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AtomizerBig Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Lungs, the first Big Black release was recorded by Steve on a borrowed 4-track. He played everything on the EP himself - except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland. Soon after, Steve recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) on bass, and Santiago Durango (also Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In 1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the Bulldozer EP. By 1984, the band had done some touring and recorded the Racer X EP and the start of the Il Duce 7". After that, Jeff returned to Naked Raygun and was replaced by Dave Riley. In 1985, Big Black recorded their first full-length, Atomizer, as well as finishing the Il Duce 7". Atomizer was released in 1986 along with the release of the Hammer Party compilation CD. In 1987, the Headache EP and Heartbeat 7" were released. That same year, the band recorded and released the 7" of The Model/He's A Whore as well as their second full-length album, Songs About Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they broke up.1. Jordan, Minnesota
2. Passing Complexion
3. Big Money
5. Bad Houses
6. Fists of Love
7. Stinking Drunk
8. Bazooka Joe
9. Strange Things
10. Cables (Live)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In NYCLIVE IN NYC encapsulates the true essence of Jane's Addiction in concert, mixing music with performance art. With the band as the ringleaders, they take you, along with a diverse cast of vagabonds, through an extravagant world of flying burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and carnival sideshow antics, offering stunning visuals enhanced with a visual masterpiece of lasers, capturing the incredible mood of this spectacular night. Amidst it all, Jane's Addiction, featuring frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney, gives astonishing performances of one classic after another including their 1988 Top 10 hit Jane Says, and live staples such as Whores and Up The Beach, and crushing versions of Ocean Size and Mountain Song.
Jane's Addiction keeps the visual delights coming as they continue through their vast repertoire of hits and fan favorites, including Been Caught Stealing and Stop!, both No. 1 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, Ain't No Right, Three Days, and Just Because, which went to No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and No. 4 on Mainstream Rock chart. LIVE IN NYC also features the debut live performance of their latest single, Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object), from The Great Escape Artist.
Jane's Addiction's unconventional and unique style could not be contained in one single category or format. They created the blueprint for what would be labeled Alternative Rock and kicked open the doors for generations of modern rock bands. And as the years have passed, Jane's Addiction continues to keep pace in a modern culture that the band has helped to expand and progress.1. Whores
2. Ain't No Right
3. Just Because
4. Ted, Just Admit It...
5. Been Caught Stealing
6. Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object)
7. Up The Beach
8. Ocean Size
9. Three Days
10. Mountain Song
12. Jane Says$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
13"Pimps whores pushers dopers gangsters and bottom of the human chain shit-heels. Now you're probably thinking I'm writing about major record companies and their unscrupulous executives and lawyers. You could be right but this time YOU'RE WRONG! I'm describing the characters in my album '13' Some I knew some I invented some are true some are false some I liked some I didn't. But they all had a story to tell and I told it none of 'em seem to care and I don't either have fun
- Lee Hazlewood
"He took my voice off the album and put his voice on the album. Now don't forget these were in my keys, it was my charts, it was my everything. Lee Hazlewood was not even remotely going to be considered as an artist for this album and that's the way he wanted it."
- Larry Marks
13 was never supposed to be a Lee Hazlewood album. It is perhaps the strangest record in one of the most varied discographies in music. The bombastic brass-heavy funk, deep blues and soul paired with Hazlewood's subterranean baritone would be best enjoyed with a tall Chivas in an off-strip seedy Vegas lounge. It also features one of Hazlewood's greatest lines ever "One week in San Francisco, existing on Nabisco, cookies and bad dreams, sad scenes and dodging paranoia."
By 1972 Lee Hazlewood had settled in his new homeland of Sweden. His days were spent carousing, making movies with Torbjörn Axelman and releasing albums. To keep up his prolific recorded output, Lee began to mine the recently defunct LHI Records archives for material. One such gem, was an unreleased album by Larry Marks.
In what became the final days of LHI, staff producer Larry Marks' sonic fingerprints were on nearly everything; songwriting, producing, arranging, and singing. His most profound contribution was steering the creative direction of the label towards soul and R&B, arranging the downright funky LHI singles by Barbara Randolph and Jon Christian. Larry's concept was to take Hazlewood's strongest compositions and arrange them in a soul vibe. An album was completed, but with no distribution in America and no funding, Lee had no vehicle to release Larry's record. The tapes were taken to Sweden, Larry's voice was wiped and Hazlewood's was dubbed .13 was born.1. You Look Like A Lady
2. Tulsa Sunday
3. Ten Or 11 Towns Ago
4. Toocie And The River
5. She Comes Running
6. Rosacoke Street
7. I Move Around
8. And I Loved You Then
9. Hej, Me I'm Riding
10. Cold Hard Times
12. The Start
13. Suzie$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pretty On The InsideHole's debut album, originally released by Caroline in 1991, was produced by Kim Gordan and Gumball frontman Don Fleming. Pretty On The Inside was named Album of the Year by The Village Voice and the only singe released, Teenage Whore, entered the U.K. indie charts at #1. Graphic lyrics, distorted guitar riffs, screaming vocals and messy punk ethics all helped establish Courtney Love's long running cult status. Here on 180 gram vinyl.1. Teenage Whore
3. Garbage Man
5. Good Sister/Bad Sister
6. Mrs. Jones
9. Star Belly
10. Pretty on the Inside/Clouds$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pretty On The Inside (Colored Vinyl)Pink Colored Vinyl
Hole's debut album originally released by Caroline in 1991 was produced by Kim Gordon and Gumball front man Don Fleming. Pretty On The Inside was named album of the year by The Village Voice and the only single released, Teenage Whore, entered the UK indie charts at number one. Graphic lyrics, distorted guitar riffs, screaming vocals, and messy punk ethics helped the album sell over 600,000 copies worldwide and established Courtney Love's long running cult status.1. Teenage Whore
3. Garbage Man
5. Good Sister/Bad Sister
6. Mrs. Jones
9. Star Belly
10. Pretty on the Inside/Clouds$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In LondonLive In London is the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor. Captured mainly at London's famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, Live In London features 22 remarkable performances that span Spektor's brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live (Silly Eye-Color Generalizations, Bobbing For Apples and Love, You're A Whore). Live In London was recorded during Regina's UK tour in support of her latest album, Far, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.
An artist praised for her remarkable originality, inspired storytelling and enthralling performances, Rolling Stone raves Spektor put on one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we've seen all year. The Philadelphia Inquirer adds, Everything she did was greeted with thunderous applause ... the audience could not get enough. Perhaps what was most remarkable about Regina's performance, aside from hearing Spektor's gorgeous vocals in person, was her ability to enrapture the crowd. Spektor's passion, vitality and sheer musical talent transformed the Electric Factory into a world of intimacy. The Boston Globe simply says, multitalented Spektor is capable of anything and it shows on stage.1. On The Radio
3. Folding Chair
4. Sailor Song
5. Blue Lips
6. Apres Moi
7. Dance Anthem Of The 80's
8. Silly Eye-Color Generalizations
9. Bobbing For Apples
11. Ode To Divorce
12. That Time
13. The Calculation
15. Laughing With
16. Man Of A Thousand Faces
17. Hotel Song
21. The Call
22. Love, You're A Whore$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Second Release From Swedish Electronic Pop Mastermind Erick Berglund AKA ceo, Formerly Of The Tough Alliance
The second stanza by The Tough Alliance mastermind and Sincerely Yours (jj, Air France) don, "the pimp, the whore, the John," Eric Berglund, is here.
Wonderland comes three short years after the ceo debut, White Magic, Berflund's stepping out, a decandent record of white gold riches and a life more
extraordinary, punctuated by highlights like Come With Me, Illuminata and the title track.
Wonderland, on the other hand is on some whole other level, a Technicolor elucidation of a fantasy ideal, a place in a dream from which you never
awake. The record stretches and threatens to buckle under the kind of dense emotional weight we only catch glimpses of in the world we know, which is
perhaps why Berglund had to find one in which these feelings can thrive. It's one that dives deep into the trenches of despair while also overflowing with a
kind of purity and joy one can only hope to experience in real life.
Production, aided by Dan Lissvik and Kendal Johansson, glimmers and glides as if from a futuristic utopian pop nirvana, touching on modern rap (Mirage),
lush, orchestral instrumentation (Harakiri, In a Bubble on a Stream) and gypsy trance (Wonderland.) There are details that enhance the enchantment, a
touch of strings here, a smattering of sampling there, but none of this would matter were it not for the songs so formidable, the hooks unassailable and the
extremely tender core.
Make no mistake about it, with Wonderland, ceo's poured every ounce of his heart and soul into this fantastical reality.1.Whorehouse
4. In a Bubble on a Stream
8. OMG$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cheap TrickCheap Trick's eponymous debut is an explosive fusion of Beatlesque melodic hooks, Who-styled power, and a twisted sense of humor partially borrowed from the Move. But that only begins to scratch the surface of what makes Cheap Trick a dynamic record. Guitarist Rick Nielsen has a powerful sense of dynamics and arrangements, which gives the music an extra kick, but he also can write exceptionally melodic and subversive songs. Nothing on Cheap Trick is quite what it seems. While the songs have hooks and attitude that arena rock was sorely lacking in the late '70s, they are also informed by a bizarre sensibility, whether it's the driving He's a Whore, the dreamy Mandocello, or the thumping Gary Glitter perversion ELO Kiddies. The Ballad of TV Violence is about mass murder, while Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School concerns pedophiles. All of it is told with a sense of humor, but it doesn't come off as cheap or smirking because of the group's hard-rocking drive and Robin Zander's pop-idol vocals. Even Oh, Candy, apparently a love song on first listen, is an affecting tribute to a friend who committed suicide. In short, Cheap Trick revel in taboo subjects with abandon, devoting themselves to the power of the hook, as well as sheer volume and gut-wrenching rock & roll -- though the record is more musically accomplished than punk rock, it shares the same aesthetic. The combination of off-kilter humor, bizarre subjects, and blissful power pop made Cheap Trick one of the defining albums of its era, as well as one of the most influential.1. Hot Love
2. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
3. He's a Whore
4. Mandocello (Album Version)
5. The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
6. ELO Kiddies (Single Version)
7. Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School
8. Taxman, Mr. Thief (Album Version)
9. Cry, Cry (Album Version)
10. Oh, Candy (Album Version)$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
London SceneFela's London Scene, released in 1972, is another top-notch affair, made with a smaller band but one that punches above its weight. There is no tenor guitarist and no call-and-response choir, though sing-along vocals are a feature of "Egbe Mi O" ("please carry me"). Throughout, Fela's electric piano is gym-ripped and razor sharp, and Igo Chico turns in three stirring tenor solos. "Buy Africa," written in 1970, was one of Fela's first politically-informed songs. The lyric was written in support of a government campaign to encourage local industry. At this point, Fela remained open to accommodation with the state, on occasions when he deemed it to be in the Nigerian and pan-African interest. He even invited government sponsorship for "Buy Africa," but was rudely rebuffed by the politician he approached with the idea. The incident proved to be an important moment in shaping Fela's future relationship with the authorities. From 1972, he would no longer release accommodationist songs. From there on in, he would identify the status quo as the fundamental problem-a problem that could not be solved by government campaigns, but only by the complete overhaul, if not overthrow, of the government itself. "J'Ehin J'Ehin" ("eat teeth eat teeth") is along similar lyric lines as "Shakara." This time Fela is lampooning people who are so greedy that they eat their own teeth. (A more amiable Yoruba expression describes people who are so hungry that once they have finished their food they eat the plate). In "Who're You," Fela channels James Brown's vocal style over an angular funk groove. "Fight To Finish" draws on Yoruba folklore to offer advice: once you have started something, be prepared to finish it.1. J'Ehin-J'Ehin
2. Egbe Mio
3. Who're You
4. Buy Africa
5. Fight to Finish$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cheap Trick (Speakers Corner)
Cheap Trick proved to a thrilled audience that a band in the late seventies could stay in the limelight over many years without having to reinvent rock 'n' roll. Any band that wanted to survive as an opening act for such top bands as Queen, Kiss and Boston simply had to be either courageous, naive or give a really good show. That Cheap Trick brought their audience to boiling point in a suspiciously similar fashion to such groups as the Beatles, Hollies and Bee Gees, can now be relived by listening to their present debut album. The boys from Illinois realized that a special magic lay in their early numbers and perform here the very best titles from their earlier live acts, which are just as good in these days as in the past. They really get down to business with their »playful, perverse lyrics« (Crawdaddy), which deal with anything from delicate to precarious issues (Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School and He's A Whore). »Cheap Trick is not important for their great innovative qualities but for their considerable entertainment value«, wrote the critical music magazine Melody Maker. Old and new rock fans will revel in this album.
- Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen (vocal, guitar)
- Tom Petersson (bass, vocal)
- Bun E. Carlos (drums)
Recording: 1976 by Jay Messina at The Record Plant, New York
Production: Jack Douglas
About Speakers Corner
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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Hot Love
2. Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace
3. He's A Whore
5. The Ballad Of T.V. Violence (I'm Not The Only Boy)
6. Elo Kiddies
7. Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School
8. Taxman, Mr. Thief
9. Cry, Cry
10. Oh, Candy$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Incorruptible (Out Of Stock)Pressed On 2x 180-Gram Vinyl
Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve & Contains An LP-Booklet And Double-Sided Inlay
Etching On Side D (No Music)
After nearly three dedicated decades, Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, and new guitarist Jake Dreyer have assembled the fiercest Iced Earth record since 1996 milestone The Dark Saga and 1998's chart-blazer Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Titled 'Incorruptible', Iced Earth's 12th record is inspired not by things political but by things personal. Since Plagues of Babylon landed in 2014 to heaps of praise and chart-topping success, Schaffer and team have weathered proverbial storms. Management shake-ups, Schaffer's well-publicized and very serious neck surgery-he's since fully recovered-and lineup shifts all played positively into Incorruptible. But that wasn't always the case.
Written primarily by Schaffer over the course of several months - a process he calls "typical"- Incorruptible finds Iced Earth pivoting off everything they've learned-going all the way back to 1990's Iced Earth-to come away with an album that feels and sounds superlatively heavy metal. And definitely like Iced Earth.
From the Viking-inspired power of opener 'Great Heathen Army' to the epic pirate-inspired 'Black Flag' to the aggression of 'Seven Headed Whore', based on the Whore of Babylon, Incorruptible bestows upon its listeners a ceaseless supply of killer riffs, a cavalcade of righteous vocals, a storm of drums, and continuous volleys of jaw-dropping solos.
Certainly, after 27 years of releasing albums and 666 minutes-or thereabouts-of music, the multi-national band, with Schaffer at the helm, show no signs of slowing down, getting old, or venturing off the deep end.
With a new lineup reconfigured, a newly completed Iced Earth headquarters to call home, a new record in ready for hails and headbangs, all powered by Schaffer's indestructible drive and infinite engine, it's clear Iced Earth are making 2017 their banner year. Songs like 'Clear the Way', 'Black Flag', 'Raven Wing', 'Ghost Dance (Awaken the Ancestors)', and 'Great Heathen Army' are destined for the halls of heavy metal greatness. In fact, Incorruptible is special. A contemporary classic. A legendary record barely out of the gate. It just feels like a record of import.1. Great Heathen Army
2. Black Flag
3. Raven Wing
4. The Veil
5. Seven Headed Whore
6. The Relic (Part 1)
7. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors)
10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock