em Down
10. Climbing A Chair To Bed
12. Peg O' My Heart (traditional)
13. The Irish Rover (traditional)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You're Going To Make ItMates of State's new self-produced EP, You''re Going To Make It, is nothing but choice cuts: five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the ear worms they are. This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies,shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.On "Beautiful Kids," the band speaks to how,even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: "We all just want to be seen, but we won't look up from our screens so that we can be seen." "Gonna Get It" and "I Want To Run" build off the same inspiring notion of the EP''s title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener "Staring Contest" speaks to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.1. Staring Contest
2. Beautiful Kids
3. I Want To Run
4. Gonna Get It
5. Sides Of Boxes$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What For?Opening to the scream of F1's speeding around a racetrack,
and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and
psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from
Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few
statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter,
is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is
obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful
experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics
just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something
unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty,
nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off
on your own.
A feeling of searching for something threads its way through
every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It
feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging
between waiting for something and not being able to wait
anymore. But the swinging isn't panicked or frustrated, it's just
a situation that he's reflecting on. The songs are heavy with
nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling
relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that "there
is no one to destroy your sweater" and, in another song, recalls
Big Star to declare that "rock and roll is here to stay." It feels
like he misses everything (even things he wasn't around for
yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next.
What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out
what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big
Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesn't
quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isn't trying to.
It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y
Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So
whatever message you take from the album, don't forget that
it's good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, "Good is good.
Good finds its own audience."1. What You Want
3. The Flight
4. Empty Nesters
7. Spell It Out
8. Half Dome
9. Run Baby Run
10. Yeah Right$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Go For Your LifeAfter pursuing separate musical paths for almost a decade, Leslie West and Corky Laing reunited Mountain, with Mark Clarke on bass and recorded Go For Your Life in 1985. Leslie West has never received his proper place in the pantheon of great rock guitarists. Apart from incredible technique and imagination, he achieved what so few guitarists ever manage - his own voice with Mountain. The album was dedicated to Felix Pappalardi's memory.1. Hard Times
3. She Loves Her Rock (And She Loves It Hard)
4. Bardot Damage
5. Shimmy on the Footlights
6. I Love Young Girls
7. Makin' It in Your Car
8. Babe in the Woods
9. Little Bit of Insanity$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How I GoRecorded in Sausalito, Californias Studio D, and produced by both Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his longtime collaborator and producer Jerry Harrison (Trouble Is, Live On,10 Days Out, Blues From The Backroads, Live! In Chicago), How I Go signals the bands welcome return to the studio. With the help of co-writers Mark Selby and Tia Sellers (Blue on Black), as well as Zac Maloy and Danny Tate, the new album offers a bounty of new material as well as covers from Albert King, Bessie Smith and The Beatles.
Kenny and his band, which features Noah Hunt, Chris Layton, and Riley Osbourn along with special guest Tommy Shannon, have delivered a refreshing and inspiring take on guitar-driven rock n roll. How I Go offers a blues infused collection of music and more. Shepherd explains, We poured our hearts and souls into the recording of How I Go. My goal was to give longtime fans exactly what they want to hear on one of my records, while providing new fans an opportunity to experience my brand of blues based rock. Im certain music lovers will clearly hear our musical roots while experiencing the growth and emotion that this record represents.1. Never Lookin' Back
2. Come On Over
3. Yer Blues
4. Show Me the Way Back Home
6. Oh, Pretty Woman
7. Anywhere the Wind Blows
8. Dark Side of Love
9. Heat of the Sun
10. The Wire
11. Who's Gonna Catch You Now
12. Back Water Blues
13. Strut$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Go Back HomeWhen Jimmy Scott died in 2014, dozens of musicians, hundreds of journalists and thousands of fans mourned the passing of a jazz legend. Not only had a link back to the era of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Lionel Hampton been lost, but so had the chance to bring the fame and respect denied to him throughout his long and rich life.
Now, as if sent from some righteous deity, comes I Go Back Home, an album full of life recorded by Jimmy Scott years before his death. Created by German producer Ralf Kemper, Jimmy Scott and with mixes produced by Phil Ramone, no expense was spared in giving Scott the lushest musical backdrops possible, creating an album that, like Scott's inimitable vocal style, comes late but but right on time.
I Go Back Home manages to replicate that using the finest arrangers writing for the most experienced players, mixed by the most intuitive engineers in the the best studios available. Scott revisited his favourite songs, into which he invested his lived experience, letting the listener feel the story known by far too few.
The creation of I Go Back Home was the subject of an acclaimed documentary of the same name. It depicts producer Ralf Kemper's drive to work with Jimmy and provide him with the best album he can. The film captures the challenges and sacrifices that lead up to the recording sessions, a document that makes I Go Back Home an even richer record.
Hounding Jimmy Scott through the most of his recording career was an oppressive recording contract that prevented him from releasing albums. It wasn't until 1992 that Jimmy, aged 63, recorded the first album over which he had creative control, All The Way. Nominated for a Grammy and finally bringing him to the attention of an audience that wasn't entirely comprised of jazz fans and a few lucky passers-by, Scott began touring and regularly releasing albums. It's not until I Go Back Home that Scott was given the budget that allowed him unfettered control over song selection, personnel and orchestration.
As the album progresses, each song sees another musician or singer join Scott for a fresh interpretation of a beloved song. Long-time collaborators such as Kenny Barron and Joe Pesci, or new, such as actress and singer Reneè Olstead, trumpeter Till Brönner and harmonica player Gregoire Maret. All give Scott the room he needs to slide between phrases, telling his story and living out the world of each song.
As Jimmy explained: "The lyric is so important to me. I feel if you're singing a song or telling the story in a song it should mean something. That's why I protect what I have in it, because that's where I believe it should go. It should mean something. It should make sense."
Dave Nathan wrote on AllMusic that Scott's phrasing moves "beyond mere poignancy and close to reverence". This is truer than ever on I Go Back Home. Scott shifts from speak-singing in album-opener (Sometimes I Feel Like a) Motherless Child to lively bossa nova take on I Remember You to full-throated commitment on If I Ever Lost You.
Expertly interplaying with top tier collaborators I Go Back Home is ultimately a record of collaboration and companionship, and the sound of a singer going out on top. Scott commemorates his highest points, and spars with fresh new talent in a way that suggests that he would have had great albums in him yet. And while we can mourn the decades he didn't record, the tragedies and injustices that never defeated him, I Go Back Home succeeds in capturing the essence of a life that was ultimately triumphant.LP 1
1. Motherless Child FEATURING JOEY DE FRANCESCO
2. The Nearness of You DUET WITH JOE PESCI
3. Love Letters
4. Easy Living DUET WITH OSCAR CASTRO NEVES
5. Someone To Watch Over Me FEATURING RENEE OLSTEAD
6. How Deep Is The Ocean FEATURING KENNY BARRON
1. If I Ever Lost You FEATURING TILL BRÖNNER
2. For Once In My Life DUET WITH DEE DEE BRIDEWATER
3. I Remember You FEATURING MONICA MANCINI & ARTURO SANDOVAL
4. Everybody Is Somebody's Fool FEATURING JAMES MOODY
5. Folks Who Live On The Hill FEATURING JOE PESCI
6. Poor Butterfly FEATURING GREGOIRE MARET$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What About NowWhat About Now is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. Produced by John Shanks, the album was originally released on March 12, 2013 in the United States. The album was promoted throughout the band's 2013 Because We Can: The Tour. It marks the final Bon Jovi album to feature Richie Sambora before he left the band in 2013. The album debuted at #1 in the U.S., where it sold 101,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. What About Now became their third album in a row to hit #1 in US after The Circle and Lost Highway and their fifth #1 album during their career. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, going gold in Germany selling 100,000 copies.
Richie Sambora characterized the new material as a compilation of "different elements"; yet reassured old fans that they will be just as pleased with the new work as they have been with the old for over 30 years.1. Because We Can
2. I'm With You
3. What About Now
4. Pictures of You
6. Thats What the Water Made Me
7. Whats Left of Me
8. Army of One
9. Thick as Thieves
10. Beautiful World
11. Room at the End of the World
12. The Fighter$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
At What Cost
Blue Colored Vinyl
At What Cost is the debut studio album of Washington, D.C.-based hip-hop artist, GOLDLINK. The 14-track offering includes features appearances by KAYTRANADA, Wale, Shy Glizzy, and more.
On the inspiration behind the project, GoldLink says, "I made At What Cost as an ode to my hometown. It's about the essence of Go-Go and how it's shaped the city and where I am from, the people, the attitude. I don't want gentrification to overlook what Go-Go has done and how it's shaped the city."LP 1
1. Opening Credit
2. Same Clothes as Yesterday (feat. Ciscero)
3. Have You Seen that Girl?
4. Hands on Your Knees (feat. Kokayi)
5. Meditation (feat. Jazmine Sullivan & KAYTRANADA)
6. Herside Story (GoldLink x Hare Squead)
7. Summatime (feat. Wale & Radiant Children)
8. Roll Call feat. MYA
1. The Parable of the Rich Man (feat. April George)
2. Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy)
3. We Will Never Die (feat. Lil Dude)
4. Kokamoe Freestyle
5. Some Girl (feat. Steve Lacy)
6. Pray Everyday (Survivor's Guilt)$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Know What Love Isn'tTracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens Lekman in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang Oh Jens, oh Jens/your songs seem to look through a different lens/you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun. A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.
I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination.
In The World Moves On he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully. Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.
Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few somber colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains, I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air.
A dry country piano makes Become Someone Else's lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in Erica America soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force. In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country.
The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories. And that's what I Know What Love Isn't is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.1. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
2. Erica America
3. Become Someone Else's
4. She Just Don't Want To Be With You Anymore
5. Some Dandruff On Your Shoulder
6. I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots
7. The World Moves On
8. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
9. I Know What Love Isn't
10. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blunted On Reality180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Legendary Debut Album
Featuring The Hit Singles Nappy Heads, Vocab, And Boof Baf
Blunted On Reality is the 1994 debut album by Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, collectively known as The Fugees. The album contains less political lyrics than their second album The Score, but there definitively were political intentions.
As Wyclef Jean described the meaning of the title in an interview: When the cop is messing around with somebody for something that the person didn't do and they try to set 'em up, that makes me blunted on reality. When the government is taking money on arms and that money could be going back to the community it makes me blunted on reality. It's just awareness of what's going on that's what blunted on reality means
The album spawned 3 singles; Nappy Heads, Vocab and Boof Baf and started selling big quantities, eventually reaching gold and platinum status, after the release of their critically acclaimed album The Score in 1996.1. Introduction
2. Nappy Heads
3. Blunted Interlude
5. Freestyle Interlude
7. Special News Bulletin
8. Boof Baf
10. How Hard Is It
11. Harlem Chit Chat
12. Some Seek Stardom
14. Da Kid From Haiti
15. Rufugees On The Mic
16. Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
17. Shouts Out From The Block$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-640xSly & The Family Stone
There's A Riot Goin' OnRanked 99/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
180 Gram Audiophile Pressing
There's A Riot Going On was Sly & The Family Stone's answer to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On?, the seminal Soul album that came out five months before the Sly Stone masterpiece. It's a dark, earthy Funk album, that went straight to number 1 upon release. Single Family Affair also topped the charts, and is still one of Sly Stone's most beloved tracks. It manages to capture the era of militant activism and deep social unrest in a brooding, moody album with tension that could cut through steel. It still appears on plenty of 'greatest albums of all time' lists (Rolling Stone placed it on #99 out of 500) and is seen as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1970s.Side A
1 Luv N' Haight
2 Just Like A Baby
4 Family Affair
5 Africa Talks To You The Asphalt Jungle
6 There's A Riot Goin' On
1 Brave & Strong
2 (You Caught Me) Smilin'
4 Spaced Cowboy
5 Runnin' Away
6 Thank You For Talking To Me Africa$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What A Time To Be Alive (Pre-Order)After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election,
"I didn't buy the silver lining some were promoting that 'well, at least art and music will
be great now!'," says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan.
"Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not
having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers."
That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of
current events gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon the momentum to make
something new sooner than later. "It would be strange to be in a band, at least our
band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we
live in and that our kids are going to grow up in." Enter What a Time to Be Alive,
recorded and mixed by Beau Sorenson. It's a record, says Mac, "about a pretty
dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen
Indeed, like so much of Superchunk's music in the band's nearly three
decades together, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety
head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable
pop energy. Like 2013's I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the
role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of
pain-it's as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up
The record features more guest backing vocalists than any previous
Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie
Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar
Gudasz, and David Bazan. "Part of that was wanting a feeling of community," says
Mac. "I think that's important to not be completely bummed out about everything all the
Despite the album's driving force, it would be a mistake to call the album
political, which suggests it has anything to do with parties, policy, or anything
that can be broken down into a rational difference of opinion. "We're not trying
to offer policy solutions in the confines of a three-minute song," says Mac. "It's about 'how
do you live / not go crazy' in the current climate when it seems like every day there's a new
outrage being perpetrated."1. What a Time to Be Alive
2. Lost My Brain
3. Break the Glass
4. Bad Choices
5. Dead Photographers
7. I Got Cut
8. Reagan Youth
9. Cloud of Hate
10. All for You
1. Black Thread$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Give A Glimpse Of What Yer NotLet's face facts - in 2016 it is remarkable that there's a new Dinosuar Jr album to go ape over. After all, the original line-up of the band (J Mascis, Lou Barlow & Murph) only recorded three full albums during their initial run in the 1980s. Everyone was gob-smacked when they reunited in 2005. Even more so when they opted to stay together, as they have for 11 years now (on and off). And with the release of Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not, this trio redivisus has released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th. It's enough to make a man take a long, thoughtful slug of maple-flavored bourbon and count some lucky stars.1. Goin Down
3. Be A Part
4. I Told Everyone
5. Love Is...
6. Good To Know
7. I Walk For Miles
8. Lost All Day
9. Knocked Around
11. Left/Right$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits180 Gram Anniversary Edition in First Time Gatefold Cover with Artwork Elements Not Seen in Years
Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Original Warner Brothers Tapes at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster
Known for their ability to churn out hit songs, chart-topping albums and sell-out shows across the globe, The Doobie Brothers continue to be a force in the music business, garnering them success now for over four decades. They were also leaders in creating excellent sounding recordings and utilizing their masterful skills in the studios. Their amazing catalog of albums has truly stood the test of time.
1974 was a banner year for the band as they took their Bay Area soul and rock driven sounds to a further dimension, thanks to the hits on their fourth smash LP What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. Produced by Ted Templeman, this multi-platinum event would go on to become one of the most successful albums by The Doobie Brothers, as the LP gave them a huge number-one single with Patrick Simmons' Black Water. Plus the hard rockin' session yielded more hits like the Memphis R&B sounds of Eyes Of Silver and Tom Johnston's classic summertime ballad Another Park, Another Sunday.
Fronted by dual lead vocalists and guitar mavens Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, Tiran Porter on bass, and the dual drummers John Hartman and the late great Michael Hossack, The Doobie Brothers continued their trek to the top of the music charts as the LP went even deeper on album radio with more amazing hits like the hard rocker Pursuit on 53rd Street, the funk/acoustic vibe of Daughters Of The Sea, and the tour de force masterpiece Road Angel.
Even superstar friends like future Doobie Brothers Jeff "Skunk Baxter" and the late Keith Knudsen, Billy Payne from Little Feat, the legendary Arlo Guthrie and The Memphis Horns are all featured on this once in a lifetime classic rocker.1. Song to See You Through
3. Pursuit on 53rd St
4. Black Water
5. Eyes of Silver
6. Road Angel
7. You Just Can't Stop It
8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
9. Down in the Track
10. Another Park, Another Sunday
11. Daughters of the Sea
12. Flying Cloud$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Lost On YouMUSIC DOESN'T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED.
At the end of the day, it's all about being honest,
taking no B.S., and getting right back up after every
fall. New York-born singer, songwriter, and all-around
rock rebel LP puts it even more succinctly, "I
go Johnny Cash on that shit and just get through it."
As her six-year romantic relationship failed and she
split from her label, LP put her head down and wrote
what would become 2017's album Lost On You.
Its lead single "Lost On You" amassed over 191
million YouTube views as well as 44 million Spotify
streams and went triple-platinum in Italy, platinum
in France, Poland, and Germany, and gold in
Switzerland. Meanwhile, the title track, "Muddy
Waters," soundtracked the Season 4 climax of
NETFLIX's Orange Is The New Black.
LP reunited with the team behind the lead-up EP Death
Valley-producer POWERS' Mike Del Rio [Christina
Aguilera, X Ambassadors] and writer Nate Campany
[Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Martin Garrix].
"It's a weird thing," she says. "I feel more
confident than ever before. I don't have to police
myself anymore. For this record, I decided to
unapologetically tress on, keep going, and run
with my emotion."1. Muddy Waters
2. No Witness
3. Lost On You
4. When We're High
6. Up Against Me
8. Other People
11. Death Valley
12. You Want It All
13. Long Way To Go To Die$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blood On The TracksRanked 16/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Dylans Masterpiece Break-Up Album: Sentimental Redemption Arises Amidst Sorrow, Turmoil, Sadness, and Pain
Presence, Immediacy, Naturalness, Realism in Spades: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Makes Blood on the Tracks Among Most Lifelike-Sounding Albums You'll Ever Hear
Songs Flow Like Rivers, Acoustic and Electric Elements Merge Like Bezels on a Diamond
Includes Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Idiot Wind, Buckets of Rain
The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and The Basement Tapes Also Available from Mobile Fidelity
Bob Dylan was at several crossroads in the mid-1970s. Artistically, he was largely written off as being past his prime. Emotionally, he was suffering through a painful divorce from his then-wife Sara Lowndes. Creatively, he appeared at a stalemate, his previous decades unprecedented run of transformational brilliance finished. Then came Blood on the Tracks.
A start-to-finish cycle that documents a lovers pursuit of, entanglement with, and loss of a woman, the bracingly intimate 1975 effort remains one of the most encompassing break-up albums ever made and ranks as the most personal statement of the Bards career. To hear it is to experience the agony, frustration, trauma, highs, lows, confusion, sadness, and, ultimately, requisite redemption associated with intimate relationships gone astray. Dylan maintains its a work of fiction, but its evident close-vested autobiographical premise is what helps make it universal: Its the icon singing through tears, going out of his mind, battling hallowing emptiness, firing shots across the bow, and accepting culpability. It is, in short, a consummate expression of loves darker sides and the consequences of what happens when dreams unravel.
As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blood on the Tracks ever producedand the first-ever proper analog reissue. Fantastically presenting both the solo acoustic and band-supported songs with the utmost clarity, dynamics, presence, immediacy, spaciousness, imaging, and balance, this version shines a high-powered light on the fluid vocal phrasing, timbral shifts, functional rhythms, and inward-looking strumming that contribute to every song here serving as a wound-exposing confessional.
For all the melancholic pain, unresolved questions, shattered memories, wasted times, unrequited dialogs, and weary regret within, Blood on the Tracks remains as daring as it is reflective. Rather than follow for a monotone caustic vibe, Dylans songs burrow into the subconscious for the manners in which they are even-keeled, mellow, and occasionally, even peaceful. Dignity, honor, poignancy, and fairnessall traits uncommon in any situation in which partners dissolve histories, change hearts, and attribute blameinstill the record with equilibrium on par with the consistency of the flowing melodies.
Throughout, tunes come on and proceed as if they could continue forever, Dylan spinning poetic verses and conversations amidst finely tied knots of acoustic notes, chords, and fills, the deceivingly simple architecture conjuring the intertwined refractions of a bezeled jewel, various angles, colors, and textures conjoining into a gorgeously inseparable whole. Backed by Tony Browns flexible albeit subtle bass, Buddy Cages country-streaked pedal-steel guitar, and Paul Griffins soul-baring organan instrument used to shadow, tuckpoint, and illuminate here as effectively as any time in rock historyDylan pours soulful emotion, open his veins, and bleeds.
Ranked 16 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and replete with existential thought, piercing directness, raw singing, and majestic arrangements,
Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Tangled Up in Blue
2. Simple Twist of Fate
3. Youre A Big Girl Now
4. Idiot Wind
5. Youre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
6. Meet Me in the Morning
7. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
8. If You See Her, Say Hello
9. Shelter From the Storm
10. Buckets of Rain$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Working On A DreamBruce Springsteen's new album Working on a Dream was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus the bonus tracks The Wrestler, from the Darren Aronofsky film of the same name and A Night With the Jersey Devil.
Springsteen explains, Towards the end of recording Magic, excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O'Brien heard the new songs, he said, 'Let's keep going.' Over the course of the next year, that's just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year's tour. I hope Working on a Dream has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we've ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.
Working on a Dream is Bruce Springsteen's twenty-fourth album and it was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles and New Jersey.1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working on a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival
13. The Wrestler$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Starspeaking of air and darkness, Born on a Gangster Star cameinto the world in a big damn hurry, like nightfall on an island.You can see it happening, but then again it's so gradual that thenext thing you know-it's dark.
Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embersfloating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palacesrecorded this entire album over the course of two weeks withBlood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegratedcomfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the rubble.
Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazar, a sentientbeing from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurdercato chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds inour world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone likehim could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutalityand alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
Inspired by days on end spent in the waves-water and light,both-of Southern California, the work came to the Palaceer in aflash, like being picked up by something and carried. Alwaysdribbling with his head up, he can see what's going on aroundhim and react to it, rather than starting in a certain direction andhoping to achieve something upon arrival.
What's good?-the kids ask. What does it even mean, and whatdoes it even matter? Who is behind these choices? We are all ofus sitting under a waterfall of all. this. shit. But it's the excessthat is casting us into ruts.
The Palaceer stays away from the fleeting and the superficialnonessential. Stay away from your device-your phantomlimb-and stay away from your image-your phantom self; thatis his decree. Considering the motions behind the things you liketo consume artistically, rather than just the way something looksor sounds, and thinking in layers, and trying to be more considerateand not so self-oriented-this is his medicine for combat.
Born on a Gangster Star flirts with a pop sensibility, but throughthe prism of Shabazz Palaces's fire and fury. For the Palaceer,that sense is all about how the groove is moving, and thesupernatural telepathy that occurs amongst his cohort. Appearinghere, in body or in spirit, are Julian Casablancas, Thundercat,Darrius Willrich, Gamble and Huff, Loud Eyes Lou, Thaddillac,Ahmir, Jon Kirby, Sunny Levine, and Blood. The storybelongs to Quazarz, but the air and darkness belong to us.
And so we shine a light on the fake.1. Since C.A.Y.A
2. When Cats Claw
3. Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
4. Dèesse Du Sang
5. Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
6. Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
7. Fine Ass Hairdresser
8. The Neurochem Mixalogue
9. That's How City Life Goes
10. Moon Whip QuÄz (feat. Darrius)
11. Federalist Papers$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blonde On Blonde (Box Set)Ranked 9/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
That Thin, That Wild Mercury Sound: Dylans Ground-Shaking 1966 Double LP Sent Tremors Throughout the World
Wider Grooves, Superior Sound: Mobile Fidelitys 45RPM Edition The Last Word in Analog Fidelity
Recorded With One of The Most Ear-Awakening Lineups Ever Assembled: Al Kooper, Pig Robbins, Joe South, Kenny Buttrey, and The Bands Rick Danko and Robbie Robertson Among Musicians
Vaudeville, Contemporary Pop, Fiery Rock and Roll, Memphis Blues, Folk-Derived Sagas Among Enriched Palette of Styles
Blonde on Blonde: A double album that transcends time, defies space, suspends reality, and looks through the human soul and tells the listener characteristics about themselves they didnt know. Professor Sean Wilentz, historian-in-residence for Bob Dylans Web site, comes as close to summing up its brilliance in his superb Bob Dylan In America as any whove tried: The songs are rich meditations on desire, frailty, promises, boredom, hurt, envy, connections, missed connections, paranoia, and transcendent beautyin short, the lures and snare of love, stock themes of rock and pop music, but written with a powerful literary imagination and played out in a pop netherworld. No lie.
As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on 45RPM LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blonde on Blonde ever produced. Forever renowned for what the Bard deemed that thin, that wild mercury sound, the albums famed aural character lives and breathes on this superb version, with wider and deeper grooves affording playback of previously buried information and lifelike presentation of the studio sessions.
Forever prized for a unique sound that cultural critic Greil Marcus tagged the most glamorous record imaginable; listening you [can] see the checkered jesters suit Dylan had worn on stage for the nine previous, furious months, Blonde on Blonde is to music, production, prose, and performance as what hydrogen is to water. The secret to its inimitable aural character partially stems from Dylans request in Nashville to producer Bob Johnston to remove the baffles from the studio room, allowing the musicians to interact as well as the music to assume a more organic quality that drifts from one microphone to another. Mobile Fidelitys reissue captures this ensemble ambience, with echoes, resonation, and some of the most natural timbres youll ever hear in plain sight.
The story of Blonde on Blonde is almost as compelling as the music within. Dylan, frustrated with how initial attempts fared in New York, relocating to Tennessee and pairing with Nashvilles top session players as well as members of what would become the Band, feverishly chasing perfectionism while also arriving at an on-the-fly feel that remains a reference point for recorded music. The Bard sweated over lyrics, demanded his band get the exact sounds he heard in his head, and limited most takes to a handful at most. A majority of songs were recorded long after midnight, the post-A.M. vibe reflected in the nocturnal aura, woozy optimism, inversion of intervals, and spiritual soulfulness of the playing.
As for the tunes? Chapters of books and lengthy theses are dedicated to the sheer conscious-altering power, mythical weight, character cast, and convention-obscuring magnetism of the lyricsto say nothing of the sophisticated albeit pure playing within, as arrangements touch upon gospel, R&B, pop, traditional and contemporary blues, vaudeville, folk, and more. Then theres Dylans inventive phrasing, his manipulation of pitch and locution, helping the narratives to take on epic, inchoate, and cryptic meanings that continue to be deciphered to this day. Punch lines occur as frequently as romantic declarations, all delivered with salient references, traditional parallels, and elusive interpretations on par with those of Shakespeare.
Visions of Johanna. I Want You. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. Absolutely Sweet Marie. We could go on. Essential doesnt even begin to cover the genius of this record that, now, sounds better than Dylan himself can imagine.
Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Pledging My Time
3. Visions of Johanna
4. One of Must Know (Sooner or Later)
5. I Want You
6. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
8. Just Like a Woman
9. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And Ill Go Mine)
10. Temporary Like Achilles
11. Absolutely Sweet Marie
12. 4th Time Around
13. Obviously 5 Believers
14. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands$84.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now