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The Beat Greatest
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12 Of Their Original Classic Hits
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This collection features 12 of The Beat's (known as The English Beat in the U.S.) greatest hits. Featuring classic hits such as 'Mirror in the Bathroom', 'Hands Off...She's Mine', 'Can't Get Used to Losing You', 'Too Nice to Talk To', 'Best Friend' and many more.
The Beat was formed in Birmingham in 1979, with members Dave Wakeling (vocals, guitar), Ranking Roger (vocals, toasting), Andy Cox (guitar), Everett Morton (drums), veteran Jamaican saxophonist Saxa, and from the Isle of Wight, David Steele on bass. The band was part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.
The Beat's first single was an arresting version of Smokey Robinson's ''Tears Of A Clown'', given a completely new feel, and was backed with their own composition ''Ranking Full Stop''. Released in a one-off deal on Jerry Dammers' Chrysalis-backed 2-Tone label, the single stormed into the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops.
Backed by Arista, the band formed their own label Go-Feet Records, with its own distinctive art direction and design provided by Hunt Emerson. The first release in February 1980 was another Top 10 hit, ''Hands Off... She's Mine'', and was the first of twelve chart singles for the band on Go-Feet, a list that includes permanent favourites like ''Mirror In The Bathroom'', ''Too Nice To Talk To'', ''Best Friend'', ''All Out To Get You'', ''Doors Of Your Heart'', ''Save It For Later'' (later covered by both The Who and Pearl Jam!), ''Jeanette'', ''I Confess'' and their Top 3 hit cover of ''Can't Get Used To Losing You''.
The band released three albums ''I Just Can't Stop It'' (1980, # 3), ''Wha'ppen?'' (1981, # 3) and ''Special Beat Service'' (1982, # 21), which contained many tracks that demonstrated their more politicised and socially-conscious leanings in songs like ''Stand Down Margaret'', ''Get-A-Job'', ''Big Shot'' and ''Click Click''. The band broke up in 1983, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger going on to form General Public, and Andy Cox and David Steele forming Fine Young Cannibals.1. Mirror in the Bathroom
2. Hands Off...She's Mine
3. Can't Get Used to Losing You
4. Too Nice To Talk To
5. Best Friend
6. Twist And Crawl
8. All Out to Get You
9. Doors of Your Heart
10. Save it For Later
12. I Confess$31.99180 Gram Picture Disc Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ChromaticsWhen 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
5. You Can Talk To Me
7. Dirty Broken Bliss
9. The Light & The Noise
11. Just A Hair's Breadth$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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First And Last And Always (On Sale)Numbered Limited Edition
Paint It Black: 1985 Debut Is Penultimate Goth-Rock Album
Andrew Eldritch's Ghostly Vocals, Static Beats, Melodic Guitar Jangle Create Hauntingly Atmospheric Soundscapes
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (Best Record Plant in America): First Time Any Sisters of Mercy Record Given Audiophile Treatment on LP
The template for all goth-rock records that followed, Sisters of Mercy's First And Last And Always stands as one of the-if not the most-influential albums of its kind ever released. Distinguished by Andrew Eldritch's ghostly singing, which gives the impression of hearing a forlorn ghoul croon from a foggy English graveyard, the 1985 set is drenched in gloom, claustrophobia, black humor, and dance-ready beats that provide exhilarating contrasts. Fans of the Cure, Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets, Peter Murphy, mid-period Nick Cave, and Joy Division will find it to be a new favorite record.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents First And Last And Always with a fuller, richer sound that positively obliterates the thin, feeble sonic perspectives that have limited the music until now. Every aspect from Eldritch's haunting singing to the group's jangling guitars and prancing bass lines finally gain genuine definition. Yet what's most improved is the sense of atmosphere: Sisters of Mercy revel in painting tone poems, where the feel and effect are as essential as the notes that are played. This is now an atmospheric tour de force.
Ever since it's release, First And Last And Always has been aptly shrouded in mythology. Eldritch pushed the envelope during the recording sessions, literally walking into walls and repeatedly unable to maintain his focus. Strung out on amphetamines, dazed by days of no sleep, upset by a recent breakup, and eating little, the vocalist channeled his discord into somber lyrics and brooding singing. He's framed by pulsing albeit lean, spare rhythms, patient tempos, and the clatter of a programmed drum machine that, in spite of its mechanical operation, sounds strangely organic. The songs evoke wet dungeons, walls-closing-in paranoia, and late-night strolls amidst the U.K.'s mysterious underground.
Despite its overall dark character, the record's arrangements value spaciousness, putting a premium on room and minimalism that makes each note count. As a result, twinkling pianos and keyboards parallel steel-cutting guitars and low-tuned bass lines that, in combination with Eldrtich's baritone, suggest glimmers of hope among the decay. Songs such as the shaking Possession, dramatic Some Kind of Stranger, and desperate Marian remain models of the gothic and post-punk disciplines more than 25 years after their debut. It's no surprise that, given all of the tension and personality that infuse the album, Sisters of Mercy disbanded just months after its release.
It's unlikely that any goth-rock album has ever sounded this good. This MoFi Silver Label LP will turn your room into rainy, dreary England, circa 1985, and expose you to one of the most harrowing vocal performances on record.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Black Planet
2. Walk Away
3. No Time to Cry
4. A Rock and a Hard Place
5. Marian (version)
6. First and Last and Always
8. Nine While Nine
9. Amphetamine Logic
10. Some Kind of Stranger$24.99 $22.49 Save $2.50 (10%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lost Recordings And Beat Rarities7 Vinyl Box Set w/ 20 Lost Tracks & Hard-To-Find Gems!
This highly resonant set acts as a guidebook to many of the missing links behind the one British beat group who, more than any other, stayed neck-and-neck with the Beatles throughout the 60s. In terms of quality single releases with irresistible chart appeal (15 Top Ten 45s in the U.K.) and pure musical evolution, there is no doubt the Hollies breathed the same rarefied air as the Fab Four.
The Hollies Lost Recordings and Beat Rarities collects 20 long-buried tracks and hard-to-find gems, ranging from rare U.S. and British singles to EP rarities and unissued songs, all perfectly ripe for release as an original Hollies 45, whether that happened or not. Follow the group from their first single (released in May of 1963), the savage Aint That Just Like Me b/w Hey Whats Wrong With Me, through their discotheque dance floor raves: Come On Back, What Kind of Love and She Said Yeah. Swoon to their swingin ballad Yes I Will, groove with their jazzy Honey and Wine and float to outer space with All The World is Love. Discover an impossible-to-find, spy-style double-sider the Hollies did for a 1967 Italian movie, and groove to unreleased tracks cut while on tour in New York City in 1965, then marvel at an extremely scarce cover of the Beatles If I Needed Someone, tracked at Abbey Road, revered recording home to both groups.
Sundazed has collected a pirates ransom of tracks here, nearly all unavailable on any original English or American Hollies album. Delivered now via the supremely cool format of 45RPM vinyl, each single is loaded with guaranteed disk jockey dance-floor magic that only further cements the Hollies reputation as the coolest Manchester band, ever!Single 1
1. (Ain't That) Just Like Me
2. Hey What's Wrong With Me
1. Whole World Over
2. Now's the Time
1. What Kind of Love
2. When I'm Not There
1. Come on Back
2. She Said Yeah
2. Yes I Will
1. Honey and Wine
2. Bring Back Your Love to Me
1. She Gives Me Everything I Want
2. I Can't Get Nowhere With You
1. If I Needed Someone
2. I've Got a Way of My Own
1. You in My Arms
2. All the World Is Love
1. Kill Me Quick
2. We're Alive$49.997 Vinyl LP - 10 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Micro-PhoniesFollowing neatly after The Crackdown's aggressive art/funk/electro combination, Micro-Phonies shows the duo taking that combination to a stronger level. Having invented the shadowy, murkier side of industrial/noise experimentation, here Cabaret Voltaire make their equally justified claim at fully kickstarting the beat-heavy crunch such labels as Wax Trax! would pursue shortly thereafter. DAF and the On-U Sound collective deserve as much notice for this, but the Cabs' relatively higher profile in the English/American cultural scheme made them the harbingers as much as anyone. Flood's sympathetic co-production with the band is another feather in his cap, and the album sounds just as strong today as it did upon its release. Micro-Phonies' most noted tracks are the appropriately funky, horn-heavy James Brown, and the gripping Sensoria, which makes for a brilliant album closer, with nervous-tension synth signals and a spare but compelling guitar line over another strong beat combination. Subtler moments abound as well -- there's a nice combination of the Cabs' initially understated approach and the greater opportunities available to them in the album's recording. The Operative is an unheralded highlight of the release, Mallinder's low-key speak/singing sidling alongside the crisp but not overpowering rhythm, controlled funk bass and guitar and touches of dub melodica sneaking through the mix. Other hints of the dub influences that the band has always embraced crop up on songs like (unsurprisingly) Digital Rasta. Throughout the album, Mallinder submerges his vocals into the music rather than calling overt attention to them, the reverse of what a lot of later industrial acts would do (often to their detriment). It's a sharp continuation of the Cabs' similar practice from many earlier numbers, here used in a newer musical style.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Do Right
2. The Operative
3. Digital Rasta
4. Spies in the Wires
5. Theme From Earthshaker
6. James Brown
8. Blue Heat
9. Sensoria$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Groeten Uit GrolloCuby & The Blizzards is relatively unknown to the English-speaking market but none the less the band has been famous in The Netherlands since the mid-'60s.
The early work of Cuby & The Blizzards had a beat/punk orientation but soon they settled into a blues groove.
Before the band recorded their own work they backed Van Morrison in the gap between his departure from Them and the beginning of his solo career.
'Groeten Uit Grollo', Cuby & the Blizzards' second album , with Harry Muskee, Eelco Gelling, Nico Schröder, and Wim Kinds, was recorded with the legendary Dutch artist Herman Brood on keyboard as a replacement for Hans Kinds because he had been drafted.
Harry Muskee, founder and lead singer, sadly passed away in September 2011. 'Groeten Uit Grollo' is still seen as the seminal album by Cuby & The Blizzards, as The Blizzards are seen as one of the most influential Blues bands in Holland.
Muskee has sent us his last greetings, saying in one of his final songs: 'Time is running out, getting older every day.
The only thing that's left for us is hit the road and play.'1. Another Day Another Road
2. The Big Bell
3. Somebody Will Know Someday
4. So Many Roads
5. King Of The World
6. Baby Please Don'tGo (Back To New Orleans)
7. No Shoes
8. Another Land$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Vengo (On Sale)Ana Tijoux's 2010 breakout single 1977 didn't need English lyrics to land a prominent placement on Breaking Bad and a shout-out on Radiohead's website. On the title track of her third solo set, which translates as I Come, the Chilean-French rapper-singer amps up her crisp, exactingly jazzy flow over brassy New York street beats wrapped in Andean flutes. The attack this time is harder, but no less thoughtful or poetic. Vengo a construir un sueño, Tijoux declares, envisioning a world without class struggle. The gist of Antipatriarca should be self-explanatory. If not, it's a damn good reason to start learning Spanish.
- Will Hermes (Rolling Stone)1. Vengo
2. Somos Todos Erroristas
4. No Más
5. Creo en Ti
7. Somos Sur
8. Los Peces Gordos no Pueden Volar
9. Todo Lo Sólido Se Desvanece en el Aire
11. Emilia$19.99 $15.79 Save $4.20 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hell Chose Me (Awaiting Repress)Colored Vinyl!
Derived from the Old English word for "executioner," Carnifex's moniker could not be more appropriate. It's a word that reeks of death and destruction from the Dark Ages to describe a fiercely morbid death metal band. It's hard to imagine that San Diego, known for its white sand beaches, endless sunny days and astronomical real estate, is also home to the brutal beat down that is Carnifex.
In 2008, the band proudly delivered their first Victory Records album to the metal masses. Intriguing and armed to the teeth with an arsenal of blast beats, machine gun riffs and vocals exorcised from the deepest pits of hell, The Diseased and the Poisoned is the soundtrack to your worst nightmare.
It's 2010 follow-up for the label, Hell Chose Me, however, saw the band take an even darker and more blasphemous approach to their already visceral sound. Blood curdling screams, guttural growls, bottom heavy baselines, and razor-sharp guitar riffs make for what is some of the band's darkest and most brutal work to date. Colored vinyl pressing from Victory Records.1. Hell Chose Me
2. Dead Archetype
3. Entombed Monarch
4. Names Mean Nothing
7. The Scope of Obsession
8. By Darkness Enslaved
9. The Liar's Funeral
10. Genocide Initiative
11. Angel Of Death$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
ViolatorIn a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was Personal Jesus, at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then Enjoy the Silence, a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single Policy of Truth did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of Sweetest Perfection (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal Waiting for the Night to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it Halo building into a string-swept pounder. Clean wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a rock band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. World In My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean (Album Version)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kings of The Wild FrontierKings of the Wild Frontier is the second album by English new wave band Adam and the Ants. It was originally released in November 1980 by record label CBS. This album introduced the Burundi beat sound to popular music.
After having his previous backing band wooed away by producer Malcolm McLaren, who used them to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant recorded Kings of the Wild Frontier with guitarist Marco Pirroni as his new writing partner.
Kings of the Wild Frontier reached No. 1 in the UK Album Chart, and spawned three hit singles: Kings of the Wild Frontier, which was released in July and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart; Dog Eat Dog, which reached No. 4; and 'Antmusic', released in December and reaching No. 2, as well as No. 1 in Australia for five weeks. The album was the UK number 1 selling album in 1981 (and the 48th best seller in 1980) and won Best British Album at the 1982 Brit Awards.1. Dog Eat Dog
3. Feed Me To the Lions
4. Los Rancheros
5. Ants Invasion
6. Killer In the Home
7. Kings of The Wild Frontier
8. The Magnificent Five
9. Don't Be Square (Be There)
10. Jolly Roger
11. Making History
12. The Human Beings$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Distant HorizonsGray Colored Vinyl
Distant Horizons is the twenty-first studio album by the English space rock group Hawkwind, released in 1997. This album has Hawkwind firing on all cylinders. A powerful album with a refreshing style and up-tempo beat. There are distinct style changes in this album with a leaning towards 'fringe' dance scene in places. Overall though, this is still a 'spacerock' album in the best traditions of Hawkwind. This is Hawkwind in their latest incarnation and every bit as vibrant as they were 30 something years ago. Buy it and make your day!1. Distant Horizons
2. Phetamine Street
3. Waimea Canyon Drive
5. Clouded Vision
6. Reptoid Vision
7. Population Overload
10. Taxi for Max
11. Love in Space
12. Archaic(bonus track)
13. Kauai (Alternate Take) (bonus track)
14. Morpheus (bonus track)$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Lost TapesThe discovery of WITCHFYNDE's Lost Tapes illuminates a fascinating missing link in the history of British heavy metal. In the lull between the Purple/Zeppelin/Sabbath revolution and the angry charge of punk rock and NWOBHM, in the East Midlands county town of Derby, four lads came together to create a tentatively progressive and intriguing new sound, and get heads banging in boozers all over the Peak District. Recording a 40-minute demo of original material in 1975, WITCHFYNDE were the unwitting spearhead of the movement that was still a long way off being dubbed the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and from the plaintive, spacey opening of Grimoire, this earliest of artefacts is rather more nuanced and versatile than the hallowed acronym NWOBHM traditionally suggests.
Even though they raised many tavern roofs in the mid-late 70s, this isn't your standard thick-eared pub metal. On this recording you can hear these young musicians enjoying playing their first songs together, sharing varied influences and building mystical atmospheres out of extended jams with quirky interplay and a relaxed delivery. Behind the odd forgivable bum note, missed beat or overstretched solo you sense the exploratory zeal of four music-obsessed friends casting their net wide: from the sprightly power-pop groove of Madam Noname to the creepy proto-doom of Halfway, with Pastiche somehow English gothic country rock and Slow Down having the feel of an epic melancholy folk ballad.
WITCHFYNDE released four albums from 1980-84, but split up due to line-up and label instability. Reactivated for the millennium, they continue to record and gig sporadically. Andro formed ZXY in 2010, and has announced that he'll be back on the road in 2014 on the Andro Coulton Gives 'Em Hell: Witchfynde Revisited 1975-1980 And Beyond! Tour.LP 1
2. Madam Noname'
5. Slow Down
1. Valkyrian Ride
2. Tetelestai$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Leave Me AloneThe debut album from the all-female indie rockers. Since bursting onto the DIY scene last summer, Hinds - Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen - have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. With just a handful of released singles under their belt, Hinds have already earned early support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, NME, Guardian, Beats 1, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Fader, Gorilla vs. Bear, and many more. Kicking things off with their single 'Garden', Hinds take us on a bad* rock 'n' roll ride on Leave Me Alone.
Weaving sun-kissed, '60s inspired melodies, executed with a genius call and response between co-vocalists and band co-founders Perrote and Cosials, Hinds create the ultimate soundtrack to the best day ever - from start to finish - spent with your four best friends. In addition to previously released fan favorites including the band's first-ever single 'Bamboo', 'Castigadas en El Granero' - which translates in English to Grounded In The Barn - and the band's first new song of 2015 'Chili Town', Leave Me Alone only gets better with each song. Featuring bright surf-pop tune 'San Diego', the mixed-tempo 'Fat Calmed Kiddos', and a bitter ode to sh*ty boyfriends in 'And I Will Send Your Flowers Back', Leave Me Alone is guaranteed to bring the Mediterranean sun to you wherever you are in the world at any time of the year.1. Garden
2. Fat Calmed Kiddos
5. Castigadas en El Granero
6. Solar Gap
7. Chili Town
9. San Diego
10. And I Will Send Your Flowers Back
11. I LL Be Your Man
12. Walking Home$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Body PillIt's amazing how much can happen in a short time frame. At the
beginning of 2012, Anthony Naples didn't have a song to his name; by
the end of that year, he'd been heralded as one of the city's rising
producer talents. The genesis was "Mad Disrespect" - a single that
dominated Brooklyn's underground electronic music scene from even
before its offical release. The track was a milestone for all involved. Not
only was it Naples' first single, but it also was the first track he'd
recorded, period. On a whim, he sent the track to Eamon Harkin and
Justin Carter, the founders of New York's respected Mister Saturday
Night series. A regular at their parties but an unknown to the duo,
Anthony caught the pair's attention with "Mad Disrespect," and ended
up as the cornerstone of label's inaugural release: the Mad Disrespect
Anthony's music caught the ear of a number of people that summer,
none more important than Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, who
commissioned Anthony to remix his single "128 Harps" - again,
Anthony's first remix at that point. From there on, things sped up. He
followed "Mad Disrespect" with a series of 12" released on a veritable
who's who of influential labels: Scotland's respected Rubadub label,
Four Tet's Text Records, Opal Tapes - all of which culminated in El
Portal, his EP for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes imprint. Along the way,
he was invited to open for Four Tet at London's Fabric and invited to
play Berlin's prestigious Panorama Bar.\
And now, a little over two years later, comes Body Pill, Anthony Naples
debut full-length for Text Records. As Anthony tells it, the title comes
from a mangled English translation that caught his eye in a Japanese
vending machine. "When I ran the title past Kieran, and he said it just
sounded like a lost rave classic, but I thought in the end it makes
sense. The LP is a small dose of synthetic noises and rhythms."
Naples says. Stylistically, the album draws inspiration from the city that
gave Anthony his start: New York. "I wanted to make a streetwise
record that was also solid and simple, like a brick or those weird
fluorescent light tubes in the subway. They give off this weird hum that
you hear only when you're alone in the station between trains late at
night. I wanted to make a record that evoked that experience."
Body Pill is a surprising album for Anthony, his most understated and
mature release to date. Body Pill opens with a wall of ambient noise on
"Ris," only to be overtaken by a modest synth groove. Ambient noise
washes over and eventually overtakes tracks like "Way Stone" and
"Pale" later on in the record. But that's not to say there aren't echoes of
Naples' work for Mister Saturday Night lurking throughout the record.
"Abrazo" feels like the natural companion to Anthony's earlier singles,
with elegant strings mingling with a deconstructed house-inspired beat.
"Used to Be" is arguably Anthony's largest beat to date whose rolling
hi-hats counterbalance the track's stabbing synths. The album's closer
"Miles" abruptly morphs from a lo-fi house anthem into a surprisingly
minimal synth soundscape, a microcosm of the record as a whole.1. Ris
4. Way Stone
7. Used to Be
8. Miles$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thee Gravemen (Awaiting Repress)Raw, wild, horrific, and tons of fun is the best way to describe this two man horror-trash band from southern Sweden. These two English guys arent interested in pop fame or hit records. They live in a world of gravestones, monsters, werewolves and haunted houses. Sitting alone in the dark watching vintage Hammer Horror films and waiting for gravedigging jobs is how they spend their days.
Sir Lee Tea plays the guitar and wails, while Devilish Daz Trash pounds the stripped down drum set. Lee has his musical roots in the UK garage-rock scene, having played with the likes of crazy garage killers Thee Exciters and is also currently a member of top Swedish rhythmnblues outfit, The Branded. Daz, meanwhile, came from the trash punk rock n roll side of things having played since the 80s with psycho screamers Skitzo.
Like voodoo witchdoctors hunting for prey to turn into zombies, Thee Gravemen stalk the stage, spinning lurid tales of the human predilection for sin and mans capacity for inflicting suffering on his fellow man, all done with fearsome fuzz-busting guitars and crushing, boneshaking drumming to a sleazy Fall-like rockabilly beat.1. Hey There Pretty Baby
2. Come On
3. Diggin' Graves
4. Get Off My Back
5. Friday at the Hideout
6. Let There Be Drums
7. My Girlfriend is a Werewolf
8. My Witch
10. Green Fuz
11. Six Feed Down
12. Shake It
14. Oh, B$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Punch The Clock (On Sale)Punch the Clock on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
Costello & the Attractions Return to Mainstream Pop on Slick-Sounding 1983 Album
Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Tapes: Mobile Fidelity LP Digs Into Smooth Tones, Brassy Effects, Limber Bass Lines, Multiple Layers of Production
Includes Sparkling Top 40 Hit "Everyday I Write the Book" As Well as Timeless Political Songs "Shipbuilding" and "Pills and Soap"
Razor-Sharp Wit, Concise Melodies on Display Throughout; Jazz Legend Chet Baker Guests
Punch the Clock is Elvis Costello & the Attractions' most British record, a return to mainstream pop craft loaded with clever barbs and insightful social commentary that nearly landed the headliner in serious trouble with government representatives. Produced by the English hit-making team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the jumpy and horn-accompanied 1983 effort includes Costello's first-ever American Top 40 hit ("Everyday I Write the Book") and a smooth sheen that reinforces the material's commercial intent and catchy appeal.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 1980g LP presents the hyper-literate fidelity and refined melodies in astonishing sonics, navigating the multiple layers of information, brassy effects, and background vocals to present a unified whole replete with stellar front-to-back depth. Akin to the reissue label's previous acclaimed Costello reissues, Punch the Clock is vastly improved, the opened-up perspective, pronounced instrumental separation, and textural clarity enhancing all the details within the grooves.
Fresh from making a country tribute album and a large-scale set flush with complex arrangements, Costello and Co. return to straight-ahead pop given a decidedly British accent and soulful backing vocals. Conscious of the Merseybeat sound and success of Dexy's Midnight Runners, Costello tints songs with new-wave characteristics, splashy horns, and spontaneous vocal-response support courtesy of female duo Afrodiziak, one member of which later attained fame with Soul II Soul. Steve Nieve's bounding piano lines dance throughout the arrangements, adding witty pizzazz and delicate allure to already-tuneful fare like "The Element Within Her" and "Mouth Almighty."
The more direct, hook-ready approach also manifests on numbers such as "Let Them All Talk" and "Charm School," tunes that also illustrate the contrasts in romantic theme. While remaining deeply cynical, as was his longtime hallmark, Costello unfurls two compositions on which love and marriage are viewed in a positive light. Yet he spares no one, nothing, and minces no words with "Shipbuilding" and "Pills and Soap," fare that remains revered in his native country as well as abroad.
For "Shipbuilding," a brilliantly disguised 88s-clinking protest against war influenced by the Falkan Conflict, Costello enlists jazz legend Chet Baker to deliver a masterfully poignant, bluesy trumpet solo that echoes throughout the coda. On the hip-hop-inspired "Pills and Soap," a thinly veiled metaphor addressing Britain's abusive sociopolitical state and royal officials, the bespectacled bandleader invents a thoroughly unique quasi-rap draped over a drum-machine beat and Nieve's bold piano chords. Bracing.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Let Them All Talk
2. Everyday I Write the Book
3. The Greatest Thing
4. The Element Within Her
5. Love Went Mad
7. The World and His Wife
8. TKO (Boxing Day)
9. Charm School
10. The Invisible Man
11. Mouth Almighty
12. King of Thieves
13. Pills and Soap$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory40TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAFFIC'S SHOOT OUT AT THE FANTASY FACTORY!!!
Mastered impeccably from the original Island Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray.
Traffic were one of the premier architects of the acid rock movement in the sixties and blossomed further into one of the most important super groups of the seventies. Their recordings are the soundtrack to a generation of music enthusiasts
that continues to this day and will forever stand the test of time.
In 1973, the legendary founding members Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and percussionist Rebop Kwaku
Baah went back to the recording studio after releasing their 1971 smash The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (FRM-9180)
and continued their winning streak with their groundbreaking prog masterpiece Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory.
Known for their superior progressive rock, jazz and pop influences, the multi-faceted music of Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory offers non-stop entertainment which truly illustrates the legendary talent of these English superstars. Whether
standout tracks from the pens of Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi like their rockin' opener Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory
or the prog-rock jam classics Roll Right Stones and (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired, or Chris Wood's stunning Tragic Magic,
the Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory album has surely earned its currency over the years as one of the more important
albums of their highly embraced musical catalog.
Filled with the piano driven melodies, hard rocking guitar and vocals of the legendary Steve Winwood, the explosive
sax breaks by the late Chris Wood and the power drumming and vocals of the late Jim Capaldi, the percussion beat from
the late Rebop Kwaku Baah, and help from Memphis session greats Roger Hawkins and David Hood, the Shoot Out at the
Fantasy Factory album will always be one of the most revered albums in their extraordinary career. No matter what track is
your favorite, it's all about Traffic, classic Traffic, and it just doesn't get much better than this.
It is now with much anticipation and honor to continue the Traffic/ Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with
our fifth installment with their monumental rock classic Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the original Island Records tapes at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray,
Traffic's Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory album is truly one of the most important audiophile vinyl releases of this year.
To make this an even more enjoyable 40th Anniversary limited edition happening, for a very short time, we are also
including the very rare die-cut cover to go along with this first time 180 Gram Audiophile release!
Look to the Friday Music label for more Traffic masterpieces on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl in the very near future.
Welcome back Traffic with their amazing top five masterpiece Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory on pristine 180 Gram
Audiophile Vinyl a true rock classic only from your friends at Friday Music.Side One
1. Shoot Out at the Fantasy
2. Roll Right Stones
1. Evening Blue
2. Tragic Magic
3. (Sometimes I Feel So)
Uninspired$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
UltraUltra is the ninth studio album by English electronic group Depeche Mode, which was originally released by Mute Records on 14 April 1997
Ultra both reprises an earlier Mode and entices with a taste of Modes to come. The band has wisely left behind the forced arena rock of their last album and evolved towards a more richly nuanced hybrid of conventional and electronic instrumentation. The resulting sound is both engaging in its diversity and surprising in its consistency. The aplomb with which Depeche Mode fuses electronic beats, cascading violins, and guitar hooks into a soulful and coherent whole puts the new techno-geek incarnation of U2 to shame. Where U2's Pop! crashes waves of sound upon the listener, Ultra achieves an equally rich sonic texture through delicacy and understatement.
Lyrically and musically, Ultra depicts the band grappling with its recent scars, particularly Gahan's smack problem. From the self-loathing and acoustic turbulence of Barrel of a Gun, the first sequel, to the mechanical gurgling of the outro, Painkiller, the shadow of a syringe falls over the album. Gahan sings of a vicious appetite and pines for the spirit of love with an earnest intensity that usually overcomes Gore's occasionally banal lyrics. His high register and emotionally laden delivery on songs such as Love Thieves and Sister of Night (Little 15 redux) are reminiscent of the days of See You and Get the Balance Right, before Gahan settled into the deadpan baritone croon that carries most of the Mode's later hits.
Perhaps due to the band's travails, Ultra is the most experimental Mode album since 1983's A Broken Frame, when these same three fellows lost their leading songwriter, Vince Clarke, to Yaz (and subsequently Erasure). As a result, with the exception of It's No Good, a catchy and confident tune that's A-1 formula Mode, there's no hit single potential on Ultra. There are, however, a good number of interesting songs that gradually seep into your system. The Bottom Line finds Gore at his most emotive, once again singing the bittersweet woes of infatuation over an aural fabric that alternates between jazz trio cool, electropop bounce, and country twang. With arpeggiating violins and arena-rock-style guitar bridges, Home is an intriguing Disneyesque ditty. And both Jazz Thieves and Uselink prove that the Mode haven't lost their knack for atmospheric instrumentals.
- Kevin C. Murphy1. Barrel Of A Gun
2. Love Thieves
4. It's No Good
7. Sister Of Night
8. Jazz Thieves
10. Bottom Line
11. Insight$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The 1975The 1975 are an English, Manchester-based alternative rock band from Wilmslow in Cheshire. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar),
Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass). They have released four EPs: Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars and IV.
Matthew Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel met at Wilmslow High School near Manchester as teenagers and began to play music in 2002. After Hann invited the members to form a band, they passed their early days covering punk songs in a local club. Healy was originally the drummer, but took over vocals after the previous singer left to start another band. Daniel was recruited as the new drummer to complete the final line-up. Their name was inspired by scribblings found in the back page of an old Beat poetry book dated 1 June, The 1975.
The release of their first EP, entitled Facedown, in August 2012 saw the band's first UK airplay on national radio with lead track The City, which featured as part of a BBC Introducing show with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1. The 1975 once again garnered national radio attention in late 2012, with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe championing their single Sex. They found mainstream chart success in spring 2013 with single Chocolate, which reached number 19 in the UK singles chart.1. The 1975
2. The City
7. An Encounter
8. Heart Out
9. Settle Down
13. She Way Out
16. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
L.A. Witch (Pre-Order)First LP Pressing Limited To 1500 Copies On Translucent Pink Colored Vinyl
The name is a partial misnomer. Though the band hails from Los Angeles, they do not partake in any sort of witchcraft. Yet their ability to conjure a specific time and place through their sound does suggest a kind of magic. On their eponymous debut album, L.A. Witch's reverb-drenched guitar jangle and sultry vocals conjure the analog sound of a collector's prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo the bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry; the production can't afford Phil Spector's wall-of-sound, but the instruments' simple beauty provides an economic grace that renders studio trickery unnecessary; the lyrics seem more descendent of Johnny Cash's first-person morality tales than the vacuous empty gestures of pre-fab pop bands. This isn't music for the masses; it's music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians.
Album opener Kill My Baby Tonight is the perfect introduction to the band's marriage of '60s girls-in-the-garage charm and David Lynch's surreal exposÉs of Southern California's underbelly.Sade Sanchez's black velvet vocals disguise the malicious intent of this murder ballad, with the thumping pulse of bassist Irita Pai, the slow-burn build of drummer Ellie English, and Sanchez's Desert guitar twang helping beguile the listener into becoming a willing accomplice to the narrator's crimes. Brian follows the opening track with a similarly graceful, if not somewhat ominous, slow-mo take on a well-worn jukebox 7. It's a vibe that permeates the entire album,from the early psychedelic hue of 13th Floor Elevators on tracks like You Love Nothing, through the motorik beat and fuzzed-out licks of Drive Your Car, to the grittier permutation of Mazzy Star's sleepy beauty on Baby In Blue Jeans.1. Kill My Baby Tonight
4. You Love Nothing
5. Drive Your Car
6. Baby In Blue Jeans
7. Feel Alright
8. Good Guys
9. Get Lost$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
IlusionGaby Moreno is coming out with her new album "Ilusion" four years after her successful album "Postales" and touring the world with many big names like Ricardo Arjona and Hugh Laurie. The album "Ilusion" lives up to its name. Making you lose yourself in Gaby's creative illusions realizing such a tender reality. It is truly her best work yet giving her fans diversity, not only in her lyrics and her songwriting but diversifying her work in two different languages.
Her new single is "Love Is Gone" / Se Apagó The simultaneous dual language single release finds the critically praised singer-songwriter & guitarist once again stretching her genre range, with an instantly engaging fusion built upon the Motown/Stax Sound of Classic R&B.
Gaby Moreno has rescued the female singer-songwriter form from the abyss of clichÉ. She doesn't radically change its rules or anything - she just does it with a little more flavor and a lot more skill. With an exceptionally rich and assured voice, and a palette that spans Latin, blues, folk, jazz and pop, she's a marquee talent. Her singing is effortlessly bright with purpose and not just a display of ostentatious acrobatics. In her voice, the flame of the female greats is alive." - Orlando Weekly
"Certain voices emanate from a performer carrying such a naturally beguiling, tunefully confident range of emotion that it's as if the vocalist had no choice: singing is inevitable. Guatemalan-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Gaby Moreno has such a voice" - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Guatemalan blues. No, that's not right. Bilingual bossa nova. Eh, it sounds fun. But it doesn't quite capture it all.. Better yet, we'll call it damn good music. After all, a word that accurately describes Gaby Moreno's eclectic blend of '20s and '30s blues, Brazilian beats, and Guatemalan flavor has yet to be invented She's a captivating performer and truly remarkable singer/storyteller." - Miami New Times
"This Guatemalan American singer-songwriter alternates fluidly between languages, whether spoken (English and Spanish) or musical, easing in and out of everything from folksy alt country to retro blues rock Plucky, quirky and insightful, Moreno has the grace and the skill to make it big."- Rhapsody
The single was located on the ITunes Best of the Week Playlist.1. Se Apagó
2. Nobody to Love
3. Pale Bright Lights
4. Maldición / Bendición
6. O, Me
8. Hermana Rosetta
9. Down in Reverie
10. Sálvese Quien Pueda
11. La Malagueña
12. Illusion$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now