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    Chromatics

    When songwriter and producer Sam Genders last donned his Diagrams hat, captive listeners found themselves truly stunned by the Streatham Hill artist's imaginative and inventive arrangements that made up 2012s debut album Black Light. Having now upped sticks from his London lodgings and settled in Sheffield with a new lease of life and wife, fresh pastures and friendships are what form the heart of Diagrams' brand new album Chromatics.


    "Relationships are a constant thread. In all their frustrating, exciting, mundane, beautiful, wonderful, sexy, scary glory," reveals Genders of the album's themes. "And there's lots of hope in the songs. They shouldn't be taken too literally mind you in my head Chromatics is life in Technicolor; with all its ups and downs."


    Equally drawing inspiration from the writing on relationships by David Schnarch, Ester Perel and the book Division Street by Sheffield poet Helen Mort, whilst spending time in his own home studio for the first time, it's without doubt that the Steel city provided the ideal backdrop for Genders to write whenever the inspiration came and, essentially, whittle down the fifty or so tracks he had recorded as part of the album's creation. "There are woods over the road and a little garden out the back with a greenhouse, shed, and flower beds. Being in a new place has brought something special to the process. Sheffield is a very open and direct place and I'd say the songs are more that way too."


    Whilst Black Light fizzed with electronic effects, synth-bass, programmed beats and low-key funk grooves that brought about comparisons to the leftfield pop of Arthur Russell, Metronomy, Steve Mason and Hot Chip, it's without doubt that Genders' next offering falls closer to home comforts and marks the next step in Genders' renaissance. Take lead track 'Phantom Power'; it's the track which truly sums up what it's like to find yourself forever reassessing. "It's about feeling like you're losing a grip on your sanity at one moment, then feeling inspired and up for anything the next. Or frustration with yourself yet believing that it's possible to sort yourself out," explains Genders. Elsewhere 'You Can Talk To Me's delicate rolling melody and 'Serpent' once again showcase the playful, eclectic slant to Genders' songwriting prowess alongside an innate sense of crisp production and programming techniques.


    Never one to shirk away from those around him, Genders would be the first to call Diagrams, and particularly Chromatics, a collaborative process. Once again featuring a rolling cast of inspirational musicians the album includes vocals from, amongst friends and family members, The Smoke Fairies whilst the skilled brass and string arrangements come courtesy of Danyal Dhondy and Sam Ewens. 'London's greatest' drummers Karl Penney, and Cacophony drummer Fletcher Adams provide the beats whilst live band members Emma Black and Ben Malitskie lend their expertise of Baritone Saxophone and Viola. 'Brain' meanwhile, was co-written with long-time friend and collaborator Matt McKenzie and features an in utero recording of his son James' heartbeat.


    Yet it's the partnership with producer Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Ed Harcourt, Marianne Faithful et al) that has truly brought Diagrams to life. After a long search, Abrahams was picked to piece all parts together and as a result Genders found himself writing songs that worked across a variety of production styles. "Leo's incredibly good at what he does and virtually all the impressive production and soundscaping is down to him. He's also an amazing guitarist and played some of my favourite guitar moments on the album."


    Who knows exactly what kind of relationships will inspire Genders next? Currently finding himself midst China's south central city of Changsha in Hunan as a Musician in Residence on behalf of the British Council and PRS foundation, life for Genders right now is all about new experiences, meeting new faces and learning from new friendships. "It feels like anything could happen from one day to the next. I'd like to record a Chinese version of 'Phantom Power' so that once I'm back in the UK I can reconnect with the music lovers I've met. I've heard lots of very poppy pop songs that incorporate both Chinese and English lyrics so I'd like to try my own twist on that."

    1. Phantom Power
    2. Gentle Morning Song
    3. Desolation
    4. Chromatics
    5. You Can Talk To Me
    6. Shapes
    7. Dirty Broken Bliss
    8. Serpent
    9. The Light & The Noise
    10. Brain
    11. Just A Hair's Breadth
    Diagrams
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    XX

    The XX arrive with their debut album XX, a whole new sound of love, loss and longing. The XX are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler). These four twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending southwest London's Elliot School, an academy whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive '80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The XX's unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.


    In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album XX under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings' west London in-house studio. The result is a wash of sexy, coy, and sparse rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.


    Vinyl also die cut with bonus track cover of Hot Like Fire.

    1. Intro
    2. VCR
    3. Crystalised
    4. Islands
    5. Heart Skipped A Beat
    6. Fantasy
    7. Shelter
    8. Basic Space
    9. Infinity
    10. Night Time
    11. Stars
    The XX
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    Drive Soundtrack (Gold Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)

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    Various Artists with Original Motion Picture Score by Cliff Martinez. A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.


    The soundtrack features original music by Cliff Martinez (The Lincoln Lawyer, Traffic) with Eurosynth-styled songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (''Nightcall''), The Chromatics (''Tick of the Clock''), Desire (''Under Your Spell''), College featuring Electric Youth (''A Real Hero''), and Riziero Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri (''Oh My Love''). Rolling Stone Magazine named Drive the No. 1 movie of 2011.


    The Drive soundtrack raced to the top of the iTunes album charts, hitting No. 4 within a week of its digital release and peaking at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200. The soundtrack re-entered the charts in February 2012 when the film was released on DVD.


    ''One thing that was unique for me about this project was having songs exert such a strong influence on the score,'' said Martinez. ''That helped to create a unified, one-size-fits-all, style of soundtrack... the 80s electronic pop style made a lot of sense to me. I knew that Nicolas [Refn, director] was in love with that sound and I saw a way to acknowledge it with vintage synth sounds and cover most of the dramatic food groups while referencing that style.''


    This blending of score and song is the perfect vehicle for Cliff Martinez. Martinez moved to California in 1976, just in time for the punk movement. He had stints as drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus frontman Jim Thirlwell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dickies. He was also the drummer in the final incarnation of legendary iconoclasts Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.


    Martinez has since received compositional credit on many of Steven Soderbergh's projects including Kafka, The Limey, Solaris, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, Traffic (which earned four Oscars and earned Martinez a Grammy nomination), and the upcoming film Contagion. He also composed the music for Espion(s) and A L'Origine, two French films released in 2009 - the latter earned a Cesar Award nomination for best original score. His other credits include Pump Up The Volume, Wicker Park, Wonderland, and The Lincoln Lawyer.

    LP1
    1. Nightcall - Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
    2. Under Your Spell - Desire
    3. A Real Hero - College feat. Electric Youth
    4. Oh My Love - Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri
    5. Tick of the Clock - The Chromatics
    6. Rubber Head - Cliff Martinez
    7. I Drive - Cliff Martinez
    8. He Had a Good Time - Cliff Martinez
    9. They Broke His Pelvis - Cliff Martinez
    10. Kick Your Teeth - Cliff Martinez


    LP2
    1. Where's The Deluxe Version? - Cliff Martinez
    2. See You in Four - Cliff Martinez
    3. After The Chase - Cliff Martinez
    4. Hammer - Cliff Martinez
    5. Wrong Floor - Cliff Martinez
    6. Skull Crushing - Cliff Martinez
    7. My Name on a Car - Cliff Martinez
    8. On The Beach - Cliff Martinez
    9. Bride of Deluxe - Cliff Martinez

    Cliff Martinez
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    Good Evening (Awaiting Repress)

    Occupying the twilit space between Ariel Pink's lo-fi avant pop and the codeine beats of Chromatics, Nite Jewel's debut album, Good Evening, brought a glorious new slant to the golden age of disco and became an after-hours go to from the record shelf. Recorded when Ramona Gonzalez was still a college student, Good Evening was originally released on Gloriette Records in 2008. The album is dance music on an intimate scale, drawing inspiration from Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Arthur Russell, filtered through a lo-fi recording process. Out of print on vinyl for several years, the reissue will include two bonus tracks, a cover of Can forebear Inner Space's The Kamera Song and a D M-FunK remix of original track What Did He Say. The updated reissue packaging also includes Gonzalez's art, poetry and lyrics from the time period.


    Upon its release, Gonzalez had been making music on an 8-track for a number of years, slowly evolving from ambient pieces and sound and video installation art to her gradually writing proper songs with Cole M. Grieff-Neill, of Haunted Graffiti, and selling self-produced demo CDR's at shows. Eventually, her music - an evocative, bedroom studio take on dancefloor greats like Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and Debbie Deb - caught the ears of one Johnny Jewel, head honcho of the venerated Italians Do It Better, who released her debut single What Did He Say on his label.


    The music is anything but cold and detached - it vibrates with warmth, from the low hum of tape hiss to the way Gonzalez' ethereal vocals and humid analogue synths tips its hat to past greats like Arthur Russell, Sa-Fire and even Roxy Music. Ultimately, for what can be ostensibly termed dance music, Good Evening is a delicate, intimate affair, a beautifully sustained exercise in mood and tension, and far more precious and intriguing a record than most others at the moment.

    1.Bottom Rung
    2.Suburbia
    3.What did He Say
    4.Weak for Me
    5.Heart Won't Start
    6.Universal Mind
    7.Artificial Intelligence
    8.Let's Go (The Two Of Us Together)
    9.Chimera
    10.Lover
    11.What Did He Say (Dam-Funk Remix)
    12.The Kamera Song
    Nite Jewel
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    Drive Soundtrack (Pre-Order)

    Various Artists with Original Motion Picture Score by Cliff Martinez. A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

    The soundtrack features original music by Cliff Martinez (The Lincoln Lawyer, Traffic) with Eurosynth-styled songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (''Nightcall''), The Chromatics (''Tick of the Clock''), Desire (''Under Your Spell''), College featuring Electric Youth (''A Real Hero''), and Riziero Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri (''Oh My Love''). Rolling Stone Magazine named Drive the No. 1 movie of 2011.

    The Drive soundtrack raced to the top of the iTunes album charts, hitting No. 4 within a week of its digital release and peaking at No. 35 on the Billboard Top 200. The soundtrack re-entered the charts in February 2012 when the film was released on DVD.

    ''One thing that was unique for me about this project was having songs exert such a strong influence on the score,'' said Martinez. ''That helped to create a unified, one-size-fits-all, style of soundtrack... the 80s electronic pop style made a lot of sense to me. I knew that Nicolas [Refn, director] was in love with that sound and I saw a way to acknowledge it with vintage synth sounds and cover most of the dramatic food groups while referencing that style.''

    This blending of score and song is the perfect vehicle for Cliff Martinez. Martinez moved to California in 1976, just in time for the punk movement. He had stints as drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus frontman Jim Thirlwell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dickies. He was also the drummer in the final incarnation of legendary iconoclasts Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.

    Martinez has since received compositional credit on many of Steven Soderbergh's projects including Kafka, The Limey, Solaris, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, Traffic (which earned four Oscars and earned Martinez a Grammy nomination), and the upcoming film Contagion. He also composed the music for Espion(s) and A L'Origine, two French films released in 2009 - the latter earned a Cesar Award nomination for best original score. His other credits include Pump Up The Volume, Wicker Park, Wonderland, and The Lincoln Lawyer.

    LP1
    1. Nightcall - Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
    2. Under Your Spell - Desire
    3. A Real Hero - College feat. Electric Youth
    4. Oh My Love - Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri
    5. Tick of the Clock - The Chromatics
    6. Rubber Head - Cliff Martinez
    7. I Drive - Cliff Martinez
    8. He Had a Good Time - Cliff Martinez
    9. They Broke His Pelvis - Cliff Martinez
    10. Kick Your Teeth - Cliff Martinez


    LP2
    1. Where's The Deluxe Version? - Cliff Martinez
    2. See You in Four - Cliff Martinez
    3. After The Chase - Cliff Martinez
    4. Hammer - Cliff Martinez
    5. Wrong Floor - Cliff Martinez
    6. Skull Crushing - Cliff Martinez
    7. My Name on a Car - Cliff Martinez
    8. On The Beach - Cliff Martinez
    9. Bride of Deluxe - Cliff Martinez

    Cliff Martinez
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  • Bach Italian Concerto Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Bach Italian Concerto Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Quick View

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    Bach Italian Concerto Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Decca celebrates pianist Alfred Brendel's artistic achievements - and 85th Birthday - by presenting four iconic solo albums from the analogue era on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl pressed at optimal GmbH. Each vinyl release has been lovingly mastered from the original analogue tapes. This all-Bach release includes recordings of the Italian Concerto, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue as well as a selection of shorter keyboard works.

    1. Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
    2. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
    3. Prelude (Fantasy) in A Minor, BWV 922
    4. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
    5. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
    6. Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904
    Alfred Brendel
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  • The Centre Cannot Hold (Pre-Order) The Centre Cannot Hold (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Centre Cannot Hold (Pre-Order)

    Mute is proud to announce The Centre Cannot Hold, the fifth album from acclaimed composer Ben Frost, his first since 2014's landmark A U R O R A. The album was recorded over ten days by Steve Albini in Chicago. An exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation, The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarines into sound. It forbids casual engagement, but rather seeks to engulf those who encounter it.
    1. Threshold of Faith
    2. A Sharp Blow In Passing
    3. Trauma Theory
    4. A Single Hellfire Missile Costs $100,000
    5. Eurydice's Heel
    6. Meg Ryan Eyez
    7. Ionia
    8. Healthcare
    9. All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated
    10. Entropy In Blue
    Ben Frost
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  • Walkin' This Road By Myself Walkin' This Road By Myself Quick View

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    Walkin' This Road By Myself

    Walkin' This Road By Myself was originally released in 1962.


    Hopkins' style emanated from playing most of his life unaccompanied at his own insistence. His fingerstyle picking of playing alternating and monotonic bass, rhythm, lead, and percussion all the while improvising lyrics, even 'talking' his lyrics. He incorporated creative, chromatic turnarounds and single note lead lines. Tapping or slapping the body of his guitar adding his own percussive effects. While most of his songs are standard 12-bar blues, his phrasing was loose and free.


    Hopkins is the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act. - Robert Mack McCormick, Lightnin's producer in the '50s and Smithsonian musicologist


    One of the great country blues and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players. - New York Times, January 31, 1982

    Side A
    1 Walkin' This Road By Myself
    2 Black Gal
    3 How Many More Years I Got To Let You Dog Me Around

    4 Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes
    5 Worried Life Blues


    Side B
    1 Happy Blues For John Glenn
    2 Good Morning Little School Girl

    3 The Devil Jumped The Black Man

    4 Coffee Blues
    5 Black Cadillac

    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Talk Thelonious Talk Thelonious Quick View

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    Talk Thelonious


    Plated & pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    NRBQ founder Terry Adams pays tribute to his favorite pianist/composer on his album, Talk Thelonious. Adams says it's been a lifetime in the making. I finally realized it was something I was supposed to do. The music on Talk Thelonious is physical and cerebral, simple and complex, and full of pleasant surprises. The album features all the members of NRBQ and the Whole Wheat Horns with an added guest. Both Adams arrangements and the performances stay true to the genius of Thelonious Monk while still going to some new and exciting places.


    Highlights include a rollicking Hornin In, an understated but breathtaking Monks Mood, a playful, buoyant That Old Man, a pedal steel-driven, two-stepping Straight No Chaser, and Ruby, My Dear, the albums tour de force with a triplet-driven rhythm section and tremolo electric guitar embellished sparingly by horns, strings, chromatic harmonica, flutes and accordion.

    LP 1
    1. Reflections
    2. Hornin' In
    3. In Walked Bud
    4. Monk's Mood
    5. That Old Man
    6. Humph


    LP 2
    1. Think Of One
    2. Ask Me Now
    3. Ugly Beauty
    4. Gallop's Gallop
    5. Straight, No Chaser
    6. Ruby, My Dear

    Terry Adams With NRBQ
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  • Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Quick View

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    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is without question Wilcos most storied and experimental release. Produced by the band and mixed by Jim ORourke, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot finds the Chicago-based band stretching their creative boundaries, imbuing their trademark sound with inventive textures and song structures. Vocalist/guitarist Jeff Tweedys stirring songwriting commingles with a unique and eclectic sonic approach here that is stirringly emotional and beautifully mysterious. From the poignant opener I Am Trying To Break Your Heart to the stark and powerful Ashes of American Flags to the giddy pop of Heavy Metal Drummer, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is an ambitious original that no one should be without.


    This 180-gram Double Vinyl LP version also includes a bonus CD of the entire album. Do not miss this: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a must-have for any music fan.


    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is an American Classic. -Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, April 2002


    Yankee's chromatic harmonies and sinous rhythmic phrases build and press against communication issues confronting us in the 21st century, and inquire: With unabated media interference and technological glut, how do we effectively communicate matters of the heart? Is what we are saying really being heard, and if so, who is listening? -Bob Gendron, The Absolute Sound, April 2002


    In Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, keyboard-guitar player Leroy Bach and drummer Glenn Kotche actually bring you the enchanting sound of things falling apart--and gingerly, doggedly coming together again. This is an honest, vivid chaos, and it tells a good story. -David Fricke, Rolling Stone, April 2002

    1. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
    2. Kamera
    3. Radio Cure
    4. War On War
    5. Jesus, Etc.
    6. Ashes of American Flags
    7. Heavy Metal Drummer
    8. Im the Man Who Loves You
    9. Pot Kettle Black
    10. Poor Places
    11. Reservations
    Wilco
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    Brilliant Corners

    Few composers or improvisers can match the originality of pianist Thelonious Monk. Quirky yet rigorously logical, Monk's playful but always purposeful choice of skewed melodies and interrupted rhythm patterns gave the bebop movement, and jazz in total, a new sound that was totally modern. Although he created a surprisingly limited body of compositions, his impact on the vocabulary and canon of jazz is second to none, including such prolific giants as Duke Ellington. Brilliant Corners is a triumph of both performance and conception: the two small-group sessions, anchored by Monk, drummer Max Roach, and the bass work of either Oscar Pettiford or Paul Chambers, feature superb front-line performances by saxophonists Sonny Rollins and the tragically under-recorded Ernie Henry, as well as trumpeter Clark Terry. The title track, which centers the collection, is one of Monk's most unconventional pieces, skirting whole-tone, chromatic and Lydian scales; a version of Pannonica finds Monk doubling on celeste, while the band stretches out on Bemsha Swing and the blues Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are. - Fred Goodman
    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
    3. Pannonica
    4. I Surrender, Dear
    5. Bemsha Swing
    Thelonious Monk
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    Primaries

    WIN WIN is the Brooklyn production trio of Alex Epton (producer XXX¢hange), Chris Devlin, and Ryan Sciaino (DJ/video artist Ghostdad). A band that at every step further defies classification, WIN WIN conjures its most transportive work to date with Primaries: an elastic and hyper-modern album of seductive pop permanence. Moving away from sampling as instrument and inspiration, Primaries is firmly in the realm of the analog and psychedelic: anthropomorphic and cybernetic: a blueprint for a sound that's simultaneously classic and futuristic. Couch Paranoia blows in on a wind of living, breathing synthesizers, disembodied arpeggios and call-and-response robotics. Album centrepiece Been So Long (penned with TV On The Radio's Jahphet Landis) crystallizes in perfect chorus, while the vintage sun-kissed surf jam Waster certifies WIN WIN as 'pure hedonistic pleasure-center music' (Stereogum). Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, following WIN WIN (2011) and Double Vision (2012) on Vice Records, WIN WIN has made an absolute monster of an artwork with the zeitgeist of 2015 as its source. With Primaries, the WIN WIN three have honed their most imaginative statement yet. The possibilities are endless when matching human to machine: this is the new chromatic sheen.
    1. It's Karma Too
    2. Been So Long
    3. Couch Paranoia
    4. Message
    5. Landfall
    6. Amoeba
    7. Don't Freak Out
    8. Holly Body
    9. Wash 'N' Repeat
    Win Win
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    Traveling South

    For a musical style that has historically placed so much weight on lineage, the passing of more and more of the old masters poses a dire question: What is the future of the blues and who will lead the charge? Well, for blues fans in the Northeast United States, that question is routinely answered every night Mikey Junior hits the stage. His infectious personality and absolute command of his medium leave little doubt the blues is in good hands. Self-taught from his impressive collection of blues vinyl, Mikey was a full time musician before he even graduated high-school. By the time he was in his early twenties, seasoned players were taking notice and it wasn't long before one blues society after another scrambled to get him to their stage. Before long, Mikey was a staple of the summer blues circuit on the East Coast. So it came as no surprise that his newest release found its way into the eclectic and youthful roster of the Vizztone Label Group. Traveling South reveals a young blues artist at the top of his game, telling stories we can all relate to, while drawing us deep into the roots of blues music via his utter mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Produced by Dave Gross, this album has a level of depth, maturity, restraint and musicality that reaches the soul through his impassioned vocals, bringing a whole new dimension to his already impressive catalog. Well-written originals and choice covers are brought to life with a vision that truly separates Mikey from his contemporaries.
    LP1
    1. Traveling South
    2. Nobody Does It Like Me
    3. Morning On My Way
    4. Mill Tavern
    5. Katie Lynn
    6. Bad Time Blues
    7. The Cheat


    LP2
    1. You
    2. She's Good At Being Bad
    3. Please Come Back
    4. Wrong Number
    5. Trying To Do The Best I Can

    Mikey Junior
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    Pleasure

    Swedish duo Club 8 celebrate 20 years as a band and their popularity just keeps growing. For their 9th album
    "Pleasure" producer and songwriter Johan Angergård (The Legends, Pallers, Acid House Kings, Eternal Death)
    wrote almost 30 songs and then he and singer Karolina Komstedt chose to record eight of these.


    For fans of: Glass Candy, Chromatics, Robyn, Camera Obscura, Saint Etienne, Lykke Li, The Radio Dept., M83.

    1. Love Dies
    2. Skin
    3. Late Nights
    4. Kinky Love
    5. Jealousy Remains
    6. Hush
    7. Movement
    8. Promises We Never Beant to Keep
    Club 8
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    Divers

    Good heavens - five years go by - what can one do? Dive, listener, knowing that your next hour will be filled with diversions aplenty: a wheeling circuit of sci-fi sea-shanties and cavalier ballads, narrated from parts unknown; a family of polysemic song-sets; a paranomasaic Liederkreis of harmonic sympathies and knotted hierarchies; a fanfare of brazen puns and martial lullabies, blazing in sorrow and horseplay and love, in turns symphonic and spare, joined by Mellotrons and Marxophones and Moogs, clavichords and celestas-and of course the harp, thrumming its threnodies of circadian invasions and avian irruptions and strange loops of Shepard-toned resonant-frequencies and something called goddamned Simulacreage...


    The music of Divers is a wonder of considered arrangements - a taut line, threaded with the pearls of passed and passing times...a round, a chant, an incantation...a ray of light diverted eleven ways, into eleven songs that striate, in chromatic collusion, their simultaneous arc...a span that takes in lifetimes, but is immaculately sequenced for telescoped brevity. The music speeds with dissociative dread over montaged cityscapes; it hoofs with delight among the collaged quotations and sepia-toned codices of Popular Song; it ambles its carefree citational course through the public domain and down into the dustier corners of municipal parks, to lionize infamous airmen and anonymous Dutch Masters, to mourn pearl divers and Poorwills, and to elegize the ineluctable tragedy of relativity - a tragedy of parochial time, anecdotal time, dubious time...


    At the center of the mythos and the maelstrom is the woman. Divers reminds us that Newsom is a melodist, above all - an acolyte of melody and beauty in form, a crackerjack of emotional truth conveyed with undiluted immediacy. "The Things I Say" seems a naked admission, after the epic swales of war and peace that precede it, and yet this sudden moment of piano and voice falls seamlessly into the flow, buffeted by the haunting winds of a musical saw and time-slipping reversal at the finish. ...so that, at the aortic confluence of such a complexity of strings and wires, winking beneath the lacquered layers of instrumental nacre, biding quietly between the ranges ofrhapsodic arrangement-including those by Nico Muhly, Ryan Francesconi, Dave Longstreth, Dan Cantrell, and Newsom herself - there lies an intimacy seldom achieved, and simply heard.


    1. Anecdotes
    2. Sapokanikan
    3. Leaving the City
    4. Goose Eggs
    5. Waltz of the 101st Lightborne
    6. The Things I Say
    7. Divers
    8. Same Old Man
    9. You Will Not Take My Heart Alive
    10. A Pin-Light Bent
    11. Time, As a Symptom
    Joanna Newsom
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    Smiling Like I'm Happy (Pure Pleasure)

    One of the unsung heroes of British blues, this one-man band was a fine harmonica player and singer, a decent guitarist, and a soulful enough singer to make one overlook his distinctly unbluesy high voice. The opening Worried Mind - just Duster on harp, guitar, voice, high-hat and kick drum - is a marvelously sloppy shuffle romp that holds its own with the Fabulous Thunderbirds' work ten years hence. On other tracks Bennett is backed by three-fourths of the original Fleetwood Mac, who provide simple, effective support without stealing any limelight; solos are kept to a minimum. Originals My Lucky Day (with chromatic harmonica) and Jumping at Shadows (which Mac would later cover) are absolutely outstanding, and Duster does justice to Magic Sam's My Love Is Your Love.



    Musicians:



    • Duster Bennett (vocal, harmonica, guitar, percussion)

    • Ham Richmond (piano)

    • Stella Sutton (vocal)

    • Peter Green (guitar)

    • John McVie (bass)

    • Mick Fleetwood (drums)




    Recording: July and September 1968 at CBS Studios, London

    Production: Mike Vernon




    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



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



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



    1. Worried Mind
    2. Life Is a Dirty Deal
    3. Country Jam
    4. Trying to Paint It In the Sky
    5. My Lucky Day
    6. Times Like These
    7. Got a Tongue In Your Head
    8. Jumping At Shadows
    9. 40 Minutes From Town
    10. Shame Shame of Shame
    11. My Love Is Your Love
    12. Shady Little Baby
    Duster Bennett
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    Fated


    A luscious, elegant, electronic work - Los Angeles Times


    Hip-hop instrumentals and electronic sketches;
    pristine and prim - FACT


    Gorgeously haunted - Pitchfork


    We seek the new because of the numbness. If you listen to enough
    music, you're familiar with the feeling. Sounds get recycled so often
    that they can seem like geometric configurations organized via Wav
    files. Trends get time-stamped faster than a triplicate trap hi-hat.


    The most rare records emerge outside of any clearly delineated orbit.
    They're solitary visions that supply their own rhythm and arsenal.
    Music that reverberates through heart, brain, and spine. This is Nosaj
    Thing's third album, Fated.


    "I just tried to escape really, and escape even what's going on in the
    music world," says Nosaj Thing, the LA producer born Jason Chung. "It
    just felt so suffocating in a way. I just wanted to do my own thing."


    It's been six years since Nosaj Thing emerged among the vanguard of
    Low End Theory-affiliated producers. His debut Drift created 31st
    century tones and chromatic textures so sleek that they inspired
    innumerable Soundcloud imitators.


    None could match its moody iridescence, faded sadness and funky
    swing. Bach collided with Boards of Canada. Spaceships came
    equipped with rear view mirrors and a booming system bumping
    G-Funk and warped soul. Pitchfork called it "gorgeously haunted."
    Resident Advisor said it "exists in its own dimension and feeds off its
    own exhaust: full of alien choirs, conquered computers, and refracting
    stained-glass light."


    Fated exists in this same alternate dimension, but further out. If
    comparisons previously existed with other artists within the LA beat
    scene, Nosaj has rendered them baseless. His second album on
    Innovative Leisure (after 2013's Home) seeks celestial escape through
    streamlining.


    "The last record took out so much of me. I just wanted to go back to
    simplifying and overthinking so much. It was a battle," Nosaj says.
    "The soul of a song, the essence of a song-whatever you want to call
    it-should be simple."


    By stripping away all but what's really necessary, the sounds harness
    an unusual directness. Guest appearances are rare, save for vocals
    from Whoarei on "Don't Mind Me," and Chicago rap phenomenon,
    Chance the Rapper. The latter gravely spits on "Cold Stares," invoking
    terminal fevers, empty beds, devil's whispers, and insomniac fears.


    If comparisons crop up, Fated has most in common with records like
    Burial's Untrue or Dilla's Donuts. Requiems that canvass the shadowy
    hinterlands between life and death, darkness and light, loneliness and
    love. Eternal themes re-imagined in ingenious fashion.


    "The album name came from all these coincidences that just kept on
    happening to me," Nosaj says. "Specific interaction with specific
    people in unexpected places. A perpetual feeling of dÉjà vu."


    It's foundation rests on that intangible thing that some call fate or
    primordial feeling. Numbness receding, old emotions flooding back,
    un-tampered visions. Fated is what you can't explain, so it's best to
    just listen.

    1. Sci
    2. Don't Mind Me [ft. Whoarei]
    3. Realize
    4. Varius
    5. Cold Stares [ft. Chance the Rapper]
    6. Watch
    7. UV3
    8. Let You
    9. Moon
    10. Erase
    11. Medic
    12. A
    13. Phase IV
    14. Light #5
    15. 2K
    Nosaj Thing
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    Filles De Kilimanjaro (On Sale)

    Numbered, Limited Edition


    Davis' Self-Proclaimed "Directions in Music" March Begins Here


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Abundant Jazz, Funk, and Rock Textures Rotate Around a Luscious Tonal Center


    Landmark 1968 Effort Recognized as Davis' Prelude Into Full-On Fusion: Exotic Suite-Like Album Beautiful, Intense, Adventurous


    Miles Davis' move into full-on fusion starts here. Abandoning his bebop roots and chasing electric dreams, rock-based rhythms, and ostinato pulses, the icon gives life to new music forms on Filles de Kilimanjaro, a titanic release prized for its historical significance and lasting beauty. Grounded and focused, the five compositions unfold like a unified suite. Such peak lyricism, flourishes, and phrases are experienced in the highest-possible fidelity on Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM 2LP set.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, this collectable audiophile version of Filles de Kilimanjaro joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity. Loaded with revealing signatures, the record takes on even greater import when heard the way Davis and his mates discerned it in the studio. Backgrounds are squid-ink black, pianissimo lines shimmer, and the electric piano emerges with tube-amp warmth.


    Indeed, the exotic sound, touch, and feel of the songs on Filles de Kilimanjaro are as crucial as the melodies. To that extent, listeners can now enjoy the expressive tonalities and lush colors from each instrument in full-range glory. Voicings, harmonics, and pitches are rendered with exquisite detail. The manners in which the textures and phrases rotate what seems like a unified tonal center places you at the original recording sessions, executed in July and September 1968.


    The final appearance of Davis' classic second quintet bears fruit on three of the record's cuts, including the title track and R&B-tinted "Frelon Brun." Sparked with restrained funk, driving grooves, and bluesy accents, Filles de Kilimanjaro maintains an instinctive flow and controlled fredom that permit Davis to oversee an innovative blending of alterations, improvisation, and cycles. Comprised of multiple sections, "Petits Machins" is a lesson in perfectly played melodic complexity, with chromatic riffs, dominant chords, syncopated progressions, and switching meters forming a singular mosaic.


    Filles de Kilimanjaro also represents a jumping-off point for Davis' lineup. For the September sessions, Chick Corea replaced Herbie Hancock while Dave Holland relieved Ron Carter. The new additions speak a different albeit common language, fitting in with Davis' desire to draw from rock and weave funk into open-minded excursions filled with exoticism, soulfulness, and wonder.


    More than 40 years ago, this record epitomized the future of jazz. Davis even announced such aspirations with the tagline "Directions in Music." With the jazz world still trying to wrap its collective mind around its genius, it still does.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Frelon Brun
    2. Tout de Suite
    3. Petits Machins
    4. Filles de Kilimanjaro
    5. Mademoiselle Mary
    Miles Davis
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    Masterpieces (45 RPM)


    A Historic Record - Recorded Just Four Years Removed From The Dawn Of The Analog Tape Era!


    Remastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Analog Tapes


    Recorded On An Ampex 200, Using 3M-111 Magnetic Tape Running At 15 Inches Per Second


    Gatefold Old-School Tip-on On Jacket By Stoughton Printing Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Named A 2015 Record To Die For By Stereophile Magazine.


    Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes, the record was plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. The depth and space when those rich chromatic harmonies create a wide and well-defined soundscape, the timbre of the orchestra as a whole as well as individual instruments, and the thick, wooden sound of Wendell Marshall's bass are among the aural pleasures provided when you drop a needle on this platter; expect goose bumps. - Music = 5/5; Sonics = 4.5/5 - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May-June 2015.


    I chose the CD reissue of this album as one of my R2D4s for 2012, but now from Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions comes this QRP LP, and it's an occasion for popping corks. Released in 1950, this was Ellington's first LP, and he used the new medium to stretch out four of his biggest hits. The arrangements are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the sound just slightly less so. Recorded by Fred Plaut, who later miked Kind of Blue and other Columbia classics, it has the dynamics, depth, and in-your-face tonal realism of a modern (mono) audiophile thumper. Among the best jazz albums ever. - Fred Kaplan, for Stereophile - Records To Die For - February 2015.


    This new re-issue slays my vintage copy in every way. Every dimension of the recording was much better...dynamics, harmonics, frequency response, detail, jump...all just leaped out at me! The recording sounded like it had been made that morning...absolutely fresh-sounding. No veiling. No roll-off. In fact, it's so good that it doesn't matter that this is a mono recording! Listen to it on a great turntable...you'll hear mono that fools you into thinking that it's not mono. Just wait until you hear Yvonne Lanauze sing, Mood Indigo amigos, after a long instrumental build-up...she'll take you there! ... The pressing itself was impeccable: flat, and free of noise, tics and pops...a genuine masterpiece of the pressing-plant arts. The Hyperion OCL, the finest cartridge that I've ever heard, revealed how superbly these grooves were carved! Commendable, reference-grade analog...very, very close to master tape sound. Very damned close! Kissing cousins close! Hell, maybe even closer than that. In fact, I now consider the Analogue Productions re-issue of Masterpieces by Ellington to be one of the very finest Jazz records ever released. (Sorry Miles! Move over, Kind of Blue!). - David W. Robinson, editor-in-chief, Positive Feedback Online.


    Most highly recommended (the record is now on the QRP presses). It's one of my 'Records to Die For' in the February 2015 Stereophile. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own. - Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. Mood Indigo
    2. Sophisticated Lady


    LP 2
    1. The Tattooed Bride
    2. Solitude

    Duke Ellington
    $54.99
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    Standing In The Way Of Control

    The first thing that strikes you is the rhythm. The Gossip have been making punks dance since they debuted 5 years ago, long before dance punk existed. Soulful and jagged, you can hear everything from Dischord to Motown in Brace's playing. Now, with the addition of new drummer Hannah Blilie (Shoplifting, ex-Chromatics) they have a new thundering beat for the kids to dance to on the corners and in the clubs.


    The next thing that smacks you is Beth's voice, all the guttural blues of the South is in that inimitable instrument. It resonates with the confidence that is in her lyrics asking people to hold on just a little bit longer, re-assuring the youth that there are others out there, and spitting in the face of all who say otherwise!


    Standing in the Way of Control, their third album, was recorded by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) at Seattle's Bear Creek. From heartbreakers like ''Coal to Diamonds'' to the anthemic title track, released as a single with a Le Tigre remix, the band is unafraid to put it all out there and take their audience to new places. This is the sound of a band destroying and surpassing all expectations placed on them.

    01 Fire With Fire
    02 Standing in the Way of Control
    03 Jealous Girls
    04 Coal to Diamonds
    05 Eyes Open
    06 Your Mangled Heart
    07 Listen Up!
    08 Holy Water
    09 Keeping You Alive
    10 Dark Lines
    Gossip
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    The Past We Leave Behind

    Mike Simonetti has decided to split from Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Glass Candy) to focus on his new project, Pale Blue, as well as his new venture: the freshly minted label 2MR (Two Mikes Records). A collaboration between Simonetti and Captured Tracks, 2MR is an opportunity for Simonetti to start from a blank slate and release music he believes in. The first release on 2MR will be The Past We Leave Behind, the debut album from Pale Blue. During the writing process of Capricorn Rising, Simonetti was asked to remix tracks from the West Coast twosome Silver Hands. Immediately taken by the incredible range of lead-vocalist Elizabeth Wight, he reached out to collaborate. The result of the bi-coastal email exchange would eventually become Pale Blue. Pale Blue, referencing the term "Pale Blue Dot" , coined by Carl Sagan to refer to a photograph of planet Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990, was originally conceived around the time that Hurricane Sandy hit New York and came to completion with Simonetti's severance from Italians. Thus, many of the tracks that make up The Past grapple with themes of loss and new beginnings. The Past encompasses a myriad of sonic elements, ranging from rhythmic, melodic techno to atmospheric ambient productions, while also incorporating Simonetti's varied background in noise, drone, and even experimental dream pop. Above it all though, Wight's vocals remain the focal point, saturating the record with a lush melodic warmth that's so often missing in the electronic world. Musically, Pale Blue is a response to modern dance music and its constant fluctuations. It intentionally bears no obvious singles, nor club hits. While Simonetti, Wight and Jana Hunter (vocals on "Dusk in Parts") remain at its core, Pale Blue's philosophy is to keep everything open to collaboration. It does not aim to pigeonhole itself into a genre or any new vistas in music, but instead to a unifying sound produced collectively and harmoniously.

    1. The Past We Leave Behind
    2. The Scars
    3. Distance To The Waves
    4. Mia
    5. Tougher
    6. Myself
    7. The Scars (reprise)
    8. Dusk In Parts
    9. The Math
    10. Rain
    11. The Eye
    12. Embrace
    13. One Last Thing
    Pale Blue
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    Reality Testing (Awaiting Repress)

    The hyper-chromatic music of Matt Cutler marks him out as a true impressionist; as Lone, he drizzles brightly coloured melody through his tracks with all the reflexive skill of a master painter daubing inks and pigment across paper. On Cutler's fifth Lone album, Reality Testing, released on R&S, he sends notes and chords rippling delicately into space before allowing them to disperse, each oozing beautifully away into the background fabric of the music. Combined with rhythms that ebb and flow, shifting from propulsive club constructions to beatific coastal hip-hop, it's a sensuous, immersive, heady experience, and easily his most accomplished and self-contained work to date.
    1. First Born Seconds
    2. Restless City
    3. Meeker Warm Energy
    4. Aurora Northern Quarter
    5. 2 Is 8
    6. Airglow Fires
    7. Coincidences
    8. Begin to Begin
    9. Jaded
    10. Vengeance Video
    11. Stuck
    12. Cutched Under
    Lone
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    Perpetual Surrender

    DIANA are an enigmatic foursome from Toronto, where they must be putting something in the water with the
    number of great bands hailing from there. Consisting of Joseph Shabason, Kieran and singer Carmen Elle, with Paul Mathew recently joining the live line up, Shabason and Adams met while studying jazz at music college where they played extensively together. Having lent their skills (saxophone and drums, respectively) to many bands,including Bonjay, The Hidden Cameras and Shabason's recent contributions to Destroyer's excellent Kaputt, it was a leap of faith to make their own full-length. But the time had come.


    After a songwriting sabbatical in the Canadian countryside, Shabason and Adams went into the studio with engineer and co-producer Roger Leavens. They asked Toronto musician and vocalist Carmen Elle to sing on a track, as both Kieran and Joseph knew her from her work with other bands such as the much feted but short-lived Spiral Beach, all of whose members have since gone on to play in various successful Canadian bands from Austra to Doldrums. The pair thought her voice might add something special, this turned out to be a huge understatement. Even though Shabason and Adams wrote the songs, the lyrics and melodies belonged to Elle the moment they escaped her mouth, each nuance of phrasing and melody deepening the sentiments. With this last dazzling piece of the puzzle in place, DIANA was born.


    Right from the first note we're reeled into DIANA's intimate world, with the dense, ambient swell that begins album opener 'Foreign Installation'. A heady mix of drums, electric guitar and lush production, all sewn together and lifted by Carmen's soothing vocal, their sound is addictive from the off. The pace is picked up with 'That Feeling', the detached refrain We were blind to all the ways we sat and watched it fade away echoing through a mist of synths layered over insistent drums and bass. It is future music with an undeniable pop sensibility,
    though never overwhelming, the glossy yet sparse production always leaving just enough room for the
    imagination.


    Album highlight 'Perpetual Surrender' boasts an impressive travelling bassline, with Carmen's gorgeous vocal repeating "I need saving from myself" over blown beats and perhaps the year's best indie sax solo, all coming together to create well over four minutes of eerie, blissed-out ambience.


    Though there are glances to music past and kinship with music present, there is a progressive and contemporary feel to the record. DIANA comparisons traverse eras and genres; from the soft-focus soft rock and pop of Roxy Music to the dreamy production of jj and Chromatics, topped off with the Balearic disco swirl of Studio. While referencing so many, Carmen's unique vocal brings them their own voice. For DIANA, the point is to push things forward, summed up with the embryonic bliss of instrumental closer 'Curtains', a startling piece of atmospheric
    production that stays with you long after the last sound has echoed into the ether.

    1. Foreign Installation
    2. That Feeling
    3. Perpetual Surrender
    4. Strange Attraction
    5. Anna
    6. Born Again
    7. New House
    8. Curtains
    Diana
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    Chet Baker And Crew

    The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 -- fresh from an extended European stay. Sessions were held every day from the 23rd through the 31st, which resulted in such classic titles as The Route, Chet Baker Sings, and Chet Baker Quintet at the Forum -- which is also available under the title Young Chet -- as well as Chet Baker & Crew. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of To Mickey's Memory and Pawnee Junction is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on Slightly Above Moderate and the Urso-credited composition Halema -- named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on Worryin' the Life Out of Me. Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy Lucius Lu and Line for Lyons, among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.

    -All Music Guide
    1. To Mickey's Memory
    2. Slightly Above Moderate
    3. Halema
    4. Revelation
    5. Something for Liza
    6. Lucius Lu
    7. Worrying the Life Out of Me
    8. Medium Rock
    9. Line for Lyons*


    *Bonus Track

    Chet Baker
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