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Jethro Tull This Was'
Reissued On 180gm Vinyl, With Original Gatefold Sleeve And Audio Cut From 2008 Stereo Mix
Available On Vinyl For The First Time
This Was is the debut album by the rock band Jethro Tull, originally released in 1968. In the documentary film of the Woodstock Festival, portions of the songs Beggar's Farm and Serenade to a Cuckoo may be heard on the PA system, indicating the level of notice the album achieved in the United States.1. My Sunday Feeling (New Stereo Mix)
2. Some Day The Sun Won't Shine (New Stereo Mix)
3. Beggars Farm (New Stereo Mix)
4. Move On Alone (New Stereo Mix)
5. Serenade To A Cuckoo (New Stereo Mix)
6. Dharma For One (New Stereo Mix)
7. It's Breaking Me Up (New Stereo Mix)
8. Cat's Squirrel (New Stereo Mix)
9. A Song For Jeffrey (New Stereo Mix)
10. Round (New Stereo Mix)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Aqualung (Steven Wilson Mix)Gatefold LP featuring 24 page adapted booklet from the previous 2011 40th anniversary set.
After veering sharply from the blues inluences of their debut, This Was, Jethro Tull's sound quickly coalesced around jazz-tinged English folk influences and the antics of frontman/flautist Ian Anderson. But it was guitarist Martin Barre's swaggering riff off the title track of the band's fourth album that would become Tull's trademark--and the band's entrÉe into a long reign as arena-rock perennials. But there's a lot more to Aqualung than the riffage of that cut and its cousins, Cross-Eyed Mary and Locomotive Breath. In an era when pseudo-Christian spirituality was a de rigueur, if cheap, musical commodity (from the overblown operatics of Jesus Christ Superstar to one-hit pop wonders such as Spirit in the Sky and Put Your Hand in the Hand), Anderson and company openly challenged the value of organized religion with a thematic album savvy enough to layer its thought-provoking lyrics between heavy strata of FM-friendly guitar bedrock. A clichÉ, perhaps; a landmark, no doubt. And a record many maintain is still Tull's finest hour. --Jerry McCulley1. Aqualung
2. Cross Eyed Mary
3. Cheap Day Return
4. Mother Goose
5. Wond'ring Aloud
6. Up To Me
7. My God
10. Locomotive Breath
11. Wind Up$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs From The WoodJethro Tull's tenth album was inspired by Ian Anderson's departure to a more rural environment in a transition which bore clear influence on the writing and recording process, with the band notably doffing a cap to British folklore and countryside.
Songs From The Wood is often referred to as one of the most commercially appealing Jethro Tull albums, containing elements of rock, prog and folk-rock. Although media reaction at the time divided opinion, the album has certainly developed a nostalgic rapport with fans through the years and it is perceived today as one of the band's most popular albums. Drummer Barrie Barlow comments that it sounds Fresh, unique, great textures, interesting and dynamic!, while guitarist Martin Barre remembers that It was a very tight band, one of the strongest line-ups Tull ever had I think that Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses [the follow up album] as a pair of albums are near the top of the tree.1. Songs From The Wood (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
2. Jack-In-The-Green (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
3. Cup Of Wonder (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
4. Hunting Girl (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
5. Ring Out, Solstice Bells (Steven Wilson Remix)
6. Velvet Green (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
7. The Whistler (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
8. Pibroch (Cap In Hand) [Steven Wilson Stereo Remix]
9. Fire At Midnight (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WarChildOriginally released in 1974, Warchild represented a radical departure from the previous year's A Passion Play. Developing out of an ambitious project involving a film, a soundtrack and conventional album, eventually only the latter appeared.
In 1974, Jethro Tull announced plans for Warchild, a multi-faceted project that was to encompass a feature-length film, a soundtrack album, as well a new album from the band. In October of that year, Tull released a 10-song album that would climb to #2 in the U.S. and the top 15 in the U.K., but the film and accompanying soundtrack were shelved.
Warchild features one of the group's most stable lineups and includes Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond and Barrie Barlow. Unlike its predecessors - Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play - which featured 40-odd minutes of continuous music, WarChild marked a return to songs of a more conventional length, including the FM-radio staple, Bungle In The Jungle. \
This vinyl edition contains the 2014 Steven Wilson stereo mix of the original album.1. War Child
2. Queen And Country
4. Back-Door Angels
6. Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day
7. Bungle In The Jungle
8. Only Solitaire
9. The Third Hoorah
10. Two Fingers$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Living In The PastLiving in the Past is a double album quasi-compilation collection by Jethro Tull, which contains album tracks, out-takes, the Life Is a Long Song EP, and all of their singles except for Aeroplane, Sunshine Day, One for John Gee, 17 and the original United Kingdom version of Teacher (the United States single version was included instead). Many of the tracks only appeared as British releases before being compiled on Living in the Past for the first time in the American market!LP 1
1. Song for Jeffrey
2. Love Story
3. Christmas Song
4. Living in the Past
5. Driving Song
6. Sweet Dream
7. Singing All Day
8. Witches Promise
10. Just Trying To Be
1. By Kind Permission Of
2. Dharma for One
3. Wond'ring Again
4. Locomotive Breath
5. Life Is a Long Song
6. Up the 'Pool
7. Dr. Bogenbroom
8. For Later
9. Nursie$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A New Day YesterdayNamed after the early Jethro Tull classic, which he expertly covers here in a jaw-dropping performance, A New Day Yesterday is a fine debut by guitar ace Joe Bonamassa. And though his record company tried to ride the coattails of teenage guitar prodigies like Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jonny Lang and position him (misguidedly and much too late) as a straight-up prodigal blues kid, Bonamassa is really much more than a traditional bluesman. Rather, as best exemplified by the Jethro Tull number cited above, his bluesy take on Free's Walk in My Shadows, or his hard boogie romp through Al Kooper's Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For a Woman Like You), this excellent debut places the guitarist's influences as much in classic '70s hard rock as in the blues. Along with his deceptively age-wearied vocals (he was only 22 at the time of this recording), this unusual combination translates into the aggressive, soulful crunch heard on Bonamassa's many original compositions. Among these, the jolting double whammy of Miss You, Hate You and Colour and the Shape (note the Anglicized spelling) are the most obvious standouts, but the guitarist also makes the Warren Haynes-penned If Heartaches Were Nickels his own with a tense, riveting performance. All in all, a promising debut.
-All Music GuideCradle Rock
Walk In My Shadows
A New Day Yesterday
I Know Where I Belong
Miss You, Hate You (Rock Radio Remix)
Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For A Woman Like You)
Colour And Shape
Headaches To Heartbreaks
If Heartaches Were Nickels
Don't Burn Down That Bridge$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A New Day Yesterday LiveSomething of an odd release, A New Day Yesterday Live documents the final date of a 60-day jaunt during blues guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa's 2001 tour in support of his major-label debut bearing the same title, and (this is the odd part), released just a few months earlier. Just why his record company felt the need for it, then, is up for grabs (more promotion...thinking Bonamassa's virtuosity came across stronger in a live setting...who knows?), but what's clear is that the young guitarist's trio lacked nothing in terms of on-stage presence and performing tightness as compared to what was heard on said studio album. Their kinetic reinventions of oft-overlooked '70s rock classics such as Free's Walk in My Shadows and Jethro Tull's A New Day Yesterday instantly distinguish Bonamassa from teenage blues competitors such as the overly Stevie Ray Vaughan-reliant Kenny Wayne Shepherd or the more purist (and technically less dazzling) Jonny Lang, and his better-conceived originals (Colour & Shape, the wonderful Miss You Hate You) stand up under any circumstance -- but again, so what? Didn't listeners just buy their studio versions a few months ago? Yes, there's the additional benefit of extended jamming and incendiary guitar soloing to expand upon their themes, but suffice to say that this set need only be sought out by Bonamassa fanatics, or, in the event that they've yet to hear the studio version, first timers, too -- why not?
-All Music Guide1. Jam Intro
2. Cradle Rock
3. Stepping Out/Rice Pudding
4. A New Day Yesterday
5. Miss You, Hate You
6. Walk In My Shadows
7. I Know Where I Belong
8. Colour And Shape
9. Trouble Waiting
10. If Heartaches Were Nickels
11. Don't Burn Down That Bridge$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Selling England By The Pound
180g Audiophile Vinyl
Half Speed Mastering
2008 Mixes By Nick Davis & Genesis
Pressed At Pallas GmbH
When this album was originally released in 1973 (the same year as the famed Live set), Genesis had become one of the fastest-rising groups on the pop scene. The band's blend of classical instincts, theatrical presentation, as well as whimsically complex and daring arrangements established them as leaders of the British progressive rock movement, along with fellow giants Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Jethro Tull. After returning to the studio, these talented musicians continued to labor and experiment. The result of their effort is Selling England by the Pound, considered by some to equal their masterpiece, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. It was truly a group effort and is still widely-acknowledged as one of the great albums from the 1970s! And in what was perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come, drummer Phil Collins made his vocal debut here on the song, More Fool Me.1. Dancing With The Moonlit Night
2. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
3. Firth Of Fifth
4. More Fool Me
5. The Battle Of Epping Forest
6. After The Ordeal
7. The Cinema Show
8. Aisle Of Plenty$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sever The Wicked HandLimited Edition
This US quartet, formed in 1989, emerged in the early 90s as one of the leading lights of the New Orleans extreme metal scene, purveying a sound that blended Black Sabbath/Saint Vitus-styled heaviness with hardcore aggression. Kirk Windstein (b. 14 April 1965, Wiltshire, England; vocals/guitar), Todd Strange (b. 1966, USA; bass) Kevin Noonan (guitar) and Craig Nunenmacher (drums) made their debut in 1991 with the dark and doom-laden Obedience Thru Suffering, after which Noonan was replaced by Matt Thomas, a former bandmate of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo in Razor White. Anselmo, an old friend who collaborates with Windstein on side-projects such as Down and Both Legs Broken, helped to refine and improve the band`s sound with his sympathetic production on Crowbar, which included a brutally heavy interpretation of Led Zeppelin`s `No Quarter`, adapted stylishly to the Crowbar sound.
The band was well received on tour with Paradise Lost in the UK and Pantera in the USA, and released the Live +1 EP (which was packaged with Crowbar in the UK) before returning to the studio with the stated intention of making Crowbar sound `like Jethro Tull`. In 1995, Eyehategod guitarist Jimmy Bower (b. 1966, USA), who had played with the original line-up in 1989, was recruited as the band`s new drummer, although Time Heals Nothing was recorded with Nunenmacher. True to form and promise, it provided a thunderous blast of controlled aggression and dark melodicism. Guitarist Sammy Pierre Duet (ex-Acid Bath) joined in time to help record 1996`s Broken Glass.
Bower left following the release of the 1998 follow-up Odd Fellows Rest. He was replaced by Sid Montz on 2000`s Equilibrium, following which Strange retired from the music scene and Nunemacher departed the ranks for a second time. Subsequent albums have seen sole remaining founding member Windstein joined by an ever-changing cast list of personnel.LP 1
1. Isolation (Desperation)
2. Sever The Wicked Hand
3. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
4. Let Me Mourn
5. The Cemetery Angels
6. As I Become One
1. A Farewell To Misery
2. Protectors Of The Shrine
3. I Only Deal In Truth
4. Echo An Eternity
5. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
6. Symbiosis$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure) (On Sale)The Groundhogs' debut album is a long way from the 'classic' sound of the better-known 'Thank Christ for the Bomb/Split/Who Will Save the World?' trilogy. Indeed, the mellow classic blues through which the band pursues its nine tracks offer the unsuspecting listener little more than a direct blast from the peak of the British blues boom past. Early Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, and Savoy Brown all haunted precisely the same corridors as Scratching The Surface, with only the occasional burst of fuzzed Tony McPhee guitar to distinguish the sonics from the rest of the pack. That said, Scratching The Surface ranks among the finest albums to emerge out of that entire period, a moody shuffle that includes an epic recounting of the Chicago classic Still a Fool and which matches five solid McPhee originals with a pair of blistering contributions from outgoing harmonica whiz Steve Rye. In fact, his Early in the Morning and You Don't Love Me might well be the album's best numbers, a discrepancy that puts one in mind of another of the blues boom's hottest acts, Jethro Tull, and just how much they changed once a founding member (Mick Abrahams) departed. Again, if you arrive at Scratching The Surface in search of a fresh Cherry Red or Status People, you'll probably be disappointed. But if you want to hear the blues sluicing straight out of the Southern England Delta, there are precious few better introductions.
- Tony McPhee (guitar, vocal)
- Steve Rye (harmonica, vocal)
- Pete Cruikshank (bass)
- Ken Pustelnik (drums)
Recording: October 1968 at the Marquee Studios, London, by Gery Collins
Production: Mike Batt
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. Rocking Chair
2. Early In The Morning
3. Waking Blues
4. Married Men
5. No More Doggin'
6. Man Trouble
7. Come Back Baby
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Still A Fool$34.99 $24.49 Save $10.50 (30%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Homo Erraticus (Out of Stock)In 2012 Ian Anderson released Thick As A Brick 2, the followup to Jethro Tull's legendary concept album. The album was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April he returns with Homo Erraticus, his new studio album.
The original Thick As A Brick album, released in 1972, was based around the poem of disgraced child prodigy Gerald Bostock. For Homo Erraticus Anderson is reunited with Bostock, using lyrics written by Gerald based on an old historical manuscript. The manuscript examines key events from throughout British history before going on to offer a number of prophecies for the future.
Suitably dramatized and exaggerated by Bostock as metaphors for modern life, he presented Anderson with ideas for 14 songs, which have now been set to music. The result is Homo Erraticus.
The album will be released on Anderson's own Calliandra Records label in conjunction with Kscope on April 15th.
Following the release of this "Jethro Tull album" in all but name, Ian and his band will be embarking on an extensive UK tour, where they will play the album in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics. These shows will be followed by further tours in Europe, America and more later in the year.
The double vinyl edition of the album is pressed on heavyweight (180g) vinyl and packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an 8 page booklet.1. Doggerland
2. Heavy Metals
3. Enter The Uninvited
4. Puer Ferox Adventus
5. Meliora Sequamur
6. The Turnpike Inn
7. The Engineer
8. The Pax Britannica
9. Tripudium Ad Bellum
10. After These Wars
11. New Blood, Old Veins
12. In For A Pound
13. The Browning of the Green
14. Per Errationes Ad Astra
15. Cold Dead Reckoning$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock