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  • Lost and Found Lost and Found Quick View

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    Lost and Found

    World Circuit Records is set to release Buena Vista Social Club's Lost and Found. Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks--some of which were recorded during the original album's sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed.


    The studio tracks on Lost and Found were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s following the recording of the original album. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista's legendary veterans.


    "Over the years we were often asked what unreleased material was left in the vaults," says World Circuit's Nick Gold. "We knew of some gems, favorites amongst the musicians, but we were always too busy working on the next project to go back and see what else we had. When we eventually found the time, we were astonished at how much wonderful music there was."

    1. Bruca Manugua
    2. Macusa
    3. Tiene Sabor
    4. Bodas De Oro
    5. Black Chicken 37
    6. Habanera
    7. Como Fue
    8. Guajira En F
    9. QuiÉreme Mucho
    10. Pedacito De Papel
    11. Mami Me Gustó
    12. Lágrimas Negras
    13. Como Siente Yo
    14. RubÉn Sings
    Buena Vista Social Club
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    Mejico Maxico

    Nacional Records is excited to announce the vinyl release of Mexican Institute of Sound's (M.I.S.) critically acclaimed,
    DJ-favorite albums 'Politico,' 'Pinata,' 'Mejico Maxico and 'Soy Sauce.'


    On this release, you'll catch snatches of cumbia, electronic beats, Latin groove, cha-cha, and Esquivel-like chill out music, all crossing borders and generational boundaries.


    M.I.S. tours the world performing at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, with a wide range of
    high-profile television and videogame uses, including HBO 'Entourage' & 'East Bound & Down,' as well as
    'Californication' and videogames like EA Sports' 'FIFA' and the new 'Grand Theft Auto V', for which he curated
    one of the radio stations 'East Los FM.'


    The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats.
    - NEW YORK TIMES


    Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America.
    Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a
    sweaty indie-dance party. - CMJ

    1. Bienvenidos A Mi Disco
    2. Ok!
    3. Mirando A Las Muchachas
    4. Jaja Pipi
    5. Buena Idea
    6. Drume Negrita
    7. Cybermambo
    8. Juan Rulfo
    9. Corasound
    10. Cancion De Amor Para Mi Futura Novia
    11. Sabrosa
    12. Hey Tia!
    13. Que Rico
    14. Dub-A El Tiempo Es Muy Largo
    15. No Hay Masa Ya
    Mexican Institute Of Sound
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    Soy Sauce

    Nacional Records is excited to announce the vinyl release of Mexican Institute of Sound's (M.I.S.) critically acclaimed,
    DJ-favorite albums 'Politico,' 'Pinata,' 'Mejico Maxico and 'Soy Sauce.'


    Their third album traverses Camilo Lara's wild musical imagination with a witty sense of humor for good effect - whether it's converting the traditional sounds of cumbia to a full on electronic dance track, paying tribute to J Dilla and Biggie with Mexican sonidos, or singing a love song as if Serge Gainsbourg had spent time in the Mayan jungle. Special guests include Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys), Mexican pop star Paty Cantu, Joselo Rangel (CafÉ Tacuba), and Brazilian singer Pat C.


    M.I.S. tours the world performing at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, with a wide range of
    high-profile television and videogame uses, including HBO 'Entourage' & 'East Bound & Down,' as well as
    'Californication' and videogames like EA Sports' 'FIFA' and the new 'Grand Theft Auto V', for which he curated
    one of the radio stations 'East Los FM.'


    The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats.
    - NEW YORK TIMES


    Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America.
    Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a
    sweaty indie-dance party. - CMJ

    1. Cumbia
    2. Alocatel
    3. Yo Digo Baila
    4. White Stripes
    5. Hiedra Venenosa
    6. Te Quiero Mucho
    7. Jalale
    8. Comite Culificador Part 1
    9. Comite Culificador Part 2
    10. Karate Kid 2
    11. Reventon
    12. Sinfonia Agridulce
    13. Alocatel
    14. Chiflideur
    Mexican Institute Of Sound
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    Mi Sueno

    Limited vinyl LP pressing. The Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer emerged as perhaps the most popular star of the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon. World Circuit is proud to announce the release of his final album Mi Sueño (My Dream) the project he dreamed of realizing all his life - an album devoted to the most meltingly romantic of all Cuban styles - the bolero. Mi Sueño is an intimate arranged by Roberto Fonseca, the remarkable young pianist with whom he had developed a deep musical understanding. Recorded in Havana in 2004, the year before he died, with a wonderful small group that included Manuel Galbán on guitar and Cachaíto López on bass, the album is a very personal take on the bolero style - deeply traditional and at the same time startlingly modern. Full of passion and tenderness but still with an inimitable and irrepressible swing, Ibrahim sculpts familiar songs into fresh and atmospheric creations that are uniquely his own. As Ibrahim said, I have just one thing left to tell you all. We dream together and we will keep doing it. If my days ended tomorrow I would leave very satisfied in having achieved my wish, the wish was that dream: to sing a bolero. A labor of love and the realization of a dream, Mi Sueño presents Ibrahim Ferrer as one of the world's great bolero singers - the way he always wanted to be remembered.
    1. Dos Almas
    2. Si Te Contara
    3. Melodia Del Rio
    4. Cada Noche Un Amor
    5. Deuda
    6. Uno
    7. Convergencia
    8. Quiereme Mucho
    9. Perfidia
    10. Copla Guajira
    11. Quizas Quizas
    12. Alma Libre
    Ibrahim Ferrer
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    Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection

    Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection, an innovative new collection of 12 beloved vocal recordings re-experienced through new samba and bossa nova arrangements created by iconic Brazilian musicians and The Berman Brothers.


    Embracing the All In One Rhythm™ Theme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection blends 12 iconic performances--from Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Sly & The Family Stone, The Isley Brothers, Mel TormÉ, Nina Simone, Johnny Nash, Dave Brubeck with Carmen McRae, Andy Williams and Sarah Vaughan--with new, samba and bossa nova arrangements and production inspired by the spirit of Brazilian music.


    Working on Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection project, the Berman Brothers sought out the original multi-track masters and utilized an all-new, state-of-the-art separation technology from Science of Sounds to extract exquisitely pristine and detailed vocals. The newly isolated vocals were then melded with brand-new, authentic backing arrangements played by Studio Rio, an all-star cast of Brazilian musical pioneers from the bossa nova and samba genres, including Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roberto Menescal and Brazilian musical legend Marcos Valle.


    Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection is the latest innovative musical project from the Berman Brothers (Frank and Christian), a production team whose previous work includes Rhythms Del Mundo (2006), a cross-cultural album summit which which fused an all-star cast of Cuban musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club with US and UK artists and superstars such as U2, Coldplay, Sting, Jack Johnson, Maroon5, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and others. Rhythms del Mundo was released in more than 61 countries and received multiple sales awards worldwide.


    During the past 20 years, the Berman Brothers have received more than 90 gold and platinum awards, two BMI Awards, a Golden Globe nomination, a Grammy nomination (for Love One Another, recorded by Cher) and a place in history for their production and remix of the Baha Men's colossal hit, Who Let the Dogs Out. As producers, writers and publishers, the Bermans have worked with an array of international superstars including Coldplay, Sting, Cher, Real McCoy, Dido, Maroon5, Sophie B Hawkins, Reamonn and members of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.


    Music is the heart and soul of Brazil, celebrating with syncopated beats and beautifully expressive melodies. It's the life force of the entire culture, wrote the Berman Brothers in their notes for Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection. We have always had a huge appreciation of Brazilian music. Between us, we have a massive collection of bossa nova and samba recordings, new and old, a lot which we found in flea markets in Amsterdam, Paris, and London.... Once you get into this music, there really is no way to stop. It was this joyful and timeless music that inspired the idea for this collection. Our goal was to bring the Brazilian joie de vivre to iconic performances by well-known American artists like Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, and many others. What would these classic songs sound like had they been recorded in the studios of Rio De Janeiro in the first place, with the best Brazilian musicians and arrangers?"


    "It was an amazing journey-bringing together these American classics and the vibrancy of Brazilian music with the help of so many talented musicians, arrangers and a dedicated production team. We learned many things putting together this music including what was the most important, and least surprising lesson of all: Brazil is the most musical place we have ever been in our lives.

    1. Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version) - Bill Withers with Studio Rio
    2. Walk on By (Studio Rio Version) - Aretha Franklin with Studio Rio
    3. Sexual Healing (Studio Rio Version) - Marvin Gaye with Studio Rio
    4. You've Changed (Rio Music Collective Version) - Billie Holiday with Studio Rio
    5. Family Affair (Rio Music Collective Version) - Sly & The Family Stone with Studio Rio
    6. It's Your Thing (Rio Music Collective Version) - The Isley Brothers with Studio Rio
    7. I've Got You Under My Skin (Studio Rio Version) - Mel TormÉ witb Studio Rio
    8. I Can See Clearly Now (Studio Rio Version) - Johnny Nash with Studio Rio
    9. Take Five (Studio Rio Version) - Dave Brubeck & Carmen McRae with Studio Rio
    10. Music to Watch Girls By (Studio Rio Version) - Andy Williams with Studio Rio
    11. Summertime (Studio Rio Version) - Sarah Vaughan with Studio Rio
    Studio Rio
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  • Pinata Pinata Quick View

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    Pinata

    Nacional Records is excited to announce the vinyl release of Mexican Institute of Sound's (M.I.S.) critically acclaimed,
    DJ-favorite albums 'Politico,' 'Pinata,' 'Mejico Maxico and 'Soy Sauce.'


    Pinata proves to be the perfect title for the sophomore disc from Mexican Institute of Sound. It's got more colorful grooves and sweet surprises than you can shake, or swing, a stick at. One-man programming band Camilo Lara stuffs the disc with quirky samples and buoyant choruses that are decidedly Mexican but could reflect life from any corner of the globe. It's an electro-Technicolor take on world music. Killer Kumbia and Para No Vivir Desesperado come to life via chirpy cumbia grooves, as does much of the disc; and Lara effectively samples rock outfit CafÉ Tacuba during El Microfono. Lara's approach here is alternately serious and silly, combining nonsensical chatter with sly social statements. A Todos Ellos namechecks a long list of pop-culture icons, from Rocio Jurado, Sonny Bono, and R.L. Burnside, to Cantinflas, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Oscar Wilde. The second half of the disc showcases more club-friendly grooves, and Pinata stand strong as an intriguing collection of pop revelry. - Joey Guerra


    M.I.S. tours the world performing at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, with a wide range of
    high-profile television and videogame uses, including HBO 'Entourage' & 'East Bound & Down,' as well as
    'Californication' and videogames like EA Sports' 'FIFA' and the new 'Grand Theft Auto V', for which he curated
    one of the radio stations 'East Los FM.'


    The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats.
    - NEW YORK TIMES


    Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America.
    Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a
    sweaty indie-dance party. - CMJ

    1. Killer Kumbia
    2. Escribeme Pronto
    3. El Micrófono
    4. Para No Vivir Desesperado
    5. La Kebradita
    6. A Girl Like You
    7. A Todos Ellos
    8. Hip Hop No Pares
    9. Katia, Tania, Paulina y la Kim
    10. Belludita
    11. Mi Negra a Bailal
    12. Lala Meda
    13. La Kebradita
    Mexican Institute Of Sound
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  • Ibeyi Ibeyi Quick View

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    Ibeyi

    Ibeyi (pronounced ee-bey-ee) means "twins" in the language of the Yoruban culture
    of Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. The album of the same name, produced by
    XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, is the story of two sisters: their relationship,
    their origins, their shared history and their musical chemistry.


    The twins' roots are reflected in the polyglot nature of the lyrics - in English,
    French and Yoruban - and music which combines ritual chants with synths and
    samplers, jazz vocals with the spellbinding mystery of Björk and Fever Ray, the
    traditional with the modern. This uniquely cosmopolitan sound is the perfect
    vehicle for their intimately personal stories. According to them, "This album is
    about love and family and people who are gone."


    Lisa-Kainde and Naomi (the eldest by two minutes) were born in Paris, where
    they still live, but spent their first two years in Cuba. Their father was Miguel
    "Anga" Diaz, the member of the Buena Vista Social Club, who was acclaimed as
    the greatest conga player.


    Record producer and XL Recordings boss Richard Russell first encountered
    Ibeyi when he saw them performing "Mama Says" on a 2013 YouTube video. He
    soon invited them to meet him - a serious offer from someone who in recent
    years has produced albums by Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here and Bobby Womack
    The Bravest Man In The Universe (co-produced with Damon Albarn), as well
    Albarn's own acclaimed 2014 solo album Everyday Robots.


    The album is a subtle melange of diverse influences: not just Lisa-Kainde's soul
    and jazz leanings and Naomi's up-to-the-minute beatmaking but the bloodlines
    of France, Cuba and Africa, including the use of Yoruban chants they first heard in
    the Santeria ceremonies. The tense, dramatic "Oya," the lead track on their debut
    EP, addresses the deity (or "Orisha") of change and destruction while "River"
    honours Oshun, the Orisha of love, rivers and fertility. Yoruban culture travelled
    from Nigeria and Benin to Cuba and Brazil with the slave ships centuries ago but
    is little-known in Europe.

    1. Eleggua (Intro)
    2. Oya
    3. Ghosts
    4. River
    5. Think Of You
    6. Behind The Curtain
    7. Stranger / Lover
    8. Mama Says
    9. Weatherman
    10. Faithful
    11. Yanira
    12. Singles
    12. Ibeyi (Outro)
    Ibeyi
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    The Haden Triplets

    Third Man Records is proud to present the debut album from The Haden Triplets. These are songs steeped in history and sung in a close harmony
    that could only be achieved from sharing a lifetime of sisterly togetherness and a near psychic vocal interplay that can only come from being born mere
    seconds apart from each other. It's been rendered and produced beautifully by American music legend Ry Cooder.


    This is an album expanding on an American musical tradition. It is not pastiche or a tribute, but rather a direct antecedent and extension of the original folk legacy that is being exhibited within these songs.


    Here's a little more about it in the Haden's own words.


    During our early life, we were surrounded by music on both sides of our family. We visited our dad's family in Missouri, where they taught us old country songs they used to perform on the radio as The Haden Family. Our grandparents on our mother's side used to sing us to sleep with old Yiddish songs. Growing up, we often had music playing in the house, whether it be our mom playing Billie Holiday and Nina Simone records, or our dad playing Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman in the living room.


    We met Ry when we played with his son Joachim, and Joachim asked him if he'd sit in for our show. Once Ry heard we were singing "Voice From On High" by Bill Monroe, he was in right away. The next day we got a call from Ry suggesting we record an album. We wrote down a collection of songs we all liked, then narrowed it down to the music that became the Haden Triplets album. These songs are rich in history, and by recording them we hope to help keep them alive. - Tanya, Rachel & Petra Haden


    Produced by Ry Cooder (Buena Vista Social Club, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Paris, Texas)and mixed by Martin Pradler (Robbie Robertson, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy)

    1. Slowly I'm Falling
    2. Single Girl, Married Girl
    3. Voice from on High
    4. Memories of Mother and Dad
    5. Raining
    6. Making Believe
    7. When I Stop Dreaming
    8. My Baby's Gone
    9. Billy Bee
    10. A Tiny Broken Heart
    11. On a Lonesome Night
    12. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
    13. Oh Take Me Back
    The Haden Triplets
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  • Politico Politico Quick View

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    Politico

    Nacional Records is excited to announce the vinyl release of Mexican Institute of Sound's (M.I.S.) critically acclaimed,
    DJ-favorite albums 'Politico,' 'Pinata,' 'Mejico Maxico and 'Soy Sauce.'


    Politico, the fifth full-length album by Mexican Institute of Sound (producer and songwriter Camilo Lara) is an album that almost wasn't. In 2011, an enormous amount of the explosive C4 was discovered next door to Lara's residence -- it was set to be detonated; by whom and for what purpose was never determined. In a recent interview, Lara said that he didn't deliberately set out to go into politics, but that politics had come to his house. These 13 songs, composed and assembled by Lara, address the chaos, destruction, tragedy, and violence that have become all-too-familiar elements in Mexican lives. Politico is a statement in the same way that the Clash's Sandinista! or the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks were, but it isn't nostalgic. Nor is it sonically similar to either. Longtime fans of MIS may have some initial issues because there are vocals on almost every tune. But not only do they not they detract from the set's appeal, their urgent expressions add to it. While the topical nature of these songs is undeniable, it doesn't mean this isn't a fun record. Quite the opposite. Lara isn't didactic in his lyrics; these are personal observations, and in that way, carry more weight than slogans. His unique compositional style makes them musically irresistible, and compelling. He uses Mexico's and Latin America's folk forms -- cumbias, descargas, sons, corridos, mariachis, bandas, rancheras, cha-chas, rhumbas, pachangas, and more -- and hard welds them to slamming beats, layered melodies, and infectious keyboard grooves, all via a staggering yet organic-sounding mÉlange of samples from rock & roll, hip-hop, funk, house, disco, techno, etc. Check the wild marimba samples that introduce the melody to Tipo Raro, which originally appeared in the film Made in Mexico. Lara retains the melody throughout, but busts it from its context; he runs head-on into multi-tracked Farfisa organs, a deeply distressed beat, four-on-the-floor loops, rapping, and a brittle bassline that fires directly from the center. Especulando is a driving, funky electro jam. Es-Toy uses accordion and darkly tinged double trombones (à la Willie Colón), a pulsing organ, and chanted vocals. Despite its skittering dance beat and its mariachi horns, Más is pure, frenetic punk rock. Politico is easily the most sophisticated record in the MIS catalog. This is political music without apology; it's also frenzied dance party music that's virtually peerless. - Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)


    M.I.S. tours the world performing at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, with a wide range of
    high-profile television and videogame uses, including HBO 'Entourage' & 'East Bound & Down,' as well as
    'Californication' and videogames like EA Sports' 'FIFA' and the new 'Grand Theft Auto V', for which he curated
    one of the radio stations 'East Los FM.'


    The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats.
    - NEW YORK TIMES


    Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America.
    Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a
    sweaty indie-dance party. - CMJ

    1. Politico
    2. Especulando
    3. Revolutión!
    4. MÉxico
    5. Es-toy
    6. Más
    7. Ceci n est Pas Une Automate
    8. Se Baila Así
    9. My Buddy @julps
    10. Tipo Raro
    11. Ritmo Internacional
    12. Cumbia Meguro
    13. El Jefe
    Mexican Institute Of Sound
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    Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order) (On Sale)


    Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness


    The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.


    Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.


    Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.


    Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.


    Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. The Bourgeois Blues
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Smack Dab in the Middle
    6. Stand by Me
    7. Yellow Roses
    8. Chlo-e
    9. Goodnight Irene
    Ry Cooder
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    Bright Sunny South

    Nonesuch Records releases Sam Amidon's label debut, Bright Sunny South in 2013. Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. Amidon himself not only sings but also plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and piano on the album.


    Amidon describes Bright Sunny South as a "a lonesome record" and a return to the more spare sound of his 2007 self-recorded debut, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted: "There was an atmospheric quality to my last two records; those albums are like a garden of sounds," says Amidon, "but this one is more of a journey, a winding path. The band comes rushing in and then they disappear. It comes from more of a darker, internal space."


    A longtime admirer of Boys' work, Amidon was particularly enamored of his recordings with Martin Carthy in the 1970s, as well as the Ali Farka TourÉ/Toumani DiabatÉ duet albums on World Circuit/Nonesuch: "Those are so beautiful. I listened to all of that. I loved the sense of documentation, the unadorned quality. Everything sounded so clear."


    The Vermont-born and raised, London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw's "My Old Friend" and Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off." The record also includes a version of "Weeping Mary," a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, had recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Harp Tradition.


    Bright Sunny South follows 2010's critically acclaimed I See the Sign, which earned Amidon praise from SPIN for his "quirky alchemy contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents" and Pitchfork, which said, "[Amidon's] interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) they existed before."


    Prior to I See the Sign, which was released on the Iceland-based label Bedroom Community, Amidon released But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research, 2007) and All Is Well (Bedroom Community, 2008). In addition to his solo albums, Amidon has collaborated on performances pieces with musical polymath Nico Muhly, toured as part of Thomas Bartlett's group Doveman and the Brooklyn band Stars Like Fleas, collaborated with Beth Orton, and embarked on a series of live shows with the guitarist Bill Frisell.


    MUSICIANS

    Sam Amidon, sing, banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar; piano (8)

    Thomas Bartlett, piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer, Moog synthesizer; percussion & electric guitar (11)

    Shahzad Ismaily, electric & acoustic guitars, electric bass, Moog bass; drums (2); shaker egg (7)

    Chris Vatalaro: drums & percussion; flute (6); a taste of the Wurli (2)

    Kenny Wheeler, trumpet (2, 5)

    Doug Wieselman, clarinets (11)

    Tyler Gibbons, electric bass (10)


    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    Produced by Sam Amidon, Jerry Boys, and Thomas Bartlett

    Engineered and Mixed by Jerry Boys

    Recorded at Snap Recording Studios and Livingston Studios, London

    "Weeping Mary" Engineered by Patrick Dillett at No Fat Studios, New York, NY

    Violin and bass on "Streets of Derry" Recorded by Tyler Gibbons at Red Heart Studios, Marlboro, VT

    Assistant Engineers: Ben Mclusky at Snap; Sonny at Livingston


    All songs are traditional, reworked & arranged by Sam Amidon, except track 4 written by McEwan/Wiseman, arranged by Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett; track 8 by Cox/Carey/Austin/Dupri, arranged by Sam Amidon; track 11 by McCurry/Power, arranged by Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett


    Design by John Gall


    Executive Producer: David Bither

    1. Bright Sunny South
    2. I Wish I Wish
    3. Short Life
    4. My Old Friend
    5. He's Taken My Feet
    6. Pharoah
    7. As I Roved Out
    8. Shake It Off
    9. Groundhog
    10. Streets of Derry
    11. Weeping Mary
    Sam Amidon
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP + Bonus 7 - Sealed Buy Now
  • Casa de Trova - Cuba 50's (Pure Pleasure) Casa de Trova - Cuba 50's (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Casa de Trova - Cuba 50's (Pure Pleasure)

    La Casa de Trova. The house of the troubadours. It's a place of almost mythical status in Cuban music, the home of so many of the glorious songs that have come out of the island. Even Paul McCartney has made his pilgrimage there. For Alejandro Almenares, it's a place he visits every single day, still carrying his guitar as he goes to play and talk with friends. And it's the inspiration behind his album Casa De Trova (Tumi Records: release: February 25, 2014).
    For Almenares, the connection to the house is deep. His musician father, Angel Sanchez Almenares, was one of the founders of the Casa.
    »I was there when it all began, too,« he recalls. »I grew up listening to them playing there, the trovas and soneros. I'm 76 now. I'm the last of the founders still alive.«



    It's a house filled with memories of all the tunes that have filled the air over the years - and still do. As a child, Almenares took them all in as naturally as breathing. When he was 10 years old he began attending music school staying until he was 14, »when I had to quit in order to work and help my parents.«



    Two years later he was a professional musician, playing the music his father had written and performed in groups like Los Taínos, Trio Oriente and Las Guitarras Internacionales. A lifetime of music, and, he adds with a smile, »so many bands that the number and names escape me now.«
    If you're a fan of the Buena Vista Social Club, this guy's gonna make them seem like a bunch of posers. Composer, vocalist and tres guitarist, Alejandro Almenares delivers the real thing from Cuba here on this set. This double vinyl set contains the same songs (although in different order); the difference is that the first features his rich and full voice, while the second features his material as (mostly) instrumentals. Flutes, percussion, violin, soprano sax, guitars and intermittent vocal choruses accompany Almenares on the gentle and fragrant instrumental takes of "No Critiques Al Nene" and "La Nina Que Yo Ame", while vocalists Tony Rodon, Eva Grinan, Jose Cabrera and Ismael Borges deliver tales of passion on "Mujercita "Linda", A Tu Retrato", "Te Vi Y Te Contemple" and "De Lo Que Quiero Saber" respectively. The simplicity of the old world charms are on abundant display here. No gimmicks, no frills, just earnest notes and, like the best of cooks, letting the simple ingredients do all the work in creating the flavor that makes your mouth water. Essential listening!




    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.

    LP1 - Vocals
    1. No Critiques Al Nene
    2. La Finca De Vila
    3. Mujercita Linda
    4. Te Vi Y Te Contemple
    5. El Son De Vicentico
    6. A Tu Retrato
    7. La Chica De Mi Rosal
    8. Esa Guitarra Que Suena
    9. Lechero
    10. La Nina Que Yo Ame
    11. De Lo Que Quiero Saber
    12. Pepillito
    13. Con Amor Te Pagare


    LP2 - Instrumentals
    1. No Critiques Al Nene
    2. El Son De Vicentico
    3. Pepillito
    4. Te Vi Y Te Contemple
    5. Con Amor Te Pagare
    6. Lechero
    7. A Tu Retrato
    8. Mujercita Linda
    9. La Chica De Mi Rosal
    10. La Nina Que Yo Ame
    11. De Lo Que Quiero Saber
    12. Esa Guitarra Que Suena
    13. El Mismo Paso
    14. La Finca De Vila

    Alejandro Almenares
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner) Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner)

    A good 20 years have passed since a band with ancient musicians from Cuba - the Buena Vista Social Club - took the world by storm. Behind the project, in the wings yet right in the midst of this unheard-of music, was Ry Cooder, who regarded this encounter as the greatest musical event of his entire life. The bottleneck guitar hero had always been very interested in the music from the other Americas ever since the solo albums he made in his early years, in which he told the story of the American folk and blues in a multitude of styles. The LP Paradise And Lunch is no exception and begins with gospel-like grooves that smell of native soil. The faint smell of a wooden church from pioneering days wafts out of the processional antiphonal song Jesus On The Mainline and a healthy 12-bar blues paints a picture of what silent witnesses could tell if they could (If Walls Could Talk). Cooder and his sidemen felt themselves perfectly at home when adventuring further afield and this is testified to in the laid-back calypso rhythm of It's All Over Now and the clip-clop of Mexican Divorce.


    This wonderful album is highly recommended for each and every number, but if you want a tip for a very special track, then just listen to the ragtime piano rolls in Bo Diddley's Ditty Wah Ditty.


    Musicians:



    • Ry Cooder (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocal)

    • Ronnie Barron (piano, organ)

    • Earl Hines (piano)

    • Plas Johnson (alto saxophone)

    • Oscar Brashear (cornet)

    • Red Callender (bass)

    • John Duke (bass)

    • Russ Titelman (electric bass)

    • Chris Ethridge (electric bass)

    • Milt Holland (drums, percussion)

    • Jim Keltner (drums)




    Recording: 1974 at the Warner Brothers Studios in North Hollywood and Burbank (USA), by Lee Herschberg

    Production: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    2. Tattler
    3. Married Man's a Fool
    4. Jesus on the Mainline
    5. It's All Over Now
    6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
    7. If Walls Could Talk
    8. Mexican Divorce
    9. Ditty Wah Ditty
    Ry Cooder
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Buenos Hermanos (Out Of Stock) Buenos Hermanos (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Buenos Hermanos (Out Of Stock)

    Limited 180-Gram Vinyl LP Pressing


    Includes 12-Page Booklet


    Released in 2003 when Ferrer was 76 years old, Buenos Hermanos now gets a welcome reissue and today sounds more like a 'classic' than ever - the ultimate Latin record, as Cooder described it at the time. I don't think anybody other than Ibrahim would or could make a record like this. It has every kind of nuance and subtlety that it could possibly have, as well as muscle, he added. Like the original Buena Vista Social Club release and his 1999 solo debut, Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer, the album boasted the same production team of Cooder, Nick Gold and engineer Jerry Boys and confirmed Ferrer's place among the all-time great voices of Cuban music. Combining both Cuban and American musicians, the hand-picked core band, comprised Orlando 'Cachaíto' López on bass, Manuel Galbán on electric guitar, piano and organ, Chucho ValdÉs on piano, and Miguel 'Angá' Díaz on congas augmented by Ry Cooder on guitars and veteran rock drummer Jim Keltner and Joachim Cooder on percussion.

    1. Boquiñeñe
    2. Buenos Hermanos
    3. La Música Cubana
    4. Guaguancó Callejero
    5. Naufragio
    6. Como El Arrullo de Palma
    7. Perfume de Gardenias
    8. Mil Congojas
    9. Hay Que Entarle a Palos a Ése
    10. No Tiene Telaraña
    11. Fuiste Cruel
    12. Boliviana
    13. Oye El Consejo
    Ibrahim Ferrer
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Buena Vista Social Club (Out Of Stock) Buena Vista Social Club (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $29.99
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    Buena Vista Social Club (Out Of Stock)

    Mastered by Bernie Grudman from the Original Analogue Master Tapes


    Includes 20 Page Booklet


    Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on El Cuarto de Tula is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from Stormy Weather and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called world music. --Rickey Wright

    1. Chan Chan
    2. De Camino A La Vereda
    3. El Cuarto De Tula
    4. Pueblo Nuevo
    5. Dos Gardenias
    6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho
    7. Veinte Anos
    8. El Carretero
    9. Candela
    10. Amor De Loca Juventud
    11. Orgullecida
    12. Murmullo
    13. Buena Vista Social Club
    14. La Bayamesa
    Buena Vista Social Club
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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