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    A Night At The Opera

    Ranked 230/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Nothing succeeds like excess, at least that's the case with Queen's breakthrough classic, A Night At The Opera. On one level, the title is a reference to the band's operatic pretensions as evidenced here on the classic Bohemian Rhapsody. It also happens to be the title of a Marx Brothers movie, and the reference isn't lost on Queen, who seldom scaled the heights of pomprock without a knowing wink. The album is remembered for its meticulously produced bombast, but the truth is that there's a wide variety of material here, from the gorgeous piano-based You're My Best Friend and the McCartneyesque 39, to the music-hall-style Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon and the pedal-to-the-metal rockers Death on Two Legs and I'm in Love with My Car. A Night at the Opera is widely considered to be the quintessential Queen album and justifiably so.


    This fall marks Queens return to studio recording for the first time in 13 years, to commemorate that occasion, Universal has created the Queen on Vinyl Collectors Edition re-issue program in which every Queen studio album is to be released on vinyl LPs over the next two years. The original albums are being re-issued correct in every detail to the original releases, including inner sleeves, packaging and bonuses.

    1. Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...)
    2. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
    3. I'm In Love With My Car
    4. You're My Best Friend
    5. '39
    6. Sweet Lady
    7. Seaside Rendezvous
    8. The Prophet's Song
    9. Love Of My Life
    10. Good Company
    11. Bohemian Rhapsody
    12. God Save The Queen
    13. I'm In Love With My Car
    Queen
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    Nights In Vienna

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios


    Rudolf Kempe has the true and significant gift of the truly great conductor. He is able and willing to lavish the same care and affection on good light music as on that of the supreme masters. So enthused W. A. Chislett on the 48 years old Kempe, who, by the time this recording of operatic overtures and waltzes was made, had gained a reputation as an opera conductor, having directed the Dresden Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera (succeeding Solti) and conducted at Bayreuth. He was a favourite at Covent Garden but declined the director's job. Kempe was a conductor of international repute, with long associations with the Royal Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle and Munich Philharmonic, as well as his last, short-lived appointment as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Kempe died on 12 May 1976 aged 65.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England. Featuring the original album artwork, this recording is not otherwise generally available in any format. It contains rarely heard or recorded pieces by Heuberger and Reznicek.


    In the original December 1958 review of the mono release W. A. Chislett of the GRAMOPHONE concluded: ... This is superb in every way, warm, intimate, beautifully phrased and poised and very finely recorded. How good in particular it is to hear Lehar's charming waltz given a full dress performance complete with prelude and postlude. ..and on the stereo release the following August, Chislett added: ...they all sound richer and warmer in the two-channel version.


    Recorded on 20-22 February 1958 at the Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna. Produced by the legendary Victor Olof and engineered by Harold Davidson.


    Features:

    Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

    Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!

    Superior Audiophile Pressing

    Features Original Album Artwork

    This recording is not otherwise generally available in any format


    Musicians:

    Rudolf Kempe, conductor

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna (Suppe)
    2. Overture Der Opernball (Heuberger)
    3. Overture Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss II)
    4. Gold und Silber - Waltz (Lehar)
    5. Overture Donna Dianna (Reznicek)
    6. Spharenklange Waltz (Josef Strauss)
    7. Radetzky March (Johann Strauss I)
    Rudolf Kempe
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  • A Day At The Races A Day At The Races Quick View

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    A Day At The Races

    In every sense, A Day at the Races is an unapologetic sequel to A Night at the Opera, the 1975 breakthrough that established Queen as rock & roll royalty. The band never attempts to hide that the record is a sequel -- the two albums boast the same variation on the same cover art, the titles are both taken from old Marx Brothers films and serve as counterpoints to each other. But even though the two albums look the same, they don't quite sound the same, A Day at the Races is a bit tighter than its predecessor, yet tighter doesn't necessarily mean better for a band as extravagant as Queen. One of the great things about A Night at the Opera is that the lingering elements of early Queen -- the pastoral folk of 39, the metallic menace of Death on Two Legs -- dovetailed with an indulgence of camp and a truly, well, operatic scale. Here, the eccentricities are trimmed back somewhat -- they still bubble up on The Millionaire Waltz, an example of the music hall pop that dominated Night, the pro-Native American saga White Man is undercut somewhat by the cowboys 'n' indians rhythms -- in favor of a driving, purposeful hard rock that still could have some slyly hidden perversities (or in the case of the opening Tie Your Mother Down, some not-so-hidden perversity) but this is exquisitely detailed hard rock, dense with minutiae but never lush or fussy. In a sense, it could even function as the bridge between Sheer Heart Attack and Night at the Opera -- it's every bit as hard as the former and nearly as florid as the latter -- but its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make.

    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music)
    1. Tie Your Mother Down
    2. You Take My Breath Away
    3. Long Away
    4. The Millionaire Waltz
    5. You And I
    6. Somebody To Love
    7. White Man
    8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
    9. Drowse
    10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
    Queen
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  • S+@DIUM ROCK: Five Nights At The Opera S+@DIUM ROCK: Five Nights At The Opera Quick View

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    S+@DIUM ROCK: Five Nights At The Opera

    In July of 2015, noted rock band Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] made
    history, twice.


    The wider world shook upon the impact of The Most Lamentable Tragedy
    [hereafter TMLT], the triple-LP rock opera that immediately established itself
    as the most ambitious punk record of all time, a distinction challenged only
    by a foolish few.


    Meanwhile, in the hallowed halls of Shea Stadium, New York City's longestrunning
    active all-ages DIY space, +@ was doing the unthinkable again,
    becoming the first band in the history of NYC DIY to sell out five
    consecutive nights at the same venue. While these epic shows ostensibly
    served as a record-release celebration for TMLT (as well as an uproarious
    shindig for the 30th birthday of +@ singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles), they
    shattered the limits of mere promotional exercise and reached mythical status.
    Sadly for the wider world, you had to be there until now.


    +@ and their patient patrons at Merge Records are pleased to announce the
    new live LP, S+@DIUM ROCK: Five Nights at the Opera, a record which will
    allow fans everywhere their chance to relive the auspicious occasion from the
    comforts of their own home. +@'s position as the most thrilling live act in
    rock and roll has long been etched in stone, but never before has that
    riveting energy been captured on wax as it is here.


    The A-side to S+@DIUM ROCK revisits some of TMLT's most celebrated
    hits in a newly concise context, stripping away all studio wizardry until only
    the primal passion remains. The B-side offers fresh electric arrangements of
    the largely acoustic fifth act of TMLT's rock opera narrative, presenting a new
    perspective on the material Tiny Mix Tapes praised for "emotional intensity
    unrivaled anywhere in rock music," as well as debuting the previously
    unreleased TMLT outtake, "69 Stones." Taken as a whole, S+@DIUM ROCK
    is a whirlwind journey through a moment in time never to be repeated,
    preserved for future generations starving for "the real deal."

    1. Dimed Out
    2. Lonely Boy
    3. Lost My Mind
    4. Fatal Flaw
    5. The Fall

    6. Into The Void (Filler)
    7. Sun Salutation
    8. No Future Part V : In Endless Dreaming
    9. 69 Stones
    10. Stable Boy
    11. Stranded (On Our Own)
    Titus Andronicus
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  • A Night At The Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 (Deluxe Edition) A Night At The Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

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    A Night At The Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 (Deluxe Edition)

    This Deluxe Edition Includes CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and 12 Vinyl


    This Hammersmith Christmas concert was the culmination of the 26-date 'Queen invites you to A Night At The Opera' UK tour of 1975, and was the last show of a very eventful and exciting year for Queen.


    Queen - A Night at the Odeon - Hammersmith 1975, the show which marked the live debut of the band's "Bohemian Rhapsody" while the song was in the midst of its nine-week reign atop the U.K. charts, remains a pivotal moment in Queen's history.


    "This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV the Christmas Show," guitarist Brian May reflected in a press release. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."
    --www.ultimateclassicrock.com

    LP
    1.Bohemian Rhapsody
    2.Now I'm Here


    CD
    1. Now I'm Here
    2. Ogre Battle
    3. White Queen (As It Began)
    4. Bohemian Rhapsody
    5. Killer Queen
    6. The March Of The Black Queen
    7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
    8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
    9. Brighton Rock
    10. Guitar Solo
    11. Son And Daughter
    12. Keep Yourself Alive
    13. Liar
    14. In That Lap Of The Gods Revisited
    15. Big Spender
    16. Jailhouse Rock Medley
    17. Seven Seas Of Rhye
    18. See What A Fool I've Been
    19. God Save The Queen

    Queen
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    A Day At The Races

    Queens classic 1976 follow-up to A Night At The Opera, takes no prisoners and features the two monster hits Tie Your Mother Down and the transcendent Somebody To Love which would set the blueprint for the band's future ballads.


    This fall marks Queens return to studio recording for the first time in 13 years, to commemorate that occasion, Universal has created the Queen on Vinyl Collectors Edition re-issue program in which every Queen studio album is to be released on vinyl LPs over the next two years. The original albums are being re-issued correct in every detail to the original releases, including inner sleeves, packaging and bonuses.

    1. Tie Your Mother Down
    2. You Take My Breath Away
    3. Long Away
    4. The Millionaire Waltz
    5. You and I
    6. Somebody To Love
    7. White Man
    8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
    9. Drowse
    10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
    Queen
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  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Quick View

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    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Otto Klemperer was very much a man of the theatre. Here, opera and drama were truly united, he said of his time at Berlin's Kroll Theatre, a progressive and influential force in the heady years of the Weimar Republic. He was also a man with a sharp sense of humour: this performance of Mendelssohn's incidental music to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream both glows with enchantment and sparkles with wit.
    1. Overture

    2. Scherzo

    3. March Of The Fairies

    4. Ye Spotted Snakes

    5. Intermezzo

    6. Nocturne

    7. Wedding March

    8. Funeral March

    9. Dance Of The Clowns

    10. Finale
    Otto Klemperer
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  • Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream (Speakers Corner)

    Felix Mendelssohn composed the concert overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1826 while the remaining incidental music, composed for a performance of Shakespeare's famous play, was written many years later. His well known Wedding March and the other important numbers of A Midsummer Night's Dream are included in this sought-after DECCA recording.



    This composition is Mendelssohn's most important stage works and a great favourite, which explains why it is so frequently performed (especially the overture) and recorded.
    World-class musicians like the soloists Jennifer Vyvyan, Marion Lowe and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Maag, and supported by the Women's Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, give a masterly performance of this delightful work which offers an insight into Mendelssohn's early and late compositional styles.
    The quality of the performance leaves nothing to be desired and the listener is carried away to a world of dreams, not only during a summer night.





    Musicians:



    • Soloists, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    • Peter Maag (conductor)




    Recording: February 1957 at Kingsway Hall, London by Cyril Windebank

    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. Overture Opus 21
    2. Scherzo Opus 61 No. 1
    3. 'You Spotted Snakes' Opus 61 No. 3
    4. Intermezzo Opus 61 No. 5
    5. Nocturne Opus 61 No. 7
    6. Wedding Marche Opus 61 No. 9
    7. Dance Of The Clowns Opus 61 No. 11
    8. Finale Opus 61 No. 12
    Peter Maag with London Symphony Orchestra
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    Stranger Heads Prevail

    Green Colored Vinyl


    New Jersey alt/prog connoisseurs, Thank You Scientist, have announced details of their brand new full-length, Stranger Heads Prevail that will be released via Evil Ink Records. The label is best known for being owned and ran by Coheed and Cambria lead singer, Claudio Sanchez.


    Sanchez says of the band, "Thank You Scientist is a rare band that stretches the boundaries of the listener's expectation. Their compositions are a tornado of complexity and style that compel the audience to stay present for every note."


    Following the breakout success of their debut label album, Maps Of Non-Existent Places, the band set to follow one simple but resolute goal: no expectations. Constantly writing and with an intense rehearsal schedule, the band began crafting Stranger Heads Prevail together in late 2014 under the watchful ear of guitarist/primary songwriter Tom Monda.
    According to Monda, musically the band wanted to make a rock record with multiple layers of compartmentalized detail, a la The Beatles "Abbey Road" or Queens' "Night at the Opera". "This record has a lot of attention to detail, which will hopefully keep people coming back for more. We wanted to make something that held up to both surface listens as well as tailor to listeners who are listening with a microscope of sorts. With more listens, I feel the songs unveil themselves more and more."


    Vocalist and lyricist Salvatore Marrano adds, "This is a deeply personal record for me, albeit positive, but I found myself continually needing to find the positive in all of the negative in our lives. We're all just trying to sift through the bullshit to find a bit of hope."

    1. Prologue: A Faint Applause
    2. The Somnambulist
    3. Caverns
    4. Mr. Invisible
    5. A Wolf In Cheap Clothing
    6. Blue Automatic
    7. Need More Input
    8. Rube Goldberg Variations
    9. Psychopomp
    10. The Amateur Arsonist's Handbook
    11. Epilogue: and the Clever Depart
    Thank You Scientist
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  • The Truly Unforgettable Voice Of Florence Foster Jenkins The Truly Unforgettable Voice Of Florence Foster Jenkins Quick View

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    The Truly Unforgettable Voice Of Florence Foster Jenkins

    Music On Vinyl and Sony Classical celebrate The Truly Unforgettable Voice Of Florence Foster Jenkins on the occasion of the release of Stephen Frears new biopic starring Meryl Steep as the worst opera singer of all time.


    For some time there has been wide demand for a reissue of this Florence Foster Jenkins album. Few artists ever gave such unalloyed pleasure as Florence Foster Jenkins. For years her annual recital at the Ritz-Carlton was a private ceremonial for the select few - her stubbornly loyal circle of clubwomen and the adventurous cognoscenti.


    Finally, on the evening of October 25, 1944, Madame Jenkins took the big step: forsaking the brocade atmosphere of a fashionable hotel ballroom, she braved Carnegie Hall. The venue was sold out weeks in advance. Two of the numbers she performed that night are contained in this album, taped at private recording sessions of famous soprano arias some years earlier in New York's Melotone Studios. Thanks to these recordings, we can still enjoy the glory of a voice that, in a very peculiar way, has enriched the lives of many generations of music-lovers.

    1. Die Zauberflöte: Der Hölle Rache
    2. The Musical Snuff-Box
    3. Like A Bird
    4. Lakme: Où Va La Jeune Hindoue?
    5. Serenata Mexicana
    6. La Perle Du BrÉsil: Charmant Oiseau
    7. Biassy
    8. Die Fledermaus:Adele's Laughing Song
    9. A Faust Travesty
    a. Valentine's Aria (Ere I Leave My Native Land)
    b. Jewel Song (O Heavenly Jewels)
    c. Salut, Demeure Chaste Et Pure (Emotions Strange)
    d. Final Trio (Sung As A Duet) (My Heart Is Overcome With Terror)
    Florence Foster Jenkins
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  • The Royal Ballet Gala Performances The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Quick View

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    The Royal Ballet Gala Performances

    Double LP With Book


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape


    200-Gram Double LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    In the hearts of thousands, No. 1 on the Top RCA list. While the bulk of Ansermet's recordings were made with L'Orchestre de la Susise Romande, there were a few with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and the very occasional foray into recordings with London orchestras, one of these being with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1959.


    Audiophilia Online Magazine wrote: This is the stuff of which dreams are made. The Royal Ballet Gala is one of the finest RCAs recorded in London's Kingsway Hall. The chunks of great ballet music are well served by orchestra, conductor and engineer. Performances are executed to a very high standard - the Royal Opera House Orchestra, both then and n

    ow, rank as one of the finest of opera orchestras.

    Conductor Ansermet keeps the pace moving, giving the listener the impression of a dance event rather than a dramatic concert hall reading. With the exception of some of the Tchaikovsky scenes, the music is light and remains so under Ansermet's gentle touch. Each ballet is given full attention by the players, something not always attained at Covent Garden during long ballet nights! The threat of eternity does have its merits. The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another.


    Tonally, Messrs. Williamson and Wilkinson have used their considerable talents to capture the orchestra superbly. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical. Be it a bang, swish, rattle, crack or snap, each percussionist is situated perfectly within the beautiful Kingsway soundstage. Even the difficult-to-record sound of the celeste is captured in its purely mechanical form. Its delicate sound is heard to great effect during the Nutcracker - originating stage left, the sound decays across the stage of Kingsway with sparkling beauty. Wonderful.


    Producer: Michael Williamson

    Engineer Kenneth Wilkinson

    LP 1
    1. Tschaikovsky: From The Nutcracker Suite
    2. Rossini-Respighi: From La Boutique Fantastique
    3. Delibes: From CoppÉlia
    4. Adam: From Giselle


    LP 2
    1. Tschaikovsky: From Swan Lake
    2. Schumann: From Carnaval
    3. Tschaikovsky: From The Sleeping Beauty
    4. Chopin: From Les Sylphides

    Ernest Ansermet
    $74.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + Book - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Russian Orchestral Music

    Russian Orchestal Music - Barenboim - Chicago Symphony Orchestra on 180g Import LP


    "There is no one quite like Daniel Barenboim today in the music world. General music director of the Berlin State Opera and its orchestra, the Berlin Staatskapelle; principal guest conductor at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan; formerly music director of the Chicago Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris; for years a conductor at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals; a champion of new music since the 1950s; a chamber musician who has performed with every great singer and instrumentalist in half a century, from Gregor Piatigorsky and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to his late wife, the cellist Jacqueline du PrÉ, and the bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, Mr. Barenboim was a child prodigy who remains, despite a full-time conducting career, a towering figure at the keyboard." - Michael Kimmelman, New York Times


    Here, the 2003 Grammy-winner conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances of Borodin's Polovtsian Dances, Mussorgsky's Night On The Bald Mountain, and Rimsky-Korssakoff's Russian Easter Overture and Capriccio Espagnol. 180g vinyl pressing from Clearaudio.


    "Beautiful though their melodies remain, the "Polovtsian Dances" mean less when, as here, deprived of voices. This is a very animated performance, however, with fine playing by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and first-class recording, everything being absolutely distinct in well-proportioned stereo, and with virtually no tape hiss. Stich points have even more importance than usual in items like those by Rimsky-Korsakov, which are mainly studies in orchestral colour." - Gramophone/1977


    Musicians:


    Borodin (composer)

    Rimsky-Korssakoff (composer)

    Mussorgsky (composer)

    Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra


    1. Alexander Borodin - Polovtsian Dances - from the Opera "Prince Igor"

    2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korssakoff - Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36 - on Liturgical Themes for Large Orchestra

    3. Modest Mussorgsky - Night On The Bald Mountain, Op. post. - Concert Fantasy for Large ORchestra

    4. Nikolai Rimsky-Korssakoff - Capriccio espagnol op. 34

    I. Alborada: vivo e strepitoso

    II. Variazioni: Andante con moto

    III. Alborada: vivo e strepitoso

    IV. Scena e Canto gitano: Allegretto

    V. Fandango asturiano


    Daniel Barenboim
    $44.99
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  • Texas Oil Patch Songs Texas Oil Patch Songs Quick View

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    Texas Oil Patch Songs

    Pressed On Petro-Blue Colored Vinyl


    Drillin' & Drivin' Rig Ringers!


    Country singer and disc jockey Slim Willet's ode to tool-pushin'! Texas Oil Patch Songs was issued in 1959 by the artist on his own Winston label, and now is an impossibly-rare LP to dig up-and this Modern Harmonic edition is faithful to the original, including all twelve tracks, liner notes, and restored artwork! And on petro-blue vinyl!


    Ahh the "Concept Album" Critics write of Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours or of groundbreaking 60's rock opera opuses but while the big studios set the scene for rainy night walks or drug-fueled psychedelic trips, a Great Lost Treasure from the Great Texas Oil Fields lay buried deep in the bargain bins of Saint Peters' Holy Blood Of The Christ Thrift Store! For sure, Slim Willet's mighty collection of blue collar, well-digging classics stood little chance to begin with - only a few hundred were pressed - and, well, oil songs never really caught on in the way the similar trucking-songs boom would several years later. Maybe had Slim put this out during the great Gas Station/Truck Stop 8-Track Market of the 70's this could have been a hit album. But, with Slim's passing in 1966, it was never to be.


    Slim Willet (born Winston Lee Moore) was certainly a Big Fish in a Small Pond in the Independent Country Music World of the late 40s & early 50s. He's best known for penning "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes," a hit song for Ray Price, Skeets McDonald and Perry Como, all. Slim worked for many years with Bill McCall at 4-Star, made a stack of records as a singer, started his own Winston label, managed Dean Beard and various other hillbilly and rockabilly artists, but never really hit the big time. His greatest masterpiece, 1959's Texas Oil Patch Songs, was never fully appreciated until now. For all the tool pushers, roughnecks, derrick men & chain hands, THIS is your soundtrack."


    - G-Minus Mark

    1. Rig Moving Man
    2. Toolpusher (on a Rotary Rig)
    3. Oil Patch Girls
    4. El Paso Gas
    5. Off Shore Drillin' Rig
    6. Boom Town Man
    7. Smell That Sweet Perfume
    8. Johnny Don't Drill Any More
    9. Drill Bit Honky Tonk
    10. Morning Tower
    11. Haywire Jones
    12. Roughneck
    Slim Willet
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  • Tour De Force - Royal Albert Hall Tour De Force - Royal Albert Hall Quick View

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    Tour De Force - Royal Albert Hall

    Tour De Force chronicles Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different setlists, arrangements and ensembles providing the viewer with four unique performances. His journey begins in the intimate setting of the 200-capacity London Borderline with a three-piece band. The result is a jammy tribute to Bonamassa's earlier career, with songs he hasn't played live in years. Next is a blues-themed night at Shepherd's Bush Empire, featuring a horns section to create a soulful, big-blues-band feel. He then moves to the Hammersmith Apollo which opens with a short acoustic set before moving into a rock-inspired evening. Finally, at the Royal Albert Hall, Bonamassa treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs, featuring the acoustic band from his most recent release, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House. Each night's performance features a different selection of songs - over 60 in total and some having never been performed live before - from his extensive career beginning with 2000's A New Day Yesterday.


    The end result more than lived up to its billing as "The Guitar Event of The Year" and saw Bonamassa reliving, revisiting and redefining the many phases and pivotal moments throughout his career over the course of four evenings. It goes without saying that the challenge was daunting, but Bonamassa more than picked up the gauntlet after it was thrown down and delivered a once-in-a-lifetime performance that more than serves as an appropriate career-retrospective for an artist who has already achieved so much.


    "London is like my second home," says Bonamassa. "With these shows, I wanted to give the fans attending the London 2013 shows a real treat - something special to thank them for their unwavering support. Over the years I've received audience requests for tracks that we've never performed live; it felt right that we delve into the back catalogue and honor London with special and unique versions of these tracks. And now...we can share it with my fans around the world."

    Albion (Intro)
    Palm Trees, Helicopters and Gasoline
    Seagull
    Jelly Roll
    Black Lung Heartache
    Around the Bend
    Jockey Full Of Bourbon
    From the Valley
    Athens to Athens
    Slow Train
    Last Kiss
    Dustbowl
    Midnight Blues
    Who's Been Talking
    Happier Times
    Driving Towards The Daylight
    The Ballad of John Henry
    Django
    Mountain Time
    Sloe Gin
    Just Got Paid
    World's End (Credits)
    Joe Bonamassa
    $42.99
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    Tour De Force - Borderline

    Tour De Force chronicles Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different setlists, arrangements and ensembles providing the viewer with four unique performances. His journey begins in the intimate setting of the 200-capacity London Borderline with a three-piece band. The result is a jammy tribute to Bonamassa's earlier career, with songs he hasn't played live in years. Next is a blues-themed night at Shepherd's Bush Empire, featuring a horns section to create a soulful, big-blues-band feel. He then moves to the Hammersmith Apollo which opens with a short acoustic set before moving into a rock-inspired evening. Finally, at the Royal Albert Hall, Bonamassa treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs, featuring the acoustic band from his most recent release, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House. Each night's performance features a different selection of songs - over 60 in total and some having never been performed live before - from his extensive career beginning with 2000's A New Day Yesterday.


    The end result more than lived up to its billing as "The Guitar Event of The Year" and saw Bonamassa reliving, revisiting and redefining the many phases and pivotal moments throughout his career over the course of four evenings. It goes without saying that the challenge was daunting, but Bonamassa more than picked up the gauntlet after it was thrown down and delivered a once-in-a-lifetime performance that more than serves as an appropriate career-retrospective for an artist who has already achieved so much.


    "London is like my second home," says Bonamassa. "With these shows, I wanted to give the fans attending the London 2013 shows a real treat - something special to thank them for their unwavering support. Over the years I've received audience requests for tracks that we've never performed live; it felt right that we delve into the back catalogue and honor London with special and unique versions of these tracks. And now...we can share it with my fans around the world."

    Albion (Intro)
    I Know Where I Belong
    Spanish Boots
    Your Funeral My Trial
    Blues Deluxe
    Pain And Sorrow
    Happier Times
    Steal Your Heart Away
    Miss You, Hate You
    The River
    Burning Hell
    Don't Burn Down That Bridge
    Story Of A Quarryman
    Are You Experienced?
    World's End (Credits)
    Joe Bonamassa
    $39.99
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    Tour De Force - Shepherd's Bush Empire

    Tour De Force chronicles Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different setlists, arrangements and ensembles providing the viewer with four unique performances. His journey begins in the intimate setting of the 200-capacity London Borderline with a three-piece band. The result is a jammy tribute to Bonamassa's earlier career, with songs he hasn't played live in years. Next is a blues-themed night at Shepherd's Bush Empire, featuring a horns section to create a soulful, big-blues-band feel. He then moves to the Hammersmith Apollo which opens with a short acoustic set before moving into a rock-inspired evening. Finally, at the Royal Albert Hall, Bonamassa treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs, featuring the acoustic band from his most recent release, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House. Each night's performance features a different selection of songs - over 60 in total and some having never been performed live before - from his extensive career beginning with 2000's A New Day Yesterday.


    The end result more than lived up to its billing as "The Guitar Event of The Year" and saw Bonamassa reliving, revisiting and redefining the many phases and pivotal moments throughout his career over the course of four evenings. It goes without saying that the challenge was daunting, but Bonamassa more than picked up the gauntlet after it was thrown down and delivered a once-in-a-lifetime performance that more than serves as an appropriate career-retrospective for an artist who has already achieved so much.


    "London is like my second home," says Bonamassa. "With these shows, I wanted to give the fans attending the London 2013 shows a real treat - something special to thank them for their unwavering support. Over the years I've received audience requests for tracks that we've never performed live; it felt right that we delve into the back catalogue and honor London with special and unique versions of these tracks. And now...we can share it with my fans around the world."

    Albion (Intro)
    Slow Train
    So It's Like That
    Midnight Blues
    Last Kiss
    So Many Roads
    You Better Watch Yourself
    Chains & Things
    Lonesome Road Blues
    Stop!
    I Got All You Need
    The Great Flood
    The Ballad Of John Henry
    Asking Around For You
    Further On Up The Road
    World's End (Credits)
    Joe Bonamassa
    $42.99
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    Tour De Force - Hammersmith Apollo

    Tour De Force chronicles Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different setlists, arrangements and ensembles providing the viewer with four unique performances. His journey begins in the intimate setting of the 200-capacity London Borderline with a three-piece band. The result is a jammy tribute to Bonamassa's earlier career, with songs he hasn't played live in years. Next is a blues-themed night at Shepherd's Bush Empire, featuring a horns section to create a soulful, big-blues-band feel. He then moves to the Hammersmith Apollo which opens with a short acoustic set before moving into a rock-inspired evening. Finally, at the Royal Albert Hall, Bonamassa treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs, featuring the acoustic band from his most recent release, An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House. Each night's performance features a different selection of songs - over 60 in total and some having never been performed live before - from his extensive career beginning with 2000's A New Day Yesterday.


    The end result more than lived up to its billing as "The Guitar Event of The Year" and saw Bonamassa reliving, revisiting and redefining the many phases and pivotal moments throughout his career over the course of four evenings. It goes without saying that the challenge was daunting, but Bonamassa more than picked up the gauntlet after it was thrown down and delivered a once-in-a-lifetime performance that more than serves as an appropriate career-retrospective for an artist who has already achieved so much.


    "London is like my second home," says Bonamassa. "With these shows, I wanted to give the fans attending the London 2013 shows a real treat - something special to thank them for their unwavering support. Over the years I've received audience requests for tracks that we've never performed live; it felt right that we delve into the back catalogue and honor London with special and unique versions of these tracks. And now...we can share it with my fans around the world."

    Albion (Intro)
    Seagull
    Jelly Roll
    Richmond
    Athens To Athens
    Woke Up Dreaming
    Cradle Rock
    When the Fire Hits the Sea
    Dustbowl
    Dislocated Boy
    Driving Towards The Daylight
    Who's Been Talking
    Jockey Full Of Bourbon
    Tea For One
    Lonesome Road Blues
    The Ballad Of John Henry
    Sloe Gin
    Just Got Paid
    World's End (Credits)
    Joe Bonamassa
    $42.99
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    The Journey Man

    "In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."


    Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"


    It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.


    But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.


    Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.


    Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.


    "I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."


    What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.


    Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.


    By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."


    Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).


    Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.


    A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.


    The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.


    Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.


    "I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."


    Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.


    'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.


    Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".


    And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.


    - Tim Barr, 2017

    LP 1
    1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
    2. Prism
    3. Mountains
    4. Castaway
    5. The Mirrored River


    LP 2
    1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
    2. I Think of You
    3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
    4. Redemption


    LP 3
    1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
    2. The Ballad Celeste
    3. This Is Not A Love Song
    4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
    5. Triangle
    6. Tomorrow's Not Today
    7. Run Run Run

    Goldie
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    Parts Of Speech

    From its first track, Dessa's new full-length Parts of Speech announces itself as something different. The Doomtree veteran and inveterate wordsmith - having proved her mettle in the fields of creative non-fiction, spoken-word and hip-hop - jettisons all genre expectations on "The Man I Knew" and croons a heartbreaking lament to a disintegrating relationship at an explosively-building clip.


    From this moment on Dessa - oft-described as "Mos Def plus Dorothy Parker" for the wit and flow shown off on previous solo albums A Badly Broken Code and Castor, The Twin - proves she has truly coalesced as an artist, transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi-platform voice.


    "I wanted to investigate the idea that a cohesive record isn't always made cohesive by having twelve songs that sound the same. I figured when you make a mixtape for a friend, you can get away with a range of genres and a lot of dynamic change. Why can't I approach an album like that? The sequence has to be just right, and we worked hard to nail it, but the thing that holds this record together is the sensibility of the lyrics, rather than a uniform theme."


    Track two kicks off a stunning hat-trick of the record's standout numbers. "Call Off Your Ghost" is an admittedly haunting dirge on the "struggle for grace in the wake of a long relationship." An arena-sized chorus tucked into a melancholy lullaby, "Ghost" has that unique ability to perfectly soundtrack new love or bitter breakup at the same time.


    Dessa then puts her fists up for "Warsaw." The track boasts a beat like Azealia Banks playing Pacman, which provides a background for our emcee's confident, hypnotic flow. Narrative takes a backseat to mood here, as Dessa spits impressionistic one-ups like "I sleep with both eyes open, standing up," daring you to blink first.


    "Skeleton Key" contains Parts of Speech's mission statement: "I haven't met a locked door yet." An ode to female self-reliance that doesn't waste ambiance for message, the track plays like a great, lost M. Night Shyamalan movie, calling forth an era out of time in the story of a woman, a key and a bottomless reserve of courage.


    "This record involves multiple narratives. It explores the same themes of love, loss, connection and communion as a lot of my work, but the angle and lens through which they're explored sets this album apart from my previous ones. The production techniques were new for me too - we spent a lot of time crafting a record that could include live players, Doomtree production, and sometimes a blend of the two."


    While the album is born of Dessa's artistic vision, it benefits from the collaboration of her varied friends. Parts of Speech owes much of its impact to its diverse production. Dessa got her start as a member of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree - eventually going on to help manage the group's business affairs as they launched their own label - and members Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger lend their production to several tracks.


    The players in Dessa's live ensemble all contributed to the record, as did several top-flight Minneapolis musicians working in rock, folk, and opera. She even enlisted a cellist she found on Pandora to make the gorgeously-layered foundation of penultimate track "It's Only Me."

    1. The Man I Knew
    2. Call Off Your Ghost
    3. Warsaw
    4. Skeleton Key
    5. Dear Marie
    6. I'm Going Down
    7. Fighting Fish
    8. The Lamb
    9. Beekeeper
    10. Annabelle
    11. It's Only Me
    12. Sound the Bells
    Dessa
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    A Shadow In Time


    Includes Vinyl-Only Mix Not Available On Any Other Format


    Pressed Onto Audiophile-Quality 100% Virgin Vinyl


    "Deeply melancholic and subdued,
    music to embrace in the deep of a
    sleepless night." - The Quietus


    "Euphoric and transparent."
    - The Wire


    "There is something oddly
    otherworldly and plaintive about the
    whole thing." - Drowned In Sound


    World-renowned as one of experimental music's most vital and
    impressionistic composers of the past few decades, William
    Basinski's tape loop works have been especially influential,
    particularly on the historic series, The Disintegration Loops,
    where distorted, orchestral tape samples burrow deep into the
    listener's psyche through meditative repetition. On his new album,
    A Shadow In Time, Basinski plunges deeper than ever for the
    plaintive, solitary eulogy to David Bowie, aptly titled "For David
    Robert Jones." Conversely, the title track, "A Shadow In Time," is
    a subtle, celestial escalation of melody and drone. The result is
    one of the most truly transcendent pieces of music he has ever
    committed to - or wrung from - tape.


    William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer
    who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in
    NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete
    technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and
    melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and
    resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of
    time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops
    received international critical acclaim and was one of Pitchfork's
    Top Albums of the Decade. Basinski was chosen by Music
    Director, Antony Hegarty to create music for the Robert Wilson
    opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which had its
    world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July
    2011 and toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013.

    1. A Shadow In Time
    2. For David Robert Jones
    William Basinski
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    Smiley Smile

    Stereo Edition Of Smiley Smile, Released On Vinyl For The First Time!


    Smiley Smile Stereo Mix Created Between 2005 And 2012 Using The First Generation Basic Tracking Session Multitracks, Synced With The Overdubs That Were Later Added On Second And Third Generation Masters, To Create The First True Stereo Mixes


    Stereo Mixes Produced By Mark Linett And Alan Boyd / Mixed By Mark Linett


    Audio Production - Mark Linett


    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!


    First mixed and released in stereo for the first time in 2012. These stereo mixes were created using the first generation basic tracking session multitracks, synced with the overdubs that were later added on second and third generation masters, to create the first true stereo mixes. The exception is Good Vibrations, which is a computer-generated stereo mix by Derry Fitzgerald. A remix in stereo wasn't possible because the original multi-track tape has never been located. The stereo mixes for Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), Beach Boys' Party! and Smiley Smile were produced and mixed by Mark Linett, and co-produced by Alan Boyd.


    All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys' Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.


    After the much-discussed, uncompleted Smile project - which was supposed to take the innovations of Pet Sounds to even grander heights - collapsed, the Beach Boys released Smiley Smile in its place. (To clarify much confusion: Smiley Smile is an entirely different piece of work than Smile would have been, although some material that ended up on Smiley Smile would have most likely been used on Smile. Also, much of Smiley Smile was in fact recorded after the Smile sessions had ceased.), writes AllMusic.com


    For fans expecting something along the lines of Sgt. Pepper (and there were many of them), Smiley Smile was a major disappointment, replacing psychedelic experimentation with spare, eccentric miniatures. Heard now, outside of such unrealistic expectations, it's a rather nifty, if rather slight, effort that's avant garde in the extreme. 'Wind Chimes,' 'Wonderful,' 'Vegetables,' and much of the rest is low-key psychedelic quirkiness, with abundant fine harmonies and unusual arrangements. The standouts, nonetheless, were two recent hit singles in which Brian Wilson's ambitions were still intact: The inscrutable mini-opera 'Heroes and Villains,' and the number one hit 'Good Vibrations,' one of the few occasions where the group managed to be recklessly experimental and massively commercial at the same time. - AllMusic.com

    1. Heroes And Villains
    2. Vegetables
    3. Fall Breaks Back To Winter (W. Woodpecker Symphony)
    4. She's Goin' Bald
    5. Little Pad
    6. Good Vibrations
    7. With Me Tonight
    8. Wind Chimes
    9. Getting' Hungry
    10. Wonderful
    11. Whistle In
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    $34.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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