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  • The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music (Speakers Corner) The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music (Speakers Corner)

    The harpsichord, sometimes disrespectfully referred to as a plucked instrument with keys, left its stamp on the musical language of the Baroque as no other. Whether employed as a continuous bass to accompany delicate chamber music, or heard in heady open-air concerts, or just as a solo instrument, its bright sound, rich in overtones, was highly esteemed by all important composers and musicians of the era. Due to the construction of the instrument it is not possible to play with a differentiated volume of sound, so performers made a virtue of necessity in that they concentrated upon lively phrasing and a well-considered choice of register.



    In the present recording Rafael Puyana plays a two-manual Pleyel harpsichord and interprets a wide and varied range of European keyboard works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Along with compositions by Louis Couperin and Domenico Scarlatti's, both of whom had a great influence on style in their day, this compilation has at its heart works by the English composers John Bull, William Byrd and Peter Philips, which are taken from the most famous collection of all Baroque compositions, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Short notes on the back cover provide useful information on the works' historical context.



    Musicians:



    • Besard, Couperin, Francisque, Scarlatti, Freixanet, Bach, Bull, Byrd, Philips, Peerson, and AlbÉniz - Rafael Puyana (harpischord)




    Recording: April and May 1962 at Ballroom Studio A of Fine Recording, New York City, by C. Robert Fine and Robert Eberenz

    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence




    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. Branle Gay
    2. Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher
    3. Branle de Montirande
    4. Sonata in E Major, K. 381
    5. Sonata in A Major
    6. Concerto in D Minor, after Alessandro Marcello
    7. Les Buffons
    8. La Volta
    9. Pavana Dolorosa-Galiarda Dolorosa
    10. My Lady Carey's Dompe
    11. The Primrose-The Fall of the Leafe
    12. The King's Hunt
    13. Sinata In D Major
    Rafael Puyana
    $34.99
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  • Bach: Five Concertos for Harpsichord Bach: Five Concertos for Harpsichord Quick View

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    Bach: Five Concertos for Harpsichord

    " Rondeau is one of the most natural performers one is likely to hear on a classical music stage these days. Affectation and ostentation are not part of his makeup and, once seated at the instrument, he and the harpsichord become one." -The Washington Post


    Jean Rondeau, the imaginative young French harpsichordist, describes the Bach family as "one of the great dynasties of western music". Having devoted his first Erato disc, Imagine, to works by the towering Johann Sebastian, he now returns to Bach's world for his third release, Dynastie, which complements concertos by Johann Sebastian with concertos by his three most famous sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.


    Rondeau has described JS Bach, who has been part of his life since his childhood, as "daunting like a mighty mountain", but at the same time feels that "his music is so full of humility, so generous, that we have the right and the duty to play it, to share it, and to take the hand that he extends to us."

    1. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: I. Allegro
    2. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: II. Adagio
    3. Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro
    4. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attrib. W. F. Bach): I. Allegro di molto
    5. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attrib. W. F. Bach): II. Andante
    6. Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attrib. W. F. Bach): III. Prestissimo
    Jean Rondeau
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  • Second Winter (Speakers Corner) Second Winter (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Second Winter (Speakers Corner)

    Johnny Winter released the album Second Winter, a passionate and fervent collection of songs, just a few months after his record debut. This legendary band's steadfast commitment to blues is apparent in every single note they play, although tender emotions are all the more discernible in hard, rock'n'roll-like outbursts than ever before. Winter blends his crystal-clear, unmannered guitar playing with the gravelly charm of his raspy voice to produce a compact sound in which both his own compositions and old favourites (Johnny B. Goode) are revived. It is quite clear that the white shooting star is on a par with the giants of blues as far as vocals and guitar playing are concerned.
    It is often speculated over as to whether Johnny's new ideas were simply too numerous for a single LP, or whether the producers thought they were not quite sufficient for a double LP. Whatever the answer, the original was released as a three-sided album, with a blank fourth side! In order to fill the album with fiery rock'n'roll, a new production with the 45 rpm versions of Miss Ann, Hustled Down In Texas, and Highway 61 Revisited is now included on the fourth side. It goes without saying that alongside the present double LP Winter's audiophile first release (Columbia CS 9826) is available from Speakers Corner, too.



    Musicians:



    • Johnny Winter (guitar, mandolin, vocal)

    • Edgar Winter (piano, alto saxophone, organ, harpsichord)

    • Tommy Shannon, Dennis Collins (bass)

    • 'Uncle' John Turner (percussion)



    Recording: 1969 by Ed Kollins

    Production: Johnny and Edgar Winter




    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. Memory Pain
    2. I'm Not Sure
    3. The Good Love
    4. Slippin' and Slidin'
    5. Miss Ann
    6. Johnny B. Goode
    7. Highway 61 Revisited
    8. I Love Everybody
    9. Hustled Down in Texas
    10. I Hate Everybody
    11. Fast Life Rider
    Johnny Winter
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Direct To Disc) (Awaiting Repress) Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Direct To Disc) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Vivaldi The Four Seasons (Direct To Disc) (Awaiting Repress)

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Directly Cut to Vinyl


    Pressed at Record Industry


    Gatefold Jacket


    Vivaldi's best know work, The Four Seasons is given new life in this Audiophile Direct to Disc recording from Chasing the Dragon. In order to make this D2D recording, the Interpreti Veneziani Chamber Orchestra performs each album side live in the studio, recorded via state of the art, all-tube valve microphones, fed to a Neve Desk, and then via a pure analogue path directly to the Neumann VMS80 lathe.


    This Direct to Disc performance is a pure analog delight! The brilliantly captured session was carefully engineered, and mixed live, no overdubs! During the performance, the Neumann VMS 80 Cutting head engages the master lacquer (stamper used for pressing LPs) and is not stopped until the entire side is complete! The results are amazing! A more accurate recording, a greater immediacy and interaction among the players, less background noise through the elimination of master tapes, overdubs, etc. by directly cutting the recording to vinyl. A dynamic album that needs to be heard!


    Musicians:

    Interpreti Veneziani Chamber Orchestra

    Giacobbe Stevanato, violin

    Nicola Granillo, violin

    Sebastiano Maria Vianello, violin

    Pietro Talamini, violin

    Anania Maritan, violin

    Sonia Amadio, viola

    Davide Amadio, cello

    Angelo Liziero, double bass

    Paolo Cognolato, harpsichord

    Spring
    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro
    Summer
    4. Allegro
    5. Adagio
    6. Presto
    Autumn
    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro
    Winter
    4. Allegro
    5. Largo
    6. Allegro
    Interpreti Veneziani Chamber Orchestra
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Rubber Soul Rubber Soul Quick View

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    Rubber Soul

    Ranked 5/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Sourced From the Original Master Tapes


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios


    Pressed on 180 gram vinyl


    From a modern perspective, this is where things start to get very interesting. Breaking out of the routine of squeezing albums between touring, Rubber Soul is the result of their first extended period in the studio.


    The production is open and spacious, adorned but not yet overcrowded with new instruments and ideas. The songs themselves are like little Pop Art vignettes, where the lyrics are starting to match the quality of the melodies and arrangements. Even a simple, witty rocker such as Drive My Car is played with such tight grooviness (listen to the synchronised bass and guitar) that it practically sparkles with self-amusement.


    Lennon, whose personality and leadership has been strongly at the fore throughout the early Beatles, really raises his game on Rubber Soul, with such thoughtful, breakthrough classics as Norwegian Wood (which showcases Harrison on a sitar), Nowhere Man, Girl and the utterly majestic In My Life (replete with George Martin's flighty harpsichord solo), surely one of the most perfect songs ever written.


    Lyrically, McCartney lags behind, but in some ways his lighter, poppier songs help keep Rubber Soul fresh and bubbly, while his melodic bass-playing takes a huge leap forward, propelling everything. There is a crisp innocence about this album, a sense of sweet delight and joyful discovery.


    A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs them selves, just polishing them up a bit.




    1. Drive My Car
    2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    3. You Won't See Me
    4. Nowhere Man
    5. Think For Yourself
    6. The Word
    7. Michelle
    8. What Goes On
    9. Girl
    10. I'm Looking Through You
    11. In My Life
    12. Wait
    13. If I Needed Someone
    14. Run For Your Life
    The Beatles
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Queen Of Hearts The Queen Of Hearts Quick View

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    The Queen Of Hearts

    Nonesuch Records will release The Queen of Hearts, the debut album from Offa Rex, an adventurous new project featuring English singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. Produced and recorded by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and Colin Meloy at Martine's studio in Portland, OR, and mostly arranged by Chaney, the thirteen tracks on The Queen of Hearts draw largely on traditional English-Irish-Scottish repertoire to create a transatlantic musical conversation that flirts with psychedelia and folk rock while maintaining its own inimitable identity.

    The origins of Offa Rex can be traced to a tweet. Meloy, a fan of Olivia Chaney's 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, struck up a dialog with her over Twitter, which eventually led to her supporting The Decemberists on a U.S. tour. Chaney says: Every so often [on the tour] Colin and I would have these fleeting but quite intense conversations about songwriting and singing traditional songs. One night he asked me, grinning, 'Have you ever thought of having a backing group? We'll be your Albion Dance Band.'

    Meloy adds: "There's this weird relationship between British and American music, this interesting trade and theft that goes back and forth. My hope was that if we-the neophytes, the dilettantes, the pretenders-brought Olivia to Portland to work with Tucker, perhaps these traditional British songs would be infused with something different.From the heady harpsichord swirl that engulfs album opener The Queen of Hearts to the warm, delicate drone of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, or the cold, grey riff that heralds Sheepcrook and Black Dog, it's evident that Offa Rex is different indeed, upending its folk roots and imbuing these songs with exploratory verve.

    1. The Queen of Hearts
    2. Blackleg Miner
    3. The Gardener
    4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
    5. Flash Company
    6. Old Churchyard
    7. Constant Billy (Oddington) / I'll Go Enlist (Sherborne)
    8. Willie o' Winsbury
    9. Bonny May
    10. Sheepcrook and Black Dog
    11. To Make You Stay
    Offa Rex
    $21.99
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  • Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions Quick View

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    Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions

    13 Previously Unissued Solo Acoustic Demos


    Remastered From The Original Analog Tapes And Acetate


    Booklet Includes In-Depth Interview With Buckley's Lyricist Larry Beckett


    In 1967, the face of rock was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music-the result was Sgt. Peppers in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye & Hello.


    Buckley was no longer just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium. Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim's songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it.


    Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye & Hello's producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett's possession.


    Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye & Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim's death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare.


    So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley.


    Several rarities releases in the 1980s and '90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew-until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career. In short, you need this!

    1. Sixface
    2. Contact
    3. Lady, Give Me Your Key
    4. Once Upon A Time
    5. Once I Was
    6. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
    7. Pleasant Street
    8. Knight-Errant
    9. Marigold
    10. Carnival Song
    11. No Man Can Find The War
    12. I Can't Leave You Lovin' Me
    13. She's Back Again
    Tim Buckley
    $29.99
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  • Blood, Sweat, & Tears: 3 (Speakers Corner) Blood, Sweat, & Tears: 3 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Blood, Sweat, & Tears: 3 (Speakers Corner)

    1970 was a really good year for Blood, Sweat & Tears. The colourful, distinguished group was awarded a Grammy® in the categories "Album of the Year", "Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance", and "Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)".



    The concept of merging jazz, blues and arrangements of classical themes worked well, with music journalist Leonard Feather commenting that »it brought music into rock«.
    Everything seemed to be allowed - as long as it sounded good: almost spontaneously, it seems, the musicians develop a somewhat boozy, cheery Hi-De-Ho happening out of synthetically created chivalric fanfares, or conjure up a medieval scenario (The Battle) with the archaic sound of a harpsichord and solo voice. That caustic big-band soul (Lucrezia MacEvil) and seemingly familiar rock songs (Fire And Rain) find their niche here fits in with the free spirit of this third album, which boasts no otherwise specified title. One listens to this disc, wondering what surprise is in store in the next beat, the next phrase, the next number. And there is a wonderfully liberating feeling in knowing that nothing is a 'must' but all is allowed.



    Musicians:



    • David Clayton Thomas (vocal)

    • Fred Lipsius (alto saxophone, piano, vocal)

    • Lew Soloff (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Jerry Hyman (trombone)

    • Steve Katz (guitar, harmonica, vocal)

    • Dick Halligan (organ, piano, harmonica, trombone, flute, vocal)

    • Jim Fielder (bass)

    • Bobby Colomby (drums, percussion, vocal)




    Recording: 1970 by Roy Halee

    Production: Bobby Colomby and Roy Halee





    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. Hi-De-Ho
    2. The Battle
    3. Lucretia MacEvil
    4. Lucretia's Reprise
    5. Fire and Rain
    6. Lonesome Suzie
    7. Symphony For the Devil
    8. He's a Runner
    9. Somethin' Comin' On
    10. Forty Thousand Headmen
    Blood, Sweat And Tears
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  • Why Do The Heathen Rage? Why Do The Heathen Rage? Quick View

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    Why Do The Heathen Rage?

    Not final cover art


    The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos. After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release Why Do the Heathen Rage? whose subtitle "Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics" reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre. A gleeful queer travesty of black metal's undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, Why Do the Heathen Rage? is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar's obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty and members of Locrian and Wye Oak, Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen, but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.


    Imitating the countless black metal albums that begin with ominous intros, the album commences with "Invocation for Strength", a spoken word track in which a Radical Faery poem used by gay activist Arthur Evans in his classic Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture is read by Drew Daniel and Antony (Antony and the Johnsons). After this queer hymn, the rhythmic assault begins with an industrial gabber take on Venom's genre-founding song "Black Metal", featuring vocals by Baltimore artist Bryan Collins and screams from Daniel. Stark trap beats and rave synths meet two-step house bounce on "Sadomatic Rites," originally by Beherit, whose electronic opus H418ov21.c was an inspiration to Drew as he was making this album. Adding a witchy twist to an underground metal classic, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Dungeonesse) lends her smoky, soulful voice to an orgasmic house deconstruction of Sarcofago's redlight anthem "Ready to Fuck." After a surprisingly sensitive guitar led intro, "Satanic Black Devotion" erupts with full on screaming vocals from Terence Hannum (Locrian), paired with IDM beats, synthetic banjo, and a rather glaring plunderphonic re-working of a recognizable dancefloor classic. Side Two kicks off with a stark, vogue-ball inspired rethinking of Darkthrone's "Beholding the Throne of Might", with whispered vocals from London based free improviser/composer Jennifer Walshe and a spoken interlude from David Serrotte of the vogue ball crew House of Revlon. The goth factor spikes on "Buried by Time and Dust", in which Daniel's Matmos partner M.C. Schmidt croaks the lyrics to the vampiric Mayhem original on top of MIDI harpsichord while a moldy 808 drops the "Planet Rock" beat. In an Ouroboric final gesture, the album concludes with a paroxysmic take on "Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar" by Impaled Northern Moonforest, the parodic fake black metal project of Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam. A blizzard of snippets of pop, house, crust and metal are shredded and smothered in lo-fi screaming and arctic field recordings, ending the album on suitably contradictory notes of mockery and celebration. The album's controversial artwork, which will remain redacted for the time being due to the extreme content it portrays, fits those themes as well, depicting a volatile, extremist scene undergoing a long overdue queerification, coming out rich and strange, shiny and pink.


    The Soft Pink Truth was started in 2001 when legendary UK house producer Matthew Herbert challenged Drew to "make a house record," resulting in the project's slyly funky debut album Do You Party?, which Herbert released on his own Soundslike Records. Daniel has also produced floor-burning remixes for Bjork, Herbert, Grizzly Bear, Dat Politics and many more under The Soft Pink Truth moniker. "Why Do The Heathen Rage?" follows his 2004 release "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?," a collection of electronic interpretations of UK punk and American hardcore songs. As a member of Matmos, Daniel continues to break down established norms of experimental and pop music practice by filtering genres through unique and brilliant conceptual lenses, and has established himself as one of the most individualistic electronic musicians of the past several decades.


    Disclaimer: Aesthetics and Politics are neither equivalent nor separable. Black metal fandom all too often entails a tacit endorsement or strategic looking-the-other-way with regards to the racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic bullshit politics that (still) pervade the scene, on behalf of either escapist fantasy talk, shaky invocations of art as a crypto-religious path to transcendence, or--the oldest cop out in the book--the quietist declaration that "I just like how it sounds." Just as blasphemy both affirms and assaults the sacred powers it invokes and inverts, so too this record celebrates black metal and offers queer critique / mockery / profanation of its ideological morass in equal measure. Mixed emotions about a murky, diverse and self-differential scene are all very well, but, as Barack Obama is so fond of saying at press conferences just before legitimizing drone warfare, let's be clear: No apologies, no excuses, and no escape clauses are hereby offered. Murderers are murderers. No safe space for fascist garbage. The Soft Pink Truth hereby abjures black metal homophobes, racists, and Nazis categorically and absolutely: MAY THIS CURSE BIND! Remember Magne Andreassen!"

    1. Invocation for Strength
    2. Black Metal
    3. Sadomatic Rites
    4. Ready to Fuck
    5. Satanic Black Devotion
    6. Beholding the Throne of Might
    7. Let There Be Ebola Frost
    8. Buried by Time and Dust
    9. Maniac
    10. Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar
    The Soft Pink Truth
    $18.99
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  • Love Hate Love Hate Quick View

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    Love Hate

    Love Hate is the debut album from singer-songwriter The-Dream. The album was promoted with three singles -
    Shawty Is Da Shit, Falsetto and I Luv Your Girl. The album's layered production incorporates spacious beats,
    oscillating keyboards, throbbing synths, and baroque elements such as synthetic strings and harpsichords.
    Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic on standard weight 2LP for
    the first time in 10 years.
    LP 1
    1.Shawty Is Da Sh*!
    2.I Luv Your Girl
    3.Fast Car
    4.Nikki
    5.She Needs My Love
    6.Falsetto


    LP 2
    1.Playin' In Her Hair
    2.Purple Kisses
    3.Ditch That...
    4.Luv Songs
    5.Livin' A Lie
    6.Mama

    The-Dream
    $24.99
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  • Street Faerie Street Faerie Quick View

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    Street Faerie

    Produced & Arranged By Lenny Kravitz


    Available On Vinyl For The First Time!


    Street Faërie is the first full-length album recorded by former Different World actress and Lenny Kravitz musical protÉgÉ, Cree Summer (1999). Summer, who is Neo-Pagan and a political and human rights activist, wove themes of racism, romantic liaisons, and spirituality into the lyrics of guitar-heavy pop and folk songs.


    Summer addresses both her Canadian Indian roots and her oneness with earth (covering both the personal and universal obligations of her singer-songwriter role) on her debut album. Producer Kravitz keeps his usual retrogazing to a minimum here, allowing Street Faërie to breathe in its own organic surroundings and to develop a style more reserved than on any of his own recordings.


    On this album, Lenny Kravitz is credited with the following impressive list of musical duties: bass, guitar, percussion, arranger, drums, harpsichord, organ, programming, tambourine, vocals, background vocals, clavinet, producer, mellotron, cowbell, horn arrangements, mixing, finger cymbals, drum loop and cabasa.

    LP1
    1. Revelation Sunshine
    2. Miss Moon
    3. Still Heart
    4. Deliciously Down

    5. Mean Sleep
    6. Life Goes On
    7. Fall


    LP2
    1. Angry Boy
    2. Sweet Pain
    3. Smooth My Heart
    4. Naheo
    5. Soul Sister
    6. Curious White Boy

    Cree Summer
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Beauty And The Beast: The Songs


    Blue Colored Vinyl


    Songs from the 2017 live-action remake of Disney's Beauty And The Beast.


    The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's father; Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Audra McDonald as Madame De Garderobe, the wardrobe; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

    1. Belle
    2. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Music Box)
    3. Belle (Reprise)
    4. Gaston
    5. Be Our Guest
    6. Days In The Sun
    7. Something There
    8. How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmartre)
    9. Beauty and the Beast
    10. Evermore
    11. The Mob Song
    12. Beauty and the Beast (Finale)
    13. How Does A Moment Last Forever - Performed by Celine Dion
    14. Beauty and the Beast - Performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend
    15. Evermore - Performed by Josh Groban
    Various Artists
    $19.99
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  • Their Satanic Majesties Request Their Satanic Majesties Request Quick View

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    Their Satanic Majesties Request

    DSD Remastered


    Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released on 8 December 1967 by Decca Records in the UK and the following day in the US by London Records. Its title is a play on the Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires... text that appears inside a British passport.


    Musicians:

    Mick Jagger - lead and backing vocals, percussion

    Keith Richards - guitars, backing vocals

    Brian Jones - Mellotron, percussion, organ, flute, recorder, sitar on Gomper, electric dulcimer, saxophone, concert harp, theremin

    Charlie Watts - drums, percussion, tablas

    Bill Wyman - bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals, organ, lead vocals on In Another Land


    Additional personnel

    Nicky Hopkins - piano, harpsichord, organ, Mellotron

    John Paul Jones - string arrangement on She's a Rainbow

    Eddie Kramer - percussion

    Ronnie Lane - backing vocals on In Another Land

    Steve Marriott - backing vocals and acoustic guitar on In Another Land

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney - vocals on Sing This All Together

    Anita Pallenberg - backing vocals

    Uncredited musicians - strings and brass

    1. Sing This All Together

    2. Citadel

    3. In Another Land - Wyman, Bill

    4. 2000 Man
    5. Sing This All Together (See What Happens)
    6. She's a Rainbow
    7. The Lantern

    8. Gomper
    9. 2000 Light Years from Home
    10. On With the Show
    The Rolling Stones
    $32.99
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    Paper Garden

    180 Gram Audiophile Pressed At RTI


    From The Original Master Tapes


    Faithful Reproduction Of The Original Artwork


    Mono


    Sgt. Pepper taught a lot of bands to play in 1967, including New York's Paper Garden, whose absorption of the Fab Four's Summer of Love statement came out on Musicor Records the following year. What Paper Garden can't match in terms of the Beatles' sophistication they make up for in ambition, as exhibited on the harpsichord-enhanced pop genius of "Lady's Man," orchestrated gems like "Way Up High," the fuzz-pop-psych of "I Hide," and Eastern grooves on "Man Do You" and "Raining." With influences of the early Bee Gees and Brill Building pop also shading the proceedings, the album's kaleidoscopic essence permeates every note - right down to the ultra-cool color-burst cover likely drawn under a pseudonym by Australian artist Martin Sharp of Disraeli Gears fame. That brilliant art can be viewed again in its full-size glory on this beautiful RTI 180 gram vinyl edition, mastered from the original Musicor reels by Bob Irwin.

    1. Gypsy Wine
    2. Sunshine People
    3. Way Up High
    4. Lady's Man
    5. Mr. Mortimer
    6. Man Do You
    7. Raining
    8. I Hide
    9. Raven
    10. A Day
    Paper Garden
    $24.99
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    Solarispellis

    A playful electronic musical journey evocative of Eno's Music For Films, Oneohtrix Point Never, 8-bit soundtracks and prog-infused 70s synth epics; but executed with a rigorous conceptual framework worthy of John Cage or the radical film experiments of Lars Von Trier. Solarispellis is the follow up to Arandel's 2010 debut album In D and similarly continues to be entirely in his signature key (a nod to minimalist godfather Terry Riley). From woozy electronica to emotive techno and the most vertiginous krautrock - the tempos, Moods and subjects are intertwined, covering an array of musical territories despite the uniformity of the tonic note and chord. There is a paradox to the the intricate beauty of Solarispellis; an almost symphonic album recorded in the living room of a small apartment. The sounds suggest harpsichord, piano, organ or drops of water on a hot tin roof although almost every sound you hear was synthesized. There's a scholarly approach to the music but it does not require any effort on the audience's part.
    1. Opening Section
    2. Section 7
    3. Section 11
    4. Interlude (Variation on Section 12)
    5. Section 9
    6. Section 10 (1st & 2nd Movements)
    7. Section 13
    8. Interlude (Variation on Section 6)
    9. Section 12
    10. Section 10 (3rd Movement)
    11. Section 8
    12. Finale Section
    Arandel
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    Hypnophobia

    Hypnophobia, the brand new album from 'baroque pop' prince and
    Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner, casts a majestic
    and vibrant psychedelic spell that will hypnotise listeners at the point
    dreams and reality meet.


    Capturing a true sense of exploration, Hypnophobia combines
    Gardner's newfound love of travel with his continued passion for
    collecting and playing vintage instruments. A stunning exhibit of lush
    instrumental tracks as well as songs that boast lyrics worthy of any
    great pop number, the record features a Wurlitzer electric piano that
    was purchased on tour, waltzing alongside mellotrons, harpsichords,
    an Optigan, and an antique Steinway upright piano sold to Gardner by
    a local church.


    Akin to the sonic boom of maverick contemporaries John Maus, and
    Tame Impala, his is a sound that holds fast next to fellow paisley
    performers Syd Barrett and Curt Boettcher, with the airy dynamics of
    Stereolab or Simon & Garfunkel. Yet what truly marks Gardner from
    his musical ancestors and accomplices is his forward-thinking, hi-tech
    approach; "Hypnophobia is the next step into an alternate reality
    influenced by the present. I'm so inspired by today's technology that
    many things I do were not possible in the past."

    1. Another You
    2. Grey Lanes
    3. Brightly
    4. Find Yourself
    5. Face To Face
    6. Outside Forever
    7. Before The Dawn
    8. Hypnophobia
    9. Make Me See
    10. All Over
    Jacco Gardner
    $18.99
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    Somersault

    The long-awaited return of Brooklyn's Beach Fossils, Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it's an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.


    As the band's first release on Dustin Payseur's new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Kate Garcia - the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson.


    Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics. Orchestral pop gem Saint Ivy shines with plucked strings, buoyant basslines and a propulsive, wayward, guitar. Tangerine, a driving, tightly wound melody, rushes forward and briefly leaves the ground due to the gossamer guest vocals of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell. The cloudy, wistful Social Jetlag, bustling with samples of crowded streets, features the type of candid, off-the-cuff lyrics that make the entire effort immediately illuminating.


    Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It's beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a refreshing, singular vision.

    1. This Year
    2. Tangerine
    3. Saint Ivy
    4. May 1st
    5. Rise
    6. Sugar
    7. Closer Everywhere
    8. Social Jetlag
    9. Down The Line
    10. Be Nothing
    11. That's All For Now
    Beach Fossils
    $18.99
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  • American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure) American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Pure Pleasure)

    German jazz publicist Joachim-Ernst Berendt first had the idea of bringing original African-American blues performers to Europe. Jazz had become very popular, and rock and roll was just gaining a foothold, and both genres drew influences directly back to the blues. Berendt thought that European audiences would flock to concert halls to see them in person.



    Promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau brought this idea to reality. By contacting Willie Dixon, an influential blues composer and bassist from Chicago, they were given access to the blues culture of the southern United States. The first festival was held in 1962, and they continued almost annually until 1972, after an eight-year hiatus reviving the festival in 1980 until its final performance in 1985.
    The concerts featured some of the leading blues artists of the 1960s, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson along with blues legends from an earlier period such as Sleepy John Estes, John Henry Barbee & Lightnin' Hopkins.



    Attendees at Manchester in 1962, the first ever venue for the festival in Britain, included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Jimmy Page. Subsequent attendees at the first London festivals are believed to have also included such influential musicians as Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood. Collectively these were the primary movers in the blues explosion that would lead to the British Invasion.



    Musicians:



    • Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harpsichord)

    • Hubert Sumlin (guitar)

    • Willie Dixon (bass)

    • Clifton James (drums)

    • Sunnyland Slim (vocal, piano)

    • Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf (guitar, vocal)

    • Hammie Nixon (harpsichord, jug)




    Recording: October 1964 live at Musikhalle Hamburg, Germany, by Peter Kramper

    Production: Siegfried E. Loch



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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

    1. I'm Trying To Make London My Home
    2. Dissatisfied
    3. Everytime I Get To Drinkin'
    4. Ain't It A Pity
    5. Baby Please Don't Go
    6. I'm A Tearing Little Daddy
    7. Cotton Pickin' Blues
    8. No Title Boogie
    9. Slip In Mules
    10. Dust My Broom
    Various Artists
    $34.99
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  • Black Hours Black Hours Quick View

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    Black Hours

    Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music -
    inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album
    brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a
    loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators
    including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson
    (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most
    passionate, personal and free.


    The video for the first single "Alexandra," which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award
    winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
    Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track.


    In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one
    booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of
    acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord,
    piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass,
    and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying
    Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on
    several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum
    stool for a pair of songs.


    Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, "the oldest private studio in
    the world", where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before
    appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.

    1. 5 AM
    2. The Silent Orchestra
    3. Alexandra
    4. 11 O'Clock Friday Night
    5. St Mary's County
    6. Self Pity
    7. I Retired
    8. I Don't Need Anyone
    9. Bless Your Heart
    10. The Smallest Splinter
    Hamilton Leithauser
    $19.99
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    Black Hours (Deluxe Edition)


    Includes Bonus 4 Track EP


    Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music -
    inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album
    brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a
    loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators
    including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson
    (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most
    passionate, personal and free.


    The video for the first single "Alexandra," which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award
    winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
    Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track.


    In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one
    booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of
    acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord,
    piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass,
    and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying
    Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on
    several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum
    stool for a pair of songs.


    Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, "the oldest private studio in
    the world", where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before
    appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.

    LP 1
    1. 5 AM
    2. The Silent Orchestra
    3. Alexandra
    4. 11 O'Clock Friday Night
    5. St Mary's County
    6. Self Pity
    7. I Retired
    8. I Don't Need Anyone
    9. Bless Your Heart
    10. The Smallest Splinter


    Bonus EP
    1. Waltz [Deluxe Edition]
    2. In Our Time (I'll Always Love You) [Deluxe Edition]
    3. Utrecht [Deluxe Edition]
    4. I'll Never Love Again [Deluxe Edition]

    Hamilton Leithauser
    $24.99
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    Postcard From Britain

    Colored Vinyl


    One of Damned afficionados fave pursuits is debating which of the various lineups was the best. Certainly the one that produced the 'Black Album' and 'Strawberries' has got to be a prime contender. So with this in mind bassist extraordinaire Paul Gray and the best guitarist in Croydon (apart from Ralph McTell) Captain Sensible got together somewhere in the Welsh countryside with the aim of writing a bunch of new tunes about subjects dear to their hearts - in between visits to the local pub, of course.


    Suitably fortified by foaming pints of Timothy Taylor Landlord, the music and lyrics quickly took shape. Building upon Captain's unique guitar style and Paul's trademark Rickenbacker basslines, the pair utilised an eclectic bunch of instruments including 12 string guitars, hammond organs, harpsichords, sitars, and bouzouki's, giving a nice psychedelic eastern feel to many of the tracks. Keeping it real with a tasteful drummer chum of Paul's by the name of Ant Thickett, a recording studio was eschewed in favour of a real garage, 5 mics, a bass drum kept in place by a Doc Marten boot, a bunch of duvets for sound proofing, and a laptop, with sustenance being provided in the form of tea and cakes provided by the lovely Kate, who also happens to contribute some piano to one of the tracks. Oh yes, and former Hawkwind legend Nik Turner also provides some exceedingly tasteful sax, too


    With a lovely natural drum sound to work with (all recorded in one day) the vocals and overdubs were mostly done in Paul's kitchen. Listen carefully and you may be able to hear the hens clucking contentedly in the background and with mixing and mastering duties undertaken by Steve Goldenears Davies, the band name The Sensible Gray Cells' was decided upon, with the results about to be available to one and all.


    Entitled 'A Postcard From Britain' the album takes as its theme all aspects of life (good and bad) in the strange but wonderful country in which the band live. But do they name names? Indeed they do .

    1. Tragic Roundabout
    2. Halfway to Hollywood
    3. Queen For A Day
    4. Stole Into The Night
    5. State Of The Nation
    6. Lottery Of Life
    7. English Summer
    8. Forgotten High Streets
    9. City Bird
    10. Looking At You
    Sensible Gray Cells
    $23.99
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    Friends (Pure Pleasure)

    Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. The cuts here feature rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different 'friends' in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget 99 ½ Won't Do. The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail - akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places - offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on Six O' Clock Blues. Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on Goin' Down Slow, and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional Kulanjan and Bibb's own Sebastian's Tune. Speaking of Mali, and Mahal, Bibb also covers the elder bluesman's classic Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes, with the great kora player Mamadou Diabate that rivals the original. There's also a gorgeous version of Guy and Susanna Clark's The Cape, with guitarist Martin Simpson, Bibb's moving For You with Ruthie Foster, and Tain't No Such Thing, a bright new folk song written and sung with legendary folksinger Odetta. Mohan Veena ace Harry Manx performs with Bibb on the high lonesome, droning blues of Needed Time, and with Kristina Olsen on her If I Stayed. The set closes with the tender Dance Me to the End of Love, (an original, not the Leonard Cohen tune) with the Lovin' Spoonful Jerry Yester playing piano. Given that most records of this type are mixed bags at best, with 'star-studded' collabs serving to muck up or water down rather than enhance performances, Friends is an anomaly. There is nothing that's obvious or overblown here, everything is subtly shaded, and the performers serve the songs and not themselves. The listener gets no sense of back-patting or self-congratulation, only the great pleasure of hearing this music in a revealing, emotionally honest way. Bravo.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (arranger, guitar, vocal)

    • Odetta (vocal)

    • Ruthie Foster (vocal)

    • Guy Davis (arranger, harpsichord, vocal, guitar)

    • Taj Mahal (guitar, vocal, banjo)

    • Charlie Musselwhite (harpsichord)

    • Mamadou Diabate (kora)

    • Martin Simpson (guitar)

    • Michael Jerome Browne (fiddle, vocal, guitar, mandolin)





    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. 99 1/2 Won't Do
    2. Six O'Clock Blues
    3. Goin' Down Slow
    4. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
    5. For You
    6. The Cape
    7. 'Tain't Such A Much
    8. Needed Time
    9. If I Stayed
    10. Connected
    11. Ribbons And Bows
    12. Just Look Up
    13. Cowgirl Queen
    14. Kulanjan/Sebastian's Tune
    15. Dance Me To The End Of Love
    Eric Bibb
    $49.99
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  • Imperial Bedroom (On Sale) Imperial Bedroom (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Imperial Bedroom (On Sale)

    Ranked 166/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Universally Hailed 1982 Pop Masterpiece Pairs Costello and Co. With Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick


    Record Topped Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll In Year of Its Original Release


    Lavish Instrumentation, Involved Arrangements, and Piano-Based Melodies Frame Ambitious Songs That Address Domestic Malaise While Coming Off as Upbeat


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Imperial Bedroom Joins Mobile Fidelitys Pristine LP Reissues of Costellos My Aim Is True, This Years Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, and Almost Blue


    Recorded with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Imperial Bedroom stands as Elvis Costello and the Attractions most highly decorated traditional pop album. Boasting sumptuous arrangements, large-scale instrumentation, ambitious layers, Tin Pan Alley melodies, and orchestrated devices, the 1982 record is a testament to studio creativity and ornate production. Amidst the lavish settings beats the heart of Costellos biting, brutal lyrics that confront domestic malaise and sober emotional reflection. Its little wonder the intelligent effort took top honors in the Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.


    Not that audiences back in the day ever had the privilege of hearing Imperial Bedroom at its maximum potential. Now they can. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition 180g LP opens up the soundstages, expands the depth, and brings the genius of the grand arrangements into clear focus. In particular, the sound of the piano will have you believe that the 88s are situated right in your room, and never before has Emericks crafty sonic precision been so readily apparent. This is a huge-sounding record that demands full frequency extension and astute separation. Mobile Fidelitys reissue delivers on all fronts. You need to hear this!


    Ranked in 2005 by Rolling Stone at #166 on the magazines prestigious list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Imperial Bedroom overflows with contagious pop, savvy torch, cabaret, chamber, and jazz-influenced fare. If its details you seek, then look no further. With Emerick's assistance, each tune is distinguished with painstaking sonic accents, blended rhythms, counterpoint bass lines, dazzling passages, and inventive motifs. Accordions, tremolo guitars, organs, harpsichords, marimbas, horns, and an assortment of other instruments help color the subtly dark canvases. A 40-piece orchestra graces the gorgeous And In Every Home.


    Originally intended to be a stripped-down affair, Imperial Bedroom reflects Costello's migration to composing on piano as well as his listening tastes at the time: Billie Holliday, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Debussy. Intricate, expansive, and complex without ever sounding inaccessible, the record includes the now-classic Man Out of Time, Beyond Belief, and Almost Blue, the latter a ballad that Chet Baker included in his live sets until he passed away. In another stroke of brilliance, Costello used the record as an opportunity to address the melancholic changes in both his own personal situation as well as that of England, the songs functioning as smart, sometimes satirical dialogues on issues such as disenchantment, identity, and relationships.


    Still considered by many the finest record released in 1982, don't pass up this extraordinary-sounding reissue.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Beyond Belief
    2. Tears Before Bedtime
    3. Shabby Doll
    4. The Long Honeymoon
    5. Man Out of Time
    6. Almost Blue
    7. ...And in Every Home
    8. The Loved Ones
    9. Human Hands
    10. Kid About It
    11. Little Savage
    12. Boy with a Problem
    13. Pidgin English
    14. You Little Fool
    15. Town Cryer
    Elvis Costello
    $34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Lowdown Back Porch Blues (Pure Pleasure)

    Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter) was a flamboyant guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. He lost his parents early in life through multiple tragedies; his mother died of pneumonia a week after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Klu Klux Klan when he was five.


    Red began recording for Chess in 1949, then joined the Army. After his discharge, he played with John Lee Hooker in Detroit for almost two years in the late '50s, and continued through the '60s and '70s with recording sessions for a number of labels. Louisiana Red moved to Hanover, Germany in 1981, and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the subsequent decades into the new millennium. He died in Germany in 2012 when his thyroid imbalance brought on a stroke.


    Recorded in New York with Tommy Tucker, Lowdown Back Porch Blues is Louisiana Red's first album and, in many ways, it's his best. Supported by a bare-bones rhythm section, Red plays a number or traditional tunes and originals. His guitar is nearly as powerful and overwhelming as his vocals, making this a truly compelling listen.

    Musicians:



    • Louisiana Red (vocal, guitar, harpsichord)

    • Karl Lynch (bass)

    • Panama Francis (drums)




    Recording: 1963 in New York City

    Production: Henry Glover



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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

    1. Red's Dream
    2. Working Man Blues
    3. I'm Louisiana Red
    4. Sweet Aleese
    5. Keep Your Hands Off My Woman
    6. I'm A Roaming Stranger
    7. Ride On Red, Ride On
    8. I Wonder Who
    9. The Seventh Son
    10. Sad News
    11. Two Fifty Three
    12. Don't Cry
    Louisiana Red
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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