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Chrome (Pre-Order)First Pressing Of 1500 Numbered Copies On Silver Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Long before groups like Oasis and Blur provoked cross-Atlantic media hype, Catherine Wheel were evolving the Britpop style that typifies the genre's distinction. With the release of Chrome in 1993, they advanced their dreamy pop to the rock sound.
It's not like Catherine Wheel established their sound with Chrome, either. Ferment [MOVLP1880] was considered their supposed magnum opus, with the extremely successful lead-single Black Metallic. Chrome is more appropriately described as a perfection of their established sound, as the band's metallic shoegaze is refined in terms of both intensity and melodic-content. Every element that made Ferment so memorable and enjoyable is amplified in this release. Rob Dickenson sings with perfect tenor appeal on tracks like Kill Rhythm and Crank, highlighting the personal temperaments which shape the album.
There are quite a few album covers out there that flawlessly encapsulate the atmosphere and/or mood of the music contained. Chrome has one of those covers. It's design came from the collective Hipgnosis, who gained international prestige for the cover of Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd.
Sit back, listen and experience this album. You might feel emotions you didn't even know you had.1. Kill Rhythm
2. I Confess
4. Broken Head
6. Strange Fruit
8. The Nude
9. Ursa Major Space Station
11. Half Life
12. Show Me Mary$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
FermentFirst Pressing Of 1,500 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Orange And Gold Mixed Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
25th Year Anniversary Edition Of The Debut Album
Including Black Metallic, Salt And I Want To Touch You
The heavily sought after debut album Ferment by Catherine Wheel is finally pressed on vinyl again!c
In 2016, Pitchfork ranked the album at number 23 in their list of The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time, with Ben Cardew of the website commenting that a good half of the songs on Ferment, their debut, are enduring shoegaze-disco classics, while Black Metallic, in its full seven-minute glory, makes a strong claim to being the genre's 'Stairway to Heaven'.
Ferment is the band's most unique record; it serves as a fitting lens through which to view the group's work throughout the 1990s. The album displays Catherine Wheel's early attempts to meld drone-drenched shoegaze with heavy rock.
After all these years, it is the record's twin epics, Black Metallic and Salt, that immediately illustrate why Catherine Wheel was so meaningful to so many of the bands that came after them.
Black Metallic, perhaps the group's most famous single, is absolutely otherworldly.
For it's 25th year anniversary the album Ferment is finally available on vinyl again, especially for this occasion only 1,500 copies are available on orange and gold mixed vinyl.1. Texture
2. I Want To Touch You
3. Black Metallic
4. Indigo Is Blue
5. She's My Friend
8. Flower To Hide
10. Bill And Ben
11. Salt$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thelonious Alone In San FranciscoThe varied catalog of memorable Riverside albums by Thelonious Monk includes two solo-piano efforts. Producer Orrin Keepnews remembers them as equally successful but strikingly different projects. The 1957 Thelonious Himself was recorded in New York on three separate nights and involved much creative ferment and many re-takes. This album was accomplished with remarkable ease in Northern California two years later, in two brief sessions on consecutive afternoons (one preceded by lunch at a family-style Italian restaurant), with only one of the ten selections (a totally unfamiliar old pop tune arbitrarily chosen at the last moment) requiring more than one take.1. Blue Monk
2. Ruby, My Dear
3. Round Lights
4. Everything Happens To Me
5. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart
9. There's Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie (Take 2)
10. Reflections$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - Sealed Buy Now
After Bathing At Baxter'sAfter Bathing at Baxter's is the third album by the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane. The Jefferson Airplane began 1967 with Surrealistic Pillow and closed it with After Bathing at Baxter's, and what a difference ten months made.
The album was among the purest of Rock's psychedelic albums, it was also a lot more daring. The album showed a band in a state of ferment as singer/guitarist Mary Balin largely surrendered much of his creative input in the band he'd founded, and let Paul Kantner and Grace Slick dominate the songwriting and singing on all but one cut (Young Girl Sunday Blues).
The album peaked at number 17 in The Billboard 200 in 1968. In 1967, the single Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil was placed 42 in The Billboard Hot 100.1. Streetmasse
A. The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
B. A Small Package Of Value Will Come To You, Shortly
C. Young Girl Sunday Blues
2. The War Is Over
B. Wild Tyme
3. Hymn To An Older Generation
4. The Last Wall Of The Castle
5. How Suite It Is
A. Watch Her Ride
B. Spare Chaynge
6. Schizoforest Love Suite
A. Two Heads
B. Won't You Try
C. Saturday Afternoon$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Speakers Corner)
It was clear from the start that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its air of solemnity in the final chorus, which calls for brotherly love just as the New Year comes in, would become a musical part of our world's cultural legacy. Hundreds of minds, Beethoven researcher Karl Nef prophesied, have been set in motion by this music in the most varied ways, and it will continue not only to bestow pleasure upon countless thousands, but also to stimulate mental life right at the most fundamental level.
There are certainly only a very few truly cerebral interpretations which stand out from the fathomless mass of recordings. One of those upon which "The Absolute Sound" journal has stamped its coveted seal of approval is the recording with Georg Solti and his perfectly honed symphony musicians from Chicago. Here, this usually somewhat daring baton-wielder plumbs the very depths of the score and allows Beethoven's rich abundance of ideas to ferment into a great whole.
The four soloists prove their worth as first choice for the richly detailed and balanced synopsis of this fissured work. They captivate us as much in the solo as in the group singing with their natural and expressive intonation. The dry, very present sound highlights the fact that this is an artistic performance at the highest level.
- Pilar Lorengar, Stuart Burrows, and other soloists
- The Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
- Sir Georg Solti (conductor)
Recording: May 1972 in the Krannert Centre of the University of Illinois, Chicago, by Kenneth Wilkinson and Gordon Parry
Production: David Harvey
Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.$69.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Under The PinesSo complex and substance-affected was their evolution, Bardo Pond have been creating their dreamy riffs for 26 years alongside a myriad of side projects. Returning with a career defining album, 'Under The Pines' sees them delve into the subconscious with their transcending cosmic post-rock. Over 41 minutes The Pond's fermentation, their languid throb and textured groove (flute, violin, Isobel Sollenberger's haunting vocals) sounds like cathartic dream pop wrapped in a delicately constructed barbwire shroud. "Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid '90s," (thanks Pitchfork) and beyond the mentions of free jazz, the avant garde, Sun Ra and The Book Of The Dead, Bardo Pond's remarkable career and exemplary output has seen them gain fans from all corners of the pond.
In 2010 Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson invited them to perform at the Vivid festival they curated at the Sydney Opera House, not forgetting they were recently handpicked to support Jesus & Mary Chain at London's Roundhouse as part of Mogwai's 20th Anniversary and Stewart Lee chose them for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival which he curated just last year. Hailed for their space rock, drone, shoegaze, noise and/or psychedelia, and in a super lengthy interview in Ptolemaic Terrascope enthused (back in 2001) that they were somewhere between John Cage's silence on 4'33 and Japanese noisenik Merzbow's total ear splitting cacophony. One of their finest albums to date and nearly three decades on, Bardo Pond are in it for the long haul and remain one of the most significant underground rock bands of our time.1. Crossover
2. Out Of Reach
3. My Eyes Out
4. Moment To Moment
5. Under The Pines
6. Effigy$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now