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    Born To Run

    Ranked 18/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


    Mastered By Bob Ludwig Working Under The Supervision Of Springsteen & Engineer Toby Scott


    Bruce Springsteen spent everything he had - patience, energy, studio time, the physical endurance of his E Street Band - to make his masterpiece. There are a dozen guitar overdubs on the title track alone. The album became a monster, Springsteen recalled. But in making his third album, he was living out the central drama in its gun-the-engine rock & roll: the fight to reconcile big dreams with crushing reality. He found it so hard to re-create the sound in his head - the Jersey-bar dynamite of his live gigs, Phil Spector's grandeur, Roy Orbison's melodrama - that he nearly gave up and put out a live album. But his attention to detail produced a timeless record about the labors and glories of aspiring to greatness.


    -Rolling Stone

    1. Thunder Road
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    3. Night
    4. Backstreets
    5. Born to Run
    6. She's The One
    7. Meeting Across The River
    8. Jungleland
    Bruce Springsteen
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    Fire On The Floor

    Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Beth's latest album, Fire On The Floor: a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as "pretty frickin' good".


    Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. As the singer explains, this latest record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home. If there's a theme that ties these twelve songs together, it's a sense of escapism following the hardest of times. "We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record. Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make. I wanted the songs for Fire On The Floor to get born real quick."


    Take a spin of Fire On The Floor and you'll see exactly why. These twelve new songs run the gamut of genre, reflecting Beth's eclectic teenage influences, which took in everything from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden. "As a writer," she nods, "I feel really stifled if I'm trying to write in the same style. I just can't do that. Growing up as a kid, I was raised all over the place stylistically, loving so many different genres."


    Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it's a record that you need to hear. "I'm so pleased with it," she concludes. "I recently had to organize the sequence of the record, and while I was doing that, I was thinking to myself, 'Y'know, this is pretty frickin' good !'"

    1. Jazz Man
    2. Love Gangster
    3. Coca Cola
    4. Let's Get Together
    5. Picture In A Frame
    6. Fat Man
    7. Fire On The Floor
    8. Woman You've Been Dreaming Of
    9. Baby Shot Me Down
    10. Good Day To Cry
    11. Love Is A Lie
    12. No Place Like Home
    Beth Hart
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  • The Album Collection Volume 1 1973-1984 (On Sale) The Album Collection Volume 1 1973-1984 (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    The Album Collection Volume 1 1973-1984 (On Sale)


    First 7 Albums Recorded & Released For Columbia Records Between 1973 and 1984


    Newly Remastered From Original Analogue Masters By Acclaimed Engineer Bob Ludwig


    Recreations Of Original Packaging & Accompanied By A 60-Page Book


    "Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock'n'roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." --Jon Landau, The Real Paper, May 22, 1974


    Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, a boxed set comprised of remastered editions of the first seven albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1973 and 1984. All of the albums are newly remastered and all seven are making their remastered debut on vinyl.


    The seven albums are recreations of their original packaging and the set is accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from Springsteen's first decade as a recording artist.


    Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
    Albums included:


    • Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)

    • The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)

    • Born To Run (1975)

    • Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)

    • The River (1980)

    • Nebraska (1982)

    • Born In The U.S.A. (1984)



    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    LP 1 - Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
    1. Blinded By The Light
    2. Growin' Up
    3. Mary Queen Of Arkansas
    4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
    5. Lost In The Flood
    6. The Angel
    7. For You
    8. Spirit In The Night
    9. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City


    LP 2 - The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)
    1. The E Street Shuffle
    2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
    3. Kitty's Back
    4. Wild Billy's Circus Story
    5. Incident On 57th Street
    6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
    7. New York City Serenade


    LP 3 - Born To Run (1975)
    1. Thunder Road
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    3. Night
    4. Backstreets
    5. Born To Run
    6. She's The One
    7. Meeting Across The River
    8. Jungleland


    LP 4 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
    1. Badlands
    2. Adam Raised A Cain
    3. Something In The Night
    4. Candy's Room
    5. Racing In The Street
    6. The Promised Land
    7. Factory
    8. Streets Of Fire
    9. Prove It All Night
    10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town


    LP 5 - The River (1980)
    1. The Ties That Bind
    2. Sherry Darling
    3. Jackson Cage
    4. Two Hearts
    5. Independence Day
    6. Hungry Heart
    7. Out In The Street
    8. Crush On You
    9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
    10. I Wanna Marry You
    11. The River


    LP 6 - The River (1980)
    1. Point Blank
    2. Cadillac Ranch
    3. I'm A Rocker
    4. Fade Away
    5. Stolen Car

    6. Ramrod

    7. The Price You Pay
    8. Drive All Night
    9. Wreck On The Highway


    LP 7 - Nebraska (1982)
    1. Nebraska
    2. Atlantic City
    3. Mansion On The Hill
    4. Johnny 99
    5. Highway Patrolman
    6. State Trooper
    7. Used Cars
    8. Open All Night
    9. My Father's House
    10. Reason To Believe


    LP 8 - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
    1. Born In The U.S.A.
    2. Cover Me
    3. Darlington County
    4. Working On The Highway
    5. Downbound Train
    6. I'm On Fire
    7. No Surrender
    8. Bobby Jean
    9. I'm Goin' Down
    10. Glory Days
    11. Dancing In The Dark
    12. My Hometown

    Bruce Springsteen
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    Chapter And Verse

    'Chapter and Verse,' the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes 'Born to Run.' Five of the album's 18 tracks have not been previously released.


    Springsteen selected the songs on 'Chapter and Verse' to reflect the themes and sections of 'Born to Run.' The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012's 'Wrecking Ball.' The collected songs trace Springsteen's musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.


    Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of "Henry Boy" and "Growin' Up" were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.'

    LP 1
    1. Baby I - The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)
    2. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover - The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)
    3. He's Guilty (The Judge Song) - Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)
    4. Ballad of Jesse James - The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)
    5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)
    6. Growin' Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on 'Tracks')
    7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, 'The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle')
    8. Born to Run (1975, 'Born to Run')
    9. Badlands (1977, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town')
    10. The River (1980, 'The River')


    LP 2
    1. My Father's House (1982, 'Nebraska')
    2. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, 'Born in the U.S.A.')
    3. Brilliant Disguise (1987, 'Tunnel of Love')
    4. Living Proof (1992, 'Lucky Town')
    5. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, 'The Ghost of Tom Joad')
    6. The Rising (2002, 'The Rising')
    7. Long Time Comin' (2005, 'Devils & Dust')
    8. Wrecking Ball (2012, 'Wrecking Ball')

    Bruce Springsteen
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    The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle

    Ranked 133/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


    Mastered By Bob Ludwig Working Under The Supervision Of Springsteen & Engineer Toby Scott


    The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was recorded by Springsteen with the E Street Band at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York. The album includes the song Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), the band's most-used set-closing song for the first 10 years of its career.


    As with Springsteen's first album released earlier in the year, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle was well-received critically but had little commercial success at the time. However, once Springsteen achieved popularity with Born to Run, several selections from this album became popular FM radio airplay and concert favorites. On November 7, 2009, Springsteen and the E Street Band played the album in its entirety for the first time ever in a concert at Madison Square Garden.[2]

    1. The E Street Shuffle
    2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
    3. Kitty's Back
    4. Wild Billy's Circus Story
    5. Incident On 57th Street
    6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
    7. New York City Serenade
    Bruce Springsteen
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    Born Running

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    Sid Vicious may have become the Punk icon, at least Glen Matlock - original bass player for the Sex Pistols could really play, wrote ten out of the twelve songs on the classic Never Mind The Bollocks and he's still alive.


    Over the years he has continued to tour and now he is presenting us his new solo album, Born Running. This isn't a Sex Pistols rip-off but a collection of rolling Rockers with a poignant smile similar to Joey Ramone's solo work. Produced by Jim Lowe (of Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, and Manic Street Preachers), whatever Matlock might lack in originality he more than makes up for sincerity.

    Side One

    1 Born Running

    2 Get What We Get

    3 T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

    4 Nowheresville

    5 Rock Chick

    6 Timebomb

     

    Side Two

    1 Hard Work

    2 Something Tells Me

    3 Electricity

    4 Yeah Right

    5 Way To Go

    6 Somewhere Somehow
    Glen Matlock
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    The Sound Of A New World Being Born

    Before Green Day, Operation Ivy, and Lookout Records put the East Bay's burgeoning punk scene on the map, a trio of Berkeley kids were reinventing the genre with music that was melodic but full of feedback, and a singer who sounded like he gargled glass. Crimpshrine's debut EP was Lookout's fourth release, followed by an album, a second EP, and a slew of split singles and compilation tracks before the band imploded in 1989 after a ridiculous two-and-a-half-month tour in a Ford Pinto hatchback.


    Formed around teenage binary stars Jeff Ott and Aaron Cometbus, Crimpshrine went through a series of lineups in their four-year run, utilizing future Tilt and Go Sailor bassists Pete Rypins and Paul Curran, and briefly including second guitarist Idon Bryant. Not overtly political, their fiery brand of introspective punk touched on homelessness, teenage pregnancy, drug use, friendship, isolation, and a grimy sort of romance.


    Two collections have emerged posthumously: 1992's Duct Tape Soup and 1998's The Sound Of A New World Being Born, both falling out of print in 2002.


    Ott went on to form Fifteen and author two books; Cometbus founded Pinhead Gunpowder with Billie Joe Armstrong and continues to edit his long-running fanzine.

    1. Another Day
    2. Rearranged
    3. Bricks
    4. Sleep, What's That?
    5. MSFMB
    6. 2nd Generation Junkies
    7. In My Mind
    8. Tomorrow
    9. Butterflies
    10. Situation
    11. The Direction Of Things To Come
    12. Sanctuary
    13. My Friend
    14. The Tour
    15. Easy Answers
    16. Inspiration
    Crimpshrine
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    Falling Faster Than You Can Run (Awaiting Repress)

    Well, it doesn't take long for Falling Faster Than You Can Run to reveal that Nathaniel Rateliff isn't in a very good place. His deep funk is revealed very quickly on the opening track 'Still Trying': "If you roll in it long enough/your shit won't even smell" sings Rateliff, in between crying out, unaccompanied, "I don't know/I don't know/a god damned thing".


    And that's the feeling that sticks throughout this, often very fine, new record from Denver, Colorado's Missouri-born Rateliff. On his second full-length album (dropping the & the Wheel from his name) loneliness is writ large: not the kind of loneliness from actually being along, but the kind that comes from being constantly surrounded by people yet unable to shake the feeling of complete isolation. Rateliff has toured with many, many acts over the past few years and most recently has spent time with Dr Dog and fellow Denver act (and friends) The Lumineers. Thankfully, Rateliff rarely sounds like his friends (you might say I'm not a fan) and instead writes and plays music with a lot of heart and soul. It's often his voice that's the star of the show thanks to the subtly-arranged instrumentation: part matured Kurt Wagner burr and part throat-ravaged bluesman ( a bit The Tallest Man on Earth) it's a voice you could listen to all day. But good voice is nothing without good songs, and Rateliff comes with plenty of ammunition on Falling Faster Than You Can Run.


    "Still Trying" is an arresting opener; while Rateliff's heart-wrenching roars are the highlight, the backing isn't too shabby either - acoustic guitar and bass drum battle for the spotlight on a ragged country song, and it sounds authentic, like Rateliff has lived what he's singing. And things get better quickly: "I Am" is mostly just Rateliff and his guitar, as broaches his isolation singing: "you'll never know what's buried there / less you dig around". The music swells as he sings the title over and over, following a similar pattern to the album opener. But before things get too familiar, Rateliff picks up the pace with a couple of full band numbers that could almost be considered jaunty, if we were to ignore the lyrics. "Don't Get Too Close" is fine enough and ticks over nicely like a quickstep, but "Laborman" is even better. Like Wilco at their poppiest, it flies off on crunchy and bright electric guitars which belies the lyrical content: "I got a feelin' / a sleepin' depression / that somebody's gonna get hurt", sings Rateliff, followed by "you got the harness/so where you gonna drag me now?" You can see a pattern developing here; Rateliff's stuck somewhere he doesn't want to be, lonely, but how does he get out of it? Take another look at that album cover too - a couple share a bed, an arm reaches out yet it doesn't touch the other person. It's basically a visual encapsulation of what's being sung about.


    The epic electric storm of "Forgetting Is Believing" leads a trio of great closing tracks, ending with the Lambchop-murmur of the title track. Rateliff's baritone is exposed and dusty as he sings "leave me alone/you can see me fall/faster than you can run", ending as he started the record - alone and isolated.


    Falling Faster Than You Can Run feels, through the dirt, the shit and the whisky, and despite the loneliness, like a hard-earned triumph for Nathaniel Rateliff.


    - Andrew Hannah (The Line Of Best Fit)

    1. Still Trying
    2. I Am
    3. Don't Get Too Close
    4. Laborman
    5. How To Win
    6. Nothing To Show For
    7. Right On
    8. Three Fingers
    9. Forgetting Is Believing
    10. When Do You See
    11. Falling Faster Than You Can Run
    Nathaniel Rateliff
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    Axe To Fall

    After nearly 20 years, such a glorious run of releases and a live show that's gone from flailing kids flailing against kids to legendary exorcism for both band and audience - watch the pit during "The Saddest Day" and tell me it's not the closest thing to a near-religious experience atheists will ever have - Converge could be forgiven for releasing an endeavour that was simply good, okay, just maintaining their status quo. After all, it's much easier to win the title than retain it, and even the greats slip from time to time. Axe To Fall (Converge's third release for indie institution Epitaph Records), however, is no such relapse.
    True to themselves and their art, as always, no matter the cost, Axe To Fall continues to push relentlessly forward, much like a shark that needs to always keep swimming to survive. Where No Heroes was a refinement and broadening of hostilities declared on previous assaults such as Jane Doe, Axe To Fall returns to the more AmRep-inspired noisecore abrasions of You Fail Me while also updating and making vital the thrash influences that defined earlier Converge efforts (Caring and Killing, Petitioning the Empty Sky) and retaining the hardcore hostilities and frantic pace so vital to their foundation. Of course, the experimental anguish and pleading for salvation are no mere sharpening of past knives but yet another leap forward in an existence full of them.


    From frenetic, frantic opening track "Dark Horse," which is a downhill avalanche of ferocity culminating in one of the heaviest riffs Converge have ever laid listeners to waste with, to "Worms Will Feed," an ominous exploration that ebbs and flows, building upon crashing then retreating waves of music and lyrical condemnations ("the worms will find a way, the rats will find a way"), to the barely restrained chaos of "Losing Battle" and Axe To Fall's sanguine, beautiful, climatic seven-minute-plus dÉnouement, "Wretched Word," Axe To Fall isn't just another mere "release" or record from spoiled kids discovering metal and crying about how difficult life is in the suburbs. Axe To Fall is a nearly two-decade culmination of hard roads travelled and unwanted, but necessary, lessons learned, of prayers for salvation lost to the wind and too-fleeting nights where everything was still, if only for a moment, consumed by morning's inevitable advance, of crushing defeats and the realization that the war only ends when we do, and it's not one we can win, merely endure. Once again recorded by Converge's resident engineering genius Kurt Ballou, whose God City Recording Studios has become the Mecca for aggressive music's elite to congregate at for assistance realizing their sonic sermons (from Trap Them and Genghis Tron to Torche and Buried Inside), Axe To Fall is as sonically dense a tapestry and punishing a release as Converge have ever conceived, once again perfectly echoing musically Bannon's heart-ripped-out-of-chest-but-still-beating lyrics. It's the summation of experiences learned working on records such as No Heroes and You Fail Me, also recorded by Ballou at God City, and it surpasses them.


    But even while Converge and Axe To Fall stand alone - as Bannon is so fond of saying live: "we're born into this world alone, and we die alone, so make your mark while you're here" - they've never forgotten the core values of the hardcore scene they were raised in, and raised others on: community. Axe To Fall is Converge's most collaborative effort to date, even while paradoxically sounding as focused as ever. Axe To Fall features the likes of John Pettibone (Undertow, Himsa), Ulf Cederlund (Entombed, Disfear), Cave In's Steve Brodsky, Adam McGrath and J.R. Connors, F. Sean Martin (Hatebreed), George Hirsch (Blacklisted) and Genghis Tron's Mookie Singerman, Hamilton Jordan and Michael Sochynsky, amongst others, contributing to its dense sonic soundscapes. Even Steve Von Till (of legendary star destroyers Neurosis) graces the record on "Cruel Bloom," an ignoring of musical confines that sounds akin to something Tom Waits and Mr. Bungle might concoct if trapped in a watering hole on the fringes of Purgatory right before the end-time hit.

    1. Dark Horse
    2. Reap What You Sow
    3. Axe to Fall
    4. Effigy
    5. Worms Will Feed/Rats Will Feast
    6. Wishing Well
    7. Damages
    8. Losing Battle
    9. Dead Beat
    10. Cutter
    11. Slave Driver
    12. Cruel Bloom
    13. Wretched World
    Converge
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    Darkness On The Edge Of Town

    Ranked 150/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


    Mastered By Bob Ludwig Working Under The Supervision Of Springsteen & Engineer Toby Scott


    Coming three years and one extended court battle after Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town was highly anticipated. Some attributed the album's embattled tone to Bruce Springsteen's legal troubles, but it carried on from Born to Run, in which Springsteen had first begun to view his colorful cast of characters as losers. On Darkness, he began to see them as the working class: his characters, some of whom he inhabited and sang for in the first person, had little and were in danger of losing even that. Their only hope for redemption lay in working harder, and their only escape lay in driving. Springsteen presented these hard truths in hard rock settings, the tracks paced by powerful drumming and searing guitar solos. Though not as heavily produced as Born to Run, Darkness was given a full-bodied sound; Springsteen's stories were becoming less heroic, but his musical style remained grand; the sound, and the conviction in his singing, added weight to songs like Racing in the Street and the title track, transforming the pathetic into the tragic. But despite the rock & roll fervor, Darkness was no easy listen, and it served notice that Springsteen was already willing to risk his popularity for his principles.


    -William Ruhlmann (All Music)

    1. Badlands
    2. Adam Raised A Cain
    3. Something In The Night
    4. Candy's Room
    5. Racing In The Street
    6. The Promised Land
    7. Factory
    8. Streets Of Fire
    9. Prove It All Night
    10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
    Bruce Springsteen
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    Hammersmith Odeon, London '75

    On November 18, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made their first concert appearance outside of America, at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Born to Run had been released three months earlier, and Springsteen had famously appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek three weeks before the Hammersmith gig-was the rest of the world finally ready for him? More than 40 years later, Hammersmith Odeon London '75 answers with a resounding "yes"-and now, for the first time on vinyl, fans can experience the magic of that unforgettable night.
    LP 1
    1. Thunder Road - The Song
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    3. Spirit In The Night

    4. Lost In the Flood (
    5. She's the One
    6. Born to Run


    LP 2
    1. The E Street Shuffle / Having A Party
    2. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
    3. Backstreets


    LP 3
    1. Kitty's Back
    2. Jungleland
    3. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)


    LP 4
    1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
    2. Detroit Medley; Jenny Take A Ride\ Devil With A Blue Dress On\ Good Golly Miss Molly

    3. For You
    4. Quarter to Three

    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
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    The Promise: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

    Import


    21 Tracks Spread Out Over Three High-quality, 180 Gram Vinyl LPs. Lyrics To All Of The Songs, A New Essay From Bruce Springsteen And Never-before-seen Photographs From The "Darkness" Sessions Are Also Included


    Darkness was my 'samurai' record, Springsteen writes, stripped to the frame and ready to rumble." But the music that got left behind was substantial. For the first time, fans will have access to 21 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became.


    Highlights include the extraordinary rock version of Racing in the Street, the never-before-released original recordings of Because the Night, Fire, and Rendezvous, the supreme pop opus Someday (We'll Be Together), the hilarious Ain't Good Enough for You, the superb soul-based vocal performance on The Broken Hearted, the utterly haunting Breakaway, and the now finally released, fully orchestrated masterpiece and title song, The Promise. All 21 songs have been mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator, Bob Clearmountain. According to long-time manager/producer Jon Landau, There isn't a weak card in this deck. The Promise is simply a great listening experience.

    1. Racing In The Street ('78)
    2. Gotta Get That Feeling
    3. Outside Looking In
    4. Someday (We'll Be Together)
    5. One Way Street
    6. Because The Night
    7. Wrong Side Of The Street
    8. The Brokenhearted
    9. Rendezvous
    10. Candy's Boy
    11. Save My Love
    12. Ain't Good Enough For You
    13. Fire
    14. Spanish Eyes
    15. It's A Shame
    16. Come On (Let's Go Tonight)
    17. Talk To Me
    18. The Little Things (My Baby Does)
    19. Breakaway
    20. The Promise
    21. City Of Night
    Bruce Springsteen
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    Let Freedom Ring

    Import

    Remastered


    Prophet started his wild ride back in 1984, when Green on Red, the
    seminal purveyors of American Rock-Roots, plucked him out of
    Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight-year ride, and the
    recording of as many albums. Since then Prophet has recorded nine
    amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with the likes of
    Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake, and Jonathan Richman, not to
    mention production credits for Warren Zevon, Alejandro Escovedo
    and Kelly Willis. Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke and Heart have
    recorded his songs, along with a host of others. Prophet has never
    been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out.
    For his ninth solo album Let Freedom Ring, Chuck reached out to
    some musicians and talked them into going down to Mexico City, The
    Biggest City in the World (pop. 25 million). Recorded at Estudio 19, a
    state-ofthe- art studio (well, circa 1958 state-of-the-art anyway) with
    Greg Leisz (Beck, Wilco, Emmylou Harris) coproducing.
    Within three days of arriving swine flu broke out and the indignity of
    having to wear blue surgical masks just to fit in.
    Over the course of the next eight days, the band set about recording
    ¡Let Freedom Ring!, enduring a poorly timed blackout, shakedowns
    by the Policia, and a 6.4 earthquake mid-take - Mexico City might only
    be 4 hours away by plane but it might as well have been on the other
    side of the moon. But whilst mayhem ensued, the band buckled down
    to the task in hand, all set up together in a tight little bamboo lined
    room with the amps cranked. Chuck played his Fender Squire, Kelly
    Stoltz on backing vocals, Rusty Miller (Jason Lyte‟s band) played
    bass while Drummer Ernest Boom Carter turned his sticks into
    kindling. Carter played on Springsteen‟s Born To Run - he promptly
    quit the E Street Band after they spent 6 months recording it. The
    results can be heard from the Clash inspired opener to the power pop
    of Let Freedom Ring‟ and the Eddie Cochran infused Good Time
    Crowd‟.

    1. Sonny Liston's Blues
    2. What Can A Mother Do
    3. Where The Hell Is Henry?
    4. iLet Freedom Ring!
    5. You And Me Baby (Holding On)
    6. American Man
    7. Barely Exist
    8. Hot Talk
    9. Love Won't Keep Us Apart
    10. Good Time Crowd
    11. Leave The Window Open
    Chuck Prophet
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    Howard Tate

    Singer Howard Tate cracked the R&B Top 20 three times in the late 1960s, left music and endured hardship and anonymity for nearly 30 years and beginning in the early 2000s returned to his rightful place as one of America's most revered soul performers.


    Tate was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1939 and moved with his family to Philadelphia as a young boy. In his teens, he joined a north Philadelphia gospel group, the Gainors, that also featured to-be star Garnet Mimms. The group recorded in the early 1960s for Mercury Records and Cameo Records before Tate left to become the featured singer of organist Bill Doggett's group.


    In the mid-'60s, Mimms urged producer Jerry Ragovoy to check out Tate, and from 1966 to 1969 Tate and Ragovoy recorded about 10 singles, the first for the Utopia label, the rest for Verve. Ain't Nobody Home (1966), Look At Granny Run Run (1966) and Stop (1967), all written or co-written by Ragovoy, each charted R&B Top 20. But to rock audiences, Tate was best known as the original performer of Get It While You Can, which became one of Janis Joplin's signature tunes. Tate's debut album, Get It While You Can, was released in 1966 to tremendous acclaim. Rolling Stone called the album a spectacular showcase of suave, muscular good-powered singing, heavily influenced by Sam Cooke, with a joyous, shrieking falsetto that became Tate's trademark.


    Tate recorded a few more singles for Lloyd Price's label, Turntable, before reuniting briefly with Ragovoy for sessions on Atlantic. After one more single on Epic in 1974, Tate all but vanished. Despite his success, he was unhappy with how the music business was treating him, never having seen any royalties.


    Tate sold securities in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas into the 1980s when he succumbed to substance abuse and endured a very tumultuous period of homelessness and personal loss. He turned his life around and began work as a minister and counselor in the early 1990s. Then in 2001, a musician Tate had toured with back in the 1960s saw him in a supermarket and within hours Tate's old producer, Jerry Ragovoy, was calling, resulting in a return to the studio for the Grammy-nominated Rediscovered. He followed up with Howard Tate Live in 2006, A Portrait Of Howard - with guests Lou Reed, Carla Bley and Larry Goldings - in 2007 and Blue Day in 2008.


    Music luminaries have recognized and celebrated Tate's trademark voice throughout the years, with Elvis Costello calling him the missing link between Jackie Wilson and Al Green. Among the well-known musicians that have covered songs originally recorded by Tate are Joplin (Get It While You Can), Jimi Hendrix (Stop), Hugh Masekela (Stop), B.B. King (Ain't Nobody Home), Ry Cooder (Look At Granny Run Run) and Grand Funk Railroad (Look At Granny Run Run).

    1. Look At Granny Run Run
    2. Sweet Sixteen
    3. Louisiana 1927
    4. Ill Be Home
    5. Dear Lord
    6. Aint Nobody Home
    Howard Tate
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    Henry Gray

    The lustrous Chicago blues scene of the 1950's was predominated by great pianists. Otis Spann, Henry Gray, Johnnie Jones and Sunnyland Slim were among the era's very best. Henry's rolling two-fisted keyboard work graced countless Chicago blues recordings during the '50s for leading labels. Unlike most of his contemporaries there, he was from Louisiana rather than Mississippi-and since 1968, he's been living at his boyhood home just outside of Baton Rouge once again, a stalwart on the swamp blues circuit.


    Born in Kenner, Louisiana, Henry arrived in Chicago in 1946, fresh from a stint in the Philippines during World War II. Strongly influenced by ivories master Big Maceo, Henry's rapidly escalating talents were soon in heavy demand. After starting out with Little Hudson's Red Devil Trio, Henry appeared on classic sides by Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Billy Boy Arnold and Morris Pejoe before joining Howlin' Wolf's combo in 1956 for a 12-year run.


    Although Henry's ability on the 88s is renowned worldwide, his warm expressive vocals may come as something of a revelation. There's more than a hint of Henry's Louisiana roots in his music. The brilliant piano style of Henry Gray once represented the very best Chicago had to offer. You know, some things never change. Henry cut 5 songs solo on this direct-to-disc. He plays a Steinway Concert Grand 9' model D.

    1. Out On The Road
    2. I Ain't Goin' For That
    3. Watch Yourself
    4. How Long Blues
    5. Let Me Go
    Henry Gray
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    Burning At Both Ends

    Includes CD


    Born out of the Bay Area punk scene, Set Your Goals first grabbed the worldfs attention with their critically acclaimed, fan]favorite album Mutiny!, released in 2006. 2009fs Epitaph debut This Will Be the Death of Us solidified their place as one of the best bands in the scene, along with garnering some serious airplay for The Few That Remain, their collaboration with Hayley from Paramore.


    Now comes Burning at Both Ends, supported by the bandfs most ambitious national run yet on the entire 2011 Warped Tour. Burning at Both Ends returns the focus of the last album back to what Set Your Goals do best: passionate, positive punk in the tradition of classic 90s Epitaph bands.

    1. Cure For Apathy

    2. Start The Reactor
    3. Certain
    4. Happy New Year
    5. London Heathrow
    6. Trenches
    7. The Last American Virgin
    8. Exit Summer
    9. Unconditional
    10. Product Of The 80's
    11. Raphael
    12. Illuminated Youth
    13. Not As Bad
    Set Your Goals
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    Soma Records Story: Vol. 3 - A Man's Gotta Be A Man!

    The record world was a completely different place in 1965.
    Kids wanting to take home a piece of the rock 'n' roll action they frugged to at the Armory dance last weekend or a wild tune they heard the local bossjocks spin on the way home from school, inevitably had to deal with seven-inchers made by independent record labels. The single was the thing in the mid-60's, not the album. In even the hippest big city record emporiums, you could thumb through the entire recorded canon of British Invasion-influenced LPs - no more than a hundred or so - in about five minutes. But, ahhh, those singles. And nobody did them better than the shoebox companies sprouting up like bread mold all over the country, labels who could tap into the best local talent and get their show-stopping songs into the local record shops.


    Just about every sector of the US had its own scene, red hot local chart entries that kids three hundred miles away were destined to never hear. And that's why the legendary indie labels - from International Artists in Houston or Autumn in San Francisco to Dunwich in Chicago or Etiquette in Tacoma - and hundreds more just as groovy, are revered today more than ever.


    The Soma Record Company of Minneapolis caught the national spotlight by releasing hits from the likes of the Castaways and the Gestures. But Liar Liar and Run, Run, Run are just the tip ofthe iceberg. If you've always suspected that thousands of great singles from the '60s that you've yet to hear are lurking in the bushes, guess what? You're right. Step into the dusty Soma vaults with us - brush aside those cobwebs, if you would - point your flashlight towards the strobelight flickering at the far end of the tunnel and keep walking. When the cool Fender 'n Farfisa sounds finally grab you by the shirt collar, just keep telling yourself: This isn't a dream. It's what I was born to do.

    1. The Chancellors / I Can Tell*
    2. The Castaways / A Man's Gotta Be A Man
    3. The High Spirits / (Turn On Your) Love Light
    4. The Gestures / Don't Mess Around
    5. The Del Counts / Let The Good Times Roll
    6. The Titans / Reveille Rock
    7. The Messengers / My Baby
    8. The Gamins / Freeway
    9. The Gestures / Run, Run, Run
    10. The Chancellors / Surf Beat*
    11. The Torres / I've Had It
    12. The Shades / Please Please Please
    13. The Fabulous Rumbles / I'll Be Gone
    14. The Titans / Tchaikovsky Rides Again
    15. The Castaways / Should Happen To Me
    16. The Sounds Like Us / The Other Side Of A Record
    Various Artists
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    Testimony

    Born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana enter into the game, 21-year-old August Alsina. With the love and hustle of the Crescent City running through his veins, August is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. Alsina's first official NNTME/Radio Killa/ Def Jam release, an 8-song EP titled, 'Downtown: Life Under the Gun', which offers collaborations between Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ , Kidd Kidd, along with NOLA veteran Curren$y, and Atlanta newcomer Rich Homie Quan. With the August 20th release of his highly anticipated EP August Alsina made 2013 his official coming out party.
    1. Testify
    2. Make It Home (featuring Jeezy)
    3. Right There
    4. You Deserve
    5. No Love
    6. Porn Star
    7. FML (featuring Pusha T)
    8. Grind & Pray / Get Ya Money (featuring Fabolous)
    9. Ghetto (featuring Yo Gotti)
    10. Kissin' on My Tattoos
    11. Ah Yeah
    12. Mama
    13. Benediction (featuring Rick Ross)
    14. I Luv This Shit (featuring Trinidad James)
    15. Numb (featuring B.o.B and Yo Gotti)
    August Alsina
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    Youngish American

    Dams of the West - the new solo project from Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson - have shared details on their debut LP, entitled 'Youngish American.'


    Produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys alongside Roger Moutenot and Tomson himself, 'Youngish American' was born after a long run of Vampire Weekend dates, when Tomson found himself at home with an empty calendar for the first time in years. After a few months spent grappling with existential insecurity and writer's block, the new music began to take form. Recorded in Nashville with Carney at the helm, Tomson wrote every song and plays virtually all instruments on the album.


    The 10-song collection offers casually cutting takes on early-30's ennui and domesticity, exploring the tension between wanting to settle down and the simultaneous hesitancy to leave behind younger roles. The project's name serves as a nod to this psychological limbo, an ode to the once-useful dams of the west - totemic pieces of infrastructure that threaten to become obsolete as time moves on.

    1. Bridges and Tunnels
    2. Tell the Truth
    3. Death Wish
    4. The Inerrancy of You and Me
    5. Polo Grounds
    6. Will I Be Known to Her
    7. Flag on the Can
    8. Perfect Wave
    9. Pretty Good WiFi
    10. Youngish Americans
    Dams Of The West
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    Deep Trip

    Destruction Unit are an American band formed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Dug up from the sonic landfills of the cosmos, these radical desert dwellers have built a reputation for both mesmerizing and terrorizing crowds with their sheer
    power and intensity.


    Formed by Ryan Rousseau, D. Unit was initially a synthheavy three piece whose other members were Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds); likewise Rousseau was also in the Reatards before Jay went solo. Born out of the nucleus of the Memphis Goner Records scene and transplanted into Tempe, AZ, Rousseau has grown the band in the last few years into a full sonic assault, which now includes three guitar players (himself, Nick Nappa & Jesco Aurelius), his brother Rusty Rousseau on bass, and a 19 year-old classically trained drummer, Andrew Flores. This line-up has released several cassettes on their own label Ascetic House, a small run lP, Void on Jolly Dream and most recently a limited edition 7 on Suicide Squeeze.


    Deep Trip is their first proper studio album, produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men, Hubble, and Pygmy Shrews at Vacation Island in NY. It's the first long player which truly captures their burning spirits. Morphine boogie for the 21st century noise addict. A spiritual odyssey of sadomasochistic self-loathing with songs about love and freedom. Selling drugs to make music to sell drugs to; aggressive psychedelic sprawl at its finest. The future of Rock and Roll burning through three twin reverbs and a pound of grass.

    1. The World On Drugs
    2. Slow Death Sounds
    3. Bumpy Road
    4. God Trip
    5. Final Flight
    6. The Holy Ghost
    7. Control The Light
    8. Night Loner
    Destruction Unit
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    Wonderful Wonderful (Pre-Order)

    Wonderful Wonderful is The Killers' fifth studio album and features the top 10 Alternative hit The Man.


    Brandon Flowers revealed in May 2015 that he and guitarist Dave Keuning were exchanging ideas for The Killers' fifth studio album. The four members reconvened in October 2015, a few months earlier than originally planned. The band began work on the album at their own Battle Born Studios and also rented houses in Joshua Tree National Park and San Diego. They briefly recorded with Ryan Tedder and other producers in Los Angeles before beginning work with Jacknife Lee, who had been recommended to them by U2 frontman Bono. Lee worked with the band between September 2016 and May 2017 at his home studio in Topanga, California, and at National SouthWestern Recording studios in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lee produced all tracks on the album alongside The Killers, with Additional Production by Erol Alkan on The Man and Stuart Price on Out Of My Mind.


    The Killers enlisted Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) for a guitar part on Have All the Songs Been Written?. Additionally, Flowers wrote the lyrics for Some Kind of Love over music by Brian Eno. Australian artist Alex Cameron contributed lyrics to the track Run for Cover, which was originally written for the band's third studio album, Day & Age.

    1. Wonderful Wonderful
    2. The Man
    3. Rut
    4. Life To Come
    5. Run For Cover
    6. Tyson vs Douglas
    7. Some Kind Of Love
    8. Out Of My Mind
    9. The Calling
    10. Have All The Songs Been Written?
    The Killers
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    Airtight's Revenge

    First commercial released album since 1st Born
    Second which sold over 320k


    Bilal has been featured on countless hit records
    with artists such as Jay Z, Common, The Roots,
    Erykah Badu, J-Dilla, Beyonce, Guru (Jazzmatazz),
    The Clipse, Musiq Soulchild, The Game, Scarface,
    Jadakiss, Reflection Eternal, Jill Scott, Mos Def,
    Solange Knowles, Robert Glasper and Lil Wayne


    Full US tour dates to run from September
    through the end of the year


    Radio: Co-Sign Collective will be servicing
    College Radio and Mix-shows


    Video: A live video of Levels is up on the VTech
    site. Look for a full video for Think It Over and a
    3-part video trailer directed by Kahlil Joseph (Aloe
    Blacc, Shafiq Husayn, Vans Shoes) in October


    Grammy-nominated artist Bilal (Philadelphia, PA) returns with his third
    studio album, Airtights Revenge. A provocative genre-bending album
    that dissects love, politics and relationships, Airtights Revenge
    demonstrates the Philly-bred singers growth as an artist. Its a mix
    of Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Blues, and experimental free music, says
    Bilal. The differences in economical social classes inspired the track
    Robots, which scrutinizes societal and governmental effects on
    people. Bilal wrote Who Are You after watching the 2007 documentary,
    Zeitgeist: The Movie. Of all religions, I drive to be human, says Bilal.
    At the end of the day, we are all one. We need to connect with the
    spiritual side of ourselves; we dont need to inflict that on others. Its
    OK to have free thought. A smooth track with a soulful sound called
    Little Ones is dedicated to his sons. My youngest son has Sickle
    Cell and my oldest son has Autism. This song is for them, stated
    Bilal. Steve McKie (Jill Scott, Estelle, Kindred, Vivian Green)
    co-produced the album with Bilal, which was recorded in Philadelphia,
    Virginia and Los Angeles. The album also features production by Nottz
    (Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Drake), 88 Keys (Mos Def, Macy Gray,
    Musiq Soulchild), Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and Tone Whitefield.

    Side 1
    1. Cake & Eat It Too
    2. Restart
    3. All Matter


    Side 2
    1. Flying
    2. Levels
    3. Little One


    Side 3
    1. Move On
    2. Robots
    3. The Dollar


    Side 4
    1. Who Are You
    2. Think It Over

    Bilal
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    Black Rose: A Rock Legend

    Import


    Black Rose: A Rock Legend is the ninth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1979. The album debuted at its #2 peak in the UK album charts and is the band's most successful studio album to date. It was the first time that blues rock guitarist Gary Moore remained in the band long enough to record an album after previous stints in 1974 and 1977 with Thin Lizzy. He appeared with frontman Phil Lynott in the rock band Skid Row in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Around this time Moore recorded the album Back on the Streets with Lynott, spawning the UK top 10 single Parisienne Walkways (with Lynott on vocals). He left Thin Lizzy that year following a dispute but worked with Lynott again on his tours in 1984 and 1985 and on the top 5 single Out in the Fields and accompanying album Run for Cover, on what were to be Lynott's final performances before his death in January 1986. Axl Rose has the cover of Black Rose: A Rock Legend tattooed on his right upper arm, and once said that he "wanted to show it to Phil Lynott, but then he died on me. The album included the second song Lynott wrote about a member of his family entitled Sarah, the first song by this name having appeared on 1972's Shades of a Blue Orphanage, written about his grandmother, also named Sarah. The song on this album is about his then newly born daughter. The last track "Róisín Dubh" is comprised of traditional songs, all arranged by Lynott and Moore, as well of original parts. The song Will You Go Lassie, Go (Wild Mountain Thyme) is sometimes mistakenly credited as a traditional song, but was written by William McPeake, and first recorded by Francis McPeake (and is on this album credited to F. McPeak).

    1. Do Anything You Want To Do
    2. Toughest Street In Town
    3. S & M
    4. Waiting For An Alibi
    5. My Sarah
    6. Got To Give It Up
    7. Get Out Of Here
    8. With Love
    9. Roisin Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend
    Thin Lizzy
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    New Masses For Squaw Peak

    New Masses for Squaw Peak gifts unto us bold, surprising new textures and denser, cheekier ideas and themes. Its packed tight with style: gauze-flange experimentation; jazz-chord death-pop; shifty proto-prog; historical and personal mythologies weaved through its passages. Yet, claustrophobic it is not. New Masses for Squaw Peak is as wide-open of a landscape as its title may suggest. It is also a well-traveled collection of songs: laid to tape in the belly of an abandon Philadelphia textile factory; run through three mixing boards by three separate sets of hands; and ultimately sculpted into its final form by the gentlemen to conjured it in the first place. And oh joy, what conjuring.


    Mystics Pharaohs (Masc. Pharaohs) begins with a big, fat wink to Enos Here Come the Warm Jets (a hallmark of Squaw Peak) before descending into its own purply blackhole of dark, dissonant whitefunk. A metallic sonic fog allows guitar stabs and squalls, and the pings of ringleader Nathan Pembertons vocal calls, to hit you twice then thrice, then unravel out into the cosmos. All players here (multi-instrumentalists Josh Martin and Brian Forfa; and drummer John Frank) are using both sides of the brain at every turn, the instinctual, tribal rhythm with which we are born and the semi-learned, nervy way we manipulate that instinct. The instinct that tells us to stay and play inside our comfort zone, and the secret instinct to see what lies just beyond its boundary. Cor-Du-Roi, another standout, is almost perpendicular to Mystics Pharoahs with its shambling, assured pace and melodies all tinny and distant. Its a risky number for Holiday Shores in its maturity and subtle composition. It also just might be their most inspired, beautiful piece to date. We find this kind of maturity and patience again with deep-cut Coming to Shores, an ambient-pop sci-fi wash that almost falls into the new classical phylum.


    Pemberton and Martin prove time and again that they share more than just a keyboard table in the live setting; they share an endlessly searching, creative brain. Pembertons jazz keyboards are often interlocked with Martins plinkety-plankety lyrical guitar. On Shadie Spun Gold and in other spots, like pulsing leadoff track Airglow their separately played parts are hocketed to create the larger melody, with notes falling just left of where Steely Dan might drop them (which sounds awesome). Holiday Shores might be prog-rock in the way that Ariel Pink might be prog-rock. Its shape-shifting pop songcraft that will slip from your fingers like a sea cucumber the very second you think you have hold.

    1. Airglow
    2. We Couldn't Be Together
    3. Threepeat Got Old
    4. Ocotillo Dripping
    5. Spells
    6. Squaw Peak
    7. Mystic Pharaohs (Mas Pharaohs)
    8. Coming To Shores
    9. Cord-Du-Roi
    10. New Masses
    11. Injun
    12. Shadie Spun Gold
    Holiday Shores
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