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  • Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings Quick View

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    Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings

    Light Upon the Lake, the debut from Whitney, was born from early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the most brutal winters in Chicago's history. Vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek began writing unflinching, honest songs about everything from break-ups to the passing of Ehrlich's grandfather. The pair leaned on one another for both honest critique and a sounding board for working through their newly-discovered truths.


    The brief, intense period of creativity for the band yielded Light Upon the Lake's exceptional, unfussy combination of soul, breezy Sixties/Seventies rock, and somber heartbreak woven together by hopeful, golden threads. After critical acclaim and nearly nonstop touring since the album's 2016 release, Ehrlich and Kakacek are going back to their roots - for the first time, the full demos from Light Upon the Lake will be made available. After a whirlwind year following the debut, the demos offer a way for listeners to get a glimpse into the very beginning of Whitney's sound.


    After almost two years of non-stop touring we decided we wanted to close the chapter on Light Upon the Lake by releasing the songs in their earliest incarnations alongside a cover of a band favorite by Alan Toussaint, and an unreleased track called You and Me. We're looking towards LP2 as we finish out the year on the road.


    Love,

    Max and Julien

    1. No Woman (demo)
    2. The Falls (demo)
    3. Golden Days (demo)
    4. Dave's Song (demo)
    5. You And Me (demo)
    6. No Matter Where We Go (demo)
    7. On My Own (demo)
    8. Polly (demo)
    9. Follow (demo)
    10. Southern Nights (Allen Toussaint Cover)
    WHITNEY
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  • I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard Quick View

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    I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard

    25th Anniversary Of The Bodyguard To Be Celebrated With Release Of Soundtrack Featuring Previously Unreleased Material


    Purple Colored Vinyl




    An essential new Whitney Houston collection bringing together a variety of live and studio recordings-many previously unreleased or unavailable-chronicling the artist's peak achievements.


    I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard includes never-before-released live recordings from Whitney's historic The Bodyguard Tour (1993-1995); alternate versions of the audio recordings from the The Bodyguard film; an alternate version of a remix of "I'm Every Woman"; additional artwork and more!

    LP 1
    1. I Will Always Love You (Alternate Mix)
    2. I Have Nothing (Film Version)
    3. I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole House Mix I Edit)
    4. Run to You (Film Version)
    5. Queen of the Night (Film Version)
    6. Jesus Loves Me (Film Version)
    7. Jesus Loves Me (A Capella Version)
    8. I Will Always Love You (Film Version)


    LP 2
    1. I Have Nothing (Live from Brunei)
    2. Run to You (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)
    3. Jesus Loves Me\ He's Got The Whole World In His Hands (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)

    4. Queen of the Night (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)
    5. I Will Always Love You (Live from The Bodyguard Tour) H
    6. I'm Every Woman (Live from The Bodyguard Tour)

    Whitney Houston
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  • The Classic Christmas '80s Album The Classic Christmas '80s Album Quick View

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    The Classic Christmas '80s Album

    The Classic Christmas '80s Album features your favorite holiday songs from the 1980s as performed by Whitney Houston, Hall & Oates, The Waitresses, Wham!, Run-DMC and more!
    1. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
    2. Last Christmas - Wham!
    3. Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
    4. Christmas in Hollis - RUN-DMC
    5. Jingle Bell Rock - Daryl Hall & John Oates
    6. Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston
    7. Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You - Billy Squier
    8. Run Rudolph Run - Dave Edmunds
    9. Zat You Santa Claus - Buster Poindexter and His Banshees Of Blue
    10. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Pointer Sisters
    11. Christmas Time Is Here - Ray Parker Jr.
    12. The Twelve Days of Christmas - Bob & Doug McKenzie
    13. This One's for the Children - New Kids On The Block
    14. Slick Nick, You Devil You - Fishbone
    15. Silent Night - The Hooters
    Various Artists
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  • Hologram Jams Hologram Jams Quick View

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    Hologram Jams

    The duo, Jaguar Love is comprised of ex-Blood Brothers Johnny Whitney (vocals, piano) and Cody Votolato (guitar, bass). Having already caught the eye of Queens of the Stone Age, who took them on tour last year, Jaguar Love has since inspired Matador Records, who released an album and an EP, as well as Fat Possum Records, who have signed them to a worldwide deal. This, their sophomore release Hologram Jams is produced by John Goodmanson.
    1. I Started A Fire
    2. Polaroids and Red Wine
    3. Cherry Soda
    4. Don't Die Alone
    5. Up All Night
    6. Jaguar Warriors
    7. Everything Is Awesome
    8. Evaline
    9. Sad Parade
    10. A Prostitue An Angel
    11. Freak Out
    Jaguar Love
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  • Thunderpussy (Pre-Order) Thunderpussy (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Thunderpussy (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: May 25, 2018*


    What if Thor's Hammer of the Gods from "Immigrant Song" landed in the hands of four wise, willful, and wild women? Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy.


    The quartet-Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass], and Ruby Dunphy [drums]-do the most rock 'n' roll thing possible and quite literally fuck up every rock 'n' roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process. Think of it like an inverse Frank Frazetta painting where it's the Amazonian siren wielding all of the world's power instead of Conan (he's on the sidelines in awe). More simply, instead of Page and Plant, Perry and Tyler, and Jagger and Richards, you get Molly and Whitney. Known for earth shattering pipes, heart-stopping performance art, and a propensity to literally writhe through a crowd, Molly is the consummate ideal front-person-bold, brilliant, brazen, and beautiful. At her righthand, you've got Whitney as the ultimate 21st century axe-slinger-cool, collected, and crazy on that fretboard. Rounding out the fray, Leah and Ruby cook up the tightest rhythm section this side of Cream (no kidding).


    So, what is it that turned the Seattle-based group into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts (we're looking at you, Sasquatch)? It'd be too easy to say it's the power of the P----


    Whitney steps in, "People talk about that magic. There's some voodoo happening between Molly and I, which is like a cosmic connection. She has this power. Somehow, I'm under her spell when we're performing-we all are."


    "The truth is, I feel the same way about Whitney, Leah, and Ruby," smiles Molly. "We're all in this together."


    That unity drives the band's forthcoming full-length debut Thunderpussy [Stardog Records/Republic Records] produced by Sylvia Massy. The lead single Speed Queen begins with a revving engine and arena-size percussion before snapping into a muscular and majestic riff and vocal proclamation, "Long live the Speed Queen."


    "The 'Speed Queen' is this mythic and magical woman who rides a motorcycle and travels around the country," explains Whitney. "Nobody knows too much about where she came from or where she's going, but she changes everyone she meets because she's that powerful. I was thinking of Molly when I wrote it."


    Its companion track "Badlands" evokes bluesy Zeppelin-style mysticism with a fury that certainly wouldn't be out of place on Aerosmith's Rocks-but is completely at home on Speed Queen.


    "It nods to that classic Terrence Malick movie Badlands with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek," adds Molly. "It's an on-the-run love song between two outlaws."


    Among its arsenal, Thunderpussy also boasts a song produced by McCready "Velvet Noose." Everything comes together into one cohesive and classic vision of rock music recharged, reinvigorated, and resurrected in what can only be described as a diamond in the muff: Thunderpussy.


    "Being a lover of rock 'n' roll music for my whole life, you either have it, or you don't," Whitney leaves off. "If you find it, cultivate it, treat it like a wild animal, and tame that raw energy, but not too much. That's what this is."

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. Speed Queen
    2. Badlands
    3. Fever
    4. Torpedo Love
    5. Velvet Noose
    6. Gentle Frame
    7. All In
    8. The Cloud
    9. Pick It Up
    10. Utero Tango
    11. Thunderpussy
    12. Young & Pure
    Thunderpussy
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  • Mack Daddy Mack Daddy Quick View

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    Mack Daddy

    Mack Daddy is the third album from Sir Mix-a-Lot. It was originally released on February 4, 1992, on Def American Recordings and features the hit single, Baby Got Back. The single spent 5 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and sold more than 2 million copies. Only Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You sold better in 1992. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this album back on vinyl after being out of print for over 10 years
    1. One Time's Got No Case

    2. Mack Daddy

    3. Baby Got Back

    4. Swap Meet Louie

    5. Seattle Ain't Bullshittin'

    6. Lockjaw

    7. The Boss Is Back

    8. Testarossa

    9. A Rapper's Reputation

    10. Sprung On The Cat

    11. The Jack Back

    12. I'm Your New God

    13. No Holds Barred
    Sir Mix-A-Lot
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  • In Plain Speech In Plain Speech Quick View

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    In Plain Speech

    Haley Fohr's music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr's striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music's centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise).
    1. KT 1
    2. Do The Dishes
    3. Ride Blind
    4. Dream Of TV
    5. Guitar Knife
    6. Fantasize The Scene
    7. A Story Of This World
    8. KT 5
    9. In The Late Afternoon
    Circuit Des Yeux
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  • In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) (Awaiting Repress) In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) (Awaiting Repress)

    Sam Smith has just announced that he is re-releasing his award-winning (and chart-topping) debut album In The Lonely Hour as the new, double-LP set In The Lonely Hour: The Drowning Shadows Edition -- a move that he calls his final bow before his second album.


    The release's second LP will be filled with one-off tracks and covers, as well as a brand-new song called Drowning Shadows. Produced by frequent Smith collaborators Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice, Drowning Shadows is a stripped back, heart-wrenching ballad per the press release (would you expect anything less?).


    Also included are covers of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, as well as Smith's collaborations with Mary J. Blige, Disclosure, and more.


    --Natalie Weiner, billboard

    LP1
    1. Money On My Mind
    2. Good Thing
    3. Stay With Me
    4. Leave Your Lover
    5. I'm Not The Only One
    6. I've Told You Now
    7. Like I Can
    8. Life Support
    9. Not In That Way
    10. Lay Me Down
    11. Restart
    12. Latch (Acoustic)
    13. La La La
    14. Make It To Me


    LP2
    1. Drowning Shadows
    2. Love Is A Losing Game
    3. Nirvana
    4. How Will I Know?
    5. Omen (Acoustic) feat. Disclosure
    6. Latch feat. Disclosure (Live from Madison Square Garden, New York)
    7. Stay With Me Feat. Mary J Blige
    8. I'm Not The Only One Feat. A$AP Rocky
    9. Lay Me Down Feat. John Legend

    Sam Smith
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  • Stills Stills Quick View

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    Stills

    Two years following the release of noise-pop duo Gauntlet Hair's self-titled debut LP, the band have announced a follow-up. Titled Stills, it drops July 16 through Dead Oceans.


    A press release notes that the band uprooted themselves from Denver and moved back to their hometown of Chicago since the release of Gauntlet Hair. The move apparently spiralled drummer Craig Nice and singer/guitarist Andy R. into a wave of nostalgia, which ultimately influenced their latest song cycle.


    I started listening again to the stuff I would have in my discman in the back of my mom's car, Nice said in a statement. White Zombie, Marilyn Manson - the production on those records is so amazing. Nothing sounds like that anymore.


    Recorded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra member Jacob Portrait at his Cave studio in Portland, the LP also apparently takes influence from INXS, Depeche Mode and Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), and diffuses all that into a garden of dark delights.

    1. Human Nature
    2. Spew
    3. Simple
    4. Bad Apple
    5. New To It
    6. Obey Me
    7. Heave
    8. G.I.D.
    9. Falling Out
    10. Waste Your Art
    Gauntlet Hair
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  • Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label Quick View

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    Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label

    In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown's touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor's Forte label back at full fighting strength. She'd calmed aching crowds the day after MLK's death, and she'd lived the life, despite its rigors-to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including "I've Lived The Life" and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear," which made national rounds in 1972.


    By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who'd stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago's RCA studios on "Baby Be Good." In '68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding "Give Me Love." Progressing in the middle '70s, Everyday People got "Super Black" on Forte's pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco funk with Sharon Revoal's "Reaching for Our Star."


    Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman's work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 LP tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans
    detailing all iterations of Forte's logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike-though what moves "The Hen" required remains anyone's guess.

    LP1
    1. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
    2. Lee Harris - I'm Gonna Get Your Thing
    3. Tear Drops - I'm Gonna Get You
    4. Louis Chachere - The Hen Part 1
    5. The Fantasticks - Cry Night And Day
    6. Marva W Taylor - I've Lived The Life
    7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Mini Mini Afro Twist
    8.Tony Ashley & the Delicates - I'll Never Be Satisfied
    9. The Rayons - You Confuse Me Baby
    10. The Four Darlings - Baby Your Love Is Amazing
    11. Lee Harris - Lookin' Good
    12. Marva Whitney - Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear
    13: Gene Williams - Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
    14. Everyday People - Is It Really That Bad


    LP2
    1. The Rayons - Baby Be Good
    2. Tony Ashley & the Delicates - All Along I've Loved You
    3. Lee Harris - I've Got To Have Somebody's Love
    4. Everyday People - Super Black
    5. James Whitney - With Fun In My Life
    6. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
    7. Marva W Taylor - Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
    8. Four Darlings - Give Me Love
    9. Unknown Artist - Dearest Lover
    10. Fantasticks - Live And Let Live
    11. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Ya Gotta Be Doing It
    12. Lee Harris - Skate Boogaloo and Karate Too
    13. Tear Drops - Don't Fade Away
    14. Marva Whitney & Ellis "Gripey" Taylor - We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

    Eccentric Soul
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  • My Dream Duets My Dream Duets Quick View

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    My Dream Duets

    My Dream Duets gives superstar Barry Manilow the opportunity to fulfill his musical fantasy of singing with many of his heroes.


    These duets with some of music's all-time greatest performers is Barry's way of celebrating the legacy of these legendary artists when they were at the
    prime of their careers.


    Manilow's genius as an arranger shines through when he takes the original vocal performances of these iconic stars and recasts them in duet settings
    with newly recorded tracks.


    Hearing Barry Manilow's singing in harmony with voices that are instantly recognizable, affords the listener a chance to hear their signature songs in way
    that is instantly familiar yet decidedly new.


    Through his inspired choice of songs and the way he's interwoven his own vocals with those of his remarkable duet partners, Barry Manilow's My Dream
    Duets puts a spotlight on the dynamism of Judy Garland, the raw emotion of Whitney Houston, the sentimental croon of Andy Williams, the electrifying
    R&B of Frankie Lymon, the life affirming joy of John Denver, the show-biz pizzaz of Sammy Davis, Jr., the sultry soul of Dusty Springfield, the exuberance
    of Jimmy Durante, the warm hearted style of Mama Cass, the seductive whisper of Marilyn Monroe and the ambassadorial good will of Louis Armstrong.
    Barry Manilow's My Dream Duets is a testament to the fact that although the singers may be gone, their songs live on forever.

    1. The Songs Gotta Come From The Heart - Barry Manilow, Jimmy Durante
    2. Goody Goody - Barry Manilow, Frankie Lymon
    3. Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Barry Manilow, Mama Cass
    4. I Believe In You And Me - Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston
    5. Sunshine On My Shoulders - Barry Manilow, John Denver
    6. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - Barry Manilow, Judy Garland
    7. Moon River - Barry Manilow, Andy Williams
    8. The Look Of Love - Barry Manilow, Dusty Springfield
    9. The Candyman - Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis, Jr.
    10. I Wanna Be Loved By You - Barry Manilow, Marilyn Monroe
    11. What A Wonderful World / What A Wonderful Life - Barry Manilow, Louis Armstrong
    Barry Manilow
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  • Depersonalisation Depersonalisation Quick View

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    Depersonalisation

    Like the chorus on "Come Down" that makes the downward trajectory sound ornate and beautiful, the debut LP, Depersonalisation, from Sydney-based band Nite Fields, is sparse and cold yet inviting and intimate at the same time.


    Lead singer and songwriter Danny Venzin is opinionated, passionate, and uncompromising, whether releasing works on his own label Lost Race or maintaining his diligent focus on a unified (though not narrow-minded) Nite Fields aesthetic, regardless of what music is currently in fashion. His band mates Chris
    Campion, Liza Harvey and Michael Whitney consist of deeply immersed players in a tight-nit local D.I.Y. scene.


    Australian iconoclast Nigel Lee-Yang of cult band HTRK, who's known for his distinctive musical vision, approached the band about mixing the band's future material after hearing their selfreleased
    "Vacation" single, which was recently re-released by felte. The results are rich with characterful sounds. Deftly crafted and sonically diverse, within the nine tracks you'll find noisy percussion, jangley guitars, potent bass and hypnotic synthesizers, all polished with Yang's signature electronic sheen.


    Poetic and personal, you need only to listen to the record's lyrics and atmosphere to understand where the title Depersonalisation comes from. Recurring themes include disassociation of reality and dissipation of love, with Venzin's understated and at times unsettling vocal delivery almost as hard to forget as the album's
    unique mood.

    1. Depersonalised
    2. Fill The Void
    3. You I Never Knew
    4. Come Down
    5. Pay for Strangers
    6. Hell / Happy
    7. Prescription
    8. Like A Drone
    9. Winter's Gone
    Nite Fields
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  • Surprises (Awaiting Repress) Surprises (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Surprises (Awaiting Repress)

    Import

    Surprises is a beautiful Soul Jazz album by flutist Herbie Mann, featuring singer Cissy Houston. Released on Atlantic Records in 1976, the album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, #56 on the Billboard R&B Album chart, and #178 on the Billboard 200.


    Emily Cissy Houston (born September 30, 1933) is an American Soul and Gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for (albums of) such artists as Wilson Pickett, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Donnie Hathaway, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin, she embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work. She is the mother of the late Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price.


    On September 29, 2014, at 81 years old, Cissy sang backup to a standing-ovation performance with Aretha Franklin of Adele's Rolling in the Deep' and Ain't No Mountain High Enough on the Late Show with David Letterman.


    As the '76 liner notes say: Cissy Houston. Only now is she beginning to emerge from her cocoon after so many years with the Drinkards and the Sweet Inspirations. Cissy...is showcased here like a star-in-waiting.

    1. Draw Your Breaks
    2. Cajun Moon
    3. Creepin'
    4. Easter Rising
    5. Asa Branca
    6. The Sound Of Windwood
    7. Cricket Dance
    8. The Butterfly In A Stone Garden
    9. Anata (I Wish You Were Here With Me)
    Herbie Mann
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    Jolene

    Import

    Jolene is Dolly Parton's 13th solo studio album, produced by Bob Ferguson. The title track, Jolene, tells the tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It became Parton's second solo number-one country single; it also was a moderate pop hit for her, and also did well in the United Kingdom. It has been covered by numerous performers.


    The album was released around the time Parton was embarking on a solo career, after having spent seven years as part of Porter Wagoner's weekly TV series and road show, and one of the album's songs, I Will Always Love You, was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup. Released as the album's second single, it also became a number-one country single. In 1992, Whitney Houston's version of I Will Always Love You was a mega-hit pop ballad.


    Two of the album's songs had been released on previous Parton albums: Early Morning Breeze was a remixed version of a recording which had first appeared on 1971's Coat of Many Colors album (the Jolene version was remixed to more prominently feature the bass and electric steel), while Lonely Coming Down had first appeared on Parton's Wagoner tribute album, My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner, from 1972.

    1. Jolene
    2. When Someone Wants To Leave
    3. River Of Happiness
    4. Early Morning Breeze
    5. Highlight Of My Life
    6. I Will Always Love You
    7. Randy
    8. Living On Memories Of You
    9. Lonely Comin' Down
    10. It Must Be You
    Dolly Parton
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  • A Sailor's Guide To Earth A Sailor's Guide To Earth Quick View

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    A Sailor's Guide To Earth

    Produced by Simpson, A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's In Bloom.


    Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, Cowboy Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings.


    A Sailor's Guide To Earth is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his break-through, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Beloved by critics and fans, the record was featured on year-end best of lists at The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voices' Pazz and Jop, Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music, American Songwriter, Stereogum, the Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Pitchfork, The Washington Post and many others.

    1. Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)
    2. Breakers Roar
    3. Keep It Between The Lines
    4. Sea Stories
    5. In Bloom
    6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
    7. All Around You
    8. Oh Sarah
    9. Call To Arms
    Sturgill Simpson
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    Kazuashita (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 22, 2018*


    After a seven-year hiatus, Gang Gang Dance have announced their return. One of the most enduring and creatively vibrant musical acts of 21st Century New York, their new album Kazuashita will be released on 4AD.


    Kazuashita - the band's first record together since the acclaimed Eye Contact in 2011 - is an intoxicating mix of shoegaze and electronic ambience, all held together by Lizzi Bougatsos and her otherworldly vocal. Bougatsos, alongside founding members Brian DeGraw and Josh Diamond, formed the group as an improvisational outfit in the early 2000s, and have consistently worked to blur the boundaries between music and art; as comfortable today performing at the Whitney Biennial as they are at Coachella and count Dash Snow & Nate Lowman, Tinchy Stryder and the Boredoms as previous collaborators.


    Kazuashita was produced by DeGraw after recording sessions across several New York studios and art spaces, the band worked with drummer Ryan Sawyer (who met the band through the Boredoms' BOADRUM project) and Jorge Elbrecht (who worked on additional production and mixing duties) and features a cover image from photographer David Benjamin Sherry.

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. ( infirma terrae )
    2. J-TREE
    3. Lotus
    4. ( birth canal )
    5. Kazuashita
    6. Young Boy (Marika in Amerika)
    7. Snake Dub
    8. Too Much, Too Soon
    9. ( novae terrae )
    10. Salve on the Sorrow
    Gang Gang Dance
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    Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (Awaiting Repress)

    In that mythical era known as the 90's, five brave young men emerged from the legendary halls of some of the mightiest bands on Fat Wreck Chords with a single mission: make all the rest of these dildo punk bands covering popular songs obsolete. They crowned themselves Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and the world rejoiced. Now, seven records, scores of singles and nearly a thousand years later, having tackled every genre under the sun, the bold young knaves known colloquially as the Gimmes have ridden their success hard, and decayed into desiccated, old divas. Yet, the diva, she is immortal. And thus, imbued with the old-world, Mystic Pizza-esque swagger of Cher, the modern pop-art sensibility of Lady Gaga and the enthusiasm-for-drug-consumption of Whitney Houston, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have returned from their beauty rest, busting out of their sequined gowns, and throwing vases at their assistants in order to present you with their latest opus, entitled Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, slated to be released on none other than Fat Wreck Chords. And you'd best believe, whether because of their tantrums or their virtuosity, once you hear these fat ladies sing, there's not gonna be a dry eye in the house.


    For the uninitiated, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes consist of Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape on the guitar, Shiflett brother (and Foo Fighter) Chris Shiflett on the other guitar, Lagwagon drummer and Fat Wreck utility superhero Dave Raun on the skins, and are rounded out by Fat Wreck-head-honcho/NOFX main-dude Fat Mike, and incomparable crooner Spike Slawson. Together, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes-an outfit that has always operated more like a beer-hall Pussycat Dolls than a regular mortal band-contain so much hot air, so much pomp, so much attitude, that it's a wonder that these guys can still manage to pull their five individual tour buses into the same parking lot, put their differences aside and belt out the ballads without clawing each other's eyes out. But they do, for the love of the fans, the music, and of course, the applause.


    In the past, The Gimmes have tackled such disparate genres as Motown, country, show tunes and even Japanese pop (sung in real live Japanese!) but none of that enabled them to truly soar as high above the eagles as they desired, feeling the wind of other, lesser bands beneath their wings. So this time, the Fat (Wreck) Five decided to take on the un-take-on-able and hit us with cuts from the likes of Celine (gasp!) Christina (Sigh!) and Paula Abdul (oh no you di'int!) among others. And as Spike's baritone somehow manages to make Whitney Houston's (Dolly Parton-penned) Theme Song To The Bodyguard EVEN MORE EPIC, you will be moved to tears. You will find joy. You will shake in your very skin as the music of these divas gently takes you by the hand and shows you how to love again. AND! You'll buy tickets to see 'em on tour.


    Because that's right folks! Nothing says 'diva' like coming to your town to bask in the torrential, gushing blasts of your love, and the Gimmes will be hitting the entire world in support of Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, except maybe Mike, who's such a diva that he's got substitutes on hand! So grab those flowers off of your grandma's grave and head out now, to check out Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on wax and in your town, before these five outrageous harpies either kill each other or wind up as a Vegas destination act, bloated, high on pills and uh, nevermind that last part. Just go see em, eh? It's a helluva time.


    - Troy Michael (Innocent Words)

    1. I Will Survive

    2. Straight Up

    3. Believe

    4. Beautiful

    5. My Heart Will Go On

    6. I Will Always Love You

    7. Top of the World
    8. Speechless

    9. Karma Chameleon

    10. Crazy for You

    11. On the Radio

    12. The Way We Were

    Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
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    Technicolor Skull


    One-Sided, Bloodred 180 Gram 12 Vinyl LP Limited To 666 Copies


    Technicolor Skull is an experiment in light and sound, exploring the psychic impact of a magick ritual in the context of an improvised performance. With Brian Butler on guitar and electronic instruments, and Kenneth Anger on theremin, their collaboration is a performance contained inside a ritual of unknown origin, tapping into occult stories that extend musical language into initiation. Hidden messages escape through gesture and light, manifesting as a one-time-only event.


    Technicolor Skull performed their first West Coast appearance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles on November 19, 2011, as part of the opening reception for Kenneth Anger: ICONS. This exhibition will showcase the films, books, and artwork of one of the most original and enigmatic filmmakers of post-war American cinema.


    Kenneth Anger was born in Santa Monica, California. His most iconic works include the classic Fireworks (1947), Eaux D'Artifice (1953), Rabbit?s Moon (1950-1973), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1964), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970-81). His work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial 2006, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York in 2009 and the Athens Biennial 2009. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Brian Butler is an artist and musician living in Los Angeles. He has been included in: Projections curated By Aaron Rose at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; Bright Morning Star curated by Natxo Checa at Galeria ZÉ dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; Onedreamrush at Today's Art Museum, Beijing; and The 2nd Athens Biennale. His films have screened at the Tate Modern and the Cannes Film Festival. As a musician, he has recorded and or performed music with artists such as VON LMO, Rozz Williams (Christian Death), and Moving Units.

    1. Technicolor Skull
    Technicolor Skull
    $23.99
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    These Are The JBs

    The Unreleased Album By James Brown's Backing Band: The Bootsy Collins-lead JB's


    Never-before-heard James Brown and J.B.'s originals and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Kool & the Gang, the Meters. Contains a 12-page booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.


    This album is the Rosetta Stone of funk's dominant idioms, yet its existence has barely been a rumor. In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he ordered Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be test pressed on King Records as These Are The J.B.'s. This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown's innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown's, in the post-"Cold Sweat" musical landscape, it's the Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy Winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album's liner notes, converged for the first time here.


    This link between Brown's funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney's "It's My Thing," replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band's James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp that pre-dates their obscure but important work as the Houseguests ensemble and embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of
    George Clinton and his mothership, where they poked cosmic holes in funk's polyrhythmic ozone layer in the mid-1970s.


    There are only two extant copies of the original King Records test press LP of These Are The J.B.'s. This, the first commercial issue of this album, was overseen by Now-Again's Egon alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group's James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master's Dave Cooley from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It comes with a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Egon and many unpublished photographs and ephemera.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. These Are The JBs (Part 1 & 2)
    2. I'll Ze
    3. The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)
    4. When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can
    The J.B.'s
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  • Leon Russell (Awaiting Repress) Leon Russell (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Leon Russell (Awaiting Repress)

    Pressed On 180-Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl


    Leon Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1941. He studied classical piano as a boy and took up trumpet in his teens. Not too many years later, he was on the road as a sideman to Jerry Lee Lewis and Ronnie Hawkins and ended-up on the west coast.


    Leon remained in Los Angeles and quickly became one of the city's more prominent studio musicians also often working as an arranger, conductor and producer. Russell was one of Phil Spector's, "Wall of Sound" session people, he also played on The Byrds', "Mr. Tambourine Man," and arranged and co-wrote most of the big hits of pop star, Gary Lewis including She's Just My Style" and "Everybody Loves a Clown."


    Leon Russell gained a higher public profile when the 1969 Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett album, "Accept No Substitute" became a major hit. Leon had arranged the album and played piano and guitar in his now distinctive style that became such a part of the sound of the group called Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.


    Russell really skyrocketed when he got involved with Joe Cocker who was already a star. Cocker's producer, Denny Cordell hired Leon to arrange and co-produce the new Cocker album which included more hits for Joe including Leon's song, "Delta Lady." When Cocker set out to tour the US he logically recruited Leon to serve as bandleader and arranger for the now legendary 1970 "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour. That renowned cross-country tour has been preserved as a feature film and live album.


    Following the critical success of the tour, Russell's reputation was strong enough that he and Cordell formed their own record company - Shelter - and launched the label with this very Leon Russell, "Leon Russell" album. The album features the first ever recording of "A Song For You" which has become one of Russell's best-known songs with versions released over the years by more than 40 different artists including the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Whitney Houston, Elkie Brooks, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway and Christina Aguilera.


    The rest, as they say, is history for Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011 followed a few months later with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    1. A Song For You
    2. Dixie Lullaby
    3. I Put A Spell On You
    4. Shoot Out On The Plantation
    5. Hummingbird
    6. Delta Lady
    7. Prince Of Peace
    8. Give Peace A Chance
    9. Hurtsome Body
    10. Pisces Apple Lady
    11. Roll Away The Stone
    Leon Russell
    $29.99
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    New Groove (Pure Pleasure)

    Clarinetist Pee Wee Russell's career on record stretched all the way from the 1920s, when he played with musicians such as Jack Teagarden and Bix Beiderbecke, to the 1960s, when he appeared with Thelonious Monk at Newport and made albums that included compositions by modernists such as Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.



    Although he was pegged as being Dixieland by some and trumpeted as an elder hero of the 60s avant-garde by others, Russell remained a school unto himself. Jazz writer Whitney Balliett said that Russell played with an incomparable daring and nakedness and intuition. He had discovered some of the secrets of life and his improvisations were generally successful attempts to tell those secrets in a new, funny, gentle way.



    After Russell died, his friend and musical cohort Ruby Braff, told Nat Hentoff, »Like Louis Armstrong, Pee Wee will always be contemporary.«




    Musicians:



    • Pee Wee Russell (cl)

    • Marshall Brown (tb)

    • Russell George (b)

    • Ron Lundberg (dr)




    Recording: December 1962

    Production: Frank Driggs




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. My Mother's Eyes
    2. Chelsea Bridge
    3. Red Planet
    4. Pee Wee's Blues
    5. Moten Swing
    6. 'Round Midnight
    7. Good Bait
    8. Old Folks
    9. Taps Miller
    The Pee Wee Russell Quartet
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    The Sound Of Jazz (Pure Pleasure)

    The Sound Of Jazz is a 1957 edition of the CBS television series Seven Lively Arts, and was one of the first major programmes featuring jazz to air on American network television.
    The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, live from CBS Studio 58, the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City. The show was hosted by New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby, directed by Jack Smight, and produced by Robert Herridge. Jazz writers Nat Hentoff and Whitney Balliett were the primary music consultants.
    The Sound Of Jazz brought together 32 leading musicians from the swing era including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones and Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, like Henry 'Red' Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger 'modernist' musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in one group, such as Red Allen's group and the group backing Billie Holiday on Fine and Mellow.
    The show's performance of Fine and Mellow reunited Billie Holiday with her estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in the group with Holiday.




    Musicians:



    • Red Allen Stars

    • Billie Holiday & Band

    • Count Basie All Stars

    • The Jimmy Giuffre Trio

    • Mal Waldron

    • Pee Wee Russell




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Wild Man Blues - The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars

    2. Rosetta -  Henry Allen And His Orchestra

    3. Fine And Mellow - Billie Holiday with Mal Waldron & The All Stars

    4. Blues - Jimmy Giuffre;Pee Wee Russell

    5. I Left My Baby - Count Basie with All-Stars featuring Jimmy Rushing

    6. The Train And The River -  The Jimmy Giuffre Trio

    7. Nervous - Mal Waldron

    8. Dickie's Dream - Count Basie with All-Stars

    9. Wild Man Blues (Alternate Take) - The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars
    Various Artists
    $34.99
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  • Betty Davis (Awaiting Repress) Betty Davis (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Betty Davis (Awaiting Repress)

    One can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can't be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.


    There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago - we live in an age that's been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn't get sexy with their "Lady Marmalade" for another year while Millie Jackson wasn't "Feelin' Bitchy" until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty's fierce style wasn't completely out of Ike's shadow until later in the decade.


    Ms. Davis's unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song "Uptown" for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late '60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix - personally inspiring the classic album 'Bitches Brew.'


    But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty's career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn't fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.


    In 1973, Davis would finally kick off her cosmic career with an amazingly progressive hard funk and sweet soul self-titled debut. Davis showcased her fiercely unique talent and features such gems as "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up" and "Game Is My Middle Name." The album Betty Davis was recorded with Sly & The Family Stone's rhythm section, sharply produced by Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico, and featured backing vocals from Sylvester and the Pointer Sisters.

    1. If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
    2. Walkin Up The Road
    3. Anti Love Song
    4. Your Man My Man
    5. Ooh Yeah
    6. Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
    7. Game Is My Middle Name
    8. In The Meantime
    Betty Davis
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    The Show Must Go On (Pure Pleasure)

    The best R&B songwriter and soul singer that most people have never heard of, Sam Dees has written songs for countless artists, including Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, George Benson, the Temptations, Teddy Pendergrass, Millie Jackson, Jackie Wilson, the Manhattans, Regina Belle, KC & the Sunshine Band, Willie Clayton, and many others. He's also a pretty fine singer, having recorded for the Chess, Atlantic, Polydor, and SSS labels, and he had a nice string of his own hits in the 1970s.


    His 1975 Atlantic album The Show Must Go On has long been regarded by Southern soul aficionados as one of the best of the genre. Sounding a bit like a deeper-voiced Curtis Mayfield (in both style and theme), Dees sings with assurance, wisdom, passion, and a whole lot of soul here. Songs like Child of the Streets, Troubled Child, & What's It Gonna Be, share Mayfield's commitment to social commentary, and Dees knows his way around a love song, too. It's absolutely essential.
    Steve Leggett/AMG


    Musicians:


    • Sam Dees (vocals, keyboards)
    • Glen Woods (guitar)
    • David Camon (bass)
    • Sherman 'Fats' Carson (drums)



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Child Of The Streets
    2. The Show Must Go On
    3. Come Back Strong
    4. Just Out Of My Reach
    5. Claim Jumpin'
    6. Troubled Child
    7. What's It Gonna Be
    8. Worn Out Broken Heart
    9. Good Guys
    10. So Tied Up
    Sam Dees
    $34.99
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