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IllmaticRanked 400/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Illmatic is the debut album of American rapper Nas, released April 19, 1994, on Columbia Records. Following his signing to the label with the help of MC Serch, the album was recorded during 1992 to 1993 at Chung King Studios, D&D Recording, Battery Studios, and Unique Recording Studios in New York City. Its production was handled by Nas, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier. Stylistically a hardcore hip hop album, Illmatic features Nas' multi-syllabic internal rhyme patterns expressing inner city lyrical themes and narratives based on his native Queensbridge, New York.
Upon its release, the album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. However, its initial sales fell below expectations and its five singles failed to achieve significant chart success. While it experienced initial low sales, Illmatic received positive reviews from most music critics upon its release and earned praise for its lyrical content, production, and Nas' lyricism. On January 17, 1996, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and in 2001, it earned platinum certification after shipments of one million copies in the United States.
Since its initial reception, the album has been recognized by writers and music critics as a landmark album in East Coast hip hop. It contributed to the regional scene's artistic renaissance in New York, while marking an influential, stylistic change in hip hop at the time. Its influence on subsequent hip hop artists has been attributed to the album's production and Nas' rapping. Several writers have cited Illmatic as one of the quintessential hip hop recordings and one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. It has been included in numerous best album lists by critics and publications.The Genesis
N.Y. State Of Mind
Life's A Bitch
The World Is Yours
Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
One Time 4 Your Mind
It Ain't Hard To Tell
$27.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's EditionRanked 12/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Best Selling Jazz Album of All-Time Gets the Super Deluxe Treatment for its 50th Anniversary!
Includes the Original Remastered CD, a CD of Bonus Material, a DVD of the Making of Kind of Blue, an Incredible Full-Color Book, Photos from the Sessions, Miles' Notes and the LP of the Original Album Pressed on Blue Vinyl!
In 1958, after a string of critically acclaimed and successful albums, Miles Davis was searching for a new direction to take the music, and signs were pointing him off the chordal highway into a new jazz style: modal. His innovations would open up the world for improvisers. He recruited key players with the potential to solidify his new approach, forming his famed sextet with rising jazz giants John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans & Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Miles hired the little-known Evans because he needed a pianist who was into the modal thing. Davis and Evans both had developed personal voices characterized by a melodic flow that suggested, rather than defined, musical structure. It was his relationship with Evans that created the spark that resulted in the album Kind of Blue.
In only two impromptu sessions in March and April of 1959, Miles Daviss sextet created a tour de force 5 original tunes built on simple scales. Davis is committed to getting something spontaneous out of his musicians. The entire album was composed as a series of modal sketches and was conceived only hours before the recording dates. The outcome? Pure inspiration, and the stuff of legend an album made up of the first full take of each tune, captured at the historic Columbia 30th Street Studio. The album was originally released on Columbia Records in 1959, stunning the jazz world by practically creating a new language of music. Its influence goes far beyond jazz. Kind of Blue is universally considered to be one of the best albums of all time, of any genre. Fifty years later, Kind of Blue the epitome of spontaneous inventionis still the best selling jazz album ever.
This Collectors Edition marks the 50th Anniversary with an unprecedented presentation of music, images, insight and history to celebrate the album that is essential to any music collection, the ideal gift item for any jazz lover, especially fans of Miles Davis a true collectors set.
Do Not Miss this Limited-Edition Collector's Edition!Blue Colored Vinyl LP:
1. So What
2. Freddie The Freeloader
3. Blue In Green
4. All Blues
5. Flamenco Sketches
Disc 1 - CD:
1. So What (9:22)
2. Freddie Freeloader (9:46)
3. Blue In Green (5:36)
4. All Blues (11:32)
5. Flamenco Sketches (9:25)
6. Flamenco Sketches (alternate take) (9:31)
7. Freddie Freeloader – studio sequence 1 (0:51)
8. Freddie Freeloader – false start (1:26)
9. Freddie Freeloader – studio sequence 2 (1:34) (*)
10. So What – studio sequence 1 (1:55) (*)
11. So What – studio sequence 2 (0:12) (*)
12. Blue In Green – studio sequence (1:57) (*)
13. Flamenco Sketches – studio sequence 1 (0:43)
14. Flamenco Sketches – studio sequence 2 (1:10) (*)
15. All Blues – studio sequence (0:19) (*)
(*) previously unreleased
Disc 2 - CD:
1. On Green Dolphin Street (9:48)
2. Fran-Dance (5:48)
3. Stella By Starlight (4:43)
4. Love For Sale (11:46)
5. Fran-Dance (alternate take) (5:51)
6. So What (17:28) (**)
(**) previously released in unauthorized form
• Rare musical material including the first session by the Miles Davis sextet, May 26, 1958
• Over 30 minutes of studio material
• First authorized release of two extended live performances from April 9, 1960 Den Haag Concert and The Zurich Concert.
• Documentary - Story Behind Kind of Blue
• April 2, 1959 TV program, Robert Herridge Theater: The Sound of Miles Davis$109.99Colored Vinyl LP + 2 CDs + DVD - SealedBuy Now
Illmatic XXRanked 400/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
20th Anniversary Of One Of Hip Hop's Most Celebrated Albums
In 2014, Legacy Recordings will release Nas’ seminal debut album as an expanded 20th anniversary edition titled, Illmatic XX. Long considered one of the greatest Hip Hop albums of all time, Illmatic is a densely textured, deeply lyrical portrait of life in the US’s largest public housing project, Queensbridge. Upon release, the record signaled the resurgence of the moribund New York hip-hop scene and helped pave the way for Biggie Smalls, Jay Z and a new generation of New York rappers.
Illmatic XX is the ultimate fan experience and features new liner notes by longtime friend, Sacha Jenkins (Ego Trip), previously unseen and rare photographs, and a personal note from Nas.
2014 is the year of Illmatic XX!1. The Genesis (Explicit Album Version)
2. N.Y. State of Mind
3. Life's a Bitch
4. The World Is Yours (Explicit Album Version)
5. Halftime (Explicit Album Version)
6. Memory Lane (Sittin' in da Park)
7. One Love (Explicit Album Version)
8. One Time 4 Your Mind (Explicit Album Version)
9. Represent (Explicit Album Version)
10. It Ain't Hard to Tell
$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
That's The Way Of The World (Speakers Corner)Ranked 493/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
"OK, so it’s disco sound, but it’s really good." Whoever says that today must have been pretty lively on their feet in the 70s and 80s and in the days of their youth they will definitely have noticed that the commercial fusion music they listened to on a Saturday night was buzzing with energy and excitement. Earth, Wind & Fire considered their amazing mix of Latin, Gospel, Soul, Funk and dynamic horn section as being of existential importance. This was the album that would either make or break the band: either they would establish themselves or they would sink into oblivion like so many other rhythm and blues acts.
The basic recipe – finely chiselled Latin beat, meaty bass grooves and sizzling funky improvisations, spiced with the sound of exotic instruments – works perfectly. Furthermore, crowned with a beautifully airy falsetto and relaxed harmonious singing, the band created a big-band sound that the magazine Rolling Stone described as »innovative yet popular, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing«. Almost two decades later, and with more than three million albums sold in the USA alone, the editorial team voted the LP into their list of the ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’. And about time too! At last today’s ravers and rappers also get the opportunity to experience the great rhythms to which their daddies danced.
- Maurice White (vocal, percussion, drums)
- Verdine White (vocal, bass, percussion)
- Philip Bailey (vocal, conga, percussion)
- Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer)
- Al McKay (guitar, percussion)
- Ralph Johnson (drums, percussion)
- Johnny Graham (guitar)
- Fred White (drums, percussion)
Recording: 1975 at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado (USA), by Curt Wittig
Production: Maurice White
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Shining Star
2. That's The Way Of The World
3. Happy Feelin'
4. All About Love
5. Yearnin', Learnin'
8. See The Light
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Toys In The AtticRanked 228/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Remastered From The Original Source Tapes!
Contains the classics "Sweet Emotion", "Walk This Way", & "Toys In The Attic"
After nearly getting off the ground with Get Your Wings, Aerosmith finally perfected their mix of Stonesy raunch and Zeppelin-esque riffing with their third album, Toys in the Attic. The success of the album derives from a combination of an increased sense of songwriting skills and purpose. Not only does Joe Perry turn out indelible riffs like "Walk This Way," "Toys in the Attic," and "Sweet Emotion," but Steven Tyler has fully embraced sleaziness as his artistic muse. Taking his cue from the old dirty blues "Big Ten Inch Record," Tyler writes with a gleeful impishness about sex throughout Toys in the Attic, whether it's the teenage heavy petting of "Walk This Way," the promiscuous "Sweet Emotion," or the double-entendres of "Uncle Salty" and "Adam's Apple." The rest of Aerosmith, led by Perry's dirty, exaggerated riffing, provide an appropriately greasy backing. Before Toys in the Attic, no other hard rock band sounded like this. Sure, Aerosmith cribbed heavily from the records of the Rolling Stones, New York Dolls, and Led Zeppelin, but they didn't have any of the menace of their influences, nor any of their mystique. Aerosmith was a gritty, street-wise hard rock band who played their blues as blooze and were in it for a good time; Toys in the Attic crystallizes that attitude.
-All Music Guide1. Toys in the Attic
2. Uncle Salty
3. Adam's Apple
4. Walk This Way
5. Big Ten Inch Record
6. Sweet Emotion
7. No More No More
8. Round and Round
9. You See Me Crying
$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now