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Birth Of The CoolCapitol Records 75th Anniversary Vinyl
Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, originally released in 1957 on Capitol Records. It compiles twelve tracks recorded by Davis's nonet for the label over the course of three sessions during 1949 and 1950.
Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music consisted of innovative arrangements influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. Most of them were originally released in the 10-inch 78-rpm format and are all approximately three minutes long.1. Jeru
5. Venus de Milo
11. Moon Dreams
12. Darn That Dream$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
History of Blue Beat / The Birth Of Ska2LPs featuring some of Bluebeat's finest A-sides from 1962 featuring Prince Buster, Derrick & Patsy and
Laurel Aitken. Enjoy the cream of Jamaica's '60s crop as they were meant to be, on 180 gram vinyl.LP1
1. My Sound That Goes Around - Prince Buster & His Torch Lighters
2. Tell Me Why - The Blues Busters
3. Lonely Days - Owen Gray & Sonny Bradshaw Quartet
4. Fool's Day - Lloyd Clarke-Reco's All Stars
5. Pack Up Your Troubles - Eric Morris-D. Cosmos Drumbago All Stars
6. Oh Shirley - Derrick Morgan And Patsy With Drumbago All Stars
7. You Better Be Gone - Beresford Ricketts-The Blue Beats
8. Keep It In Mind - Owen Gray-Les Dawson Combo
9. Lucille - Laurel Aitken with The Blue Beats
10. Are You Going To Marry Me? - Derrick Morgan & Patsy
11. Iverene - Basil Gabbidon
12. Four Corners Of The World - Roland Alphonso & The Alley Cats
13. Best Twist - Owen Gray
1. Crying Over You - The Charmers with Prince Buster & The Voice Of The People
2. G.I. Lady - Eric Morris-Prince Buster All Stars
3. Independence Song - Prince Buster & Blue Beats
4. Murder - Leon & Owen-Drumbago All Stars
5. My Happy Home - Roy & Patsy Hersang & Combo
6. Twelve Minutes To Go - Duke Reid Group
7. Sixty Days & Sixty Nights - Laurel Aitken-Les Dawson Combo
8. Crying In The Chapel - Derrick & Patsy & Duke Reid Group
9. Give Me A Chance - Lloyd Robinson-Rico Roderiguez & Band
10. Oh My Love - Derrick & Patsy
11. Independent Blues - B.Gabbidon
12. When It's Spring - Keith And Enid with Sonny Bradshaw Orchestra$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Birth Of The CoolCulled from three separate nonet sessions that took place from early 1949 through March of 1950, The Birth Of Cool was the literal blue print for the sound known as cool jazz thus its title. Featuring the fluidity of bop, innovative big band arrangements and a relaxed overall elegance, the Gil Evans arranged sessions find Davis supported by pivotal performances from such jazz luminaries as Kai Winding, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz and Max Roach among others. Despite such a large band, the proceedings sound remarkably intimate with concise and sophisticated songs built largely on tone and mood. A seminal recording in the history of jazz!1. Jeru
5. Venus De Milo
12. Darn That Dream$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Birth Of FunkNobody in New Orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as Buddy Bol-den, whose Funky Butt became a staple in the repertoire of the city's early jazz bands. Jacksonville, Florida, 1960. Charles 'Hungry' Williams mentors young Clayton Fillyau after he had just joined the James Brown band: 'I don't care where you put it on those drums, remember where '1' is and you'll never lose the time.' Listen to Hungry on Huey Smith's Talk To Me Baby and then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Brown's I've Got Money. Earl King's Trick Bag, prefiguring the Meters, is as good an example of early New Orleansfunk as can be found. Not everything on here was cut in New Orleans. New York singer Vernon Harrel's Slick Chick is held together by an intriguingly syncopated bass line that hints at late '60s Studio One dub. And in case you think any of this was new, listen to Zutty Singleton's drum break on Victoria Spivey's Funny Feathers from 1929. Or Earl Palmer's sixteenth notes, off-backbeat snare accents and double-tempo hi-hats in 1953 on Professor Longhair's Tipitina and Who's Foolin' You.1. Say Yeah Yeah - Yvonne Fair
2. Check Mr. Popeye - Eddie Bo
3. The Popeye - Spider Johnson
4. I'm Leaving You Today - Al Robinson
5. Say Yeah - Porgy & The Polka Dots
6. Talk To Me Baby - Huey 'Piano' Smith
7. Trick Bag - Earl King
8. What A Wedding Day - Shirley Raymond
9. R B Special - Bob Bateman
10. Tell Me The Truth - The Turquinettes
11. Slick Chick - Vernon Harrel
12. I've Got Money - James Brown
13. Hold It - Bill Doggett
14. Fat Boy - Billy Stewart
15. Mudd - Roy Montrell$30.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blues & RootsBlues & Roots is an album by Charles Mingus, recorded in 1959 and released in 1960. Mingus explained the birth of this record in the album's liner notes: This record is unusual-it presents only one part of my musical world, the blues. A year ago, Nesuhi ErtegÜn suggested that I record an entire blues album in the style of Haitian Fight Song (in Atlantic LP 1260), because some people, particularly critics, were saying I didn't swing enough. He wanted to give them a barrage of soul music: churchy, blues, swinging, earthy. I thought it over. I was born swinging and clapped my hands in church as a little boy, but I've grown up and I like to do things other than just swing. But blues can do more than just swing. So I agreed. (via Wikipedia)1. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
2. Cryin' Blues
5. My Jelly Roll Soul
6. E's Flat Ah's Flat Too$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live SidesExclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron McMaster
The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship unparalleled to this day.
With their very first San Francisco live gigs and when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut concert recordings would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the biggest concert attractions of all time.
Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 14 super rare live recordings from the mid-sixties. None of these recordings were ever previously released at the time. Recorded in San Francisco from a July 1966 performance, when they were signed to the Scorpio Records label, this ultra rare concert tape simply became manna for the fans and was truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and
early psych and garage rock fare.
Dead fan favorite Viola Lee Blues kicks off the rare collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Grateful Dead classics like Don't Ease Me In and the stellar Jimmy Reed classic Big Boss Man truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or classic rock in general.
Known for their jams in concert, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare blues tracks like One Kind Favor, Next Time You See Me and
of course their super rare Bob Dylan interpretation of It's All Over Now Baby Blue, which would be an interesting choice not knowing there
would be future collaborations with Dylan in both of their important later careers.
Even superlative covers of Otis Redding's Pain In My Heart and the Slim Harpo blues champion I'm A King Bee are included in this amazingly important and historic rock release from this much loved band.
These Grateful Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now
Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 14 live performances unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as you stare at the
brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.
As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine album
is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions which was released
in late 2013.
Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead collection.
Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides a historic album first time release in the audiophile domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me InLP1
1. Viola Lee Blues
2. Don't Ease Me In
3. Pain In My Heart
4. Sitting on Top of the World
5. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
6. I'm a King Bee
1. Big Boss Man
2. Standing on the Corner
3. In the Pines
4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
5. Next Time You See Me
6. One Kind Favor
7. He Was a Friend of Mine
8. Keep Rolling By$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
The Lowdown Back Porch Blues (Pure Pleasure)Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter) was a flamboyant guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. He lost his parents early in life through multiple tragedies; his mother died of pneumonia a week after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Klu Klux Klan when he was five.
Red began recording for Chess in 1949, then joined the Army. After his discharge, he played with John Lee Hooker in Detroit for almost two years in the late '50s, and continued through the '60s and '70s with recording sessions for a number of labels. Louisiana Red moved to Hanover, Germany in 1981, and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the subsequent decades into the new millennium. He died in Germany in 2012 when his thyroid imbalance brought on a stroke.
Recorded in New York with Tommy Tucker, Lowdown Back Porch Blues is Louisiana Red's first album and, in many ways, it's his best. Supported by a bare-bones rhythm section, Red plays a number or traditional tunes and originals. His guitar is nearly as powerful and overwhelming as his vocals, making this a truly compelling listen.
- Louisiana Red (vocal, guitar, harpsichord)
- Karl Lynch (bass)
- Panama Francis (drums)
Recording: 1963 in New York City
Production: Henry Glover
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. Red's Dream
2. Working Man Blues
3. I'm Louisiana Red
4. Sweet Aleese
5. Keep Your Hands Off My Woman
6. I'm A Roaming Stranger
7. Ride On Red, Ride On
8. I Wonder Who
9. The Seventh Son
10. Sad News
11. Two Fifty Three
12. Don't Cry$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Blue Room SessionsBack in January 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting Coupler in our Blue Room. The event came to life when these local acousticians and purveyors of deliberate ambience took the stage. It was twenty minutes of captivating and unhurried techno that sounded bucolic at first, then violent, then crumbling, but always with a deft momentum. You could feel it in your gut and in your skull. Coupler's set was a twenty-minutes mega-moment of song, and we decided the live album needed an accompanying piece. We invited them back to record Side B in October with a full orchestra of nine friends and musicians, and it turned out to be a very special piece exploring the nether-regions where the organic collides with the electronic. However, this wasn't our typical TMR show. We kept it a relatively intimate affair, with the stage in the center of the room, and only sold a handful of tickets to those interested in seeing a recording process become a performance, making this our first installment in The Blue Room Sessions series.
If you're new to the magic of Coupler, you can think of them as an ''organization'' rather than a band. Ryan Norris' objectives go beyond leading a band - he aims to use Coupler as a vehicle for writing, photography, installation art, film-scoring, etc, and above all this, he aims to collaborate with the creative people around him that inspire him. In the case of this particular performance, the organization core live members, Rodrigo Avendaño, Rollum Haas and Norris, plus a group of auxiliary players: Adam Bednarik, Mark Bond, Matt Glassmeyer, Mia Krout and Ben Marcantel. The icing on the cake was Kelli Shay Hix and her light installation. The performance was tackled from an oblique angle, using group improvisation to reinvent the trajectory as they played. The end result? The birth of a new series, and one of our favorite musical creations to which the Blue Room has ever played host.1. Invention 4: Silenzio (Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion)
2. The Valley of the Elders
3. Invention 2: Pattern Recognition
4. Sunles$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Cutting OutThe Lost Recordings, 1964-1965! Hear the birth of a new sound in blues, as Mike Bloomfield unleashes his signature electric guitar licks in the studio for the very first time in these seminal pre-Butterfield Blues Band tracks, recorded for Columbia Records in Chicago and New York. I'm Cutting Out is sourced directly from the original analog master tapes and includes previously unheard tracks, an introduction by Al Kooper, and a 1966 interview with Mike Bloomfield by Jim Delehant!1. I Got My Mojo Working
2. I Feel So Good
3. Goin' Down Slow
4. I've Got You In The Palm Of My Hand
5. The First Year I Was Married
6. I'm Cutting Out
7. Lonesome Blues
8. I Got My Mojo Working (alternate version)
9. Last Night
10. I Feel So Good (alternate take)$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chester & Lester180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Gatefold Package!
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Pressed at RTI
The jam session recording Chester & Lester was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 1976 awards ceremony.
Chester & Lester was probably the only jam session record to win a Grammy™. Today, such an album would merely seem like clever marketing; two virtuosos from different genres, country and pop, joining forces. Not so in 1976. Truth was, Chet Atkins and Les Paul had way more in common than many realized. Each made groundbreaking records that put electric guitars on the map and influenced the sound of rock. Both experimented with electronics. The electric guitar models named for both men over half a century ago are considered classics, still produced today by the same companies. Three decades can't diminish Chester & Lester's wonderfully free musical and personal interplay. On record, their divergent personalities were reflected in their verbal bantering, Chet's taciturn personality and dry humor a terrific foil for Les's ornery schoolkid exuberance. It was something both admired about the record.
Chester & Lester is a beautiful and fun album by two masters. It was recorded in the mid-'70s when Chet Atkins was in his fifties and Les Paul was in his sixties. The latter had been in retirement for a decade before the recording of this album. Nashville studio musicians, including Randy Goodrum on piano and Larrie Londin on drums, back up the master guitarists, but this is by no means a country album. In fact, this album swings on classics such as Birth of the Blues, Avalon, and Caravan. Other classic songs, including It's Been a Long Time and It Had to Be You, are beautifully rendered, featuring Les Paul's instantly recognizable ringing bell tone and Chet Atkins' fluid, slightly twangy sound. The recording has an informal feel, with between-song banter (and even some joking in the middle of songs) included on the record, which adds to the enjoyment and warmth of this album. The listener knows that the musicians are having a great time. According to the liner notes, only two songs have any overdubs, so, You hear the music just as it came down. And it all came down beautifully. - Tim Griggs, allmusic.com
Exhibit Records Audiophile Series
Mastered By Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Pressed at RTI
Chet Atkins, guitar
Les Paul, guitar
Randy Goodrum, piano
Henry Strzelecki or Bob Moore, bass
Larrie Londin, drums
Paul Yandell, Ray Edenton, or Bobby Thompson - rhythm guitar1. It's Been A Long Time
2. Medley: Moonglow / Picnic (Theme from Picnic)
4. It Had To Be You
5. Out of Nowhere
7. Birth of the Blues
8. Someday Sweetheart
9. Deed I Do
10. Lover Come Back To Me$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Axis MundiYellow/Blue Splatter Colored Vinyl
Since the band's inception in 2001 Decrepit Birth has releases three full length releases. The first two were released on Unique Leader and the band's last release, 2010's "Polarity", is the band's debut on Nuclear Blast.
Decrepit Birth's new album "Axis Mundi" is the band's sophomore release on Nuclear Blast. Once again the band comes back roaring back with nine new tracks of technical, melodic death metal.1. Vortex of Infinity - Axis Mundi
2. Spirit Guide
3. The Sacred Geometry
5. Transcendental Paradox
6. Mirror of Humanity
8. Epigenetic Triplicity
9. Embryogenesis$27.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Prisoner (On Sale)"...really freaky and psychedelic, so plan your drug usage accordingly. Not that one needs substances to dig this Dutch trio, whose instrumental makeup - guitar, organ and drums - and sound conjure hazy memories of The Doors, among other '60s greats. The group is already a big deal in France, and with the release of 'Prisoner,' they'll likely turn some heads - and blow some minds - here in the States." - Diffuser.FM
After 97 shows in 2013 all over Europe and USA, Dutch psychedelic rockers BIRTH OF JOY have already proven to be a true live rock sensation! The band is Master in invoking a primal emotion that lays hidden in many of us. The kind of emotion that craves to burst out when you experience something pure, something real, something authentic. Well, these guys are exactly that, they ARE the real deal: sex, drugs and rock&roll! Blood, sweat and... well, mostly alcohol! Influenced by psychedelica, blues and steaming rock&roll this trio takes you back to the good old times of MC5, The Doors and even Pink Floyd. At the same time they introduce a modern twist influenced by stoner, grunge and punk and hence create their own sound! With a drum- player that could be John Bonham's son, an organist that harasses his instrument to death and a singer/guitarist that seems to be the power-incarnation of Jim Morrison, this band is bound to catapult psychedelic rock&roll back into our modern times with an energy you can't resist!
The new album PRISONER was recorded and produced in November 2013 by Joris Wolff (e.g. De Staat, Within Temptation and Mister and Mississippi) and mastered by Brian Lucey (e.g. The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, David Lynch and Dr. John)1. The Sound
2. How it Goes
3. Keep Your Eyes Shut
4. Three Day Road
6. Rock & Roll Show
7. Longtime Boogie
8. Mad Men
9. Holding On
11. Clean Cut$19.99 $13.99 Save $6.00 (30%)Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Bitches Brew: LiveIt has been said that jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn't there to push it forward.
Even if that isn't true, Miles Davis certainly was one of the greatest music innovators of the 20th century, pioneering Cool Jazz (with the 1949 recording of Birth Of The Cool), Modal Jazz (with 1959's Kind Of Blue) and Fusion with 1970's Bitches Brew.
Bitches Brew Live contains recordings from two performances: the first three songs were recorded at his Newport Jazz performance in July 1969 - a couple of weeks before the Bitches Brew Sessions in August of that year - and have remained unissued till this day.
Miles performs with Chick Corea on electric piano, Dave Holland on acoustic bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums; musicians who all went on to become leaders of the Fusion movement. (Wayne Shorter unfortunately missed this date because he was stuck in traffic.) The A1 track 'Miles Runs The Voodoo Down' is the first professionally live recorded version of this song.
The other six songs were recorded at the Isle Of Wight festival in 1970,and contain 'Directions' and 'It's About That Time' from the In A Silent Way sessions.
Included in this exclusive release is a 12 page booklet with a liner note essay by renowned music journalist Michael Azzerad, and a special etch on the D side.Side 1
1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
3. It's About That Time/The Theme
2. Bitches Brew
1. It's About That Time
3. Spanish Key
4. The Theme
D-Side is etched$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ExhibitionistsIn the summer of 2010, Superhumanoids was birthed under the hazy air and bright blue skies of Los Angeles. A fascination for electronic sounds, instruments, pedals, and more, aesthetically united Max,Sarah, and Cameron. Like a petri dish growing each day, the band spent their time together intertwining and experimenting with their R&B upbringings and love for pop music.
Exhibitionists is the soundtrack to the last moments of dusk in LA. With swooning guitars, glimmering air, soaring melodies, the setting sun, and melting keyboards, something about the whole thing makes
your breath stop short. With each synth and guitar sound being completely made from scratch, the record brings a homegrown feel that encapsulates the thumps of the beating heart and lulls of swaying palm
fronds from LA. Despite being wrapped in an electronic blanket, the trio unravels each songs core to take the listener on a journey that
highlights the living R&B undertones and driving groove that brings to light the soul of the record. What is found in the sticky air of the city of angels is found here in Exhibitionists, to ease between the spaces of your body, make you dance, and bring you home.1. Black Widow
4. So Strange
5. Too Young For Love
6. A Gjost
7. Free State
8. Bad Weather
9. See It All
10. Do You Feel That?$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Genius Of Earl HookerEarl Hooker was an incredible slide guitarist residing in Chicago during the 1950s and '60s. Hooker split his time between his birth place on the Mississippi Delta and his adopted home of Chicago were he played with the likes of Ike Turner and Sonny Boy Williamson. The Genius of Earl Hooker, his exceedingly rare Cuca Records release, circa '67 finds him laying down instrumental blues at its best!1. Two Bugs in a Rug
2. Hold On, I'm Comin'
3. Off the Hook
4. Dust My Broom
5. Hot and Heavy
6. The Screwdriver
8. The Foxtrot
9. End of the Blues
10. Walking the Floor Over You
11. Hooker Special
12. Something You Ate$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress)
Six LPs, 800 Digital Tracks, Two Definitive Large-Format Books. All Housed In A Polished Aluminum Case Evoking The Era's High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism.
800 Newly-remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 175 Artists
90+ Fully-restored Original 1920s-30s Paramount Ads From Chicago Defender
6 X 180g LPs Pressed On Alabaster-white Label-less Vinyl, Each Side With Its Own Hand-Etched Numeral And Holographic Image
250 Pg. Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Book Featuring Original Paramount Art And The Label's Curious Tale
400 Pg. Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Bios & Portraits And Full Paramount Discography
Polished Aluminum And Stainless Steel Cabinet, Evoking 1930s High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism
First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App Containing All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Sculpted Metal USB Drive
Last November, Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant issued The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), the first installment of the curious tale of America's most important record label. It was called spectacular (New York Times), unprecedented (Rolling Stone), breathtaking (Boing Boing), a cabinet of wonder, indeed (Pitchfork), and the most perfectly realized attempt to combine music and documentation (Fretboard Journal) and damnedest musical objet d'art (Nashville Scene) folks had ever seen.
Third Man-Revenant now presents the final volume in the Paramount story - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).
As Volume Two begins, Paramount is entitled to a breather - in the previous 5 years it's been home to giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Eubie Blake, Fletcher Henderson, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, Jaybird Coleman, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller.
But just as it seems the label might be losing steam, it begins a second act that threatens to dwarf its first. In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarks on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted recordings in the history of wax - a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Little Brother Montgomery, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Ramblin' Thomas, Jaydee Short, George Bullet Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Charlie Spand, Jabo Williams, Louise Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, and The Mississippi Sheiks.
Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first and most comprehensive chronicler of what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s - on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, Paramount - not some preservationist-minded enterprise like the Library of Congress - inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.6 LPs feature tracks from the collection.
USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 175 artists across the Paramount family of labels.$469.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
OutsideinsideBlue Cheer looms large in the annals of hard rock, laying down the sonic foundations of heavy metal, and serving as a crucial influence on the birth of punk, grunge and stoner rock. While the rest of the rock world was mellowing out and embracing the spirit of the Summer of Love, the seminal San Francisco power trio was churning out ballsy blues-rock anthems whose fuzz-heavy, adrenaline-charged intensity helped to alter the course of contemporary music.
Blue Cheers second album, Outsideinside, fully matches its predecessors primal power. The last Blue Cheer release to feature the beloved lineup of Stephens, Peterson and Whaley, Outsideinside is a bracing orgy of volume, distortion and aggression, with such highlights as Just a Little Bit, Come and Get It, the instrumental Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger and the bands distinctive take on the Rolling Stones Satisfaction. Like its predecessor, Outsideinside has been out of print on vinyl for decades and has long been prized by collectors.1. Feathers from Your Tree
2. Sun Cycle
3. Just a Little Bit
4. Gypsy Ball
5. Come and Get It
6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
7. The Hunter
8. Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger
9. Babylon$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vincebus EruptumBlue Cheer looms large in the annals of hard rock, laying down the sonic foundations of heavy metal, and serving as a crucial influence on the birth of punk, grunge and stoner rock. While the rest of the rock world was mellowing out and embracing the spirit of the Summer of Love, the seminal San Francisco power trio was churning out ballsy blues-rock anthems whose fuzz-heavy, adrenaline-charged intensity helped to alter the course of contemporary music.
Vincebus Eruptum, Blue Cheers landmark 1968 debut, is widely regarded as Ground Zero of the heavy metal explosion. The album, featuring the classic Blue Cheer lineup of guitarist Leigh Stephens, bassist/vocalist Dickie Peterson and drummer Paul Whaley, includes the trios mind-melting reading of Eddie Cochrans Summertime Blues, which became a Top 20 single, along with such raw, overdriven originals as Doctor Please and Second Time Around and distinctive reworkings of the blues standards Rock Me Baby and Parchment Farm. Long out of print on vinyl, with original copies trading for steep collectors prices, this legendary debut is available once again in its original format, complete with its unique original cover design.1. Summertime Blues
2. Rock Me Baby
3. Doctor Please
4. Out of Focus
5. Parchment Farm
6. Second Time Around$24.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Southern AvenueSouthern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue "The most talked about band in Memphis."
Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.
Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.
The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as Don't Give Up, What Did I Do, It's Gonna Be Alright, Love Me Right and Wildflower. The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.
The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects.
According to Ori, When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing.
I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project, Tierinii remembers. Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically.
We started over, Naftaly continues. We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly.
Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,' Tierinii recalls. We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special. Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label.
I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility, says Tierinii. I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home. Tierinii views Southern Avenue as a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. It's been a real crash course, she continues. We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now.
This band has already made our dreams come true, Ori concludes. I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy.1. Don't Give Up
2. What Did I Do
3. It's Gonna Be Alright
4. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
5. Love Me Right
6. 80 Miles From Memphis
8. No Time To Lose
10. Peace Will Come$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Miles AheadMiles Davis' 1957 Columbia Records release Miles Ahead finds the jazz legend renewing his creative partnership with arranger Gil Evans which began in 1949 with the Birth of the Cool. Featuring a 19-piece band assembled by Evans and supple arrangements highlighting Davis as the central voice, the evocative 10-song set is anchored by a passionate take on John Carisi's Springsville, the Iberian shadings of Delibes' The Maids of Cadiz and the excellent Blues for Pablo, which foreshadowed the directions Evans and Davis would go on the subsequent masterpiece Sketches of Spain.1. Springsville
2. The Maids of Cadiz
3. The Duke
4. My Ship
5. Miles Ahead
6. Blues for Pablo
7. New Rhumba
8. The Meaning of the Blues
10. I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You)$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Major HandyMajor Handy was actually born Joseph Majay Handy, May 15, 1947. He thinks, if he understands what his mother's told him, that his parents had a child before him and named that boy Joseph Majay Handy. That son died near birth, and when the couple had their next child, also a boy, they decided to reuse the name. Eventually, after people had trouble recognizing the correct pronunciation, the middle name Majay morphed into Major. He says he did go by his first name initially. A lot of people called me 'Joe,' but that didn't ring no bell. And so, Major Handy it became.
Handy was born and raised as the oldest of seven children in St. Martinville, Louisiana, the parish seat of St. Martin Parish and right on the Bayou Teche. It's a rural town about 15 miles southeast of Lafayette and is generally considered the heart of the Creole and Cajun melting pot that makes this specific sub-region unique to anywhere else in the world. It's from right here that so much of the culture - the food, music, swamp life - that people associate with Louisiana comes.
Like with many people from St. Martinville, Handy's heritage is Creole, meaning it's tangled. I'm like a gumbo - everything. Alligator, fish, shrimp, Indian, Negro, white, whatever...I guess that's what that is. But I was raised as a black person, he says. The only time I ever mingled with white people was the music thing. 'Cause I didn't go to school with white people. I quit school in the ninth grade (just before school desegregation in Louisiana).
Handy's earliest musical inspiration came from his father, who had an old accordion that he toyed with as nothing more than a pastime, and some cousins who were fooling around with music. I saw that, and I wanted to take it and be better, Handy says. The first thing I picked up was a guitar. And I took it from there. His first professional gig came on bass in a cousin's band. From there it was back to guitar and eventually accordion as a bandleader. In between, he played in the bands of Rockin' Dopsie for many years as well as in the very first incarnation of Buckwheat Zydeco just after Buckwheat had left Clifton Chenier.
While he'd recorded previously as a bandleader, Handy's 2008 APO Records release Zydeco Feeling marked his first widely distributed release in 25 years.1. Jalapeno Cornbread
2. Bad Luck And Trouble
3. Well I Done Got Over It
4. Zydeco Feeling
5. Te Ni Nee Ni Nu
6. Lost My Baby$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
It Serve You Right To SufferJohn Lee Hooker himself did not know his exact date of birth. If he hadn't died at around the age of 80, this ageless musician would still be easily pulling the next generation to his gigs. Hooker remains a phenomenon, a mysterious figure of black rhythm and blues, a charismatic king who reigns supreme in rock 'n' roll's Hall of Fame. John W. Peters described his music as a synthesis of scorching emotional ardour, unrelenting rhythmic intensity, and original poetry of a highly personal character. Anyone hearing him for the first time may well be startled at the unfiltered passion and power of his music.
And another surprise is in store for those who compare Hooker's late recordings with those made in the Sixties. His unmistakable, raw voice has fully matured, but his incantory style of singing appears markedly finer and more flexible. And then there is the perfect gem of a rhythm group whose sinewy sounds fill the grooves with merciless gravitational force. It's enough to make your spine tingle!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Shake It Baby
2. Country Boy
3. Bottle Up And Go
4. You're Wrong
5. Sugar Mama
6. Decoration Day
8. It Serve You Right To Suffer$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' RollSam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll was curated by Peter Guralnick (Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley) and accompanies his landmark Sam Phillips biography of the same title. These tracks are a hand-picked selection of Sam Phillips productions that illustrate Phillips' unique (sounds and sense) approach to recording and his cosmic genius. A celebration of the period (1950 - 1961) in which Sam played a revolutionary role in the music business, this collection includes big hits, near misses and never-was tracks that encompass blues, country, gospel, r&b, and the birthLP1
1. Jerry Lee Lewis - Hello Hello Baby
2. Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' At Midnight
3. The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain
4. Howlin' Wolf - How Many More Years
5. Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats (Ike Turner) - Rocket 88
6. The Jones Brothers - Every Night
7. Howard Seratt - Troublesome Waters
8. Jimmy And Walter - Easy
9. Willie Nix - Lonesome Bedroom
10. Johnny Cash - Big River
11. Dr. Ross - The Boogie Disease
12. Elvis Presley - Baby Let's Play House
13. Roy Orbison - Ooby Dooby
14. Little Junior's Blue Flames - Love My Baby
15. Carl Perkins - Matchbox
1. Billy Riley - Flyin' Saucers Rock N' Roll
2. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On'
3. B.B. King - She's Dynamite
4. Howlin' Wolf - Mr. Highway Man
5. Joe Hill Lewis - Dorothy Mae
6. Charlie Rich - Who Will The Next Fool Be
7. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
8. John Prine - How Lucky
9. Little Junior's Blue Flames - Feelin' Good
10. Jerry Lee Lewis - You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
11. Carl Perkins - Turn Around
12. Jimmy DeBerry - Time Has Made A Change
13. Willie Nix - Seems Like A Million Years
14. Rufus Thomas - Tiger Man
15. Billy 'The Kid Emerson - When It Rains It Pours
1. Elvis Presley - That's All Right
2. Jerry Lee Lewis - You Win Again
3. Sleepy John Estes - Rats In My Kitchen
4. D.A. Hunt - Lonesome Ol' Jail
5. Charlie Rich - Sittin' and Thinkin'
6. Carl Perkins - Movie Magg
7. Roscoe Gordon - Booted
8. Joe Hill Lewis - Gotta Let You Go
9. Little Junior's Blue Flames - Mystery Train
10. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
11. James Cotton - Cotton Crop Blues
12. Sonny Burgess - Red Headed Woman
13. Jerry Lee Lewis - Settin' the Woods on Fire
14. Million Dollar Quartet - I Shall Not Be Moved
15. Elvis Presley - Trying To Get To You$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
American Epic: The SoundtrackAmerican Epic: The Soundtrack leads the way for a series of album releases accompanying the Lo-Max/PBS/BBC Arena film project American Epic created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Directed by Bernard MacMahon.
American Epic is a journey across time to the birth of modern recording, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.
The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. It was the first time America heard itself.
American Epic: The Soundtrack highlights recordings from the three-part documentary on one 150g LP, including original recordings by The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more all restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity.1. Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand - Williamson Brothers & Curry
2. On the Road Again - Memphis Jug Band
3. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
4. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
5. Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
6. Peg and Awl - Carolina Tar Heels
7. Tomi Tomi - Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders
8. The Indian Tom Tom - Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band
9. Cocaine Habit Blues - Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband
10. Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
11. Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton
12. Allons A Lafayette - Joseph Falcon
13. Stackalee - Frank Hutchison
14. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
15. Jole Blon - The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now