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  • Where The Light Is Where The Light Is Quick View

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    Where The Light Is

    Where The Light Is: Live in Los Angeles captures the multi-Grammy Award-winning, Platinum-selling singer/songwriter John Mayer in the element where fans love him the most: live on stage!



    This special concert includes 3 different sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a set featuring Mayer's full band.



    John Mayer's Where The Light Is includes 22 songs and features a one-of-a-kind song list - all recorded the night of December 8th, 2007 at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles. His famous live acoustic cover of Free Fallin', originally by Tom Petty, from this album was released as a single and met with wide critical acclaim.



    Guitarist magazine gave the album five stars, saying this release proves that Mayer is the complete package as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.
    That pretty much says it all!


    • 180 grams audiophile vinyl

    • Deluxe 4LP set in 15mm sleeve / printed inner sleeves



    Acoustic Set

    1. Neon

    2. Stop This Train

    3. In Your Atmosphere

    4. Daughters

    5. Free Fallin'


    Trio Set

    6. Everyday I Have The Blues

    7. Wait Until Tomorrow

    8. Who Did You Think I Was

    9. Come When I Call

    10. Good Love Is On The Way

    11. Out Of My Mind

    12. Vultures

    13. Bold As Love


    Band Set

    14. Waiting On The World To Change

    15. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room

    16. Why Georgia

    17. The Heart Of Life

    18. I Don't Need No Doctor

    19. Gravity

    20. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)

    21. Belief

    22. I'm Gonna Find Another You

    John Mayer
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  • The Light The Light Quick View

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    The Light

    Whether they move minds or bodies, Uncle Lucius is out to make music that can lift
    our spirits. And rock our souls.


    Though Austin roots band Uncle Lucius has worn a Southern rock tag for most of
    its 10-year existence, the band's fourth studio album, The Light, charts a course
    designed to convey just how vast that musical territory really is. The Light dips into
    regions where blues, R&B, jazz, soul, country and gospel took form, mapping a sound
    that captures the true meaning of Americana.


    Containing songwriting contributions from all four band members, The Light also
    seeks to illuminate a different landscape: the sometimes-rocky terrain of our hearts
    and minds. Tracked at Austin's Treefort Studios with producer George Reiff, these 12
    songs deliver what guitarist Mike Carpenter, a Houston native, likes to call "Southern
    rock for the thinking man. Rock 'n' roll for the soul."


    Lead singer, Kevin Galloway, admits his ultimate goal is to turn musical energy into
    a catalyst for humanity's evolution. This is music with depth, made by men given to
    truth seeking on levels both existential and literal.

    1. The Light
    2. Age of Reason
    3. Taking in the View
    4. Ourboros
    5. End of 118
    6. No Time Flat
    7. Wheel's in Motion
    8. Gulf Coast Gypsies
    9. Flood Then Fade Away
    10. Don't Own the Right
    11. Nothing to Save
    12. Someday is a Far Cry
    Uncle Lucius
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    Drogas Light

    A decade after Lupe Fiasco exploded onto the hip-hop scene with his seminal 2006 debut Food & Liquor, the Chicago native is closing the chapter on his career with his most visualized projects yet. The independent rapper, who parted ways with his former label Atlantic Records following the release of 2015's Tetsuo & Youth, hits his creative peak with a trilogy of albums-Drogas Light, Drogas and Skulls-the final curtain call on one of the most gifted lyricists and visionaries to grace the mic.


    If anything, Drogas Light, the first delivery to fans arriving in early 2017 via 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers, is a testament to Fiasco's artistic growth throughout the years. The 14-track LP is free of restraint, and daring by his standards: the sonic and storytelling palettes are vast and diverse, more so than ever before, traipsing genre and style with ease and touting songs to soundtrack everything from a night at the club to a quiet listen on headphones. Where Tetsuo & Youth leaned into more experimental pastures, Drogas Light is the embodiment of a musician whose foray beyond the boundaries of hip-hop feels increasingly natural, a glimpse into the genius that will be Fiasco's legacy as he inevitably walks away from the spotlight.


    From the start of Drogas Light, Fiasco lays his rhyming skills bare, attacking a haunted beat accented by a screwed vocal sample on opener "Dopamine" that self-reflectively emphasizes the magnetism of the album ("Over-d off of this, but don't fall asleep 'til the dopamine hit!" he chants). The set is dotted with several trap-inflected songs-"NGL" featuring Ty Dolla $ign is a turn-up anthem that entertains the reasons why success comes slow to many, while the STREETRUNNER-produced lead single "Made in the USA" catalogues the various home-grown, illicit products manufactured in the country.


    Fiasco has often been pegged as a socially conscious emcee, likened to peers including Common and Nas, and he lives up to the reputation on "City of the Year," where he explores the economic disparity of Chi-town. He flexes his storytelling muscle on the hypnotic, spinning "Jump," on which he unfolds the tale of going from a "trapper to a rapper" by supplying a female adversary with a career boost. But it's when the album hits the relax button that Drogas Light coasts on cushy grooves: "Kill," also featuring Ty Dolla $ign, is an after-hours ode to women who work at gentleman's clubs, and the vamping closer "More Than My Heart" is an emotionally charged hat-tip to all the mothers who would sacrifice anything for their children.


    While Drogas Light signifies the beginning of the end for Fiasco, it represents how far he's come since he first entered the game and merely accents the intellectual breadth of the discography he'll leave behind. At the onset of career, rappers including Jay Z and Kanye West regarded him as the future of hip-hop, with the latter tapping him for a standout guest verse on "Touch the Sky" after Fiasco remixed West's hit "Diamonds from Sierra Leone." His debut album Food & Liquor earned him three Grammy nominations and a win for the Jill Scott-assisted "Daydreamin'," which netted the trophy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2008.


    In the years since, he evolved from the backpack rap of his debut with a string of classics including 2007's Lupe Fiasco's The Cool and 2011's Lasers, a prelude to the following year's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. While Drogas Light is just a taste of what he has to offer in the new year, it's yet another earmark on a track record of an artist who continually comes into new bloom.

    1. Dopamine Lit (Intro)
    2. NGL (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
    3. Promise
    4. Made In The USA (feat. Bianca Sings)
    5. Jump (feat. Gizzle)
    6. City Of The Year (feat. Rondo)
    7. High (Interlude) (feat. Simon Sayz)
    8. Tranquillo (feat. Rick Ross and BIG K.R.I.T)
    9. Kill (feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Victoria Monet)
    10. Law (feat. Simon Sayz)
    11. Pick Up The Phone
    12. It's Not Design (feat. Salim)
    13. Wild Child (feat. Jake Torrey)
    14. More Than My Heart (feat. RXMN and Salim)
    Lupe Fiasco
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    A Place Where There's No More Pain

    Life Of Agony emerged from the New York music scene in the early ‚90s with one of the most distinctive
    sounds in its genre. Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut River Runs Red, the band instantly
    built a die-hard, cult following. For over two decades, the group toured relentlessly all over the world,
    sharing stages with the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo
    Fighters, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. After the much-praised Ugly (1995), LOA opted for a highly
    energetic alternative rock approach on Soul Searching Sun (1997) and Broken Valley (2005) - the latter
    produced by Greg Fidelman (Slipknot, Metallica). Life of Agony has sold over one million albums to date.
    In 2016, LOA signed a deal with Napalm Records to record the group's 5th studio album, titled A Place
    Where There's No More Pain. Rolling Stone hailed it as „One of the Most Anticipated Albums of the Year".
    The album is produced by Matt Brown & Life Of Agony and mastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains,
    Machine Head, Deftones). The drive and intensity these ten blistering new tracks possess, surpass all
    expectations that built up in the past 12 years - a cathartic Sturm & Drang experience for the listener that
    matches the ferocity of River Runs Red with gut wrenching rock melodies. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt
    lyrics and killer grooves mark the return of LOA's signature sound and turn A Place Where There's No
    More Pain into a passionate, soul-searching affair.


    The highly emotional lyrics by singer Mina Caputo link all songs by the four-piece together, then and
    now: born as Keith Caputo, she had her Transgender coming out in 2011, changed her name, but kept
    her inimitable style of writing deeply from the heart. „And I just want to disappear and hide," she sings
    and shines a light on the path of all lost souls - while steadily walking her own. „Many of our fans have
    told us over the years that sharing our personal struggles has been cathartic for them in healing the pain
    in their own lives. That uplifting energy we share at the shows, gives us hope that there's light at the end
    of the tunnel. And for us and hopefully our fans, that short time when we're all together is a place where
    there's no more pain."

    1. Meet My Maker
    2. Right This Wrong
    3. A Place Where There's No More Pain
    4. Dead Speak Kindly
    5. A New Low
    6. World Gone Mad
    7. Bag Of Bones
    8. Walking Catastrophe
    9. Song For The Abused
    10. Little Spots Of You
    Life Of Agony
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    Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

    They say there's no time like the present; what they really mean is there's no such thing as the present. Five seconds into the future will be five seconds in the past once you finish reading this sentence. Translated into rock 'n' roll, terms, it means you're either ahead of your time or past your prime. And we're cool with that. We like categories and demographics and timelines because they allow us not to think; everything can be explained with the check of a box or a dot on a graph. But Metric don't let you off that easy. Their measures are decidedly cubist: eternal, multilayered portraits of instantaneous moments, the luminous blur of street life rendered as a freeze-tableaux, daily rituals portrayed in a fantastical light. This is music born out of sly, considered observation instead of gratuitous introspection - which makes it refreshingly anomalous in an era when so much popular music fudges the line between self-absorption and self-parody. Their debut album, OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? launched Metric's career and helped to usher in a wave (or New Wave) of Canadian indie bands such as Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. They have since gone on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.Finally available on vinyl, the album sounds as urgent and timeless today as it did in 2003 and like all of Metric's music to date, OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? isn't so much a summation of influences as experiences. The old world underground they so romanticize; they're not sure if it ever truly existed.
    1. IOU
    2. Hustle Rose
    3. Succexy
    4. Combat Baby
    5. Calculation Theme
    6. Wet Blanket
    7. On a Slow Night
    8. The List
    9. Dead Disco
    10. Love Is a Place
    Metric
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    The Red Light District

    The Red Light District is the fifth studio album from Def Jam recording artist Ludacris. The album was released on December 7, 2004 through Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam Recordings, and was eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart with 322,000 copies sold in its first week. The album's title refers to a district in Amsterdam where prostitution is common; red-light district. The CD is accompanied by a 41 minute DVD made by Decon of the Ludacris visiting the Red Light District, a Cannabis growroom, an adult 'cam-house' and the recording of the Red Light District CD/DVD promo concert in Amsterdam. This was the last album that saw Ludacris wearing his once signature cornrows. The album has sold over 2.1 million copies to date.
    LP1
    1. Intro
    2. Number One Spot
    3. Get Back
    4. Put Your Money
    5. Blueberry Yum Yum
    6. Child Of The Night
    7. The Potion
    8. Pass Out


    LP2
    1. Spur Of The Moment
    2. Who Not Me
    3. Large Amounts
    4. Pimpin' All Over The World
    5. Two Miles An Hour
    6. Hopeless
    7. Virgo

    Ludacris
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    Signs Of Light

    Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), Signs Of Light, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart's finest work. Lead single All We Ever Knew, which was written during the Let's Be Still era but never captured to the band's satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while Turn It Around seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching its inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape.


    On Signs Of Light, that gamut of emotions is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson-penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. It was one of those moments where no one talks, Russell remembers. No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.


    1. All We Ever Knew
    2. City of Angels
    3. Rhythm & Blues
    4. False Alarm
    5. Dreamer
    6. Library Magic
    7. Turn It Around
    8. Colors
    9. Take a Walk
    10. Oh My Dear
    11. I Don't Mind
    12. Your Mother's Eyes
    13. Signs of Light
    Head and the Heart
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  • Natural Light (Pure Pleasure) Natural Light (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Natural Light (Pure Pleasure)

    Natural Light by Eric Bibb is as strong as his previous efforts and produced once again by his longtime bassist Dave Bronze. Eric's voice and guitar playing shines all over whether he's doing a solo acoustic number as in Champagne Habits and the beautiful Lucky Man' Rag where he is joined by a wasboard player, or in the full band numbers such as the cover of the sixties Jackie Wilson hit Higher And Higher. Other favourites include the jazzy Home Lovin' Man where Janne Petersson's piano really stands out, the gospel of Right On Time and Tell Riley, a song about Bukka White and his cousin Riley B.(B.) King. There's even a guest appearence by Hubert Sumlin, the late Howlin Wolf's guitarist, who plays a solo on Too Much Stuff. Most of the songs are self-penned by Eric Bibb with wise storytelling and witty lyrics but there are some covers tastefully arranged including Randy Newman' ballad Every Time It Rains.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (vocal, guitar)

    • Janne Petersson (piano, organ, accordian)

    • Dave Bronze (bass)

    • Hubert Sumlin, Steve Donnelly (guitar)

    • Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders (horns)

    • Henry Spinetti (drums)

    • Martin Ditcham, Bjorn Gideonsson (drums, percussion)



    Recording: 2003 at Intimate Studios, London, by Troy Hermes / Warehouse Studios, Oxford, by Steve Watkins / Tonczone Studios, Kent, by Richard Studholme / Leon C Studios, Southend, by Dave Bronze

    Production: Dave Bronze



    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. Too Much Stuff
    2. Home Lovin' Man
    3. So Sorry
    4. Tell Riley
    5. Guru Man Blues
    6. Every Time It Rains
    7. Champagne Habits
    8. Water Works Fine
    9. Circles
    10. Right On Time
    11. Gratefully Blue
    12. Lucky Man Rag
    13. Higher and Higher
    Eric Bibb
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Signs Of Light (Picture Disc)

    Picture Disc Edition


    Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), Signs Of Light, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart's finest work. Lead single All We Ever Knew, which was written during the Let's Be Still era but never captured to the band's satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while Turn It Around seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching its inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape.


    On Signs Of Light, that gamut of emotions is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson-penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. It was one of those moments where no one talks, Russell remembers. No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.


    1. All We Ever Knew
    2. City of Angels
    3. Rhythm & Blues
    4. False Alarm
    5. Dreamer
    6. Library Magic
    7. Turn It Around
    8. Colors
    9. Take a Walk
    10. Oh My Dear
    11. I Don't Mind
    12. Your Mother's Eyes
    13. Signs of Light
    The Head And The Heart
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  • A Light That Never Dies A Light That Never Dies Quick View

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    A Light That Never Dies

    On his second album A Light That Never Dies which will be released in North America via Forty Below Records, KaiL Baxley has returned with a hard hitting, lush and beautifully haunting collection of songs. Co-produced with Producer/Engineer Eric Corne whose recording credits include Lucinda Williams, Glen Campbell, Kim Deal and John Mayall, the album was recorded over the last year in three different cities.


    "We used a lot of really old gear on this one to capture that warm analog sound and preserve its truth," says KaiL about the album. "I'm proud of what Eric and I got out of the studio and I'm eager to get out on the road and share it with people."


    Hailing from the small backwater town of Willison-Elko - a town so small that most people in South Carolina don't even know where it is, much less the rest of the world. It's only claim to fame is soul legend James Brown, with whom Baxley shared an unlikely friendship as a child. Perhaps this was one of the leading influences in Baxley's soul-drenched music or perhaps it was the similar circumstances in which they were raised that fuels such deep emotion in an individual.


    Abandoned by both his mother and father as a small child Baxley was raised by his grandfather Woody until age 12. When he passed away, KaiL bounced from one living situation to another, rarely living in one place for more than a year at a time. It was in this constant migration that he found escape in a pair of old RCA headphones.


    "It wasn't all bad really," he recalls. "I got to know quite a bit of music from all different genres during that time period. I'd stay with my uncle for a while and pick up some Van Morrison; my auntie gave me the Stones;friends parents turned me on to gospel. Then I discovered hiphop and it was all over. I was hooked."


    This is the very apparent source of inspiration in KaiL Baxley's genre-bending music that also blends blues, indie rock, soul, gospel, and syncopated hiphop-style beats into a most exquisite and easily drinkable cocktail of sound - a sound that he has dubbed "Soul Swagger".


    KaiL's debut effort, Heatstroke/The Wind and the War, was presented as a double EP which displayed the yin and yang of his musical range. A surprise nominee for NPR's Album Of The Year, it received critical acclaim, including a debut at SXSW, where Baxley was tapped as, "One of NPR's top new artists" by All Songs Considered.


    "His voice falls somewhere between Joe Cocker and Bill Withers with a husky authority. The guy is a whiz-bang folkie-turned-soul-rocker and has a voice which can make you dance or which melts butter, depending upon the tune."

    - Frank Gutch Jr. / Segarini

    1. Light That Never Dies
    2. Mr. Downtown
    3. Tell the Falling Sun
    4. The Ballad of Johnny Steel
    5. Morning Light
    6. Better FeelN' Better Days
    7. Owe
    8. Still Wonder (Interlude)
    9. Troubled Souls
    10. Chasing James Dean
    11. Mirrors of Paradise
    Kail Baxley
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  • This Is Happening This Is Happening Quick View

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    This Is Happening


    Double Vinyl In Matte Gatefold Sleeve With Printed Inner
    Sleeves.


    Mastered By Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering Service
    And Pressed By RTI


    Back in print, the classic third LCD Soundsystem LP.


    Of the many arresting moments that fill LCD
    Soundsystem's This Is Happening, perhaps the most
    unexpected comes less than halfway through album
    opener "Dance Yrself Clean." The seemingly unassuming,
    low-key rumble of a song morphs from its mumbled
    beginnings into an outsized flash of synth ballast and
    wailing vocals. The sudden shift is like the flicking on
    of a light, the perfect example of frontman-songwriter-mastermind James Murphy's effortless balance of restraint
    and release, organic rock and electro pop, and muted cool
    and vibrant emotion. This study in contrasts pervades LCD
    Soundsystem's third, and possibly final, release--an album
    where Murphy refracts images of heartbreak and longing
    through the scattered light of a disco ball.


    The cautious observations and honest reveals that follow
    are literally and figuratively quieter moments than that
    initial blare. On "All I Want," against a wall of whirling
    guitar, Murphy recognizes a relationship that can't be
    saved, and instead asks for "your pity" and "your bitter
    tears." "Home" shuffles over pulsing keys and bubbling
    percussion as Murphy tries to bridge physical and
    emotional distance, singing, "You might forget, forget the
    sound of a voice / Still, you shouldn't forget the things
    we laughed about." Conversely, the sparsely decorated,
    sauntering "Somebody's Calling Me" is almost hopeful
    in comparison: "Somebody's calling me" Murphy half
    whispers, "to be my girl."


    With This Is Happening, Murphy has created a work of
    both nuanced introspection and distanced observation.
    DFA is proud to offer the vinyl version of this much lauded
    release, which also includes contributions from drummer

    1. Dance Yrself Clean
    2. Drunk Girls
    3. One Touch
    4. All I Want
    5. I Can Change
    6. You Wanted A Hit
    7. Pow Pow
    8. Somebody's Calling Me
    9. Home
    LCD Soundsystem
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    Regions Of Light And Sound Of God

    Regions of Light and Sound of God is the first solo album from Jim James, the singer, songwriter and guitarist for My Morning Jacket. Over the course of fifteen years and six studio albums, James has been the focal point of a group that has grown into one of the most acclaimed and successful rock and roll bands in the world. With this project, he reaches into new territory that extends, but doesn't break from, My Morning Jacket's accomplishments.


    Until now, James had never felt the call to create a longer-form album on his own. "I'm very lucky to play in a band with guys that I love, who are great at what they do," he says, "so on My Morning Jacket records, I don't have a need to play bass or keys or what have you. But as a person and as a musician, I love to play every instrument under the sun, and I wanted to make a record where I played all the instruments and produced/engineered it myself."


    The results are nine songs that resist easy categorization, from the hazy space-funk of the opening "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)" to the chiming, operatic pop of "A New Life." On Regions of Light and Sound of God, nothing is what it seems-touchstones from old-school R&B or island folk or hip-hop flicker into focus and then disappear; a delicate instrumental is titled "Exploding." It's complex but cohesive, intimate and hypnotic where My Morning Jacket might turn more wide-screen and epic.


    "The album knew what it wanted to be," says James. "The songs would tell me what they wanted to be, and I just had to search around and find those sounds to bring them into this world."

    1. State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)
    2. Know Til Now
    3. Dear One
    4. A New Life
    5. Exploding
    6. Of the Mother Again
    7. Actress
    8. All Is Forgiven
    9. God's Love to Deliver
    Jim James
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  • New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light Quick View

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    New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

    Colin Stetson established himself as an intensely original solo composer and performer in 2011 with the release of the widely acclaimed New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. Judges ended up on countless year-end lists and emphatically proved that Stetson's approach to solo saxophone transcends niche or genre; a unique and emotionally resonant instrumental music with influences as wide-ranging as jazz, metal, pop, soul, drone, industrial, minimalism, electro-acoustic and modern contemporary.


    Remarkably, Stetson channels these manifold musical strains into a singularly identifiable and personal sound as a polyphonic soloist who doesn't rely on looping/layering or multi-track/overdubs technologies. Anyone who has seen Stetson in solo performance can attest to the stunning physicality of his circular-breathing technique and capacity to produce a seemingly impossible palate of multiple voicings simultaneously in real time - making his already beautiful and evocative compositions all the more enrapturing and viscerally human.


    New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the final installment in a trilogy of solo albums and is Stetson's most ambitious song cycle to date, again recorded live in single takes with a wide array of microphone positions and again mixed by groundbreaking producer Ben Frost. Colin's membership in Bon Iver over the past two years has also led to vocal contributions from Justin Vernon for this record, who appears on four songs, with a diverse approach on each, and whose voice constitutes the only overdubbing on the album.


    The record's 15-minute centerpiece, title track To See More Light, is the longest piece Stetson has yet recorded and possibly the heaviest: a tour de force of swirling arpeggiation, continuous breathing, pumping valves and vocalizations through the reed of the horn that gives way to a tremendous, screaming, sea-sawing dirge through the song's final movement. This latter stretch conjures a sort of saxophonic sludge metal, and the album's heaviosity references other sub-genres of metal as well, most notably in the hardcore blast of Brute (abetted by Vernon's cookie monster barking) and the ambient grindcore throb of Hunted. In other instances, the album is soulful and even hymnal, especially where Vernon's vocals play a lead role: opener And In Truth (featuring Vernon's most instantly recognisable contribution, of massed, multi-tracked harmonies), the cover of Washington Phillips' gospel tune What Are They Doing In Heaven Today, and Who The Waves Are Roaring For where Vernon delivers one of the more tender and honest vocal performances we've heard from him in any context.


    New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is the most cohesive and fully realized of Stetson's solo albums to date. It should reliably stand as the apotheosis of the New History Warfare trilogy, and certainly signals the full flourishing of Stetson's unique talents as both composer and performer, pressing his arsenal of virtuosic techniques into the service of vivid, impassioned and conceptually astute songcraft.

    1. And In Truth
    2. Hunted
    3. High Above A Grey Green Sea
    4. In Mirrors
    5. Brute
    6. Among The Sef (Righteous II)
    7. Who The Waves Are Roaring For (Hunted II)
    8. To See More Light
    9. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
    10. This Bed Of Shattered Bone
    11. Part Of Me Apart From You
    Colin Stetson
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    Music Is Painting In The Air 1974-1977

    Music Is Painting In the Air is a collection of new mixes and unheard music from Sensations' Fix's prolific output between 1974 and 1977. Revered as one of the great articulations of progressive music, Music Is Painting In the Air offers guide posts to those familiar with Sensations' Fix's amorphous catalog and an approachable primer to those just journeying on the sensational trip.



    The story of Sensations' Fix begins - and never quite ends - with Franco Falsini. Born in Florence, Italy in 1948, Falsini became a teenage rock 'n' roll convert through a steady supply of 45s sent home by his London-based sister. Following his sister's footsteps to swinging 60s London, Falsini put his love of music into practice, fronting a space blues trio that riffed its way from the UK back to Italy in a Ford Transit.



    Falsini became smitten by Vinnie Sherman, an American woman working as a waitress at a nightclub in Florence where Falsini was holding down a residency. The newlywed lovers made their way to Alexandria, Virginia in the summer of 1969. Arriving on August 15th, the first day of Woodstock, a spirit of freedom filled Falsini and fueled his creative proclivity.



    Falsini blazed a trail for home recording that has impressed upon inward resourcing and reflecting musicians and DIY enthusiasts in the decades since. A technology stalwart, Falsini employed a floor model MiniMoog and a tricked-out Teac 4-track machine to transform the Virginia basement of the house shared with Sherman into a cosmic conduit and launch pad for Sensations' Fix.



    The reach for space from a personal place is nowhere more apparent than on Fragments of Light, early basement recordings solicited by Falsini as deal demos and surprisingly flipped into the first of six Sensations' Fix albums released over the next five years. The up-close fidelity of Fragments - coupled with Falsini's emotive guitar leads and sparse, sentimental vocals - creates a private quality that separates the album from other extravagant progressive rock productions contemporary to its 1974 release.



    Relocating back to Italy on the heels of Fragments' release, Falsini, alongside drummer Keith Edwards and bassist Richard Ursillo (both American expats), charged through another two Sensations' Fix albums, Portable Madness in 1974 and Finest Finger in 1976, and a stunning solo album Cold Nose (Naso Fredo) in 1975. Without marketing or tour support to expose Sensations' Fix to a wider European audience, Falsini and his band of psychedelic renegades left Italy for the golden shores of California and their possible salvation. In 1977, Sensations' Fix released Vision's Fugitive on an independent label and fulfilled their major label obligation shortly after with Boxes Paradise.



    Falsini spent the next couple decades between New York City and Paris, creatively contentedly creating above par electro-pop (The Antennas) before returning to Florence to launch the Interactive Test dance music label. Meanwhile, the legend of Sensations' Fix grew. On his 2002 album, The Private Press, DJ Shadow sampled from two Sensations' Fix songs. More recently, Sonic Youth curated a career retrospective titled Sensational Fix at Life Gallery in Saint-Nazaire France.



    For Music is Painting in the Air, Falsini and his son Jeyon set forth on a year-long voyage to restore and revisit the original Sensations' Fix analog tapes. Honoring Falsini's tradition of autonomy, this collection, as with the majority of the Sensations' Fix catalog, was mixed solely by Falsini. The sequence is chronologically defiant, encouraging the listener to free associate the recurring themes' origins and immerse in the body of music as its own universe.



    Once this celestial body suit is occupied, it becomes apparent why the forward-thinking yet emotionally-accessible quality of Sensations' Fix's music is still finding the universal audience for which its intended. Falsini's disregard for time and insistence on reinvention provides an infinite reach for his music. The end-goal was seemingly unmarketable by the industry then, but perfectly harmonious with a culture constantly evolving now.

    LP1
    1. Barnhause Effect
    2. Cold Nose Part 3, 4th Movement
    3. Leave My Chemistry
    4. Acudreaming
    5. Grow On You

    6. Scraping Delay
    7. Warped Notions Of A Practical Joke (Instrumental)
    8. Dark Side of Religion
    9. Cosmic Saudade
    10. Cold Nose Part 3, Movement 2
    11. Fragments of Light
    12. Into The Memory


    LP2

    1. Cold Nose Part 3, Movement 5
    2. C'e Nessuno
    3. Map
    4. Moving Particles
    5. Cold Nose Part 3, Movement 3
    6. Music Is Painting
    7. Left Side Of Green

    8. Chelsea Hotel (Room 625)
    9. Fix A Water Fountain (Instrumental)
    10. Leave My Chemistry
    11. Overflowing Ashtrays
    12. Strangelands
    13. Cold Nose Story
    14. Slow Motion Movie
    15. Fortune Teller
    16. Fortune Teller Coda

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    All The Little Lights

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Bonus Record of Acoustic Performances and 8-Page Booklet Included


    It's been a remarkable journey for Mike Rosenberg, the singer songwriter behind Passenger. A journey that has inspired some of the finest songwriting you'll hear anywhere, whether on a street corner, a sweaty rock'n'roll room or a concert stage. Indeed, Mike honed his craft on the street busking, singing songs for spare change, all the while travelling and impressing crowds from the UK (where he played with the likes of Jools Holland and Ed Sheeran) to Australia, where he recorded All The Little Lights. All The Little Lights shows this amazing singer loving life to the fullest. The second record in this double LP is an acoustic performance.

    LP 1
    1. Things That Stop You Dreaming
    2. Let Her Go
    3. Staring At The Stars
    4. All The Little Lights
    5. The Wrong Direction
    6. Circles
    7. Keep On Walking
    8. Patient Love
    9. Life's For The Living
    10. Holes
    11. Feather On The Clyde
    12. I Hate (Live From The Borderline, London)


    LP 2 (Acoustic)
    1. Let Her Go
    2. Staring At The Stars
    3. All The Little Lights
    4. Circles
    5. Keep On Walking
    6. Patient Love
    7. Life's For The Living
    8. Feather On The Clyde

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    The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads

    Although most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there's an earlier, better live album called The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads. Originally released in 1982 on LP and cassette, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise. The first LP is the original quartet version of the band, recorded between 1977 and 1979, performing excellent versions of tunes (mostly) off 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food. Also included were the previously unavailable A Clean Break and Love Goes to a Building on Fire, as well as early versions of Memories Can't Wait and Air. The second LP comes from the Remain in Light tour, recorded in 1980 and 1981.


    In order to present something close to the music on that album, the original quartet lineup was greatly expanded. Added were two percussionists (Steven Stanley, Jose Rossy), two backup singers (Nona Hendryx, Dollette McDonald), Busta Cherry Jones on bass, Bernie Worrell (!) on keys, and a young Adrian Belew on lead guitar. The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases. Drugs gets revamped for live performance, and Houses in Motion kicks into high gear with a great art-funk coda. Belew is absolutely on fire throughout, especially on The Great Curve and Crosseyed and Painless, where his deranged feedback soloing has never sounded better. At this point in their career, Talking Heads were still basically an underground band; it was Burning Down the House that really thrust them into the mainstream, and Stop Making Sense documents their arrival as a more or less mainstream act. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads captures a hungry band on its way up, performing with a fire that was never matched on later tours. Unfortunately, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads remained unavailable on compact disc for years, which is a shame since it's arguably one of their finest releases.


    - Sean Westergaard (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    Recorded for WCOZ broadcast, Northern Studios, Maynard MA, November 17, 1977
    1. New Feeling
    2. A Clean Break
    3. Don't Worry About the Government
    4. Pulled Up
    5. Psycho Killer
    Recorded at The Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, January 17, 1979
    6. Artists Only
    7. Stay Hungry
    8. Air
    9. Love - Building On Fire
    10. Memories (Can't Wait)


    LP 2
    Recorded at Emerald City, Cherry Hill NJ, November 8, 1980-November 9, 1980; Central Park, New York, August 27, 1980; Sun Plaza Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan, February 27, 1981
    1. I Zimbra
    2. Drugs
    3. Houses in Motion
    4. Life During Wartime
    5. The Great Curve
    6. Crosseyed and Painless
    7. Take Me to the River

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    The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood

    Lee Hazlewood was a late bloomer. Following a meandering career as a disc jockey, producer, songwriter, label executive and solo artist, Hazlewood hit the jackpot at the ripe age of 37 with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," the song Nancy Sinatra took to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Its success convinced MGM Records that Hazlewood was a bankable star, and they signed him as an artist in his own right the same year. But as a self-described "non-singer" whose cult 1963 debut, Trouble Is A Lonesome Town, was little more than a happy accident, they'd perhaps gotten the wrong end of the stick where Lee was concerned.


    In three years on the label, Hazlewood delivered three albums and sundry odds and ends, beginning with 1966 album The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood. The LP found Hazlewood gunning-in as much as he ever did-for commercial success, blending country, pop, novelty, mariachi, and lounge music into something unusually of-the-moment.


    Lushly orchestrated and-like the album that preceded it-half-sung, half-spoken in a way that Hazlewood made all his own, the album collected solo versions of songs made famous by Sinatra and others ("Sand," "Boots," "So Long Babe," "Summer Wine"-included as a bonus duet with Suzi Jane Hokom) alongside some of his career-best solo compositions, among them the Morricone-like opener, "For One Moment." It's a record of extremes: "When A Fool Loves A Fool" is as light and throwaway as anything he ever laid down, while the wistful "My Autumn's Done Come" (sample lyric: "Let those I-don't-care days come in, I'm tired of holding my stomach in") is as raw and honest.

    1. For One Moment
    2. When a Fool Loves a Fool
    3. Not the Lovin' Kind
    4. Your Sweet Love
    5. Sand
    6. My Autumn's Done Come
    7. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
    8. I Move Around
    9. So Long, Babe
    10. Bugles In the Afternoon
    11. My Baby Cried All Night Long
    Lee Hazlewood
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    Coming From Reality

    Back in 1971, Coming From Reality was Rodriguez's last gasp, the follow-up to Cold Fact and the final album he was allowed to record for the Sussex label. Unearthed, once again, by Light In The Attic Records, it's another treat for fans new and old, designed - at the time - as Rodriguez's vision of a perfect pop album.


    Coming From Reality found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London's Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK's top talent including Chris Spedding (Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson) and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who discovered The Cure), who recalls Coming From Reality as his favourite ever recording project.


    Highlights include the super-poppy "To Whom It May Concern", the "Rocky Raccoon"-inspired "A Most Disgusting Song" and period piece "Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour". The CD reissue also includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded in Detroit in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey, representing the last thing they ever did together.


    Meanwhile, the Rodriguez story keeps gathering pace. A Swedish documentary company are working on a feature length documentary about the enigmatic performer's life and music, and Rodriguez is planning to bring his live show to the UK and Europe come Spring/Summer 2009, along with further North America touring.


    "It's an extraordinary trip," says Rodriguez of his new lease on life. "It feels like Picasso, Monet. All these exciting new thoughts coming at me. It's global. I'm lucky to have this second chance. It's very real and totally unexpected."


    Sixto Rodriguez, then. Still coming from reality, and bigger than ever before.

    1. Climb Up on My Music
    2. A Most Disgusting Song
    3. I Think of You
    4. Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour
    5. Silver Words?
    6. Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles
    7. To Whom It May Concern
    8. It Started Out So Nice
    9. Halfway Up the Stairs
    10. Cause
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    Searching For Sugar Man

    The story remains one of the music world's most unusual tales of the 1970s: an obscure debut LP by a Detroit singer-songwriter becomes a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. Now, the story of Rodriguez and his cult album Cold Fact is the basis for Searching For Sugar Man, a riveting new documentary by filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. Light In The Attic Records in partnership with Sony Legacy are honored to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack, comprising tracks from Cold Fact and its 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality - both reissued in 2008 and 2009 by Light In The Attic. The soundtrack begins with the otherworldly "Sugar Man" and acts as a primer to this long-overlooked musician's fusion of gritty funk, political poetry and blissful psych-folk.


    Searching For Sugar Man, a Red Box Films & Passion Pictures Production in association with Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S., was a big hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival where it won the world documentary audience award and a special jury award, and then went on to screen at SXSW, Tribeca, and the Sheffield Doc Fest. The film opens in New York, Los Angeles, and London (via Studio Canal) on July 27th and will play in other cities throughout the coming months. For a complete release schedule, visit the film's website: www.SearchingForSugarManMovie.com.


    Back in the late '60s, Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by renowned producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore. They recorded a 1970 album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Instead, Cold Fact bombed, and despite the release of a second LP, entitled Coming From Reality and produced by Steve Rowland, Rodriguez drifted into obscurity, even being subject to some fantastic rumors of a dramatic onstage death.


    Cold Fact took on a life of its own when a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid-era South Africa. Banned by the government, the album became a country-wide phenomenon over the next two decades, and the soundtrack to a resistance movement of liberal African youth. Back in Detroit, working in construction and renovation (he also ran for mayor), Rodriguez was totally unaware that he was not just a folk hero but a household name thousands of miles away.


    Decades later, two South African fans, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom set out to find out what really happened to their hero, and their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the many myths they'd heard. Their story forms the basis of Searching For Sugar Man.


    Both sides of the story, Rodriguez's life in Detroit and the subsequent impact of his music in South Africa, proved fascinating to Stockholm-based documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. His short documentary films for Swedish Television's international cultural weekly show Kobra became the basis for such films as Men Who Stare At Goats (George Clooney) and The Terminal (Tom Hanks). The evolution of the financing, production, and filming of Searching For Sugar Man is as fascinating and complex as the life of Rodriguez himself.


    "I describe myself as 'musico-politico'," Rodriguez said recently. "I was born and bred in Detroit, four blocks from the city center. Back then, I was influenced by the urban sounds that were going on around me all the time. Music is art and art is a cultural force. As far as my work from Detroit comparing to the South African Apartheid, the similarities echo. The placards of the 1970s in the United States read things like: We Want Jobs and Stop the War - I was looking at the music from a working class perspective that was relevant, as it turns out, to the kids in South Africa."

    1. Sugar Man
    2. Crucify Your Mind
    3. Cause
    4. I Wonder
    5. Like Janis
    6. This Is Not A Song, It's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues
    7. Can't Get Away
    8. I Think of You
    9. Inner City Blues
    10. Lifestyles - Sandrevan Lullaby
    11. Street Boy
    12. A Most Disgusting Song
    13. I'll Slip Away
    14. Jane S. Piddy
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    Something Special

    The three years spent on MGM Records between 1966 and 1968 were golden ones for Lee Hazlewood. He spent them working with his muse, Suzi Jane Hokom, writing a still-unreleased book, The Quiet Revenge of Elmo Furback, competing with Phil Spector from their respective studios, and coming up with the formula for the boy/girl" songs for which he'd become famous. In fact, the unflattering portrait on the cover of Something Special did little to hint at how hip this late-flowering talent (he was in his late 30s when "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" made him a star songwriter) had become.


    The common strand on the MGM trilogy is one of the unexpected happening. They were an ill fit for a major label-experimental, difficult to pigeonhole, and unpredictable. Those descriptors apply nowhere more aptly than Something Special. Where 1966's The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood and 1967's Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause And Cure had employed an arranger, Billy Strange, and a full orchestra, Something Special stripped things back and brought in a flavor of jazz and blues, complete with gravelly-voiced scatting courtesy of collaborator Don Randi. This sat alongside tracks like "Little War" and "Hands," the kind of late night, acoustic balladeering Hazlewood would later seize for his career-highlight LP, Requiem For An Almost Lady. The sound was that of a stripped-down nightclub jazz/blues/folk combo, fully rejecting the psychedelic music going on all over the world.


    The album made clear that forging a career as a serious star was not at the top of Hazlewood's agenda, and at the third opportunity, he'd let the listener in on the joke. Tellingly, Hokom recalls Hazlewood saying the MGM albums were his "expensive demos. I'm sure that MGM thought that they would be successful." Little chance of that with Something Special -it was originally released only in Germany. The same year, Hazlewood founded the LHI imprint, and began building his own empire, one we've been lovingly archiving for the past few years. We now present this missing link in the story, three albums that generated some of Hazlewood's best-and most varied-work.

    1. Shades
    2. This Town
    3. Child
    4. Stone Cold Blues
    5. Little War
    6. Them Girls
    7. Fort Worth
    8. Hands
    9. Mannford, Oklahoma
    10. Summer Night
    11. Moochie Ladeux*
    12. The Lone Ranger Ain t My Friend Anymore*
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    Cold Fact

    First Official Reissue!


    Mastered from the Original Tapes


    Co-produced by Motown Guitar God Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore


    Featuring Members of the Legendary Motown Players The Funk Bros.


    Limited Edition Vinyl LP on 180 Gram Wax


    Its one of the lost classics of the 60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in colour and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion. The album is Cold Fact, and whats more intriguing is that its maker a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez was, for many years, lost too. A decade ago, he was rediscovered working as a menial day laborer in Detroit, Michigan. He was unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for the people of South Africa, a beacon of revolution.


    Rodriguez recorded Cold Fact his debut album in 1969, and released it in March 1970. Its crushingly good stuff, filled with tales of bad drugs, lost love, and itchy-footed songs about life in late 60s inner-city America. Gun sales are soaring/Housewives find life boring/Divorce the only answer/Smoking causes cancer, says the Dylan-esque
    Establishment Blues.


    But the album sank without trace, thanks, in part, to some of Rodriguezs more idiosyncratic behavior, like performing at an industry showcase with his back to the audience throughout. When the follow-up, 1972s Coming From Reality, also sold poorly, Rodriguez called an end to his recording career. Hed never even played a proper gig. And he got on with life. Over the years, he turned his hand to local politics, gaining a degree in philosophy, factory work and eventually, hard labour.


    As his music career became a memory, Rodriguezs legend was growing on the other side of the world. In South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Cold Fact had become a major word of mouth success, particularly among young people in the South African armed forces, who identified with its counter-cultural bent. But Rodriguez was an enigma not even the label knew where to find him and his demise became the subject of debate and conjecture. Some rumours said hed died of a drug overdose or burned to death on stage. Others said he was in a mental institution, or in prison for murdering his girlfriend. Barring a couple of sold out Australian tours in 1979 and 1981, nothing had been heard of him for almost 30 years.


    But the tide began to turn in 1996, when journalist Craig Bartholemew set out to get to the bottom of the mystery. After many dead ends, he found Rodriguez alive, well, free and perfectly sane in Detroit, ending years of speculation. Rodriguez himself had no idea about his fame in South Africa (the album had gone multi-platinum, Rodriguez has received not so much as a Rand in royalties), and embarked on a triumphant South African tour followed, filling 5,000 capacity venues across the country. A documentary named Dead Men Dont Tour: Rodriguez in South Africa 1998 was screened on national TV.


    Rodriguez is spoken of in the same reverent tones as The Doors, Love and Jimi Hendrix.



    1. Sugar Man

    2. Only Good For Conversation

    3. Crucify Your Mind

    4. This Is Not A Song, It's An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues

    5. Hate Street Dialogue

    6. Forget It

    7. Inner City Blues

    8. I Wonder

    9. Jane S. Piddy

    10. Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)

    11. Rich Folks Hoax

    12. Like Janis

    13. I'll Slip Away

    14. You'd Like To Admit It
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    Eldorado

    This is the album where Jeff Lynne finally found the sound he'd wanted since co-founding Electric Light Orchestra three years earlier. Up to this point, most of the group's music had been self-contained -- Lynne, Richard Tandy, providing whatever was needed, vocally or instrumentally, even if it meant overdubbing their work layer upon layer. Lynne saw the limitations of this process, however, and opted for the presence of an orchestra -- it was only 30 pieces, but the result was a much richer musical palette than the group had ever had to work with, and their most ambitious and successful record up to that time. Indeed, Eldorado was strongly reminiscent in some ways of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Not that it could ever have the same impact or be as distinctive, but it had its feet planted in so many richly melodic and varied musical traditions, yet made it all work in a rock context, that it did recall the Beatles classic.


    It was a very romantic work, especially on the opening Eldorado Overture, which was steeped in a wistful 1920s/1930s notion of popular fantasy (embodied in movies and novels like James Hilton's Lost Horizon and Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge) about disillusioned seekers. It boasted Lynne's best single up to that time, Can't Get It Out of My Head, which most radio listeners could never get out of their respective heads, either. The integration of the orchestra would become even more thorough on future albums, but Eldorado was notable for mixing the band and orchestra (and a choir) in ways that did no violence to the best elements of both.

    1. Eldorado Overture
    2. Can't Get it Out of My Head
    3. Boy Blue
    4. Laredo Tornado
    5. Poor Boy (The Greenwood)
    6. Mister Kingdom
    7. Nobody's Child
    8. Illusions In G Minor
    9. Eldorado
    10. Eldorado Finale
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    No More Shall We Part

    No More Shall We Part ends a four-year silence from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. A best-of was issued in 2000, but no new material has appeared since 1997's landmark album, The Boatman's Call. With that record Cave had finally delivered what everyone knew he was capable of: an entire album of deeply tragic and beautiful love songs without irony, sarcasm, or violent resolution. It appears that The Boatman's Call has altered the manner in which Cave writes songs, and the Bad Seeds illustrate them. Two musical directors -- the ubiquitous Mick Harvey and Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis -- craft a sonic atmosphere whose textures deepen and widen Cave's most profound and beautiful lyrics to date. The ballads have the wide, spacious, sobering ambience one has come to expect from the Bad Seeds. There is an ethereal change in sound in the up-tempo numbers, which are, for lack of better terminology, musical novellas. They plumb the depths of blues, yet contain glissando and crescendos from the orchestral music of composers such as Fartein Valen and Olivier Messiaen. There are places, such as in Oh My Lord, where rock & roll is evoked as a device, but this isn't rock music. A listen to As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, Hallelujah, and the aforementioned track (the most rock song here) will attest that it is merely one color on a musical palette that is more expansive now than at any time in the band's history. Also in the band's musical treasure trove is the addition of the McGarrigle sisters on backing vocals - nowhere is their contribution more poignant than on the tenderly daunting, haunted house that is Love Letter. Lyrically, and as a vocalist, Cave has undergone a startling, profound metamorphosis. Gone is the angry, humorous cynic whose venom and bile touched even his lighter moments. His deep taunting ambivalence about Jesus Christ and Christianity in general is gone, vanished into a maturity that ponders spiritual things contemplatively. Humor that pokes fun churchianity remains, but not as a source of its inspiration. Over these 12 tracks, Cave has taken the broken heart--so openly exhibited on The Boatman's Call--and elevated it to the place where he has learned to live with, and speak from it as both an artist and a human being. Leonard Cohen stated in the song Anthem, that, there is a crack in everything/that's where the light gets in.No More Shall We Part is a mosaic of those cracks. If this album is about anything, it is about love's ability to survive in the world. It is examined concretely and abstractly; to the point where it meditates on this theme even cinematically. His methodology for the listener is, even though these are intimate conversations, the effect is illustrated in widescreen. In this way, Cave touches the heart in the same way Andrei Tarkovsky's films Stalker and The Sacrifice and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire do. There is powerful emotion here, spiritual, psychological and romantic, without a hint of the sentimentality that would make it false. As both a singer and a songwriter, his work has been transformed into something so full of depth, color, and dimension, that there is simply no one except his mentors working on this level in popular music. In the opening moments of As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, a tenderly, softly sung vocal delivers: Then she drew the curtains down/And said when will you ever learn/That what happens there beyond the glass/Is simply none of your concern/God has given you but one heart/You are not a home but the hearts of your brothers/God don't care for your benevolence anymore/But he cares for the lack of it in others/Nor does he care for you to sit at/Windows in judgement of the world he created/While sorrows pile up around you/Ugly, useless and over-inflated/At which she turned her head away/Great tears leapin' from her eyes/I could not wipe a smile from my face/As I sat sadly by her side. The title track is a ballad that could have been lifted from The Boatman's Call, except it lacks the reaching tragedy. And Cave sings in a tenor no one thought him capable of -- And all the birds will sing to your beautiful heart/Up on the bell/And no more shall we part. The chaos of earlier Bad Seeds outings does kick up on The Sorrowful Wife, where violins and Blixa Bargeld's guitars duel with Jim Sclavunos's drums for domination of the sonic torrent. The record closes with two of Cave's most beautiful songs, a near country gospel waltz called Gates to the Garden with the McGarrigles sweetening an already lovely tome to redemptive love. Finally, Darker With the Day, illustrated by Harvey's striking pianistic ballad framework touched by Bill Evans' technique, is as strikingly autobiographical as Cave has ever been, highlighting the extremes of good and evils that inform and torment the protagonist's inner emotional life within in a single day. There is loss and the seeking of deliverance and, in a statement not so much of recognition that this is simply fate, he also acknowledges hope: All these streets are frozen now/I come and go/Full of a longing for something I do not know. As he calls to a lover gone seemingly forever, he comes to the conclusion that for him, redemption is in love itself, whether divine or profane; the only hope is that love, between two people or between an individual and her or his creator, depends on one's openness to receiving it. Who can argue with him? No More Shall We Part leaves listeners in awe, full of complex emotions, and pondering the notion that they've been in the presence of great redemptive art--which Henry James calls, the thing that can never be repeated.

    - Thom Jurek (All Music)
    1. As I Sat Sadly by Her Side
    2. And No More Shall We Part
    3. Hallelujah
    4. Love Letter
    5. Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
    6. God Is in the House
    7. Oh My Lord
    8. Sweetheart Come
    9. The Sorrowful Wife
    10. We Came Along This Road
    11. Gates to the Garden
    12. Darker with the Day
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