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  • Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics Quick View

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    Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics

    The Delfonics is the quintessential sweet-soul group. Hailing from Philadelphia, the crew formed in the mid-'60s, with the definitive original lineup as lead
    vocalist and songwriter William Hart, his brother Wilbert Hart, and mutual high-school friend Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris). With the help of
    producer/arranger Thom Bell-and with William's signature falsetto-the Delfonics set the tone for all other sweet-soul groups that would follow.


    Between 1968 and 1974, the Delfonics had twenty charting singles and won a Grammy for their massive hit Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time). Out of
    their twenty hits, William Hart wrote or co-wrote eighteen of them, thirteen with collaborator Thom Bell, like La-La Means I Love You, He Don't Really
    Love You, and Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love).After five albums, the Delfonics would break up for good in 1975. Brothers William and
    Wilbert parted ways and over the years often toured separately with different forms of the group. But over forty years after writing his first hit, lead singer
    and songwriter William Hart has put his unmistakable falsetto back on analog tape and reinvented the Delfonics brand for a new generation.


    Los Angeles producer/composer Adrian Younge envisioned a modern-day Delfonics album and pitched the idea to William Hart, who hopped a plane from
    Philly to L.A. and began work on a new album. Younge helped to reshape the Delfonics by bringing on board two excellent young vocalists, Loren Oden
    and Saudia Mills-as well as Om'Mas Keith on the single Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)-to work alongside William. Adrian Younge is a
    self-taught multi-instrumentalist who traded in his MPC sampler for a carefully curated studio of authentic gear. Younge rocketed to international
    recognition after composing the original score for the film Black Dynamite and has since release ground-breaking projects including The Souls of
    Mischief's "There Is Only Now" and Ghostface Killah's "Twelve Reasons to Die" concept albums.


    Younge brings a unique perspective on modern rhythm and blues. I was studying Delfonics stuff for years, Younge reveals. I studied Delfonics to do the
    Black Dynamite stuff. I've been a fan, and I've just studied their music for so long that when I got the opportunity to do this, it just really blew my mind.
    From the very beginning, it was Younge's intention to create an old-school Delfonics vibe but offer a very hip-hop-informed perspective. There are
    distinguishing musical elements that Delfonics fans will recognize, like the electric sitar guitar, the French horn, string arrangements, and the tympani. I
    want people to expect something classic but not expect to hear the same thing rehashed, Younge says. I want to push it forward. William and I strived to
    push this forward.


    Younge now makes this breath-taking musical outing available once again on his own Linear Labs imprint.

    1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)
    2. Lost Without You
    3. True Love
    4. Silently
    5. Enemies
    6. To Be Your One
    7. Stand Up
    8. Just Love
    9. So In Love With You
    10. I Can't Cry No More
    11. Lover's Melody
    12. Party's Over
    13. Life Never Ends
    The Delfonics
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  • The Sound Doctor: Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates The Sound Doctor: Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates Quick View

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    The Sound Doctor: Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates

    'The Sound Doctor' is a 24 track set and follows 'High Plains Drifter' put out in mid February, and documents Lee Perry's recordings of the dreads, rastas and sufferers in 70's Kingston.


    The album collects remastered and previously unavailable Lee Perry productions of artists such as Junior Byles, U-Roy, Dillinger and The Ethiopians as well as more obscure performers, including Brother Roy and Jah T.


    The tracks were recorded in three different Kingston Studios - Dynamic, Randy's and Lee Perry's own Black Ark - with some of the finest musicians, and amongst them were Sly & Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Winston Wright, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Bobby Ellis and Theophilius Beckford.

    LP1
    1. Oppression- Delroy Butler
    2. Army of Love - Junior Byles (Previously unreleased)
    3. Wam-Pam-Pa-Do - Dillinger
    4. Sound Doctor - Bobby Floyd
    5. Doctor Skank -Young Dellinger
    6. Horny Train - The Upsetters (Exclusive Dub Plate Mix)
    7. Do Good - Al Maytone
    8. Different Experience- Brother Roy
    9. Smiling Faces - Tinga Stewart
    10. Smiling version - Hux Brown Group
    11. Be Prepared - Keith Poppin
    12. 006 - U Roy


    LP2
    1. Key Card - Lee & Jimmy
    2. Domino Game- The Upsetters
    3. Message To The Nation - Tony Fearon
    4. Dub Message - Upsetters
    5. Water your Garden - The Flames
    6. Standing On The Hill-Chenley Duffus
    7. Start Over - The Gatherers
    8. Its Impossible - The Ethiopians
    9. Grandfather Land - Jah T
    10. King of Kings - Pat Francis
    11. King of Kings Version - the Upsetters
    12. To Hell and Back - Count Stocky & The Upsetters

    Lee Perry and the Sufferers
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  • Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Quick View

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    Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star


    Limited Edition Two-Tone Black On Black Picture Disc


    Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will continue its "Respect the Classics" tribute to many of hip-hop's finest with the vinyl release of rap icon Talib Kweli's
    four historic Rawkus Records albums, including the underground classic, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, in a limited edition two-tone black on black
    picture disc.


    Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star was originally released on August 18, 1998, to critical acclaim. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping
    company founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. The album deals with modern-day issues, philosophies and life in Brooklyn. The two MCs had
    planned to release solo albums around the same time, but decided instead to collaborate on a full-length album. The first single, "Definition (song)," is a
    reaction to hip-hop's fascination with death, dedicated to both Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., with a chorus that gives a nod to Boogie Down
    Productions' "Stop the Violence." "Children's Story" is a re-imagination of the Slick Rick original, featuring Mos Def cautioning against materialism. The
    second single, "Respiration," featuring Common, includes a Hi-Tek produced beat that samples Don Randi's "The Fox" and another from the hip-hop
    documentary Style Wars. The track offers a melancholy ode to city life, with references to organic life functions such as breathing, eating and sleeping,
    but with an ominous edge, as Kweli raps about "sitting on shitty steps/we stooped to new lows, hell froze/the night the city slept." The album peaked at
    No. 53 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 13 on the Hip-Hop Albums chart, but has become considered a classic since then.

    1. Intro
    2. Astronomy (8th Light) [feat. Weldon Irvine]
    3. Definition
    4. Re:Definition
    5. Children's Story
    6. Brown Skin Lady
    7. B Boys Will B Boys
    8. K.O.S. (Determination) [feat. Vinia Mojica]
    9. Hater Players [feat. Apani Emcee]
    10. Yo Yeah
    11. Respiration [feat. Common]
    12. Thieves In The Night
    13. Twice Inna Lifetime [feat. Punch]
    Black Star
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  • African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure) African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure)

    When this set was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company & then in 1972 Atlantic released the performances. It is surprising that no company in the mid-1960s signed Weston up because Willie's Tune from the set had the potential to catch on, Berkshire Blues is somewhat known and the mixture of accessible bop with African rhythms overall is appealing.


    Trumpeter Ray Copeland was responsible for the arrangements while Weston contributed all but one of the songs. Copeland and the great tenor Booker Ervin have their share of solo space, bassist Vishnu Wood and drummer Lenny McBrowne are fine in support, and on three numbers the percussion of Big Black and Sir Harold Murray are added; Big Black also sings on Congolese Children. An excellent outing, infectionously listenable!!



    Musicians:



    • Randy Weston (piano)

    • Ray Copeland (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone)

    • Vishnu Wood (bass)

    • Lenny McBrowne (drums)

    • Big Black (conga)

    • Sir Harold Murray (percussion)



    Recording: October 1964 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York, by Tommy Nola
    Production: Randy Weston




    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. Berkshire Blues
    2. Portrait Of Vivian
    3. Willie's Tune
    4. Niger Mambo
    5. African Cookbook
    6. Congolese Children
    7. Blues For Five Reasons
    Randy Weston
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  • Blizzard Of Ozz (On Sale) Blizzard Of Ozz (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Blizzard Of Ozz (On Sale)

    Originally released in 1980, Blizzard of Ozz is the debut solo album from Ozzy Osbourne and first of two with guitarist Randy Rhoads. The album was also the first release after his departure from heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath. Features the classic Ozzy track Crazy Train.


    Sony Legacy is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo releases with Randy Rhoads; Diary of a Mad Man and Blizzard of Oz. For the first time since the 2002 re-releases, the original performances will be restored to these two classics.

    1. I Don't Know

    2. Crazy Train
    3. Goodbye To Romance
    4. Dee
    5. Suicide Solution
    6. Mr. Crowley
    7. No Bone Movies
    8. Revelation
    9. Steal Away (The Night)
    10. You Lookin' At Me Lookin' At You


    Ozzy Osbourne
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  • Live Live Quick View

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    Live

    Thirty years ago this lineup stormed across the U.S. like a Blizzard, leaving audiences in complete awe! This live LP showcases the power and intensity of an Ozzy Osbourne performance from 1981, with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads at his side and the solid rhythm section of Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).


    Though many bands have succeeded in earning the hatred of parents and media worldwide throughout the past few decades, arguably only such acts as Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, and Marilyn Manson have tied the controversial record of Ozzy Osbourne.


    The former Black Sabbath frontman has been ridiculed over his career, mostly due to rumors denouncing him as a psychopath and Satanist. Despite his outlandish reputation, however, one cannot deny that Osbourne has had an immeasurable effect on heavy metal.

    1. I Don't Know
    2. Crazy Train
    3. Believer
    4. Mr. Crowley
    5. Flying High Again
    6. Revelation (Mother Earth)
    7. Steal Away (The Night)
    8. Suicide Solution
    9. Iron Man
    10. Children Of The Grave
    11. Paranoid
    12. Goodbye to Romance*
    13. RR*


    *Bonus tracks

    Ozzy Osbourne
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  • Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Quick View

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    Greatest Hits Vol. 1

    Gray and Black Colored Vinyl


    The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John "Lou" Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers' Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album's 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project's title) includes: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike "IX" Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin's Corrosion of Conformity band mates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. All instrumental tracks on Teenage Time Killers' Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Grohl's 606 Studios in Northridge, CA. The album was produced by John Lou Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, engineered and mixed by John Lou Lousteau at 606.

    LP 1
    1.Exploder (feat. Reed Mullin)
    2.Crowned by the Light of the Sun (feat. Neil Fallon)
    3.Hung Out to Dry (feat. Randy Blythe)
    4.Power Outage (feat. Clifford Dinsmore)
    5.Ode to Sean Hannity (feat. Jello Biafra)
    6.Barrio (feat. Matt Skiba)
    7. The Dead Hand (feat. Reed Mullin)
    8.Egobomb (feat. Corey Taylor)
    9.Plank Walk (feat. Pete Stahl)
    10.Time to Die (feat. Mike IX Williams)
    11.Days of Degradation (feat. Tommy Victor)
    12.Clawhoof (feat. Tairrie B. Murphy)


    LP 2
    1.Big Money (feat. Lee Ving)
    2.Devil In This House (feat. Karl Agell)
    3.Say Goodnight to the Acolyte (feat. Phil Rind)
    4.Ignorant People (feat. Tony Foresta)
    5.Son of an Immigrant (feat. Jonny Webber)
    6.Your Empty Soul (feat. Aaron Beam)
    7.Bleeding to Death (feat. Vic Bondi)
    8. Teenage Time Killer (feat. Tren
    9.Ode to Sean Hannity (feat. Reed Mullin)
    10.Ignorant People (feat. Reed Mullin)
    11.Time to Die (feat. Reed Mullin)
    12.My Revenge (feat. Reed Mullin)

    Teenage Time Killers
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  • Pure Comedy Pure Comedy Quick View

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    Pure Comedy

    Standard 2x Black Vinyl Housed In A Gatefold Jacket


    Comes With 1 Of 4 Different Cover Color Schemes With Custom Dust Sleeves - Shipped At Random


    Pure Comedy, Father John Misty's third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums - Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) - and the recent "Real Love Baby" single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by BeyoncÉ, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi.


    While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy - including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen - we think it's best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman: Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species' only hope for survival, nding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like "love," "culture," "family," etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species' loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence. Something like that.


    Pure Comedy was recorded in 2016 at the legendary United Studios (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck) in Hollywood, CA. It was produced by Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson, with engineering by Misty's longtime sound-person Trevor Spencer and orchestral arrangements by renowned composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars (known for extensive solo work, and work with Brian Eno, Tom Waits, Derek Bailey).

    LP 1
    1. Pure Comedy
    2. Total Entertainment Forever
    3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
    4. Ballad of the Dying Man
    5. Birdie
    6. Leaving LA


    LP 2
    1. A Bigger Paper Bag
    2. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
    3. Smoochie
    4. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
    5. The Memo
    6. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
    7. In Twenty Years or So

    Father John Misty
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  • Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics: Instrumentals Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics: Instrumentals Quick View

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    Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics: Instrumentals

    Linear Labs Now Brings You Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics In A Never Before Issued Instrumental Edition


    The Delfonics is the quintessential sweet-soul group. Hailing from Philadelphia, the crew formed in the mid-'60s, with the definitive original lineup as lead
    vocalist and songwriter William Hart, his brother Wilbert Hart, and mutual high-school friend Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris). With the help of
    producer/arranger Thom Bell-and with William's signature falsetto-the Delfonics set the tone for all other sweet-soul groups that would follow.


    Between 1968 and 1974, the Delfonics had twenty charting singles and won a Grammy for their massive hit Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time). Out of
    their twenty hits, William Hart wrote or co-wrote eighteen of them, thirteen with collaborator Thom Bell, like La-La Means I Love You, He Don't Really
    Love You, and Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love).After five albums, the Delfonics would break up for good in 1975. Brothers William and
    Wilbert parted ways and over the years often toured separately with different forms of the group. But over forty years after writing his first hit, lead singer
    and songwriter William Hart has put his unmistakable falsetto back on analog tape and reinvented the Delfonics brand for a new generation.


    Los Angeles producer/composer Adrian Younge envisioned a modern-day Delfonics album and pitched the idea to William Hart, who hopped a plane from
    Philly to L.A. and began work on a new album. Younge helped to reshape the Delfonics by bringing on board two excellent young vocalists, Loren Oden
    and Saudia Mills-as well as Om'Mas Keith on the single Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)-to work alongside William. Adrian Younge is a
    self-taught multi-instrumentalist who traded in his MPC sampler for a carefully curated studio of authentic gear. Younge rocketed to international
    recognition after composing the original score for the film Black Dynamite and has since release ground-breaking projects including The Souls of
    Mischief's "There Is Only Now" and Ghostface Killah's "Twelve Reasons to Die" concept albums.


    Younge brings a unique perspective on modern rhythm and blues. I was studying Delfonics stuff for years, Younge reveals. I studied Delfonics to do the
    Black Dynamite stuff. I've been a fan, and I've just studied their music for so long that when I got the opportunity to do this, it just really blew my mind.
    From the very beginning, it was Younge's intention to create an old-school Delfonics vibe but offer a very hip-hop-informed perspective. There are
    distinguishing musical elements that Delfonics fans will recognize, like the electric sitar guitar, the French horn, string arrangements, and the tympani. I
    want people to expect something classic but not expect to hear the same thing rehashed, Younge says. I want to push it forward. William and I strived to
    push this forward.


    Younge now makes this breath-taking musical outing available once again on his own Linear Labs imprint.

    1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love) [Instrumental]
    2. Lost Without You (Instrumental)
    3. True Love (Instrumental)
    4. Silently (Instrumental)
    5. Enemies (Instrumental)
    6. To Be Your One (Instrumental)
    7. Stand Up (Instrumental)
    8. Just Love (Instrumental)
    9. So In Love With You (Instrumental)
    10. I Can't Cry No More (Instrumental)
    11. Lover's Melody (Instrumental)
    12. Party's Over (Instrumental)
    13. Life Never Ends (Instrumental)
    The Delfonics
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  • Boomer's Story (On Sale) Boomer's Story (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Boomer's Story (On Sale)

    Ry Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures


    Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.


    Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).


    A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.


    Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Boomer's Story
    2. Cherry Ball Blues
    3. Crow Black Chicken
    4. Ax Sweet Mama
    5. Maria Elena
    6. The Dark End of the Street
    7. Rally 'Round the Flag
    8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
    9. President Kennedy
    10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man
    Ry Cooder
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Nightfly (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock) The Nightfly (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    The Nightfly (45 RPM Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes With Mobile Fidelity's One-Step Process: The Nightfly US1S 45RPM Box Set Is The Ultimate Analog Version Of Donald Fagen's 1982 Landmark Debut


    Lavish Packaging Includes Opulent Box And Special Foil-Stamped Jackets: Deluxe Audiophile Pressing Strictly Limited To 6000 Numbered Copies


    Cinema For The Ears: The Nightly Remains One Of The Best-Sounding Albums Ever Made With Reference Production, Standout Playing, And Jazz-Like Arrangements That Embody Timeless Cool


    Donald Fagen's largely autobiographical The Nightfly remains one of the best-sounding albums ever made. Revered by audiophiles, the Steely Dan co-founder's 1982 set immediately became a demonstration disc at hi-fi shows and audio salons the world over. It also quickly emerged as an irreplaceable monitor-evaluating tool for recording-studio engineers and front-of-the-house testing device for concert-venue soundboard engineers who continue to use it today. Painstakingly recorded over eight months by illustrious producer Gary Katz and a Hall of Fame-worthy cast of perfectionist-minded musicians, The Nightfly endures as a rare trifecta of superlative performance, consummate songwriting, and crisp, benchmark production. Mobile Fidelity is honored to give this seminal effort unsurpassed treatment befitting the most serious music connoisseurs.


    Fagen's solo debut reaches three-dimensional sonic and emotional heights never before attained by analog recordings on Mobile Fidelity's opulent UD1S (UltraDisc One-Step) box set. Strictly limited to 5,000 numbered copies, this ultra-hi-fi collector's edition literally and figuratively brings you closer to music that picks up where Steely Dan's Gaucho leaves off. You'll enjoy deep-black backgrounds, boundless soundstaging, pointillist details, staggering dynamics, and arguably, the most lifelike tonalities and nuances ever committed to vinyl. Experienced via UD1S, The Nightfly places Fagen and his session pros in your listening room. Every note, breath, and movement is reproduced with exquisite accuracy, wowing clarity, and impeccable balance. Consider this edition your new go-to reference.


    The lavish packaging and beautiful presentation of Mobile Fidelity's The Nightfly pressing befit its extremely select status. Housed in a deluxe box, this UD1S version contains special foil-stamped jackets and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendor of the recording. No expense has been spared. Aurally and visually, this reissue of The Nightfly is a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, poured over, touched, and examined. It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound quality and creativity, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the art - and everything involved with the album, from the images to the textures and liner notes.


    Nominated for seven Grammy Awards, The Nightfly represent[s] certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late fifties and early sixties, i.e., one of my general height, weight, and build, pens Fagen in the liner notes, revealing the work's thematic thrust and wistful, nostalgic appeal. At their core, songs look at the world via an optimistic, mindfully innocent lens and through the eyes of an adolescent holed up in his bedroom with his ear to a radio whose exciting transmissions inspire thoughts of futuristic cities, late-night deejays, otherworldly hopes, and Cold War romances. Cinema for the ears, The Nightfly comes on like a film transferred to wax - its stories filled with relatable vulnerability, ambition, and warmth.


    It is also timelessly cool, with everything from the iconic album cover - complete with Fagen in the role of a cigarette-smoking disk jockey spinning a Sonny Rollins album on an RCA turntable at 4:09 in the morning - to the flawless playing honoring the laid-back, hip, stylish jazz pedigree of the arrangements. Indeed, The Nightfly's fame owes as much to the stunning contributions by stickler musicians - saxophonist Michael Brecker, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer Steve Jordan, bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Jeff Porcaro, and Harmonica Frank Floyd included - as it does the particulars behind its creation, which involved cutting-edge technology, novel microphoning techniques, and pioneering recording methods that gave Fagen exactly what he demanded. His insistence on dialing in exacting drum sounds is by itself the stuff of legend.


    The results of the meticulous sessions transcend eras and generations - part of its very design. Virtually every track connects with classic 50s and 60s styles. Green Flower Street doubles as an homage to the jazz standard On Green Dolphin Street. The title track draws imagery from blues pioneer Charley Patton. Ruby Baby references soul greats the Drifters. Maxine nods to harmonies perfected by big-band vocal quartets like the Four Freshmen. The Goodbye Look acknowledges the bossa-nova craze of Fagen's youth. In all respects, The Nightfly rules the airwaves.


    More About Mobile Fidelity UltraDisc One-Step and Why It Is Superior

    Instead of utilizing the industry-standard three-step lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's new UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. While three-step processing is designed for optimum yield and efficiency, UD1S is created for the ultimate in sound quality. Just as Mobile Fidelity pioneered the UHQR (Ultra High-Quality Record) with JVC in the 1980s, UD1S again represents another state-of-the-art advance in the record-manufacturing process. MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a convert. Delicate converts are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music. By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape. Every conceivable aspect of vinyl production is optimized to produce the most perfect record album available today.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I.G.Y.
    2. Green Flower Street
    3. Ruby Baby
    4. Maxine
    5. New Frontier
    6. The Nightfly
    7. The Goodbye Look
    8. Walk Between Raindrops
    Donald Fagen
    $99.99
    Vinyl LP UltraDisc One-Step 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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