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Johnny99Although it went virtually unnoticed upon its initial release in 1983, this intriguing record momentarily put a halt to Johnny Cash's precipitous artistic decline and kept the promise of his resurgence alive. Recorded in Los Angeles with session men including Marty Stuart, Norton Buffalo, Jo-El Sonnier, and producer Brian Ahern, Johnny 99 focuses on the work of younger songwriters--Bruce Springsteen, Paul Kennerley, Guy Clark--and might be the lone oasis in an otherwise barren decade. The solemn opener, Springsteen's Highway Patrolman, sets the tone as Cash turns a very restrained reading into an emotional powerhouse, supported by Hoyt Axton's baritone growl. The Springsteen-penned title track becomes a honky-tonk anthem as Cash delivers the Boss's lyrics with acute understanding. The touching Civil War ballad God Bless Robert E. Lee, the tropical/topical Joshua Gone Barbados, and the attractive duet with June Carter on Kennerley's Brand New Dance help round out a rather diverse (for Cash) collection. Aside from the occasional guitar effect and unnecessary keyboard intrusion (it was 1983 after all), this set marks a high point of a low period.
--Marc Greilsamer1. Highway Patrolman
2. That's the Truth
3. God Bless Robert E. Lee
4. New Cut Road
5. Johnny 99
6. Ballad of the Ark
7. Joshua Gone Barbados
8. Girl from the Canyon
9. Brand New Dance (with June Carter Cash)
10. I'm Ragged But I'm Right$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Strong FeelingsWith the kind of understatement that's typical of the man, Doug Paisley describes his wondrous new album
Strong Feelings as, "just 10 new songs. It's a lot less simple and unadorned than other recordings I've made,
but it's just as earnest and straightforward." This is all in keeping with the Toronto songwriter's low-key
approach to his art, preferring to let his songs speak for themselves. A fact borne out by the nature of the
effusive praise given to Paisley's last effort, 2010's Constant Companion.
Strong Feelings expands on that albums preoccupations, but this time Paisley has also opened up the sound
- tunes like "A Song My Love Can Sing" and "It's Not Too Late (To Say Goodbye)" find Paisley crooning like a
seasoned country veteran, his voice crumpled with the same weary heartache as Don Williams or Hoyt Axton
in their prime. The steady tick of "Our Love", meanwhile, with its folksy grain and unfussy guitar, already feels
like a classic Nashville ballad. The rockist "To And Fro" conjures visions of the open prairies, all golden skies
and roving antelopes, essayed by warm electric guitar and a sort-of-boogie chug, while "Growing Souls" could
be Dylan kicking back with The Band on an old spiritual in Big Pink's basement.
Strong Feelings is an album that tries to articulate the speech of the heart in universal terms. One of its key
tunes, "Radio Girl", can even be taken as a microcosm of Paisley's overarching theme. "It draws on some of
the things people derive from their relationships with music and with musicians: longing, comfort, intensity,
importance," he expounds. "I try to always be working in service to the songs I've written.
"Near-perfect singer-songwriter album" - Rolling Stone
"A quiet wonder" - The New Yorker
"Sure-footed and ageless uncluttered, sad and unerringly lovely." - Uncut
"An anti-star is born" - Mojo1. Radio Girl
2. Song My Love Can Sing
3. It's Not Too Late (To Say Goodbye)
4. Our Love
5. What's Up Is Down
6. Old Times
7. Growing Souls
8. To And Fro
9. Where The Light Takes You
10. Because I Love You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gold: Their Great Hits (Pre-Order)
Single 33 1/3 RPM LP Includes Poster Insert
Mastering By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Mastered From The Original Analog Tapes
200-Gram Plating And Pressing By Quality Record Pressings
Get your motor runnin' baby - Steppenwolf's Gold: Their Great Hits took its title literally. The towering rock album success rang in at No. 24 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and became certified gold for record sales in excess of 500,000 units by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) in April 1971.
AllMusic praised the production and engineering of most of the tracks and called it a nearly perfect introduction to the band. Acoustic Sounds and Analogue Productions want to introduce you to the most sonically perfect version of this historic album you've ever heard on vinyl. Our 200-gram 33 1/3 RPM reissue was remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Sound and plated and pressed by Gary Salstrom and his crew at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs.
The Canadian-American rock band, named for Hermann Hesse's mystical novel, rocketed to worldwide fame after their third single Born to Be Wild dropped in 1968. The song and Steppenwolf's version of Hoyt Axton's The Pusher figured prominently in the 1969 counterculture cult film Easy Rider, and both show up on Gold's track list. Two other singles on this stunning album compilation also cracked the Top 10 on the charts: Magic Carpet Ride and Rock Me.
Magic Carpet Ride was released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was written by band members John Kay and Rushton Moreve, peaked at No. 3 in the U.S. and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.
You also get the Don Covay soul cover Sookie, Sookie, which got airplay on some soul stations nationwide, as well as rock 'n' roll radio. Gold also includes Hey Lawdy Mama the hit studio single from Steppenwolf Live.
Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972, when clashing personalities ultimately broke up the core group after a farewell concert in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day, 1972. Today, John Kay remains as the only original Steppenwolf member.1. Born to Be Wild
2. It's Never Too Late
3. Rock Me
4. Hey Lawdy Mama
5. Move Over
6. Who Needs Ya
7. Magic Carpet Ride
8. The Pusher
9. Sookie, Sookie
10. Jupiter's Child
11. Screaming Night Hog$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now