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  • Genius Of Modern Music Volume One Genius Of Modern Music Volume One Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music Volume One


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Belonging in every jazz collection, volume one of Thelonious Monk's 1947 10" Genius of Modern Music features the first sessions Monk recorded as a
    leader. In 1956 Blue Note reissued this iconic album as a 12" and added previously unissued tracks. It is impossible to overstate the importance of these
    sessions as they include some of the earliest Monk recordings that would become standards, including "Round Midnight" which is now one of the most
    popular jazz compositions ever recorded. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Round About Midnight
    2. Off Minor
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. I Mean You
    5. April In Paris
    6. In Walked Bud
    7. Thelonious
    8. Epistrophy
    9. Mysterioso
    10. Well You Needn't
    11. Introspection
    12. Humph
    Thelonious Monk
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    Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1

    Volume one of Genius of Modern Music features the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader in 1947.
    These sessions include some of the earliest Monk recordings that would become standards including "Round
    Midnight" which is now one of the most popular jazz compositions ever. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music belongs in every jazz collection. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative.
    1. 'Round Midnight
    2. Off Minor
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. I Mean You
    5. Thelonious
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Well You Needn't
    8. Misterioso
    Thelonious Monk
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    Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2

    A Blue Note essential, this album is part of the Blue Note vinyl reissue campaign.
    Thelonious Monk
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    Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2

    Volume two of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music exemplifies Thelonious Monk as a full band leader and
    consists almost entirely of original compositions. Sidemen include trumpeter Kenny Dorham, bassist Al McKibbon,
    saxophonist Sahib Shihab as well as Art Blakey and Max Roach. Both volumes of Genius of Modern Music belong
    in every jazz collection. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue
    Note vinyl initiative.
    1. Four In One
    2. Who Knows?
    3. Nice Work (If You Can Get It)
    4. In Walked Bud
    5. Humph
    6. Straight No Chaser
    7. Suburban Eyes
    8. Ask Me Now
    Thelonious Monk
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  • What'd I Say What'd I Say Quick View

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    What'd I Say

    Ray Charles was the premier architect singer/songwriter/musician whose genius of combining jazz, blues with gospel most certainly began the American soul music movement. This modern form of R&B which would become an American way of life, forever etching itself in total with the release of his 1959 classic hit single and album What'd I Say.Other tracks included on this masterpiece are the soulful Rockhouse, You Be My Baby, & the shouter Tell Me How Do You Feel. First time on 180 G Vinyl! This limited edition lp is mastered from the original Atlantic mono tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray.
    1. What'd I Say
    2. Jumpin' In The Morning
    3. You Be My Baby
    4. Tell Me How Do You Feel
    5. What Kind Of Man Are You
    6. Rockhouse
    7. Roll With My Baby
    8. Tell All The World About You
    9. My Bonnie
    10. That's Enough
    Ray Charles
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    All Stars Soul International

    Victor Olaiya is certainly one of the legendary foundation stones of modern Nigerian music, yet he has never received much acknowledgment or really had his albums released or promoted in any quantity outside of Nigeria. So this Vampisoul release is a step in the right direction for the 77 year old who was probably Nigerias leading star of the 50's and early 60's. Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya, the evil genius of Highlife, is still sockin it to them after 60 years on stage. If youre lucky you can catch him blowing that trumpet and singing his heart out at his own celebrated Stadium Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.


    This album from 1970 is from Olaiyas Highlife/Funk phase, but its worth taking a trawl through his back pages to see how he became the Evil Genius, before you roll back the rug and get down with the Highlife-Funk.

    1. Let Yourself Go
    2. There Was A Time
    3. Okere Gwonko
    4. I Feel Alright
    5. Soro Jeje Fun Arogbo
    6. Cold Sweat
    7. New Nigeria
    8. Things Got To Get Better
    9. Everybody Needs Love
    10. Magic Feet
    11. Onuro
    12. Mother Popcorn
    Victor Olaiya
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  • Traces Of You  (On Sale) Traces Of You (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Traces Of You (On Sale)

    Anoushka Shankar returns with another outstanding recording: Traces of You, featuring three new songs with her half-sister, Norah Jones.


    Traces of You developed from the notion that everything in the universe leaves an indelible mark - or a subtle trace - on everything it encounters.
    Inspired by her relationships, multicultural upbringing and global career, Anoushka traces a journey of love, change and loss.


    Produced by British composer and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney, Traces of You features contributions by Anoushka's longtime associates, tabla
    genius Tanmoy Bose, flutist Ravichandra Kulur, and percussion wizard Pirashanna Thevarajah. Other highlights are the collaboration with Norah Jones,
    and explorations of the unique sound of the Hang drum, played by its foremost exponent, Manu Delago.


    Traces of You draws on Indian classical ragas, Western classical string arrangements, mid-20th century-style lyrics of extended poetry and modern
    soundscapes. Anoushka finds modern and fresh ways to reinterpret and keep alive Indian musical traditions learned from her father, the legendary Ravi
    Shankar.

    1. The Sun Won't Set
    2. Flight
    3. Indian Summer
    4. Maya
    5. Lasya
    6. Fathers

    7. Metamorphosis

    8. In Jyoti's Name

    9. Monsoon
    10. Traces Of You
    11. River Pulse
    12. Chasing Shadows
    13. Unsaid
    Anoushka Shankar
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  • Ray Charles (Awaiting Repress) Ray Charles (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Ray Charles (Awaiting Repress)


    First Time On 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!


    Ray Charles' Stunning Atlantic Records Debut!


    The One That Started The Genius Of Soul Phenomenon!


    Mastered For The First Time From The Original Monophonic Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso


    Ray Charles was the premiere architect singer/songwriter/musician whose "genius" of combining jazz, blues
    with gospel most certainly began the American soul music movement. This modern form of R&B which would become
    an American way of life forever etched itself in total with the release of his classic #1 hit single I Got a Woman from
    his stunning debut 1957 album Ray Charles.


    Fused with heavy blues, gospel and rock and roll, I Got a Woman was one of Ray's very first top charting hits
    soon to be followed by other #1 smash hit singles like Mess Around and A Fool for You. More hit singles graced his first
    album as well with Hallelujah I Love Her So, Ain't That Love and This Little Girl of Mine. The Ray Charles album itself
    on its own merit is truly a Greatest Hits LP, whereby most of these early Ray Charles' hit tracks have been covered
    hundreds of times by some of the most important voices in popular music, like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Steve
    Miller Band, Van Morrison, Peggy Lee, Johnny Winter, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder and many others.


    Also included on this debut masterpiece are some of Ray Charles' more definitive blues rockers like the powerful
    Come Back Baby, the rockin' Greenbacks, the #1 blues rocker Mary Ann, and the brilliant soul sounds of Don't You
    Know, Drown in My Own Tears and Losing Hand.


    The Ray Charles album forever etched the name superstar and genius with Ray Charles as the LP reached the
    upper rungs of the popular, jazz and R&B charts and has become an American institution which will forever stand the
    test of time. Being one of his rarest LP's of his career, the magnificent album has not been officially released on vinyl
    in over five decades and fetches hundreds of dollars for a mint used copy if you can even find one.


    Friday Music is very honored to announce the first time ever 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP of the Ray Charles'
    classic Ray Charles. As another installment in our treasured Ray Charles/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series, his
    amazing debut LP is mastered from the original monophonic Atlantic Records' tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music
    Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster. This masterwork truly sounds exceptional and will become one
    of the more important roots albums to be reissued in quite some time for the audiophile vinyl domain.


    This limited edition release also comes with the original album cover graphics of Marvin Israel, featuring the
    stunning liner notes by Guy Remark.


    The album will be packaged in a poly bag to preserve the rich details of the legendary cover art as well as a poly
    lined inner sleeve to protect your vinyl purchase for years to come. I Got a Woman!!!

    1. Ain't That Love
    2. Drown in My Own Tears
    3. Come Back Baby
    4. Sinner's Prayer
    5. Funny (But I Still Love You)
    6. Losing Hand
    7. A Fool for You
    8. Hallelujah I Love Her So
    9. Mess Around
    10. This Little Girl of Mine
    11. Mary Ann
    12. Greenbacks
    13. Don't You Know
    14. I Got a Woman
    Ray Charles
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  • The Amazing Spider-Man Soundtrack The Amazing Spider-Man Soundtrack Quick View

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    The Amazing Spider-Man Soundtrack

    One of the big names in modern film music, James Horner, wrote the score having more than 100 to his credit. He is best know as the composer of the orchestral film soundtrack, Titanic, in 1997. He is the winner of two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes (in both cases Best Original Score for Titanic and Best Original Song for My Heart Will Go On in the same film), and gained eight further Academy Award nominations. His best-known work includes the soundtracks of such classics as Aliens (1986), Braveheart (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Avatar (2009). Horner's music underlines both the exciting action of the film and its personal, touching, romantic moments. Seeking a composer who could express both grandeur and intimacy, movie director Marc Webb felt that Horner was a genius at exactly that. I wanted to create a score that felt massive and huge but also intimate and small. (Webb).
    1. Main Title - Young Peter
    2. Becoming Spider-Man
    3. Playing Basketball
    4. Hunting for Information
    5. The Briefcase
    6. The Spider Room - Rumble in the Subway
    7. Secrets
    8. The Equation
    9. The Ganali Device
    10. Ben's Death
    11. Metamorphosis
    12. Rooftop Kiss
    13. The Bridge
    14. Peter's Suspicions
    15. Making a Silk Trap
    16. Lizard at School!
    17. Saving New York
    18. Oscorp Tower
    19. I can't see you anymore
    20. Promises - Spider-Man End Titles
    James Horner
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  • Alone In The Universe (On Sale) Alone In The Universe (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Alone In The Universe (On Sale)

    The First New Music From ELO in 15 Years!


    Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne's ELO is set to deliver a new album which will be the first new ELO music in 15 years.
    Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K.
    and received countless awards and accolades.


    At the time of ELO's formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the
    creation of new material.


    Lynne is among the most storied names in music history having created the hit group ELO, and serving as a founding member of the Grammy Award
    winning supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. He has produced and collaborated with The Beatles, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo
    Starr, Tom Petty and Joe Walsh. In 2015, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is an active philanthropist for organizations such
    as St. Jude Research Hospital, MUSICARES and H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma).

    1. When I Was A Boy
    2. Love and Rain
    3. Dirty to the Bone
    4. When the Night Comes
    5. The Sun Will Shine on You
    6. Ain't It A Drag
    7. All My Life
    8. I'm Leaving You
    9. One Step at a Time
    10. Alone in the Universe
    Jeff Lynne's ELO
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  • Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night (Awaiting Repress) Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night (Awaiting Repress)

    Born in North Carolina in 1892, singer and banjo player Charlie Poole is often considered to be one of the grandfathers of bluegrass and modern country music. Poole recorded 60 songs during the 1920s for Columbia Records with his wildly popular North Carolina Ramblers, so this LP is a small sampling of some of his very best songs, many of which, like his first big hit for Columbia, Dont Let Your Deal Go Down Blues are blues standards. Although Poole died of an alcohol-induced heart failure at just 39 years old, he still had plenty of time to influence bluegrass greats like Bill Monroe, and more indirectly, Hank Williams and the folk singers of the 1960s. Although Poole wrote none of his own material, his genius lay in his unique ability to rework a song, by changing lyrics and tempo, to make it something entirely new. In fact, many fans bought his records just to see how Charlie did it. His North Carolina Ramblers sold huge numbers of records for the time and Poole became one of the first country music stars.
    1. Shootin' Creek
    2. Baltimore Fire
    3. Leaving Home
    4. There'll Come A Time
    5. White House Blues
    6. The Highwayman
    7. Hungry Hash House
    8. The Letter That Never Came
    9. Take A Drink On Me
    10. Husband And Wife Were Angry One Night
    11. Ramblin' Blues
    12. Took My Gal A-Walkin'
    13. Old And Only In The Way
    14. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues
    15. Bill Mason
    16. A Kiss Waltz
    Charlie Poole
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    Pale Horses

    It's impossible to imagine modern underground music without mewithoutYou: the influence of their fifteen-year legacy has been nothing less than seismic. Pale Horses, mewithoutYou's sixth album, continues their unwavering artistic vision, while at the same time reinvents the band as uniquely as any of their fans would expect it to. Aaron Weiss has again produced a work of genius with his nonpareil poetic voice, rivaled only by the soundtrack the rest of his band has forced him to compete against through these eleven songs. The end result is a beautiful fusion not unlike the music found on the band's most revered releases. The guitar work is precise: delicately soft and tender during lulling moments like the opener "Pale Horse" and fiercely riff-centric on the Brother, Sister reminiscent "Mexican War Streets." Complimenting it is the constant combination of the catchiest bass lines you've ever heard and tasteful, steady drum grooves that harken back to Catch Us For the Foxes, the band's revered second album that has sold over 50 thousand copies to date.The warm, folk leanings ever-present on past albums shine through on the gentle "Magic Lantern Days" and the swirling organs of the heartbreaking story told throughout "Dorothy." Epic in scope, Pale Horses is an emotional journey as captivating as any of their classic releases - referential to the best parts of their catalog with a distinguished vitality, captured in the band's signature hauntingly iconic way.
    1. Pale Horse
    2. Watermelon Ascot
    3. D-Minor
    4. Mexican War Streets
    5. Red Cow
    6. Dorothy
    7. Blue Hen
    8. Lilac Queen
    9. Magic Lantern Days
    10. Birnam Wood
    11. Rainbow Signs
    MewithoutYou
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  • There's A Riot Goin' On (45 RPM) There's A Riot Goin' On (45 RPM) Quick View

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    There's A Riot Goin' On (45 RPM)

    Ranked 99/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Sly And The Family Stone There's A Riot Goin' On 180 gram 45RPM 2LP from ORG Music


    Inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999 & Ranked #99 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    More than four decades after they first stormed the Pop and R&B charts in the winter of 1968 with "Dance To the Music" - a groundbreaking jam that has the distinction of being chosen for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock, and Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time - the music of Sly and the Family Stone is more vital than ever.


    The band's catalog (every single composition penned by Sylvester Stewart aka Sly Stone) includes their three career-defining RIAA gold Billboard #1 Pop/ #1 R&B smashes, "Everyday People," "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)" and "Family Affair," and their signature Top 40 hits that began with "Dance To the Music" and went on to include "Stand!," "Hot Fun In the Summertime," "Runnin' Away," "If You Want Me To Stay," "Time For Livin', and more.


    Those songs not only inspired an era of youthful rebellion and independence, but also had a potent effect on the course of modern music in general. A dazzling fusion of psychedelic rock, soul, gospel, jazz, and Latin flavors, Sly's music brought the next step - funk - to a disparate populace of hip artists. From Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, to the halls of Motown and George Clinton's P-Funk, from Michael Jackson and Curtis Mayfield, down the line to Bob Marley, the Isley Brothers, Prince, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arrested Development, the Black Eyed Peas, the Roots, OutKast and on and on, Sly's DNA is traceable to every cell of the musical stratosphere.


    Since it took almost two years to make, the fifth album by bonafide superstars Sly and the Family Stone had everyone salivating in anticipation. Needless to say, Sly did not disappoint! 1971's There's A Riot Goin' On finds the Bay Area-based genius getting funkier than ever before, even as his artistic vision becomes progressively darker. Some may have been disappointed that Sly didn't simply re-create the chart successes of earlier singles, but who can argue with the flat-out brilliance of turning recent big hit Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) on its head to create the mind-boggling Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa.


    Two of this hypnotic album's best tunes Family Affair and Runnin' Away were gigantic chart hits, and There's A Riot Goin' On hit #1 Pop/ #1 R&B within a few weeks of its release in November, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that Sly Stone could totally deliver the goods! A transformative masterpiece, There's A Riot Goin' On was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and is ranked #99 on Rolling Stone magazine's '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

    Luv N' Haight

    Just Like A Baby

    Poet

    Family Affair

    Africa Talks To You The Asphalt Jungle

    There's A Riot Goin' On
    Brave & Strong

    (You Caught Me) Smilin'

    Time

    Spaced Cowboy

    Runnin' Away

    Thank You For Talking To Me Africa
    Sly & The Family Stone
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    Complete Performance


    2 LP On Clear Vinyl


    If you were going to envision the ultimate avant-garde meeting-of-the-minds jam session, who would you pick? Even the most hopeful fan of strange and innovative music couldn't have seen this one coming: on one afternoon in 1986, at Coney Island's dilapidated freak show, space-age avant-jazz genius Sun Ra met avant-garde serious music composer John Cage in an unforgettable performance.


    You couldn't imagine two figures more opposite. Cage was known for his unusual approach to composition, using objects such as radios and television sets, as well as pure silence, as instruments, often encouraging his musicians to do other things at their whim on stage. Sun Ra, on the other hand, was a jazz arranger known for his space-age approach to jazz, adding free-jazz and surrealist elements into a musical form that Cage often disdained -- improvisational music. And yet, for one afternoon, they pooled their talents -- Ra playing keyboards, leading his small group and reading his unusual poetry; Cage performing vocal readings and passages of vocal sound -- plus his trademark silence -- designed to baffle and disorient. The combination is breathtaking, both organic and mechanical, free-form and totally composed.


    For the very first time, Modern Harmonic presents the full and unexpurgated concert from 1986, stretched out across two LPs. In addition to never-before-heard songs and musical passages, this album at last presents the long-rumored co-performance between the two musical giants, all lovingly packaged in new artwork that captures the stark brilliance of the music. Take yourself back to 1986 and a once-in-a-lifetime performance that you can finally hear as it was intended.

    LP 1
    1. Rick Russo Introduction [Previously Unissued]
    2. Marshall Allen - Untitled Wind Synthesizer Intro
    3. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 1
    4. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
    5. John Cage - Empty Words (Silent Solo)
    6. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
    7. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 2
    8. Sun Ra - We Hold This Myth To Be Potential [Previously Unissued]
    9. Sun Ra - The Damned Air [Previously Unissued]
    10. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]
    11. John Cage - Empty Words (Silent Solo) [Previously Unissued]
    12. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]


    LP 2
    1. Sun Ra - The Living Parable [Previously Unissued]
    2. Sun Ra - This Is The Space Age [Previously Unissued]
    3. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 3 [Previously Unissued]
    4. Sun Ra - Enlightenment (featuring June Tyson) [Previously Unissued]
    5. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 4
    6. John Cage and Sun Ra - Silent Duet
    7. John Cage and Sun Ra - Empty Words And Keyboard
    8. John Cage and Sun Ra - Silent Duet 2
    9. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 5

    John Cage Meets Sun Ra
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    Broken Bells (On Sale)

    When James Mercer of the Shins got together with Brian Burton AKA Danger Mouse, the result became more than the sum of its parts. Plans for their collaboration were made since 2004 but first blossomed into their first single "The High Road" in 2009. An album had to follow, so in 2010 Broken Bells was released to great critical and popular acclaim. The duo avoided sounding too much like their own individual styles: Danger Mouse laid off the samples, playing drums, organs and keys himself.


    Mercer stretched his vocal cords into falsetto range, at times. Their creative energies gel like no other contemporary collaboration. This addictive record is built to last. We can only hope there's more magic in the works by these modern time geniuses.

    1. The High Road
    2. Vaporize
    3. Your Head Is On Fire
    4. The Ghost Inside
    5. Sailing To Nowhere
    6. Trap Doors
    7. Citizen
    8. October
    9. Mongrel Heart
    10. The Mall & Misery
    Broken Bells
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  • Free Jazz Free Jazz Quick View

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    Free Jazz

    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes


    Features a Double Quartet: One Band in Each Stereo Channel with Two Simultaneously Playing Rhythm Sections


    Features Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, Freddie Hubbard Among Other Musicians


    Modern improvisational jazz starts here. With one quartet placed in the left stereo channel and another situated in the right, Free Jazz unloads with two simultaneously playing rhythm sections and a 37-minute-plus title cut devised entirely on the spot.


    Distinctive from the copycat attempts that followed, this 1960 magnum opus claims melody and harmony, solidifying Ornette Coleman's reputation as a compositional genius. Of course, the presence of Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins in the left channel and Coleman, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell in the right doesn't hurt.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's analog edition has turned this classic into an audiophile spectacular. Due to the presentation of the recording in two distinct stereo channels, this album supremely benefits from the label's mastering efforts and decision to expand the music into wider grooves. Prepare for a mind-blowing experience.

    1. Free Jazz- Part 1

    Ornette Coleman


    2. Free Jazz - Part 2

    Ornette Coleman

    Ornette Coleman
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    Live On Tour Switzerland

    All the excitement of a live concert. One of the best big bands in jazz history, the Jones-
    Lewis Orchestra. This live date catches them in their prime.


    They debuted at the Village Vanguard in New York in 1966, and were quickly noticed by
    jazz insiders for their originality and virtuoso skills. Sonny Lester signed and produced
    their recordings from their beginning.


    The band had its own unique style, along the lines of big band swing, Bebop and Hard
    bop. The sound was powerful, fast, intellectual and fun to listen to. Their pieces required
    a high degree of skill to play. Thad Jones, an improvisational genius on the trumpet, led
    the group. Mel Lewis, co-leader, produced a drum style with the band that was unique
    for big bands; the extent in which he was able to incorporate the loose, open approach
    of small group playing was a major innovation. His cymbal work added a texture and
    richness that is one of the hallmarks of the band. Every big band drummer after Lewis
    has been influenced by him to some degree.


    The orchestra was the most influential Big Band since the swing era. It was also an
    unusual band; creating new styles, succeeding in an era where big bands were out of
    favor, and remaining integrated during racially tense periods. The band initially was
    made of all-stars, but over time endeavored to showcase new talent (Jon Faddis). Thad's
    arrangements proved to be highly influential upon modern composers such as Maria
    Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer (who is also an alumnus), and Bill Kirchner. His songs built
    upon the innovations previously pioneered by Jazz composition figures such as Duke
    Ellington and Charles Mingus.


    The band carried its message to Japan and all of key venues in Europe. To this day their
    recordings become more sought after as the years go by. The excellence of the musicians
    and the music they played has endured.

    Second Race
    Don't Ever Leave Me
    The Waltz You Swang For Me
    A- That's Freedom
    Come Sunday
    Don't Get Sassy
    Bible Story
    Groove Merchant
    Thad Jones and Mel Lewis
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  • Mayday Mayday Quick View

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    Mayday

    He's the techno punk, the unboxable nomad: Berlin DJ and producer BOYS NOIZE will release his 4th solo album MAYDAY via Boysnoize Records. The third track off the new album, "Starchild", features Channy Leaneagh of Poliça, and has been chosen as the world record by Zane Lowe on his BEATS 1 show.


    Alex Ridha, better known as BOYS NOIZE, made his DJ debut at the age of 15, taking a teenager´s love of house and techno to a global scale. Accolades have been bestowed by Rolling Stone, who named him one of the "Top 10 DJ's Who Rule The World" and Beatport, who elected him "Best Electronic Act" 3 years in a row. He´s rocked the world's biggest stages, lit up Coachella three times, took Lollapalooza by storm, and headlined festivals and clubs on every continent - from Berlin techno temple Berghain to Fuji Rock in Japan to Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival in the woods of Wisconsin.


    As an artist and producer, Ridha has created a sound and a vision that's peerless, uncompromising, and enduring - respected in the scene, banging from underground to mainstream, it flies in the face of convention at every turn. He's remixed Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, David Lynch, Feist and Nine Inch Nails, collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Erol Alkan, and Jarvis Cocker, worked on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Special" and most recently on the soundtrack for upcoming Oliver Stone's Snowden, and released group projects with genius pianist Chilly Gonzales (Octave Minds), Skrillex (Dog Blood), and Mr. Oizo (Handbraekes). The list of names alone speak volumes about Ridha's multifaceted approach.


    Now BOYS NOIZE is back with MAYDAY, his most dynamic album to date. Infectiously energetic, fusing the energy and spirit of punk with the raw power of modern techno and the early days of rave, MAYDAY exists as a new expression entirely, transporting the innocence of a bygone era into the here and now without ever sounding anachronistic or nostalgic. Collaborations with POLIÇA, HUDSON MOHAWKE, BENGA, REMY BANKS, SPANK ROCK, and some special secret guests (the liner notes are worth a read) broaden the range further than ever. "I always try to challenge myself as a producer and a musician," says Ridha. "Keeping the purity of electronic music but taking it somewhere new is the most difficult, and most motivating. MAYDAY is me taking the music I love to the future, no matter how uncertain the future seems."


    MAYDAY speaks for a generation that no longer gives a damn about boundaries. Walls are for breaking down. MAYDAY's for tearing them to shreds.

    LP 1
    1. Overthrow
    2. Mayday
    3. Revolt
    4. Euphoria (feat. Remy Banks)
    5. Rock The Bells
    6. 2 Live


    LP 2
    1. Would You Listen
    2. Starchild (POLICA)
    3. Midnight
    4. Los Ninos
    5. Hardkotzen
    6. Birthday (feat. Hudson Mohawke & Spank Rock)

    Boys Noize
    $29.99
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    Child Is The Father To The Man

    Ranked 264/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Although they would go on to become one of the most commercially successful acts of the 1970s, most observers agree that Blood, Sweat & Tears 1968 debut effort Child Is Father to the Man remains the ambitious ensembles finest and most enduring musical statement. The bands only album under the leadership of legendary singer / keyboardist Al Kooper, Child Is Father to the Man stands with such late-60s art-pop landmarks as the Zombies Odessey and Oracle and Loves Forever Changes in capturing the periods seemingly limitless creative possibilities.
    Child Is Father to the Man is a brilliant reflection of the desire of Koopera former member of the seminal Blues Project and a key collaborator in Bob Dylans early electric workto use an expanded instrumental lineup to explore a broader range of sounds, styles and compositional approaches. Towards that end, he launched Blood, Sweat & Tears, recruiting a stellar assortment of players from the worlds of rock and jazz, including ex-Blues Project guitarist Steve Katz, former Buffalo Springfield/Mothers of Invention bassist Jim Fielder, jazz drummer Bobby Colomby and noted jazz horn players Randy Brecker, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius and Jerry Weiss.


    The resulting album (produced by fabled studio genius John Simon) was a seamlessly eclectic psychedelic-rock-jazz-classical fusion, with such diverse tracks as Koopers gritty compositions I Cant Quit Her and I Love You More Than Youll Ever Know, as well as his playfully arty House in the Country and The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud, along with stirring readings of Tim Buckleys Morning Glory, Harry Nilssons Without Her and Randy Newmans Just One Smile.


    Koopers expansive musical vision may have been a bit too far ahead of its time. Although it was a favorite of early FM album-rock DJs, Child Is Father to the Man barely scraped the Billboard Top 50 and failed to produce a hit single. However, in the years since, the album has been widely recognized for its expressiveness and originality, and embraced by successive generations of listeners. For instance, it received a prominent placement in Rolling Stones 2003 ranking of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


    Now, Child Is Father to the Man is back in its original vinyl format with Sundazeds definitive new LP edition. With meticulously reproduced original cover art, this vintage musical landmark has been remastered from the original analog master tapes and is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl.

    1. Overture
    2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
    3. Morning Glory
    4. My Days Are Numbered
    5. Without Her
    6. Just One Smile
    7. I Can't Quit Her
    8. Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
    9. Somethin' Goin' On
    10. House In The Country
    11. The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud
    12. So Much Love/Underture
    Blood, Sweat And Tears
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    Will To Power (Gold & Black Marbled Vinyl)

    Pressed On Gold & Black Marbled Vinyl


    Gatefold LP Includes 12-Page LP-Booklet


    Time passes, the world changes, but some things remain constant and unassailable. Heavy metal has endured for more than four decades because its spirit is eternal, and few bands embody the intensity, integrity and lofty artistic ambitions of the genre with more dazzling aplomb than Arch Enemy. Formed in Sweden in the mid-90s by former Carcass/Carnage guitarist Michael Amott, this most explosive and proficient of modern metal bands have spent the last 20 years propagating an unerring creed of technical excellence, songwriting genius and thunderous, irresistible live performance, accruing a huge global fan base along the way. And now, in 2017, Arch Enemy are ready to rise again and climb ever further up the ladder toward pure metal supremacy.

    Always focused but impervious to other's rules and expectations, Arch Enemy evolved once more in 2015 following the departure of Angela Gossow (now the band's manager). Replacing one of the most iconic vocalists of the modern age was never going to be easy, but in the shape of former The Agonist frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz, Arch Enemy found the perfect candidate. Unveiled on the ferocious, anthem-laden triumph of 2014's War Eternal, Alissa's powerful identity and extraordinary vocal talents proved a natural and instantly welcomed fit. Further extensive touring cemented the new line-up's thrilling efficacy, before one final line-up change - the arrival of legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis, formerly of Nevermore - completed the musical puzzle that Amott had been tinkering with for the best part of 20 years.

    Recorded in 2017, the tenth Arch Enemy album will be unleashed later in 2017 and promises to be the ultimate statement of heavy metal supremacy from a band that are still growing in stature as the years fall away. Will To Power will be the first album the band have recorded with their current line-up and as Michael Amott explains, diehard fans will be both thrilled to hear their favourite band on top form and somewhat surprised by their latest creative explorations.

    The goal is always to raise the bar yet again and create an epic masterpiece! he laughs. I think the album has a great balance between traditional Arch Enemy and some new influences that come through here and there. The most surprising thing on this album is that we've written our first ever ballad. It's still a very metal song, but there's no way around the fact that it is a ballad and that might be quite controversial for a band like us, I guess. I'm excited to hear what our fans will think of that one, but I do feel that we can afford to spread our wings a bit on our tenth studio album!

    Once Will To Power hits the streets, Arch Enemy will do what they do best, hitting the road and taking their latest batch of heroic metal anthems to the people. Achieving longevity is the toughest challenge that faces any band, but Arch Enemy have long since established themselves as a permanent fixture on the global metal scene and as standard bearers for upholding and celebrating of the heavy metal code. Right now, in 2017, no other band embodies the spirit of the genre with such flair and euphoric zeal. Long may their steel spirit prevail.

    It's always been about creating the best songs we can make and whatever success we've had is a direct result of the music speaking to people and our relentless worldwide touring, Michael grins. We are happy with the fact that the band has had growth spurt these last couple of years and it's exciting to put on a bigger and more complete live show for our fans. We obviously hope our fans will enjoy Will To Power and we're looking forward to getting back out there and performing live again, with a whole bunch of killer new tunes up our sleeve!

    1. Set Flame To The Night
    2. The Race
    3. Blood In The Water
    4. The World Is Yours
    5. The Eagle Flies Alone
    6. Reason To Believe
    7. Murder Scene
    8. First Day In Hell
    9. Dreams Of Retribution
    10. My Shadow And I
    11. A Fight I Must Win
    Arch Enemy
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    The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

    Following the enormous success of his #1, Grammy-Award winning album with Lady Gaga, Cheek To Cheek, this release continues the classic series of Tony Bennett album releases celebrating the essentials of the Great American Songbook. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern is an appreciation of the genius of Jerome David Kern (1885-1945), one of the 20th century's most important American composers of musical theater and popular music.


    Tony Bennett is the only artist to successfully bridge the worlds of pop music and jazz on an international scale for over 60 years. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern become parts of a timeless legacy of recordings that Bennett has done throughout his career that have embraced both genres, in particular the revered piano jazz albums that he recorded with the late Bill Evans in 1975 and 1977. Tony has become synonymous with the pop/jazz connection and in recent years has been a mentor to contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse in encouraging them to embrace jazz music. With his 90th birthday less than a year away, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern defines what makes Tony Bennett unique in the pantheon of great singers and is a testament to the legacy that he continues to create as a recording artist and influence in the music industry.


    Over the course of his career, Kern composed more than 700 songs, creating musical elements used in more than 100 stage works, collaborating with the greatest lyricists and librettists of the era including P.G. Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg and many others on a seemingly limitless repertoire of classic songs including Ol' Man River, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Way You Look Tonight, Long Ago and Far Away and many more.


    New York native Jerome Kern was a major force on Broadway and in Hollywood musicals in a career that spanned more than four decades. He expanded on earlier musical theater traditions, from vaudeville to operetta, to embrace new dance rhythms, syncopation and jazz progressions and helped invent the modern musical template. While many of his Broadway musicals and Hollywood musical films were contemporary smash hits, Kern is perhaps best remembered today through revivals of Show Boat, one of his signature achievements.


    In his liner notes for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, music historian Will Friedwald describes Kern as ...the key link between the great music of historical and contemporary classics, a direct connection between Brahms and Charlie Parker....a key architect of a uniquely American art form that would eventually take shape as musical theater....one of the founding fathers of a term that Tony Bennett later coined himself, 'the Great American Songbook.' Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for The Wall Street Journal, worked with Tony Bennett on Tony's The Good Life memoir, and is author of eight books including the award-winning A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, Sinatra! The Song Is You, Stardust Melodies, and Jazz Singing.


    The idea of a Kern Songbook project was Tony's, writes Will Friedwald, thereby placing Kern on the very short list of canonical composers (Rodgers & Hart, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, and Cy Coleman) who have been the beneficiaries of an entire album by Bennett. It was also Bennett's idea to create the album in collaboration with the remarkable Bill Charlap....who can also take a great song we all know by heart and make us feel like we've never heard it before.


    Playing alongside Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap on The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern are pianist Renee Rosnes (on the piano duet pieces), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums). Unrelated, though sharing the same last name, Peter and Kenny have been performing with Bill Charlap for nearly two decades and pianist Renee Rosnes has been Charlap's life partner for close to 10 years.


    With more than 700 Jerome Kern compositions to choose from, the set list for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern is a distillation of essential highlights from a boundless catalog. With these interpretations of some of Jerome Kern's finest songs, Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap offer a definitive introduction to Kern's music while providing a deep understanding of the abiding and universal qualities of these songs.

    1. All the Things You Are
    2. Pick Yourself Up
    3. The Last Time I Saw Paris
    4. I Won't Dance
    5. Long Ago and Far Away
    6. Dearly Beloved
    7. The Song Is You
    8. They Didn't Believe Me
    9. I'm Old Fashioned
    10. the Way You Look Tonight
    11. Yesterdays
    12. Make Believe
    13. Nobody Else But Me
    14. Look For the Silver Lining
    Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
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  • Ravel - Sheherazade / Berlioz - Les Nuits D'Ete (Speakers Corner) Ravel - Sheherazade / Berlioz - Les Nuits D'Ete (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Ravel - Sheherazade / Berlioz - Les Nuits D'Ete (Speakers Corner)

    At the time when Ravel set down ShÉhÉrazade, and although he had already composed such works as Pavane pour une Infante defunte and Jeux d'eau, - regarded today as excellent - the young composer was still struggling for recognition. Five times he tried to win the prestigious Prix de Rome, France's highest musical award, but barely achieved more than limited acclaim.



    Ravel's provocative assertion that he didn't follow any particular musical direction, but was an anarchist is reflected in his free, wonderfully interwoven composition ShÉhÉrazade. A touch of the Orient is entwined with late-romantic harmony and an impressionistic, modern brilliance, whose depth calls for and merits repeated listening.



    Ravel shares the lot of a misunderstood genius with Hector Berlioz. Written in 1832, his cycle Les Nuits d'EtÉ, with its pulsating and arietta-like but also morbid and ghostly songs, provide a wonderful example of a composition from the French Romantic era. The present superb performance was highly acclaimed by producer and author G. A. Eckle, who stated »RÉgine Crespin is the embodiment of quality when it comes to French repertoire in her category




    Recording: September 1963 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by James Lock

    Production: Michael Bremner





    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Maurice Ravel: ShÉhÉrazade
    2. Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits dEtÉ
    Ernest Ansermet
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    Psychic Temple II

    It may seem hard to imagine a place where indie rock visionaries like Sufjan Stevens and Castanets' Ray Raposa could meld minds with the genius of Brian Wilson, where death metal pioneer Paul Masvidal might wield his legendary six-string chops on a blissed-out soul ballad, where adventurous young jazz players like Kris Tiner and Devin Hoff share credit with Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens and singer/songwriter Aaron Roche.


    Long Beach composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist (not to mention truck driver) Chris Schlarb has not only imagined such a place but has now made it manifest for a second time. Released by Asthmatic Kitty, Psychic Temple II is a labor of love, envisioned by Schlarb to bring his most far-ranging inspirations to life - as he puts it, "a dream ensemble that could never actually exist." The ensemble's sophomore release was painstakingly constructed over more than a year with the cooperation of some of the most progressive musical minds from a staggering variety of genres.


    "I love interesting juxtapositions, where you bring together people from different communities," Schlarb says. He cites iconoclastic predecessors like Bill Laswell's ever-changing group Material, which once brought together a young Whitney Houston with jazz legend Archie Shepp and future Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Michael Beinhorn to cover a song by Hugh Hopper of English prog-rock pioneers Soft Machine. On 2010's Psychic Temple, Schlarb assembled a 29-member ensemble that included Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, vocalist Julianna Barwick, and pianist Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble.


    "It seems like a crazy combination of people," Schlarb says, "but they're all just musicians. Why not bring them all together? It may not always work, but it's always worth reaching further."


    Psychic Temple II reaches beyond the long-form experiments of its predecessor for a more tightly focused yet conceptually dense collection whose songs are no less exploratory for their briefer durations. "I never see the point in continuing to regurgitate," Schlarb says of the new album's unique direction. "What was natural at that time would now feel contrived. I have to keep moving forward."


    Schlarb also includes three cover songs by composers who share his boundary-demolishing mindset: Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out," Frank Zappa's "Sofa No. 2," and Brian Wilson's "'Til I Die," a gorgeous, lesser-known Beach Boys song that features vocals by Sufjan Stevens, Castanets' Ray Raposa, and Cryptacize's Nedelle Torrisi.


    Psychic Temple had its origins in Create (!), a large improvising ensemble with which Schlarb used to perform. The free-form group would often incorporate multiple drummers, a concept that Schlarb decided to pursue in a more composition-oriented setting. No matter how much Psychic Temple mutates from track to track, the rhythmic possibilities of its two drummers (in this case, Tabor Allen and Andrew Pompey) remain intact.


    Schlarb's imaginative leaps are evidenced from the outset of Psychic Temple II, on the intoxicating opening track, "Seventh House." Featuring the sinuous vocals of Sarah Negahdari, who recently served as touring bassist for Silversun Pickups, the song weaves together lyrical and musical references to Neil Young's "Will To Love," to the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers album Pisces, and to Sheena Easton's notorious Prince-penned pop hit "Sugar Walls."


    Then there's "The Starry King Hears Laughter" and "She Is the Golden World," two songs that pay simultaneous homage to poet William Blake and jazz legend Bill Evans; or "Solo in Place," Schlarb's attempt to filter classic soul through his own "weird prism," a missing link between the Isley Brothers and the Alan Parsons Project that features guitar wizard Paul Masvidal of the death metal bands Death and Cynic.


    Despite such a mind-blowing array of talent from the farthest reaches of the musical spectrum, Psychic Temple II is a surprisingly cohesive album, a testament to Schlarb's clear controlling vision. "One of the fundamental flaws of modern music is the idea of the record as a pastiche," he says. "With hip-hop and R&R records starting in the '90s, you had ten tracks with ten different producers so every track sounded completely different. There was no aesthetic where you could just put on a record and listen to it beginning to end. I admire people who are control freaks."


    Schlarb has wielded control over a number of vastly different projects himself. The New York Observer called his debut solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories, "40 minutes of avant-garde bliss," while Interoceans, recorded with experimental jazz duo I Heart Lung, was chosen by NPR as one of the top five jazz albums of 2008. He composed the score for Nicklas "Nifflas" Nygren's video game Nightsky and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Meet the Composer. In 2001, Schlarb founded the eclectic Sounds Are Active record label, which has released music by the likes of Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Castanets.

    1. Seventh House
    2. The Starry King Hears Laughter
    3. Solo In Place
    4. Bird In The Garden
    5. 'Til I Die
    6. She Is The Golden World
    7. Steppin' Out
    8. All I Want Is Time
    9. Sofa No. 2
    10. NO TSURAI
    11. Hyacinth Thrash Quarter
    Chris Schlarb
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    Funky Was The State Of Affairs

    Fergus and Geronimo's leap between their early R&B-influenced singles and their first wildly diverse record was so daring, many music writers and fans were forced to reconsider the pigeonhole to which they had already damned them. Happily damned them, since, after all, those early tracks went over exceptionally well. But observers and admirers were also left doing something not many get to experience in this dime-a-dozen singles renaissance: scratching their heads concerning what this group would do next. After a first record that was such a departure, not only did they wonder, they actually cared.



    Founding member Andrew Savage is very conscious of the risks the band took, the changes that were made in order to avoid being marginalized. Says Savage: "Jason (Kelly) and I had no interests in becoming lost in the indie rock/garage rock milieu. The nature of those early singles was that they were instantaneously gratifying, and we both wanted to make a record that was ultimately gratifying, but not necessarily instantaneous."



    Now we have an idea of how far Fergus and Geronimo are continuing to take their gradually conceptual ambitions, in the form of their second full-length record, Funky Was The State of Affairs.



    Like some of history's most well-regarded and oft-reissued acts, the group is doing exactly what they are compelled to do: making an album that actually plays like a cohesively complete statement. "I feel like bands aren't really making albums anymore. By that I mean, a start to finish concept meant to be listened to in its entirety. Labels are more interested in singles, which is in a tail-wags-dog sort of way.



    And yet the record is entirely unpredictable, even as it tackles reoccurring themes, which Savage says include, "aliens, technology, intergalactic dating/hooking up, the Roman Empire, and the earthling resistance movement." At times the story seems filtered through the earthling point of view; in the next, extraterrestrials listen to phone-tapped conversations by some understandably paranoid humans.



    Though at times it sounds like fairly serious subject matter, the group employs a sharp-tongued attack with the same sort of gallows humor cracked wise by the likes of their equally Doubting Thomas inspirational figures, everyone from the Mothers of Invention to Devo. Within the first few minutes, the tone is set; the bright, spiky, opening track over a Krautrock rhythm, "No Parties," contains a line summarizing the restlessness caused by the alienation of modern habits, sung in a mock-English accent: "Collecting devices, you're paying the prices/Of over consumption, with mental destruction."



    "Basically, its a dystopian sound-scape of our civilization's collapse," says Savage. Indeed, those feelings of dread are sometimes instrumentally emphasized by passages of synthesizer static and noise, which Savage attributes to being influenced by groups like Chrome. New members Bob Jones (guitar, bass, analog synth) and Jef Brown (Tenor Sax) also add to the playful chaos. Savage says the original duo added members in order to achieve "the tightness that can only come from recording with a live core," as "musicianship is extremely important to Jason and I."



    Since Brown and Jones both played in the self-explanatory Evolutionary Jass Band, which evolved out of the equally experimental Jackie-O Motherfucker, there is an expansion in the group's improvisational capabilities that wasn't as obvious on past recordings. Yet nothing sounds forced, each interlude is enjoyable, each hip-hop-inspired skit serves a narrative-pushing purpose. The record bounces from Booker T-styled soul ("Wiretapping Muzak I and II") to early '80s New York dance rock ("Marky Move") with an immodest ease.



    "Hi, I'm Heather Strange, and I'm a 23-year-old human earthling female" says a woman between the first and second track. "Really, I'm just looking for a man whose cerebral capabilities haven't been fried by LCD screens yet." Most people reading this might be able to relate to Heather's plight, or worse yet, sink under the weight of being the type of person she's desperately seeking to avoid. But such is the genius of Fergus and Geronimo. They have made all of these variously opposing forces; dark and light, alien and earthling, melody and noise, condemning and being condemned, something that you feel like listening to over and over again. If only to hear what happens next.

    1. Planet Earth is Pregnant for the 5th Time

    2. No Parties

    3. The Strange One Speaketh

    4. Roman Tick

    5. My Phone's Been Tapped, Baby

    6. Roman Nvmerals/Wiretapping Muzak I

    7. Spies
    8. Earthling Men

    9. The Uncanny Valley

    10. Earthling Women

    11. Drones

    12. Wiretapping Muzak II

    13. Off the Map

    14. The Roman Stuff is Where it's At

    15. Marky Move

    16. Funky Was the State of Affairs
    Fergus & Geronimo
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