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    Wild Is The Wind (Awaiting Repress)

    Nina Simone's sixth album for Philips Records was Wild Is the Wind, released in 1966. The album was compiled from several recordings that were left over from sessions for previous Philips albums. The song Four Women was released as a single, and gained attention when banned by the New York jazz focused radio station WLIB due to concern over the lyrics. Wild Is The Wind was covered by David Bowie on his 1976 studio recording Station to Station.
    1. I Love Your Lovin' Ways
    2. Four Women
    3. Lilac Wine (From 'Dance Me A Song')
    4. Break Down And Let It All Out
    5. Either Way I Lose
    6. Why Keep On Breaking My Heart
    7. Wild Is The Wind
    8. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
    9. If I Should Lose You
    Nina Simone
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    The Winding Sheet

    The Winding Sheet is Mark Lanegan's 1990 solo debut. It showcases his adept skills as a lyricist and his deep, soulful voice. Highlights include "Mockingbirds," "Ugly Sunday" and the haunting "Wild Flowers." The late Kurt Cobain lends vocals to "Down in the Dark," and for the folk classic "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" Cobain contributes guitar and vocals and Krist Novoselic plays bass. Nirvana would later also cover "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" on their Unplugged album. The album was produced by Jack Endino, Lanegan, and Johnson. With extra track "I Love You Little Girl."
    1. Mockingbirds
    2. Museum
    3. Undertow
    4. Ugly Sunday
    5. Down in the Dark
    6. Wild Flowers
    7. Eyes of a Childv
    8. The Winding Sheet
    9. Woe
    10. Ten Feet Tall
    11. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
    12. Juarez
    13. I Love You Little Girl
    Mark Lanegan
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    The World Is Real (Awaiting Repress)

    LAKE's comprehensive pop vision has always been anchored in an honest mournfulness, a sensitivity to nature, and the vulnerability of life. These mark
    LAKE's more down tempo, contemplative grooves, which are given their fullest voice yet on The World Is Real, LAKE's fourth album for K and sixth overall.
    It follows 2008's Oh, the Places We'll Go, 2009's Let's Build A Roof, and 2011's Giving & Receiving, and was similarly recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio at K headquarters in their hometown of Olympia, Washington.


    The songwriting partnership of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore is the locus of LAKE's creative engine, but the additional members are as integral and
    longstanding. They are the diversely talented Andrew Dorsett, Markly Morisson, and Lindsay Schief. The creative sound that surrounds LAKE is storied in collaboration, sonic adventure and an allegiance to exploring the limits of crafting pop songs. They have toured, recorded and allied with some of the most pioneering figures in contemporary independent music: R. Stevie Moore, Chris Cohen, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum's Mt. Eerie, for example.


    Lead track Do You Recall? offers wide and subtle nods to working-class 80's classics like Mellencamp's Jack & Diane, or Hornsby's The Way It Is. Featuring drum machine and nostalgic guitar riffs, the lead and group vocals float through droning synths like wind to a bounded world.


    Dog in the Desert one of the album's centerpieces, was initially inspired by the text-works of conceptual artist, Richard Long, and his "art made by walking in landscapes" (richardlong.org). Eriksson's voice, and the dark plodding instrumentation of the song, take Long's images and shape them into a meditation on abandonment, loss and reconciliation with nature.


    Tellingly, the earthbound bass groove on Dog in the Desert is a quotation of Steely Dan's Black Cow. It is not the only song to directly live sample Fagen and Becker: Perfect Fit mashes up the chordal rhythms of Peg to excellent effect.
    It's clear that LAKE enjoys to boldly tread and rework the classics in this way, most notably in Mark Morrison's first personal LAKE offering Takin' My Time, a direct reference to the Isley Brothers song "Caravan of Love." This smooth R&B pop seducer - a wild crowd favorite at LAKE's local Olympia outings - is a bit of an aside from The World Is Real's more meditative core.


    Other highlights on The World Is Real: Bury the House takes its 60's styled psychedelic setting for a playful, self-deprecating riff on LAKE's own new age-y ideals: Bury the house / under the garden / make an attempt to go outside. Composure and "I Wish For You" have the pop attributes of Pet Sounds and Smile era Beach Boys - faintly forlorn, but still warm and sweet. And the community oriented compassion exhibited by LAKE's members is beautifully summarized in the opening lines of album closer Reconcile: How do we exist under the sun
    but not in bliss? / What could have been? / Act on it.


    Lovers of hybrid pop will hear the bright whirring electronic keys that notably set McCartney II apart from the rest of Paul's catalog, as well as the bittersweet organ and keyboard influence of Yo La Tengo, and the minimalist funk of Talking Heads on
    this record. However, precise comparison is difficult: The World is Real avoids easy genre comparisons. An album full of the articulation of discontent and loss, LAKE captures these emotions in tandem with the pop music joys they have so expertly reigned in for many years.

    1. Do You Recall?
    2. Bury The House
    3. Combat Culture
    4. Composure
    5. Go Back
    6. Dog In The Desert
    7. Perfect Fit
    8. Takin' My Time
    9. I Wish For You
    10. In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
    11. Reconcile
    Lake
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  • Nina At Town Hall (Colored Vinyl) Nina At Town Hall (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Nina At Town Hall (Colored Vinyl)

    Dark Pink Colored Vinyl

    This 1959 LP features the unique singer/pianist performing classic versions of Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, The Other Woman, and Wild Is the Wind. Dark pink vinyl reissue.

    1. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
    2. Exactly Like You
    3. The Other Woman
    4. Under the Lowest
    5. You Can Have Him
    6. Summertime (Instrumental)
    7. Summertime
    8. Cotten Eyed Joe
    9. Return Home
    10. Wild is the Wind
    11. Fine and Mellow
    Nina Simone
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    Nina At Town Hall

    One of Nina Simone's finest recordings, this 1959 Colpix LP features the unique singer/pianist performing classic versions of 'Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair,' 'The Other Woman,' and 'Wild Is the Wind.' With supportive work from bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Al 'Tootie' Heath, she also sounds fine on a few instrumentals. 'Summertime' is performed twice, once as a vocal. From the start of her career, Nina Simone carved out her own unique niche, meshing together her classical piano technique with folk singing, civil rights protest lyrics and jazz. All of those elements are in evidence on this highly recommended set. Original artwork.
    1. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
    2. Exactly Like You
    3. The Other Woman
    4. Under the Lowest
    5. You Can Have Him
    6. Summertime
    7. Summertime
    8. Cotten Eyed Joe
    9. Return Home
    10. Wild is the Wind
    11. Fine and Mellow
    Nina Simone
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera) Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera) Quick View

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    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera)

    The wildly eclectic, hard-grooving, soulful soundtrack to the genre-defining film by the same name: Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Badassssss Song (1971). Featuring a then virtually unknown, but already hot Earth Wind & Fire, Sweetback's is a landmark record in what would become the Blaxploitation genre. An absolute must have for connoisseurs of funk, soul, soul-jazz, hip-hop and beyond. Fans of Isaac Hayes' iconic Shaft album will not want to pass this by.
    1. Sweetback Losing His Cherry
    2. Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around
    3. Come On Feet
    4. Sweetback's Theme
    5. Hoppin John
    6. Mojo Woman
    7. Sanra Z
    8. Reggins Hangin On In There As Best They Can
    9. Won't Bleed Me
    10. The Man Tries Running His Usual Game But Sweetback's Jones Is So Strong He Wastes The Hounds (Yeah! Yeah! And Besides That Will Be Coming Back Takin Names & Collecting Dues)
    Melvin Van Peebles
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  • From Fear To Eternity From Fear To Eternity Quick View

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    From Fear To Eternity

    From Fear To Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010 is a 3LP set spanning 20 years of music following the huge 2010 studio album The Final Frontier, which hit #1 in 28 countries around the world. It also became the band's highest-charting album in the U.S., where Iron Maiden was also awarded their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance for El Dorado, which is also included on this collection.


    Iron Maiden's current phenomenal global success has seen the band not only scale new-found heights aided by their unique method of touring, but has meant their ever-expanding fan base now encompasses a brand new generation of metal lovers. From Fear To Eternity is a chance for these fans to explore the group's rich history, with the highlights of their last eight studio albums distilled into this handy collection, which follows 2009's Somewhere Back In Time, a compilation of their earlier work from 1980-1990.


    Perennial favorites found on this album include songs also featured on Maiden's The Final Frontier World Tour set list, such as Fear of the Dark, The Wicker Man, Blood Brothers, and Dance Of Death alongside recent classics El Dorado and the hauntingly evocative When The Wild Wind Blows. It also includes singles like Holy Smoke and Be Quick or Be Dead together with more progressive thought-provoking album tracks like Afraid To Shoot Strangers and For the Greater Good of God. This 'Best-of' collection charts the musical development of Britain's most successful metal band as they have evolved their sound, producing longer, more complex songs, while gaining huge critical acclaim in the process.

    LP 1

    1. The Wicker Man
    2. Holy Smoke
    3. El Dorado
    4. Paschendale
    5. Different World
    6. Man On The Edge (Live)
    7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
    8. Blood Brothers
    9. Rainmaker


    LP 2
    1. Sign of the Cross (Live)
    2. Brave New World
    3. Fear Of The Dark (Live)
    4. Be Quick Or Be Dead
    5. Tailgunner
    6. No More Lies
    7. Coming Home
    8. The Clansman (Live)


    LP 3
    1. For the Greater Good of God
    2. These Colours Don't Run)
    3. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
    4. Afraid to Shoot Strangers
    5. Dance of Death
    6. When the Wild Wind Blows

    Iron Maiden
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  • Stravinsky: Petrushka (Speakers Corner) Stravinsky: Petrushka (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Stravinsky: Petrushka (Speakers Corner)

    The highly controversial reactions of the public could hardly have inspired Stravinsky to believe that, of all his compositions, his early ballets would bring him world fame one day. But just how the composer set the story of the puppet Petrushka to music is doubtless one of the greatest achievements ever in ballet music. Petrushka's wild behaviour puts the orchestra's patience to a hard test. Eventually the ensemble takes its revenge with a vengeance and eventually causes the puppet to collapse.



    DECCA is certainly to be congratulated for winning Ernest Ansermet for the present recording. No other conductor was granted the opportunity of following so closely all his life the creative process of this great composer. With its infallible perception of Stravinsky's compositional language, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - long regarded by connoisseurs as one of the very best ensembles - admirably presents the varied colouring of the highly complex score, from the picturesque trills and slurs, to the lyrical, cantabile wind passages, and on to the unrelenting, hammering ostinati. Right from its very first release, the music and the performance have ensured that this recording has been dubbed "legendary".




    Recording: May1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace / Production: James Walker



    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. The Shrovetide Fair
    2. In Petrushka's Room
    3. In the Moor's Room
    4. The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)
    Stravinsky
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  • The 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion The 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion Quick View

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    The 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion

    If any musical combo ever meshed perfectly with the times it was the Incredible String Band. And here's the proof: 1967's The 5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion on deep-grooved, 180-gram vinyl. The wildly eclectic Scottish folk outfit -with the airy vocals and fretboard prowess of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron as its two constants -began life resurrecting wondrous and ancient Celtic ballads, then was transformed by the perfumed winds of 1967's psychedelic revolution to add sitar, oud, gimbri and all manner of exotic axes to its arsenal. The result is a gently mesmerizing psychedelia and anti-folk stance-consummate counterpoint to current psych heroes like Mogwai and Beachwood Sparks -that makes perfectly clear why the Incredible String Band remains just that: Incredible!
    1. Chinese White
    2. No Sleep Blues
    3. Painting Box
    4. The Mad Hatter's Song

    5. Little Cloud
    6. The Eyes Of Fate
    7. Blues For The Muse
    8. The Hedgehog's Song
    9. First Girl I Loved
    10. You Know What You Could Be
    11. My Name Is Death
    12. Gently Tender
    13. Way Back In The 1960s
    Incredible String Band
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    The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

    If any musical combo ever meshed perfectly with the times it was the Incredible String Band. And here's the proof: 1968's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter on deep-grooved, 180-gram vinyl. The wildly eclectic Scottish folk outfit -with the airy vocals and fretboard prowess of Robin Williamson and Mike Heron as its two constant-began life resurrecting wondrous and ancient Celtic ballads, then was transformed by the perfumed winds of 1967's psychedelic revolution to add sitar, oud, gimbri and all manner of exotic axes to its arsenal. The result is a gently mesmerizing psychedelia and anti-folk stance-consummate counterpoint to current psych heroes like Mogwai and Beachwood Sparks -that makes perfectly clear why the Incredible String Band remains just that: Incredible!
    1. Koeeoaddi There
    2. The Minotaur's Song
    3. Witches Hat
    4. A Very
    5. Cellular Song
    6. Mercy I Cry City
    7. Waltz Of The New Moon
    8. The Water Song
    9. Three Is A Green Crown
    10. Swift As The Wind
    11. Nightfall
    Incredible String Band
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  • Live Through This (Awaiting Repress) Live Through This (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Live Through This (Awaiting Repress)


    Ranked 460/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    This is the second studio album by alternative rock band Hole. The title is derived from a quote in the film 'Gone
    With The Wind.' Considered a contemporary classic, this record was included in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of
    '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.' Features production by Sean Slade and Paul Q Kolderie with mixing by Scott Litt
    and J Mascis.


    This whole album is filled with scathing fury, mostly directed at the impossible situation that confronts women when they are asked to be both wild sources of pleasure and unblemished mother figures. Live Through This uses the same recipe of punk and metal wrapped around pop melodies that made Nirvana so captivating, but Hole uses the methodology in a more conventional manner. The metal ingredient tends to dominate, perhaps because it's the simplest to master, and too often the album resembles early Heart or late Joan Jett--particularly when Courtney Love opens up with her big, wailing voice. Love externalizes her anger, blaming all her problems on the rest of the world. Self-confrontation makes for far more interesting songs. -Geoffrey Himes

    1. Violet
    2. Miss World
    3. Plump
    4. Asking For It
    5. Jennifers Body
    6. Doll Parts
    7. Credit In The Straight World
    8. Softer, Softest
    9. She Walks On Me
    10. I Think That I Would Die
    11. Gutless
    12. Rock Star
    Hole
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  • Late Night Tales: Django Django Late Night Tales: Django Django Quick View

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    Late Night Tales: Django Django

    Django Django is the latest band invited to curate a prestigious Late Night Tales collection, set for release on 5th May. Like many of the best British groups, the Djangos met at art school, specifically Edinburgh College Of Art, before reconnecting in London. Django Django released their self-titled debut album on quirky French indie Because in early 2012 to some acclaim, winding up in many critics' end of year lists (Top Ten in the NME and Top 30 in Rolling Stone, among them).


    Their oddball approach to music, which sounds like the rich harmonies of the Mamas & Papas beamed through a refracting prism pointing towards Bo Diddley, Chicago house and outer-space (it's no surprise to learn that Django producer/drummer Dave Maclean's brother John was in the Beta Band, who also shared the same cinemascopic view of the pop landscape).


    "Rollicking sing-alongs, galloping into disco sunsets like whisky-addled and leather-saddled bandits on the stolen backs of prairie wild mustangs," is how Django Django describe themselves. Which is another way of saying they're pop adventurists, as at home with Mad Mike's Underground Resistance as they are the blues rumble of Canned Heat. A bit like this delightful mix, then, which darts about like a gurgle of guppies after two too many espressos.


    Check out mixes that rock between two-step delights like Roy Davis Jr's 'Gabrielle' to Nilsson's lyrically winsome 'Coconut'. At one end of the Django spectrum there's James Last, the terminally unhip Teuton, whose 'Inner City Blues' shows you can never underestimate the Germans, while at the far reaches of the mix, they manage to sneak in Ramadanman ('Bass Drums') and Hudson Mohawke and Lunice collaboration TNGHT's 'Bugg'n'. You can hear the echoes of influences in some of the selections, like The Beach Boys whose peerless 'Surf's Up' makes a welcome appearance halfway through, while Seals & Crofts' "Sweet Green Fields" show what sun-drenched pop can sound like when it's done well. And because it's Late Night Tales there's a sparkling cover version of 'Porpoise Song', the theme from The Monkees daffily brilliant 'Head', an admirably lysergic termination to this waltz through pop's nooks and cranberries. "You should never be afraid to make a fool of yourself for art," Dave Maclean once said. Let's raise a dram to Scotland's favourite fools on the hill.


    "We wanted to produce a mix that represented the band. It's what we're all into, so everyone put forward suggestions. It's what we are as a band; and we're kids that have grown up with an obsession about our mum and dad's record collections, like '50s and 60s stuff and then got into hip hop and dance music as we grew up. At the heart of it all is our parents' collections, with our tastes mixed in. Our Late Night Tales pays homage to that."

    Dave Maclean (Django Django)

    LP1
    1. Leo Kottke - The Tennessee Toad
    2. Gulp - Game Love
    3. Bob James - Nautilus
    4. James Last - Inner City Blues
    5. Philip Glass - Floe
    6. Map Of Africa - Bone
    7. Seals & Crofts - Sweet Green Fields
    8. The Millennium - To Claudia On Thursday
    9. The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
    10. Primal Scream - Carry Me Home


    LP2
    1. Massive Attack - Man Next Door
    2. TNGHT - Bugg'n
    3. Outkast - Slum Beautiful
    4. Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together
    5. Harry Nilsson - Coconut
    6. Canned Heat - Poor Moon
    7. Rick Miller - Future Directions
    8. Django Django - Porpoise Song
    9. Benedict Cumberbatch - Flat Of Angles pt.4

    Django Django
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  • The Best Of Wilson Pickett Volume 2 The Best Of Wilson Pickett Volume 2 Quick View

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    The Best Of Wilson Pickett Volume 2


    The Anniversary Release Of His Second Stunning Greatest Hits Album


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Original LP Cover Presentation


    Wilson Pickett was truly one of the finest r&b and pop recording acts of all time. Forever associated with his sophisticated soul and rock vocal prowess, the legendary artist continues to garner both new and old fans alike with his amazing output of top charting hits and fine albums recorded over the years.


    After years of huge hit singles and amazing albums with Atlantic Records, the label awarded the superstar once again with a terrific greatest hits collection simply titled "The Best Of The Wilson Pickett Volume II." Featuring more of his later 60's and early 70's hits like the smash Gamble and Huff groover "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You", the funk filled "Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9", and of course his powerful interpretation of The Beatles "Hey Jude, this Lp was worth its' weight in gold!


    The multi-platinum superstar continues this awesome collection with more classics like his soulful renditions of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", The Vanilla Fudge/ Supremes smash " You Keep Me Hangin' On" and The Archies pop classic "Sugar, Sugar", of which all became huge hit records for this sorely missed artist.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the "Wicked" Wilson Pickett, that is why we are so very honored to announce our second installment in The Wilson Pickett/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his masterpiece "The Best Of The Wilson Pickett Volume II."


    The long out of print original Atlantic Records classic is now mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Earth, Wind & Fire/ The Spinners) and pressed for a very limited time on stellar 180 Gram Audiophile vinyl. This first time anniversary release will also be presented with the original rare Lp cover elements.


    Wilson Pickett .The Best Of The Wilson Pickett Volume II" ..Impeccable first time audiophile "funk" vinyl .From Your Friends at Friday Music!

    1. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
    2. Sugar Sugar
    3. Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9
    4. I'm A Midnight Mover
    5. A Man And A Half
    6. Born To Be Wild
    7. She's Lookin' Good
    8. I'm In Love
    9. Hey Joe
    10. Cole, Cooke & Redding
    11. Hey Jude
    12. You Keep Me Hangin' On
    13. I Found A True Love
    Wilson Pickett
    $31.99
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  • Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)


    Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished By Jazz-Inflected Mix Of Folk, Blues, Country, And Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny Precision, Intricacy, And Texture


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Pressed At RTI For Optimal Sound: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Engages With Natural Tones, Superb Balances, Reference Imaging, Sterling Clarity


    Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes Sultans Of Swing And Down To The Waterline: Band's Shuffles, Boogies, And Ballads Spark With Crispness, Soulfulness, Coolness


    Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over - and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity. Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This numbered, limited-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl should sound.


    Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that good. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay.


    Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and surrealist texts, the musical settings - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.


    Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. Down to the Waterline, Wild West End, and Lions all feature colloquial touches that add to their reach. By extension, In the Gallery functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor Harry Phillips (father of future Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, Sultans of Swing, pays homage to struggling bar bands.


    Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back in its original heyday. Now, everyone can.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Down to the Waterline
    2. Water of Love
    3. Setting Me Up
    4. Six Blade Knife
    5. Southbound Again
    6. Sultans of Swing
    7. In the Gallery
    8. Wild West End
    9. Lions
    Dire Straits
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  • Utah Utah Quick View

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    Utah

    At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade.


    Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence.


    At one point or another, music from Creedence Clearwater and The Everly Brothers, to fellow Texans Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Stevie Ray Vaughan found its way through an old pair of speakers that sat on the back porch. The pair spent the day exploring that thousand-acre plot of land, and when the sun when down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them. At the age of 22, they moved to Austin and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock.


    Looking for adventure, as well as a change of pace, they eventually made the decision to head west and make the move to Los Angeles, CA. Throughout the course of the next 12 months, they wrote what will be Jamestown Revival's first full-length album. It's heavily autobiographical, telling the stories of their adventures, their discomforts, and their observations. In order to capture the spirit of the music, the two found a log cabin high within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The pair, along with their band and engineer, set out to convert it in to a temporary recording studio. With wild moose right outside the window, and aspen leaves spinning in the wind, they tracked 14 songs. Performed live, with no headphones, and entirely to tape, the process captured the moments in the room.

    1. Fur Coat Blues
    2. California (Cast Iron Soul)
    3. Golden Age
    4. Wandering Man
    5. Heavy Heart
    6. Revival
    7. Truth
    8. Medicine
    9. Headhunters
    10. Time Is Gone
    11. Hom
    Jamestown Revival
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  • Bartok: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 (Speakers Corner) Bartok: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Bartok: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 (Speakers Corner)


    Between Bartók's Rhapsody for Piano and his First Piano Concerto lie 22 years of development, a struggle to find subject matter, form and his own musical language. While the Rhapsody from 1904 is dominated by a late-Romantic tone, which delights in a free, craggy and capricious feast of affable harmonies, the Piano Concerto reflects contemplation and a delving into the formal strictness of the classical three-movement concerto form. Rather less concerto-like and unconventional is, however, the use of the piano as a percussion instrument, which after just a few bars on the winds, hammers out an unrelenting staccato against the harsh and dissonant orchestra. In the slow movement too the piano is predominantly employed as a percussion instrument that, like the pendulum of a clock, rhythmically bulldozes on against the cheerless, bleak winds. Wild emotion predominates in the Finale. Stormy, insistent figures in the piano are answered by the orchestra with animated blows, but the quick flashes of melodies cannot establish themselves and are slashed to pieces as if caught in a storm.
    This uncompromising severity presents an enormous challenge that is mastered with aplomb by GÉza Anda and the RSO Berlin under Ferenc Fricsay.




    Musicians:



    • GÉza Anda and the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin

    • Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)





    Recording: October 1960 at Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by GÜnter Hermanns

    Production: Otto Gerdes





    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. Allegro Moderato - Allegro
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro Molto
    Bela Bartok
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  • Uptown Special Uptown Special Quick View

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    Uptown Special

    Uptown Special, the fourth album by producer-songwriter-musician Mark Ronson, is a tale of several cities, a wide range of collaborators, and a road trip deep into the American South. However the story of Ronson's latest project really starts back when he was New York's hottest DJ.


    In the late 1990s into the early 2000s the New York club scene was percolating with booming hip-hop and glitzy R&B. In those days before he emerged as a multi-talented musical force Ronson manned the turntables of many great parties. "It was a fun time to be playing music," he says. "At clubs like Cheetah you didn't have to play a hip hop record until 1a.m. You could play early '80s classics by Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson and rock the crowd. I'd play Steely Dan's 'Black Cow' at 11:30 and it world work. Then, at 1am you'd play 'Hypnotize' by Biggie and the crowd would go wild. I come back to those memories."


    This mix of vintage R&B and pop with contemporary hip-hop is what made Ronson a star DJ. "I never get tired of hearing records like Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Can't Hide Love' next to 'Rock the Boat' by Aaliyah," says Ronson. "I wanted this record to feel like hearing that kind of musical mix on great New York club night."


    Uptown Special has all of the flavor of a night with Mark rocking the ones and twos with funk, soul, and psychedelic pop in a style that echoes classic productions by Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, and funneled through its creators sophisticated understanding of arrangement and melody. Of his three previous albums Mark feels like Uptown Special is closest in spirit to his 2003 debut, Here Comes the Fuzz, which came directly out his DJ experience. "The difference," Mark says "is I was reaching for things musically I wasn't quite ready to execute. With all the experience I've gained over the years I had the maturity and knowledge to really pull this together."


    The first single, "Uptown Funk," features GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars on vocals and drums, who sings with passion and plays drums with fire that will bring funk back on the radio. Joining Mars on the track is Mark on guitar, Mars' bassist Jamareo Artis and Jeff Brasker on keys. Mark produced Mars' massive hit single, "Locked Out of Heaven," where they developed a close musical kinship. "As a live performer no one out here now puts on a show like Bruno," says Mark. "This record has that same intensity. When you hear him sing you are always aware of how much he puts into a performance." Mark was so taken with the single's power that it inspired the album's title.


    Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Several musicians, who worked with Mark on his historic production of Amy Winehouse's multi-platinum Back To Black and his own breakthrough album, 2007's Version, rejoined him for this album, including drummer Homer Steinweiss, bassist Nick Movshan and guitarist Tommy Brenneck. Also making guest appearances on 'Uptown Special' are bassist Willie Weeks (who played on Stevie Wonder's classic Innervisions) guitarist Carlos Alomar (who created the familiar guitar riff on David Bowie's "Fame") and drummer Steve Jordan (member of the John Mayer Trio).


    Mark Ronson's Uptown Special is a unique blend. It's an album with a serious literary pedigree matched to down home greasy funk. It features a progressive pop vocalist from Australia and one reared in Mississippi, the spiritual root of American music. Hot young contemporary players dominate while some tracks are spiced with legendary musicians. It's a mix that reflects the musical taste and life experience of its creator.

    1. Uptown's First Finale
    2. Summer Breaking
    3. Feel Right
    4. Uptown Funk
    5. I Can't Lose
    6. Daffodils
    7. Crack In The Pearl
    8. In Case Of Fire
    9. Leaving Los Feliz
    10. Heavy And Rolling
    11. Crack In The Pearl pt. II
    Mark Ronson
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  • Chulahoma Chulahoma Quick View

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    Chulahoma

    Chulahoma is a stopgap EP from the Black Keys, a collection of six covers of songs by cult bluesman Junior Kimbrough, whose 'Do the Rump' they covered on their 2002 debut, Big Come Up. Considering that this is the first time the blues-rock guitar-n-drums duo has devoted an album to nothing but straight-ahead blues songs, it wound seem logical that Chulahoma would be the bluesiest recording in their catalog, but the Black Keys aren't that simple. The six songs on this 28-minute EP are hardly replications of Kimbrough's gritty originals, nor do they have the dirty, punch-to-the-gut feel of any of the duo's three proper albums. Instead, this is the weirdest set of music the band has done to date, a trippy, murky excursion into territory that floats somewhere between the primal urgency of the duo's best work and the dark, moody psychedelia of late-'60s blues-rock. Take 'Have Mercy on Me' its winding, narcotic blues groove settles into a bed of droning organ and bongos, but the interplay between guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney prevents it from sounding as affected as psychedelia, while infusing it with a real sense of danger. That unsettling undercurrent flows throughout this brief EP, and it makes Chulahoma an album that's ideal for pitch-black nights, where the music can worm its way into your imagination and then run wild. That alone would make it a unique, noteworthy detour for the Black Keys, but when this is compared to Kimbrough's original recordings, it becomes an instructive listen since a side-by-side listen reveals how Auerbach drew inspiration from Kimbrough's stripped-down, idiosyncratic grooves and took it into some place entirely different. And while that might mean that Chulahoma doesn't necessarily sound like a kissing cousin to Kimbrough's originals, it does make it a greater, richer tribute than most cover albums, and it certainly proves that Auerbach's testimonial in the liner notes about how Junior Kimbrough changed his life is no lie.
    1 Keep Your Hands off Her

    2 Have Mercy on Me

    3 Work Me

    4 Meet Me in the City

    5 Nobody But You

    6 My Mind Is Ramblin'
    The Black Keys
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    Some Say I So I Say Light


    Includes CD


    Some Say I So Say Light is the second full length release of Ghostpoet's, following 2010's Mercury Prize-nominated Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam. Industrial beats, sonorous piano lines and hyper-detailed ornamentation provide a backdrop for Obaro Ejimiwe, AKA Ghostpoet, an artist who sounds ever more like a man old before his time, whether intoning words so laconically it's virtually spoken word or croaking out sung melodies. Some Say I So I Say Light is a studio-based work co-produced with the talented Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar, Egyptian Hip-Hop).


    Even with a Mercury Prize nomination under his belt, London rapper Ghostpoet could walk through a crowd of music fans without notice and his albums don't land as much as emerge out of the mist. Maybe it's because his delivery is like Roots Manuva on sizzurp or that the lead single here is MSI musmiD, which comes off as a Dali dream sequence directed by Man Ray, but deciphering Some Say I So I Say Light is certainly a joy for returning fans.


    Maybe the album's title references a desire to communicate something brighter or more up, as the lyrics are more audible here than previously, or in the case of Them Waters, it's the music that's luminous, as balloons of synthesizer sound pass before the sun as they rise toward the sky. Plastic Bag Brain is the ultimate example and towering highlight with its combo of indie guitar riffing, Radiohead keyboards, and crackable code (his brain wanders like a plastic bag blowin' in the wind), and here's hoping that Dorsal Morsel is Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back for the Wittgenstein set, because a mention of women's jeans, popping like a Pringle pack, and revel in the elegance all seem to point toward it. At 12 tracks long, the album is right-sized and flows beautifully with guests Tony Allen, Woodpecker Wooliams, Gwilym Gold, and This Heat's Charles Hayward adding some new sounds for the rapper to flow over. With Richard Formby and the MC himself on production, Ghostpoet remains the most aptly named rapper in the game with his excellent sophomore effort.

    - David Jeffries (All Music Guide)

    1. Cold Win
    2. Them Waters
    3. Dial Tones
    4. Plastic Bag Brain
    5. ThymeThymeThyme
    6. Meltdown
    7. Sloth Trot
    8. Dorsal Morsel
    9. MSI musmiD
    10. 12 Deaf
    11. Comatose
    Ghostpoet
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  • Heartthrob Heartthrob Quick View

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    Heartthrob

    With Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara introduce a new kind of sound to their usual indie repertoire. "No one will confuse this with any of our other records," Sara says. "It's got a bigger, bolder, happier sound." Tegan is explicit about the supersized ambitions motivating the record. "I kept asking myself: Can I hear this in an arena? Can I hear this on a teenager's iPod as they're riding the bus to school?"


    The new album doesn't just sound different, it represents a more collaborative way of making music. For the first time, the sisters actually wrote a lot of the songs together (in the past there were Tegan songs and Sara songs), and they surrendered more control than usual in the studio, dividing songs between 3 producers (Greg Kurstin, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and Mike Elizondo) and a handful of outside musicians to capture the sound they were looking for. Tegan and Sara are both effusive about Kurstin's role in the process.


    "We intentionally went looking for a producer who wouldn't dwell on protecting the signature Tegan and Sara sound," Tegan explains. Sara sums up Kurstin's role with a surprising metaphor: "Greg took everything we do and put it on steroids."


    For all the superficial differences, though, Heartthrob bears the true hallmarks of a Tegan and Sara record. The songs are terrific, full of lust and longing and regret, bouncing between the familiar poles of erotic rapture ("Closer") and post-breakup despondency ("How Come You Don't Want Me"). But the lyrics seem less confessional than usual, a little more universal and philosophical, as if Tegan and Sara are reflecting on the experience of passion rather than undergoing its ecstasies and torments in real time. For every urgent outburst-"Does your body shake when you get around me? Does your body ache when you think about me?" ("I Couldn't Be Your Friend")-there's a moment of calm reflection, a retrospective clarity about past relationships: "When I think of you I think of your skin golden brown from the sun/Your arms outstretched your hair cut shorter than it'd been/But still blowing in the wind" ("Drove Me Wild"). There's a hard-won maturity in these lyrics, hidden beneath the glossy surface of the music, and a willingness to tackle subjects beyond the confines of romance. This is especially evident in the striking song, "I'm Not Your Hero," which examines the difficulty of maintaining artistic independence and personal autonomy in a politicized world: "I'm not their hero but that doesn't mean I wasn't brave/I never walked the party line doesn't mean that I was never afraid."


    Heartthrob gives us Tegan and Sara in their superhero tights and capes, ready to conquer the pop universe, and the new outfits suit them just as well as their old-school jeans and T-shirts. Don't be surprised if you hear these songs in an arena, or blasting on a car radio, or leaking from a teenager's earbuds on a bus. That's what they're made for. And don't worry if you experience a brief sense of disorientation the first couple of times you hear them, a momentary inability to put a name to those familiar voices. By the time you realize who you're listening to, you'll already be singing along.

    -Tom Perrotta

    1. Closer
    2. Goodbye, Goodbye
    3. I Was A Fool
    4. I'm Not Your Hero
    5. Drove Me Wild
    6. How Come You Don't Want Me
    7. I Couldn't Be Your Friend
    8. Love They Say
    9. Now I'm All Messed Up
    10. Shock To Your System
    Tegan & Sara
    $22.99
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