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Alice's Restaurant (Pure Pleasure)Although he'd been a fixture on the East Coast folk circuit for several years, Arlo Guthrie did not release his debut album until mid-1967. A majority of the attention directed at Alice's Restaurant focuses on the epic 18-plus-minute title track, which sprawled over the entire A-side of the long-player. However, it is the other half-dozen Guthrie compositions that provide an insight into his uniformly outstanding, yet astoundingly overlooked, early sides on Warner Bros. Although arguably not 100 percent factual, Alice's Restaurant Massacree -- which was recorded in front of a live audience -- is rooted in a series of real incidents.
This decidedly anti-establishment saga of garbage dumps closed on Thanksgiving, good ol' Officer Obie, as well as Guthrie's experiences with the draft succeeds not only because of the unusual and outlandish situations that the hero finds himself in; it is also his underdog point of view and sardonic delivery that maximize the effect in the retelling. In terms of artistic merit, the studio side is an equally endowed effort containing six decidedly more traditional folk-rock compositions. Among the standouts are the haunting Chilling Of The Evening, which is given an arrangement perhaps more aptly suited to a Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell collaboration.
There is a somewhat dated charm in Ring-Around-a-Rosy Rag, a sly, uptempo, and hippie-friendly bit of jug band nostalgia. I'm Going Home is an underrated minor-chord masterpiece that is not only reminiscent of Roger McGuinn's Ballad of Easy Rider, but also spotlights a more sensitive and intricate nature to Guthrie's craftsmanship. Also worth mentioning is the first installment of The Motorcycle Song -- which was updated and discussed further on the live self-titled follow-up release Arlo (1968) -- notable for the extended discourse on the 'significance of the pickle'.
- Arlo Guthrie (vocal, guitar)
Production: Fred Hellerman & Al Brown
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Alice's Restaurant Masacree
2. Chilling Of the Evening
3. Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag
4. Now and Then
5. I'm Going Home
6. The Motorcycle Song
7. Highway In the Wind$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Arrangements Volume 1This new compilation is presented by Van Dyke Parks Bananastan label. All of the tracks on this album, by a diverse range of artists, have one thing in common, they were arranged by Van Dyke Parks. This compilation covers Parks first solo recordings through the classic creative period of Warner Brothers, where his arrangements and production can be found throughout the roster. Including both rare sides and hit records, Van Dykes touch can be heard throughout these fine tracks.
From the mid-60s through the early '70s, this new compilation contains 15 classics appearing together on one album for the first time. From the earliest work of Ry Cooder to classic Little Feat; Bonnie Raitts Calypso to Arlo Guthries gospel; The Mojo Mens psychedelic sounds to six rare or unreleased Van Dyke Parks solo recordings; from Dino Martin Jrs hot reggae to Beau Brummels, Sal Valentinos and Little Feats Lowell Georges solo sides; these 15 songs all have the arranging imprint of the great Van Dyke Parks. 180 gram vinyl.1. Donovan's Colours (mono) - George Washington Brown
2. Come to the Sunshine - Van Dyke Parks
3. The Eagle And Me - Van Dyke Parks
4. Friends and Lovers - Sal Valentino
5. Alligator Man - Sal Valentino
6. Farther Along - Van Dyke Parks
7. Valley to Pray - Arlo Guthrie
8. Out On The Rolling Sea When Jesus Speak To Me - Van Dyke Parks
9. Sittin' Here in Limbo - Dino Martin
10. Wha She Go Do - Bonnie Raitt
11. Sit Down I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men
12. One Meat Ball - Ry Cooder
13. Cheek To Cheek - Lowell George
14. Spanish Moon - Little Feat
15. Moog Music ('67) - Van Dyke Parks$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Go Waggaloo (Awaiting Repress)Gifted singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Guthrie brings charm, freshness and feeling to her debut recording for Smithsonian Folkways. Joined by a host of family and friends including Arlo Guthrie, Pete and Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Guthrie presents thoughtful yet playful recordings of traditional and new songs including 3 songs featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie (Bright Clear Day, Fox and the Goose, and Go Waggaloo) never before put to music. Vinyl version includes a dual full album digital download.1. Don't I Fit In My Daddy's Shoes?
2. Go Waggaloo
3. Take Me To Show-and-Tell
4. Bright Clear Day
5. 'Cuz We're Cousins
6. Oh How He Lied
7. Big Moon
8. Fox and the Goose
9. If Mama Had Four Hands
10. Big Square Walkin'
11. She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
12. Brush Your Teeth Blues #57
13. Oni's Ponies$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Labor Day SoundtrackLabor Day is a 2013 American drama film based on the novel Labor Day by Joyce Maynard.
The soundtrack was composed by Rolfe Kent who previously composed music for Reitman's Thank You for Smoking (2005), Up in the Air (2009) and Young Adult (2011). The album features I'm Going Home from Arlo Guthrie and Here Before from Vashti Bunyan. It also contains guitar pieces by AndrÉs Segovia and Shin-Ichi Fukuda.1. I'm Going Home - By Arlo Guthrie
2. A Stroll - By Rolfe Kent
3. Price Mart - By Rolfe Kent
4. Hunger For Human Touch - By Rolfe Kent
5. Frank The HandyMan - By Rolfe Kent
6. Eating Pie - By Rolfe Kent
7. Here Before - By Vashti Bunyan
8. Exercises in B Minor, Op. 35, No. 22: Allegretto - By Shin-Ichi Fukuda
9. Adele's Story - By Rolfe Kent
10. Letter To Dad - By Rolfe Kent
11. Frank Is Arrested - By Rolfe Kent
12. Henry Grows Up - By Rolfe Kent
13. Romance de los Pinos - By AndrÉs Segovia$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original ScoreHand-numbered Double-LP Vinyl pressing of the hauntingly beautiful Steve Fisk (produced Nirvanas Blew EP)/Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) original film score to the powerful motion picture Kurt Cobain About A Son. The score has been remixed for stand-alone listening by Fisk, digitally remastered by Steve Turnidge, and mastered for vinyl by Bob Weston. Fans of the film, film scores and ambient music will all find something to love in this release's floating textures and dark atmospheres.
Strictly-limited pressing! Don't wait to order, since these are likely to go fast! This high-quality Double-LP version will be packaged in a substantial embossed jacket with full-color sleeves and will include a code for a free MP3 download of the album.
This Original Score release follows Barsuks 2007 release of the acclaimed film soundtrack Kurt Cobain About A Son Music From The Motion Picture. Featuring the music (taken from the film) of Bad Brains, Butthole Surfers, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Arlo Guthrie, Half Japanese, Mark Lanegan, Leadbelly, Melvins, Mudhoney, Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Scratch Acid and The Vaselines, as well as Cobain audio interview excerpts and a previously-unreleased Gibbard cover of the indie-classic Beat Happening tune Indian Summer. Music From The Motion Picture was hailed as A must-have for fans of Nirvana or really anyone interested in getting into the head of a creative visionary (Teen Vogue). Please note: neither the soundtrack CD nor the score LP contains the music of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana.1. Overture
2. A Good Childhood
3. Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
4. The First Show
5. Interlude 1 (Olympia)
6. Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
8. The Coldest Winter
9. Interlude 2 (Seattle)
10. Overture Reprise
11. Where Credit Is Due
12. The Opiate Waltz
13. Some Days
14. Chaos and Resolution$25.99Limited Edition Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits180 Gram Anniversary Edition in First Time Gatefold Cover with Artwork Elements Not Seen in Years
Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Original Warner Brothers Tapes at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster
Known for their ability to churn out hit songs, chart-topping albums and sell-out shows across the globe, The Doobie Brothers continue to be a force in the music business, garnering them success now for over four decades. They were also leaders in creating excellent sounding recordings and utilizing their masterful skills in the studios. Their amazing catalog of albums has truly stood the test of time.
1974 was a banner year for the band as they took their Bay Area soul and rock driven sounds to a further dimension, thanks to the hits on their fourth smash LP What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. Produced by Ted Templeman, this multi-platinum event would go on to become one of the most successful albums by The Doobie Brothers, as the LP gave them a huge number-one single with Patrick Simmons' Black Water. Plus the hard rockin' session yielded more hits like the Memphis R&B sounds of Eyes Of Silver and Tom Johnston's classic summertime ballad Another Park, Another Sunday.
Fronted by dual lead vocalists and guitar mavens Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, Tiran Porter on bass, and the dual drummers John Hartman and the late great Michael Hossack, The Doobie Brothers continued their trek to the top of the music charts as the LP went even deeper on album radio with more amazing hits like the hard rocker Pursuit on 53rd Street, the funk/acoustic vibe of Daughters Of The Sea, and the tour de force masterpiece Road Angel.
Even superstar friends like future Doobie Brothers Jeff "Skunk Baxter" and the late Keith Knudsen, Billy Payne from Little Feat, the legendary Arlo Guthrie and The Memphis Horns are all featured on this once in a lifetime classic rocker.1. Song to See You Through
3. Pursuit on 53rd St
4. Black Water
5. Eyes of Silver
6. Road Angel
7. You Just Can't Stop It
8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
9. Down in the Track
10. Another Park, Another Sunday
11. Daughters of the Sea
12. Flying Cloud$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now