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We're Gonna Change The World - The 60's Chicago Garage Sound Of Quill Records
Chicago was a great place to be if you were a member of a rock & roll combo in the mid-'60s -- there were plenty of teen clubs, radio stations were happy to play local product, and several Windy City labels were ready and willing to take hometown acts into the studio and get their music into stores. Dunwich Records and USA Records were the biggest labels in Chicago and both scored a handful of national hits, but they were far from the only game in town, and Peter Wright, a successful record promo man who went on to manage the New Colony Six, ran one of the city's most interesting small labels, Quill Records, which released top-notch sides on a number of fine groups and licensed a few of his masters to larger labels out of town.
While Quill only lasted a bit less than two years (from 1966 to 1967), their output was impressive stuff from an eclectic variety of acts, and the great reissue label Sundazed, only a few months after releasing a definitive two-disc overview of the USA Records catalog (2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage and Psychedelia from U.S.A. and Destination Records), have unearthed 19 highlights from Quill's archives on We're Gonna Change the World! The 60's Chicago Garage Sound of Quill Productions.
Many of Quill's acts followed the trends of the major British acts of the day, but hardly all of them; the Exterminators deliver a screed against long hair and take an America first position on rock with the over the top Declaration of Independence '65, Hot Pastrami by the Don Caron Orchestra is a high-powered instrumental dominated by honking saxophones and fuzzy guitars, and I'm Going to Change the World by the Commons Ltd. suggests the psychedelic revolution that was lurking around the corner while still maintaining a high degree of sneer and swagger.
And even the acts that were looking to the U.K. for inspiration were turning their eyes to unusual places; the Delights were clearly obsessed with the Zombies, so much so that their original tune Every Minute, Every Hour, Every Moment mimics their style just as well as their cover of Just Out of Reach, and the Skunks, who true to their name bleached stripes into their hair, also leaned to the moody side of British pop with Don't Ask Why and a fine cover of the Beatles' It's Only Love (though Do the Duck is a raw and fuzzy celebration of some would-be dance craze).1. I'm Cryin' - The Malibu's
2. Do The Duck - The Skunks
3. Yes I Know - The Prophets
4. I'll Have You Cryin' - Chances R
5. Declaration Of Independence '65 - The Exterminators
6. Losing You - The Ricochettes
7. Just Out Of Reach - The Delights
8. Hot Pastrami - Don Caron Orchestra
9. A Heart Is Made Of Many Things - Jimmy Watson & The Original Royals
10. It's One Thing To Say - The Riddles
11. Without You - The Night Flight
12. La-Do-Da-Da - Ronnie Rice & The Gents
13. To Color Turn - The Night Flight
14. I'm Going To Change The World - The Commons, LTD.
15. Every Minute, Every Hour, Every Moment - The Delights
16. Don't Ask Why - The Skunks$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Scene Changes
Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell (Vol. 5) was originally released by jazz pianist Bud Powell on Blue Note Records in 1959. It features a session Powell recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on December 28, 1958, with Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums.1. Cleopatra's Dream
2. Duid Deed
3. Down With It
6. Crossin' The Channel
7. Comin' Up
8. Gettin' There
9. The Scene Changes$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Baby, Won't You Change Your Mind
1. Baby, Won't You Change Your Mind
2. Just Leave Me Some
3. Push Come To Shove
4. Time Is Love Spinning Around
5. It's Time To Say Goodbye One-Way Ticket To Loveland
6. No If's And's, Or But's
7. Wishful Thinking$12.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-PTK-1716xThe Dismemberment Plan
ChangeChange is a perfect reflection of where The Dismemberment Plan and indie-rock culture as a whole was at that time-aging out of their party days, struggling to create a new identity without leaving behind what made them unique and having a spotlight shown on them during the entire process, making the struggle all the more real. Yes, the short-term result was the band breaking up, but given the passage of time, Change has proven its merit time and time again. And with this vinyl reissue, a whole new generation of fans can discover what thousands before them already knew: The Dismemberment Plan was-and continue to be-an important rock band, the kind you're eternally thankful was smart enough to leave the basement and enter a recording studio a few times.1. Sentimental Man
2. The Face of the Earth
4. Pay for the Piano
5. Come Home
6. Secret Curse
8. Following Through
9. Time Bomb
10. The Other Side
11. Ellen and Ben$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sea ChangeProduced by Nigel Godrich, Beck's seventh album Sea Change peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200. Widely praised upon its release in 2002, Rolling Stone's David Fricke hailed it as "the best album Beck has ever made."1. The Golden Age
2. Paper Tiger
3. Guess I'm Doing Fine
4. Lonesome Tears
5. Lost Cause
6. End Of The Day
7. It's All In Your Mind
8. Round The Bend
9. Already Dead
10. Sunday Sun
11. Little One
12. Side Of The Road$24.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Change Today?Change Today? is the third studio album by the American rock band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds Of Liberty), released in 1984. It was the band's first album with singer/guitarist Joe Wood and drummer Mitch Dean, replacing founding members Jack Grisham and Todd Barnes who had left the band in late 1983.
The album was recorded using money loaned to T.S.O.L. by the Dead Kennedys, and found the new incarnation of the band moving away from the Hardcore Punk associations of the original lineup in favor of a traditional Rock and Gothic Rock sound.
Over the course of four nights at Mad Dog Studio in Venice, California T.S.O.L. recorded their new songs with recording engineer Stuart Schanwetter and producer Chris Grayson. The album was mastered by Eddy Schreyer.1. Black Magic
2. Just Like Me
3. In Time
4. Red Shadows
5. Flowers By The Door
6. American Zone
7. It's Gray
9. Nice Guys
10. How Do$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Some Change (Awaiting Repress)As the fourth installment in our exciting Boz Scaggs 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present his masterwork Some Change as a first time audiophile vinyl release. Mastered impeccably from the original Virgin Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, Some Change will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Boz Scaggs fans everywhere! The LP includes stellar tracks like Time, Lost It, You Got My Letter and Call Me. A first time gatefold cover is also part of the event to make this a cool Boz Scaggs listen.1. You Got My Letter
2. Some Change
3. I'll Be The One
4. Call Me
6. Fly Like A Bird
7. Lost It
10. Follow That Man$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Sound Of ChangeThe Sound of Change can't come from external forces, it has to emanate from within. For Dirty Heads, evolution beyond their reggae-rock roots has developed over time and is manifested on their new album "Sound of Change." Due out summer 2014 via Five Seven Music, the album boasts some of the groups' most diverse and ambitious work to date. "Sound of Change" takes a literal meaning with the production of this album, as the band links up with Grammy award winning producer Supa Dups (Nina Sky, Bruno Mars), Buddah Shampoo (Ty Dolla $ign), Niles (of hip hop duo, The Cataracs), Ward 21 (311, Major Lazer reggae collaborators) and long-time friend and collaborator, Rome (Sublime).
The feel-good vibe associated with their sound was not forgotten. Sonically, "Sound of Change" amps up the groundwork laid by previous albums. Fine-tuned alternative choruses work harmoniously with hip-hop influenced production that seams the songs together. Universal themes of compassion, reflection and happiness are at the core of "Sound of Change." "We wanted the songs on this album to touch on the things we deeply care about and the people we are inside" front man Jared (Dirty J) Watson asserts, "but then we want to address the other side - when the weekend comes and we need to let go and just rage." Who can't relate to that feeling?
Vocalist/Guitarist Dustin Bushnell (Duddy B) is constantly looking to connect the dots between the live show with the album tracks, often mentally mapping out the live elements as the songs are being recorded. For the touring cycle surrounding the release "Sound of Change" the band plans to bring a live show that will energetically compliment each new track. Dirty Heads have racked up their miles bringing that live experience to fans across the globe for over a decade. "Now that our lives are touring we get to see the world," both Watson and Bushnell agree, "we're taking stories and vibes from around the world and making this album is the culmination of that."
The band's breakout 2008 album "Any Port In The Storm" included the chart-topping hit track "Lay Me Down" which features current Sublime frontman, Rome. The track had an incredible run for eleven weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, laying a solid foundation for their follow up sophomore album "Cabin By The Sea" which was released in 2012. Dirty Heads then began their musical metamorphosis with their 2013 acoustic album "Home - Phantoms Of Summer," allowing time for their metamorphosis embodied in "Sound of Change." Their previous work featured contributions from talent such as Del The Funky Homosapien, Matisyahu, Rome (Sublime) and guitar legend Slash.
"Sound of Change" is a melting pot of all the band members' experiences and musical persuasions, addressing both serious and lighthearted subject matter in their signature way. On the lighter side of the spectrum, "Burn Slow" (Produced by Rome, featuring rapper, Tech N9ne) showcases the hip-hop oriented side of the band. With anthemic choruses and a feel-good aura, Watson boasts the song is the perfect soundtrack for those times when you're "having a good time, going out with friends and realize that sometimes you just need to chill." The retro sound and sexy lyrics of "Hear You Comin," highlights Watson's soaring vocals in its hook. The first single, the metaphorical "My Sweet Summer" (produced by Niles from The Cataracs) is, in reality, a song for all seasons. An undeniable groove underlines the lyrical lament. The title track "Sound of Change" is the key manifestation of the artistic maturation of the band. "The world is always changing political and social outlooks and on a broader scale, look at the changes within yourself" Watson reflects, "the song is about embracing the change life is going to bring no matter what, because that change is inevitable." Though there is diversity on "Sound of Change," as a body of work, it is cohesive in a way only Dirty Heads can achieve.
As a full six-piece unit, frontmen Watson and Bushnell are joined by keyboardist/vocalist Shawn Hagood, percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral. This lineup is hell-bent on grabbing new ears with "Sound of Change." Their own journey can be heard within the album- all you have to do is sit back and listen.1. Sound Of Change
2. My Sweet Summer
3. Medusa (feat. Ward 21)
4. Burn Slow (feat. Tech N9ne)
5. Franco Eyed (feat. B-Real of Cypress Hill)
6. End Of The World
7. One Hand
10. Hear You Coming
12. Dark Days
13. Running For Your Life$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Change Of FortuneSoul Asylum was formed in Minneapolis in 1983 following in the footsteps of another local Alternative rock band, The Replacements. Mixing tuneful but unrestrained punk, hardcore, 1970s rock, country and self-effacing kitsch, one early review described their sound as "some unholy mix of Kiss and Hank Williams thrown under the wheels of a runaway train." All elements contributed to the band being credited with a 'grunge precursor' title, a claim often recited in comparisons between pre-Nirvana Minneapolis and Seattle bands.
Their breakthrough album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train" debuted in 1992 and went on to sell over 3 Million copies. They followed this with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine in 1995 which went on to sell over 1 Million copies.
Change of Fortune has been three years in the making and the wait is most certainly worth it. The first single "Supersonic" will have Soul Asylum loyalists happy to discover the group's trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact - clever lyrical turns of phrase, classic rock riffs filtered through punk rock energy, and themes that everyone can relate to. Change of Fortune is the sound of a band that has gone through good times, bad times, and every time in between and has come out the other side as fresh and invigorated as when it all began in a basement in Minneapolis.1. Supersonic
2. Can't Help It
4. Ladies' Man
5. When I See You
7. Make It Real
9. Don't Bother Me
10. Morgan's Dog
11. Change of Fortune
12. Cool$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Change Becomes UsOnly Wire would attempt to make their fourth album after their tenth. At the beginning of their career, between 1977 and 1979, the great British art punk quartet released three perfect albums, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154, each wildly different from the other. Then they splintered, though a bunch of post-154 songs-in-process came to light later, in the dodgy live recordings that made up the bizarre, messy Document and Eyewitness (1981) and 1996's Turns and Strokes.
Since they first reunited in 1985, Wire has had an exceptionally weird relationship to its own past. During their commercial peak in the latter half of the 80s, they refused to play anything from the pre-breakup era, and for the first few years of their current incarnation, they mostly acted as if they'd jumped straight from Pink Flag to the year 2000. At the beginning of this decade, they started looking back in earnest-- not in a hey, kids, we wrote 12 x U, remember? way, but in a cleaning up loose ends way. 2011's Strays EP contained four pieces that had been kicking around their live repertoire for a long time but had never been recorded to their satisfaction before; the Black Session album that came out last year actually included a few relatively faithful versions of old songs.
And now they've gone back to the material they'd have recorded for the album that never happened after 154. The 13 titles on Change Becomes Us are new, but the songs themselves aren't; they're all more or less newly rewritten versions of the Document and Eyewitness/Turns and Strokes repertoire. It's not the first time they've reckoned with some of those sketches, either. B/W Silence and Time Lock Fog are respectively adapted from Lorries and 5/10, which singer/guitarist Colin Newman previously reworked on his 1982 solo album Not To. Doubles & Trebles is a new version of Ally in Exile, which Wire mutated first into Art of Persistence on 2000's The Third Day and then into I Don't Understand on 2002's Read & Burn 01; positioned as the new album's opener, its arrangement and lyric (about a solitary agent in enemy territory) explicitly allude to the way Reuters introduces Pink Flag.
The Wire of 1980, and the band's members on the solo records that immediately followed the split, were radicals who were trying to pry open the pop-recording form and avoid repeating themselves. The Wire of 2013 have settled on a sweet-and-prickly sound that suits them, and sonically Change Becomes Us is of a piece with Red Barked Tree and Object 47, the other studio albums they've recorded since the 2004 departure of guitarist/texturalist Bruce Gilbert. (These days, his spot is filled by Matt Simms, who's 30 years younger than the rest of the band.)
Considered as a set of songs, though, it's fantastic-- a clear look at the twisty, glittering material that had previously only been a few sparkles of possibility shining through the muck of those difficult live albums. The band who wrote these songs were a couple of years away from becoming hardcore punk icons-- there are hints of that when drummer Robert Grey breaks into a high-speed two-step on Adore Your Island and Stealth of a Stork. And they were so deeply invested in non-obviousness that their lyrics sometimes read like cryptic crossword clues: the hook of Eels Sang Lino-- recast here as Eels Sang-- is an anagram for in Los Angeles.
But the Wire of 1979 and 1980 were also developing their enduring fascination with unlikely kinds of beauty, and their 21st century incarnation has built some of their most fetching songs from some of the most ragged and jagged ideas to come from their younger selves. (Re-Invent Your Second Wheel, sung by bassist Graham Lewis, is a languorous waltz whose DNA has traces of the in-your-face Document and Eyewitness experiment Zegk Hoqp.) History and transformation are, understandably, recurring themes in the new lyrics on Change Becomes Us, and it's a treat to have this missing link in the Wire story repaired, even if it's as much an anomaly in the present moment as Document and Eyewitness was in its time.
- Douglas Wolk (Pitchfork)1. Doubles & Trebles
2. Keep Exhaling
3. Adore Your Island
4. Re-Invent Your Second Wheel
5. Stealth Of A Stork
6. B/W Silence
7. Time Lock Fog
8. Magic Bullet
9. Eels Sang
10. Love Bends
11. As We Go
12. & Much Besides
13, Attractive Space$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-SUN-8719xEric Burdon & The Animals
Winds Of ChangeReeling from poor management decisions and inter-band strife, The Animals fell apart toward the end of 1966. Seeking a rebirth, lead vocalist Eric Burdon relocated from London to California. There, Burdon assembled a new Animals lineup, retaining only drummer Barry Jenkins from the previous incarnation. Now known as Eric Burdon and The Animals, the group immersed themselves in the psychedelic culture of San Francisco and their sound followed suit. Informed by his inaugural acid trip, Burdon led his bandmates through a fresh, decidedly lysergic interpretation of American blues. While the original group had largely performed songs written by others, The New Animals began composing as a group.
The prophetically titled Winds of Change, released in September 1967, offered ten stellar examples of this new songwriting approach, along with a heavy cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Lead single "San Franciscan Nights" encapsulated the Summer of Love in what became a top ten hit for the new band (and helped get them on the bill for the seminal Monterey Pop Festival).1. Winds Of Change
2. Poem By The Sea
3. Paint It Black
4. The Black Plague
5. Yes I Am Experienced
6. San Franciscan Nights
8. Hotel Hell
9. Good Times
11. It's All Meat$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Can I Change My Mind1. She's Looking Good
2. Knock on Wood
3. Have You Ever Wondered Why?
4. Slip Away
5. Good Times
6. Can I Change My Mind
7. Open the Door to Your Heart
8. Call on Me
9. Just the One (I've Been Looking For)
10. You Can't Keep a Good Man Down
11. A Woman Needs to Be Loved$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
A Change Is Gonna ComeFeatures Buddy Lucas, John Grimes, Bernard Purdie, George Coleman, Cornell Dupree And Others. Includes Gonna Hang Me Up A Sign.1. Down In The Valley
2. Change Is Gonna Come
4. What'd I Say
5. No Tears
6. Gonna Hang Me Up A Sign
7. Minha Saudade
8. Same Old Same Old
9. Can't Find The Keyhole Blues$16.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
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Everything Must Change (Discontinued) (On Sale)Berlin based songwriter Georg Levin's latest offering of 11 brand new songs maintains the continuity of his sound which is a heartfelt blend of laid back pop, soul and dance. Everything Must Change also features special guest Clara Hill on the late summer club anthem The Better Life as well as The Scent of Hay.1. I Need To Understand
2. Everything Must Change
3. You're The one
4. The Better Life (Long Version)
6. Time To Reenact
7. Late Discovery
8. God Is Pregnant (Interlude)
9. Falling Masonry
10. That Girl (Bonus Track)
11. TBA (Bonus Track)$18.99 $13.29 Save $5.70 (30%)Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Change Up The Groove (Awaiting Repress)1. Change Up The Groove 4:36
2. Sensitize 5:00
3. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 4:13
4. Mash Theme 4:59
5. Fikisha (To Help Someone To Arrive) 2:48
6. Feel Like Makin' Love 5:20
7. When Is Real, Real? (3:41)
8. The Boogie Back (4:40)$14.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Dub Will Change Your Mind (Awaiting Repress)Bunny Lee produced dubs from King Tubby's studio are plentiful, with varying degrees of overlap, but here is a record of genuine rarities never compiled on album before. The cornerstone of the album consists of dub versions of 4 little-known Derrick Morgan tracks, four versions of Cornell Campbell songs, while the album concentrates heavily on the 1975 'flying cymbal' style of Carlton 'Santa' Davis.
Seasoned dubheads will find themselves listening
to music they never knew existed. Fourteen tracks (CD includes 3 bonus tracks). King Spinna is a new UK based label run by Blood & Fire founder Bob Harding.1. Dub Gospel
2. Golden Rule Dub
3. Dub Teacher
4. Idling Dub
5. Fearless Dub
6. Forgive Me Dub
7. Going Home Dub
8. Under Heavy Dub
9. Sensible Version
10. Behold Version
11. Lifetime Dub
12. Festival of Dub
13. Dub Is Everything
14. One And Only Dub$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Love Can Change Everything: Demos 1967-1972 (On Sale)Hollywood's Sunset Strip was fertile breeding ground for folk-rock songwriters on the make during the mid-'60s. One of these kids with an acoustic guitar jumped right into a historically important album project within weeks of his arrival. Michael Fennelly quickly became one-seventh of The Millennium, who produced Begin, a lush audio carpetorium of an album that found a cult audience upon its reissue thirty years later. After the Millennium shattered, Fennelly jumped directly into his next effort, the power pop legends Crabby Appleton. The group managed to crack the American Bandstand market with"Go Back," a big hit on the charts and a prized fave among pop collectors today. Love Can Change Everything: Demos 1967-1972 charts the development of Fennelly as a songwriter.
Starting with his earliest demos produced during the Millennium era and closing with stripped-down renditions of his Crabby Appleton songs, Love Can Change Everything makes the argument for Fennelly as a power-pop legend, a man whose way with a melody and a crystal-clear voice earned him a deserved spot in the LA pop pantheon. None of this material has ever appeared before, in any format - Love Can Change Everything is a true lost classic in the making. Featuring liner notes from legendary pop writer Domenic Priore and detailed track notes from Michael Fennelly himself!LP1
1. I've Been Found
2. I Don't Think That I'll See That Time Again
3. I Couldn't Find The Words
4. Try To Understand
5. Dancing Dandelions
7. Iris Please
8. Love Can Change Everything
10. I Don't Need A Map
11. Under The Trees And Moonlight
12. Hunger For Love
13. The Other Side
14. Some Madness
15. Peace By Peace
16. How Long Will It Take
17. Can't Love My Life Without You
18. Never Met A Girl
19. Go Back
21. Over My Dead Body
22. You're A Good Girl
23. Dark Night
24. Flyer$36.99 $25.89 Save $11.10 (30%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ChangesAs their ninth and last album from their hit making 1966-1970 era, The Monkees Changes is one of their most collectable efforts fetching over $300 for a mint copy of the album. This highly regarded fan favorite was a treasure trove of songs providing the soundtrack to the final year of their Saturday afternoon television show, as it featured the double-sided hit single Oh My My and I Love You Better.
Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones first class musicianship excel throughout this 1970 session. They revisit the great Boyce and Hart with I Never Thought It Peculiar as well as Davy Jones rockin' delivery on 99 Pounds and the underrated Micky Dolenz performance Ticket On Ferry Ride.
Produced by the much acclaimed sixties producer/writer Jeff Barry (The Monkees, Neil Diamond, The Archies), Changes was the first full-fledged production by this Monkees collaborator as it showed the true pop genius of both the band and producer in the studio. Augmented with some very cool seventies writers Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently) and the late Bobby Bloom (Montego Bay), this later Monkees album truly was a grand farewell from this band until their unbelievable history making 1986 return.
Unavailable for many years on compact disc, The Monkees Changes is available once again from the original Colgems Records recordings and features three huge bonus tracks not on the original album, including the very rare and hard to find Bell Records 45 Do It In The Name Of Love , plus new liners from Monkees historian Joe Reagoso, as well as original artwork elements and rare picture sleeves and other memorbilla. Peace, Love & The Monkees!1. Oh My My
2. Ticket On A Ferry Ride
3. You're So Good To Me
4. It's Got To Be Love
5. Acapulco Sun
6. 99 Pounds
7. Tell Me Love
8. Do You Feel It Too?
9. I Love You Better
10. All Alone In The Dark
11. Midnight Train
12. I Never Thought It Peculiar$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
2. Hang Tight
3. Can't Get Enough
4. Who Do You Love
6. One Minute More
7. Risin' To The Top
8. All Night$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Life ChangesTHOMAS RHETT scored his first hit in 2012, introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of Country music with Pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut and the anything-goes attitude of Rock. During the years since, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, he is now a headliner of massive arenas. And, he's become a husband. A father, too. His third release, LIFE CHANGES will be released via The Valory Music Co.1. Craving You (feat. Maren Morris)
4. Drink A Little Beer (feat. Rhett Akins)
5. Marry Me
6. Leave Right Now
7. Smooth Like The Summer
8. Life Changes
9. When You Look Like That
11. Kiss Me Like A Stranger
13. Gateway Love
14. Grave$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Forever ChangesRanked 40/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The third and final album by the original Love lineup, Forever Changes has consistently drawn epic praise both upon its 1968 release on Elektra Records and to this very day. Rolling Stone described Forever Changes as "elegant armageddon" when listing it as #40 in the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time while another rave review considered it, "one of the most distinctive masterpieces in that era of masterpieces." A landmark work that is without question the L.A.-based psychedelic folk-rock pioneers' most fully realized studio effort, Forever Changes was produced by band co-founder/frontman Arthur Lee and The Doors' engineer/producer Bruce Botnick.
Lee's metaphysically super-logical lyrics, warbled sweetly over the band's full-bloom psychedelia, a swirling current of guitars, strings, and horns layered into a mind-expanding wall of beauty. The album's song titles read like signs along the long and winding road to Nirvana: "Andmoreagain," "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale," "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This," "You Set The Scene." Forever Changes exploded the personal into the universal and uncovered the eternal tucked away inside the familiar.
"In the summer of 1967 a billboard appeared on Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Strip telling all who looked skyward to 'watch for the third coming of LOVE.' Emblazoned with an image of the group painted in oozing pink, purple, blue, and green meant to resemble an organic heart, Love were barely recognizable in their collective obscurity. Though they had followed hot on the heels of The Byrds to rule the L.A. club scene a year earlier, the band (at the time perhaps the most progressive and uncompromising in pop) never made the leap to mainstream acceptance or the Billboard Top 10. Ironically, that same summer their Elektra labelmates and former opening act, The Doors hit #1 with 'Light My Fire.' Meanwhile, the five members of Love (Arthur Lee, Johnny Echols, Bryan MacLean, Ken Forssi, and Michael Stuart) struggled to complete an album that would barely chart on initial release. In most stories Love would be the group that promised more than they delivered. That would be had 'the third coming' not been Forever Changes, a long-player widely rated above any other waxing of that idyllic era." - Andrew Sandoval/liner notes for the 2008 reissue1. Alone Again Or
2. A House Is Not A Motel
4. The Daily Planet
5. Old Man
6. The Red Telephone
7. Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
8. Live And Let Live
9. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This
10. Bummer In The Summer
11. You Set The Scene$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
People ChangesDouble bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwins forthcoming album People Changes is much like the stark Maine setting which it was created. Of course, his fourth full-length shows welcome markings of his experimental bent from years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, but the serene isolation of 17 million acres of New England forestland make this cabin-born set intimate and sincere.
Baldwin first penned the songs in 2007, allowing the arrangements to evolve before the final recording in the spring of 2010. A lean ensemble of talented, time-proven friends were enlisted for the studio, some dating back to his New Hampshire childhood, chosen specifically to create the albums earnest live sound.
Their apt decision to record voice and bass live on most tracks is quickly felt on opener A Little Lost, letting Baldwins softly warbled falsetto hug a heartfelt cover of Arthur Russells sacred love song. Woodwinds flit and pull against contrabass pulses on Weights, then recede to let Baldwins bare performance stir on Real Fakes.
The full cast of Nats touring ensemble handsomely matches the bold arrangements of Lifted, followed by jagged improvisation on What Is There and a tender rendition of Kurt Weismans Let My Spirit Rise to finish. Charged throughout by lyrics crisp and strong, People Changes is a slice through the void of late nights spent among tall pines.
People Changes was recorded by Matt Walsh at Florida Keys Studio in New York City in May/June of 2010, mixed by Scott Solter, and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. Guests include Matt Bauder (clarinets), Caley Monahon-Ward (violin), Brett Deschenes (trumpet), Will Glass (drums), Al Mead (guitar) and Jeremy Leclair (alto saxophone). The album follows a split EP with Extra Life (2008, Shatter Your Leaves) on which earlier versions of Weights and Lifted appear, Most Valuable Player (2008), Enter the Winter (2006) and Lights Out EP (2005) on Broken Sparrow Records, and his experimental free jazz debut Solo Contrabass (2003, Peacock Recordings).1. A Little Lost
3. Real Fakes
4. The Same Thing
6. What Is There
7. Let My Spirit Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Velvet ChangesPhil Jones has been subtly cutting his teeth under the name Dog Bite for years now. After self-releasing his sample-based psych-folk and sitting in the production chair for a few fellow Georgians, he was picked up for a single and an EP on Young Turks. Velvet Changes sees Jones eschewing samples and expanding his palette to incorporate the dreamy aesthetics often associated with vintage 4AD bands like A.R. Kane or Cocteau Twins. The songs tend toward mid-tempo ranges and are clearly entrenched in their atmospherics, but lack nothing in pure pop appeal.1. Forever, Until
3. No Sharing
4. Prettiest Pills
5. You're Not That Great
6. Holiday Man
7. Native America
8. Paper Lungs
9. Stay Sedated
10. The Woods and the Fire
11. My Mary$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Changes TwoAlong with its companion volume Changes One, this is one of the great sessions from one of the best working bands of the 1970s. Starting with the spirited Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A, this volume also includes the vocal version of Duke Ellington's Sound of Love with guest singer (and acquired taste) Jackie Paris, a remake of the classic Mingus composition Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue, Jack Walrath's Black Bats and Poles, and Sy Johnson's For Harry Carney. The challenging repertoire from these December 1974 dates sustained the Jazz Workshop for several years; these are the definitive performances.
-Stuart Kremsky (All Music)1. Free Cell Block F, 'Tis Nazi U.S.A.
2. Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk
3. Black Bats and Poles
4. Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
5. For Harry Carney$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now