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  • Leadbelly (Pure Pleasure) Leadbelly (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Leadbelly (Pure Pleasure)

    Leadbelly's last recording sessions for a commercial record label, held in the early fall of 1944, yielded a dazzling 12 songs, embracing virtuoso guitar blues (Grasshoppers In My Pillow), pounding piano-driven scatting (The Eagle Rocks, with Leadbelly himself at the ivories, a talent for which he wasn't usually recognized), and familiar standards done in some startlingly different ways, including Goodnight, Irene, Rock Island Line, and Ella Speed, done with the understated accompaniment of a zither (courtesy of Paul Mason Howard) as well as his own guitar. Leadbelly was in excellent voice and top form on guitar and piano - having gone to California to test the commercial waters, he met Tex Ritter, an old friend, who arranged for Leadbelly to come to his house and, with Merle Travis playing as well and Capitol executive Lee Gillette present, auditioned then and there for the label; he was energized by the experience, and Capitol's recording caught the brightest as well as the deepest tones in his playing, thus making this record one of the very best showcases for acoustic 12-string guitar of the period. Sadly, only a handful of these tracks were issued during the man's own lifetime, thus convincing him that they were another career dead end - in 1956 (and again in 1962) they emerged with an impassioned annotation by Dave Dexter Jr., imploring people to buy these last commercial sides by one of the most celebrated bluesmen of the century.



    Production notes: Whilst this album has been mastered and produced to the highest possible standards it is NOT upto what would be considered audiophile standards. This would be impossible bearing in mind the standards of recording and mastering at the time.




    Musicians:



    • Leadbelly (guitar, piano)

    • Paul Mason Howard (zither)




    Recording: October 1944 in Hollywood, USA

    Production: Dave Dexter Jr. and Lee Gilette



    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.



    Goodnight Irene
    Grasshoppers In My Pillow

    The Eagle Rocks
    Rock Island Line

    Ella Speed
    Backwater Blues
    Take This Hammer
    Tell Me, Baby
    Eagle Rock Rag

    Western Plain
    Sweet Mary Blues
    On A Christmas Day
    Huddie Ledbetter
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  • Black Betty Black Betty Quick View

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    Black Betty

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    LP 1


    1. Black Betty
    2. John Hardy
    3. Midnight Special
    4. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
    5. Alberta
    6. Rock Island Line
    7. Goodnight Irene
    8. Pick A Bale Of Cotton
    9. In New Orleans (House Of The Rising Sun)
    10. C.C. Rider
    11. When The Boys Were Out On The Western Plain
    12. Pretty Flowers In My Back Yard
    13. Sail On Little Girl


    LP 2


    1. Take This Hammer
    2. New York City
    3. Packing Trunk Blues
    4. Cotton Fields
    5. The Bourgeois Blues
    6. Easy Rider
    7. Alabama Bound
    8. Blue Tail Fly
    9. Good Morning Blues
    10. Roberta
    11. Whoa Back, Buck
    12. T.B. Blues
    13. Bottle Up And Go

    Leadbelly
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  • Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Quick View

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    Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

    Special Limited Edition vinyl from one of the most influential blues guitarist and vocalist of all time, Leadbelly, including the classic recordings Goodnight Irene, The Boll Weevil, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? and many, many more!
    1. . Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
    2. The Bourgeois Blues
    3. Looky Looky Yonder / Black Betty Yellow Womens Doorbells
    4. The Gallis Pole
    5. Big Fat Woman
    6. Bring Me Lil Watter Silvy
    7. John Hardy
    8. Goodnight Irene
    9. How Long Blues (feat. Sonny Terry)
    10. On A Monday (Im Almost Done)
    11. Blue Tail Fly
    12. The Boll Weevil
    13. Borrow Love And Go
    14. Pretty Flowers In My Backyard (feat. Josh White)
    Leadbelly
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    Against The Grain

    Re-Mastered from the Original ¼ inch Tape

    Featuring the Original Restored Album Artwork with a Printed Inner Sleeve!


    After releasing two albums in 1973 and a live, contract-fulfilling disc in 1974, Gallagher returned rested and recharged in 1975 with a new record label, Chrysalis, and a band with almost three years of hard touring under their belts. With its attention to detail, Against the Grain sounds more practiced and intricate than most of Gallagher's previous studio discs, but still includes some of his most powerful rockers. The supercharged Souped-Up Ford, where Rory howls and wails, with his voice and smoking slide, and All Around Man, an urgent blues rocker that begins with Gallagher screaming and crying together with just his electric guitar until the band kicks in with a stop-start blues rhythm, are two of the definitive moments. Bought and Sold adds congas to the mix to bring a more rootsy and even jazzy feel to Rory's table. But it's on the acoustic tracks where the guitarist and his band really lay into the groove. Gallagher's version of Leadbelly's Out On the Western Plain, with its combination of Indian chords, American Delta folk and cowboy yippee-ki-yay chorus is one of the Irishman's unheralded highlights, and Cross Me Off Your List is affecting in its yearning melody, subtle keyboard and minor key. A playful and forceful romp through Sam and Dave's I Take What I Want shows Gallagher's soul roots. Its well-rounded menu of country, Delta blues, and blues-rock is indicative of his approach; though few of these songs became classics in the guitarist's extensive catalog, they're far more mature and eclectic than most blues-rock bands' best work. --Allmusic.com

    1. Let Me In
    2. Cross Me Off Your List
    3. Ain't Too Good
    4. Souped-Up Ford
    5. Bought And Sold
    6. I Take What I Want
    7. Lost At Sea
    8. All Around Man
    9. Out On The Western Plain
    10. At The Bottom
    Rory Gallagher
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    Live In Europe

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    After only 2 studio albums, Rory Gallagher released Live! in Europe in 1972. Considered a landmark live album, the record - then containing 7 tracks - became Rory's 1st gold record. Heavily influenced by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Bill Broonzy and Leadbelly, Rory taught himself to play the mandolin, acoustic guitar, harmonica and also mastered the slide. After discovering the electric blues of Muddy Waters he started experimenting with different styles.


    After Gallagher's band Taste broke up (he recorded 2 studio & 2 live albums with Taste) Rory toured under his own name and recorded 'Rory Gallagher' and 'Deuce' with his power trio, featuring bassist Gerry McAvoy (whom stayed in his band for 20 years) and drummer Wilgar Campbell.
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    Rory Gallagher won his greatest acclaim with his marathon live shows and was voted 'Melody Maker's Top Musician of the Year' in 1972, trumping Eric Clapton. It's his live shows which captured the raw energy of his songs, Rory insisted, and therefore, he released a number of live albums. Live! In Europe contain the 'definitive versions' of some of his well known songs and is an instant classic, which seamlessly blends folk, acoustic blues & blues-rock.

    1. Messin' With The Kid
    2. Laundromat
    3. I Could've Had Religion
    4. Pistol Slapper Blues
    5. Going To My Home Town
    6. In Your Town
    7. Bullfrog Blues
    Rory Gallagher
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  • Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags Quick View

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    Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags

    Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style 12-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. An evening's sonic evocations of pre-WWII Blues covers an extensive selection of material recorded in the 1920's and 30's. Playing the 12 string guitar, Todd brings to life an era composed of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Willie McTell and Leadbelly, among others. Todd's history playing the Blues reaches over 25 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn't in his hands.


    He first heard the Country Blues at the age of twelve, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one-the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters. Todd has performed across the U.S, both as a solo musician and alongside his former country blues string band, The Staving Chain. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia.

    1. Savannah Mama
    2. Kill It Kid
    3. Rising River Blues
    4. Delia
    5. Sweet Mary Blues
    6. Cherry Ball Blues
    7. My Money Never Runs Out
    8. Train That Carried My Girl From Town
    Todd Albright
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    Animals In The Dark

    The songs on this Anti debut sound cultivated from the fertile, treacherous Mississippi mud that surrounds William Elliott Whitmore. Whitmore's ability to balance contrasts; suffering and humor, truth and fancy, the literary and the earthy, places him in a tradition that has drawn young dissidents to folk music since before Dylan's time. With two albums behind him featuring his stunning voice, a powerful instrument that can recall Leadbelly and Otis Redding within the same song, and traditional banjo and guitar, Whitmore has made a name for himself in both the punk and roots communities.
    1. Mutiny
    2. Who Stole The Soul
    3. Johnny Law
    4. Old Devils
    5. Hell Or High Water
    6. There's Hope For You
    7. Hard Times
    8. Lifetime Underground
    9. Let The Rain Come In
    10. A Good Day To Die
    William Elliott Whitmore
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  • Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters Quick View

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    Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters

    Before there was the bluesman there was the songster and it was these traveling troubadours who helped lay the foundations for the development of the blues. In the decades preceding the phonograph and radio and before the American national entertainment industry had reached into the deepest parts of the South, it was these wandering musicians who provided the musical entertainment for all manner of social events.


    In order to be able to scrape a living together, the songster had to be incredibly versatile and come up with something for everyone. Armed with a banjo or guitar they performed every form of popular music of the day from folk songs and ballads to rags and spirituals. Priding themselves on their huge repertoires, they could be described as the human jukeboxes of their time.


    Along with the many musicians shrouded in mystery, this collection boasts tracks by legendary bluesmen such as Leadbelly, Charley Patton, and Mississippi John Hurt. Aside from the blues, these great performers would have been able to play everything asked of them at local bars and rural dances, and it is said that Leadbelly could draw on a repertoire of over 500 songs from many different genres. Likewise, the 'Father of the Delta Blues', Charley Patton left glimpses into his songster roots and true musical versatility with songs such as the featured 'Mississippi Boweavil Blues'. Henry Thomas's projected birthdate of 1874 predates that of Charley Patton by a good 17 years and gives us an idea of what rural black music sounded like before the turn of the twentieth century. He was 53 years old during his first recording session in 1927 by which point much of his music was already a representation of a bygone era. The same could be said of Richard 'Rabbit' Brown from New Orleans who worked as a ferryman on lake Pontchartrain and whose recorded legacy of just five songs includes 'James Alley Blues' which has been covered by Bob Dylan. Also from New Orleans, Papa Charlie Jackson accompanied himself with a banjo guitar and became one of the first songsters to record from the mid-1920s. His unique brand of hokum, used comic, often sexually suggestive lyrics and lively, danceable rhythms.


    This selection features several variations on traditional ballads about legendary characters such as Frankie and Johnny, Stagger Lee, John Henry and Railroad Bill. These became standards in the repertoires of songsters, both black and white, who shared a similar colour-blindness when it came to the racial origins of a tune. Frank Hutchison and Dick Justice were both white performers whose styles were heavily influenced by black musicians, in particular, Luke Jordan whose featured track 'Pick Poor Robin Clean' is a gambling song masterpiece. Like Jordan, many other well-known East Coast songsters such as Blind Blake, Pink Anderson, and Peg Leg Howell worked with traveling shows, which became a major factor in the spreading of the blues. Many of these shows were operated by vendors of patent medicines who would attract crowds by putting on a performance.


    As these shows began to disappear and recorded music and dancing in juke joints became popular, so the older songster style became less fashionable. Apart from the few waxed recordings which leave a tempting glance into a world before the blues, many of the featured artists faded into obscurity, as the songsters were overtaken by blues singers whose music was heavily promoted by record companies. Those songsters who were able to embrace this new music such as Charley Patton and Leadbelly became seminal figures and the rest is history.

    1. Pick Poor Robin Clean - By Luke Jordan
    2. Don't Leave Me Here - By Henry Thomas
    3. The Spasm - By Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah
    4. Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine - By Papa Charlie Jackson
    5. John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) - Part 1 - By Furry Lewis
    6. Mississippi Boweavil Blues - By Charley Patton
    7. Cocaine - By Dick Justice
    8. Midnight Special - By Leadbelly
    9. Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around - By Blind Blake
    10. Stackalee - By Frank Hutchison
    11. James Alley Blues - By Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
    12. Going To Germany - By Cannon's Jug Stompers
    13. Coal Man Blues - By Peg Leg Howell
    Various Artists
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    The Way We Move

    The Way We Move, the new album from acclaimed musician Langhorne Slim will see its release on Ramseur Records. The album follows-up his critically acclaimed 2009 release Be Set Free which Paste says, perfectly captures the lyrical simplicity of bygone times with straightforward lines. In celebration of the release, Langhorne Slim & The Law will continue to tour throughout 2012.


    The 14-track album was produced by Kenny Siegal and Langhorne Slim & The Law at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY. Langhorne's band, The Law, consists of David Moore (piano/keyboards/banjos/electric guitar/vocals), Jeffrey Ratner (bass/background vocals) and Malachi DeLorenzo (drums/percussion/background vocals).


    Of the new album, Langhorne comments, My goal for this record was to create something that we could stand by and be proud of for the rest of our lives. To make music that is real, raw and beautiful. Langhorne Slim began his musical career in Brooklyn in 2004. His previous releases include Electric Love Letter EP (2004), When The Sun's Gone Down (2005), Engine EP (2006), Langhorne Slim (2008) and his latest, Be Set Free (2009). White vinyl configuration with CD insert.


    Leadbelly's gift for storytelling and Dylan's ability to captivate a crowd. - New Yorker

    1. The Way We Move
    2. Badluck
    3. Fire
    4. Salvation
    5. On the Attack
    6. Someday
    7. Great Divide
    8. Just A Dream
    9. Song For Sid
    10. Found My Heart
    11. Wild Soul
    12. Two Crooked Hearts
    13. Coffee Cups
    14. Past Lives
    Langhorne Slim
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    Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart

    Inarticulate Speech of the Heart is the fourteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison - Originally released in 1983


    Morrison said he arrived at the title from a Shavian saying: that idea of communicating with as little articulation as possible, at the same time being emotionally articulate.


    One of music's true originals Van Morrison's unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast. Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father's collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964.Making their name at Belfast's Maritime Club Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene. Morrison's matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered 'Gloria' and 'Here Comes The Night'.Those talents found full astonishing range in Van's solo career.After working with Them's New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit 'Brown Eyed Girl' (1967), Morrison moved to another realm.


    With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer Morrison's past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

    1. Higher Than The World
    2. Connswater
    3. River Of Time
    4. Celtic Swing
    5. Rave On, John Donne
    6. Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart, No. 1
    7. Irish Heartbeat
    8. The Street Only Knew Your Name
    9. Cry For Home
    10. Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart, No. 2
    11. September Night
    Van Morrison
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    Old Sock

    Old Sock marks the 21st solo studio album for the guitar legend, and is released on the Bushbranch Records label, a branch of Surfdog. This double LP also includes a download card.


    On the heels of a sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival and the announcement of a major world tour, Eric Clapton announced the release of his 21st studio album and his first album since 2010. The album, Old Sock produced by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, features two original songs Every Little Thing and Gotta Get Over. Old Sock is released on Clapton s Bushbranch label, distributed through a collaboration with Surfdog Records in the USA and Canada.


    The album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs spanning from his childhood to present day that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton s rich musical life. Clapton has always had a remarkable ability to recognize great songs and a gift for knowing how to uniquely interpret them, as he does on Old Sock. The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a stand out playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.


    Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass) and Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with some surprise guest additions. JJ Cale joins the song Angel for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for Get On Over, Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 Organ on Still Got The Blues, Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on All of Me, Jim Keltner on drums for Our Love is Here To Stay.

    1. Further On Down The Road
    2. Angel
    3. Every Little Thing
    4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
    5. Born To Lose
    6. Till Your Well Runs Dry
    7. All Of Me
    8. Still Got The Blues
    9. Good Night Irene
    10. Gotta Get Over
    11. Your One And Only Man
    12.Our Love Is Here To Stay
    Eric Clapton
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    MTV Unplugged In New York

    Ranked 311/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Recorded in November 1993, less than six months before singer Kurt Cobain killed himself, Nirvanas MTV Unplugged is a watershed document that presents a band at the peak of its powers. Unlike any other unplugged affair, the diverse album is not a simple stripped-down regurgitation of greatest hits or a cash-it-in set of nostalgic favorites. Rather, the live effort is among the most emotionally naked spectacles ever released an album so starkly intense and profoundly personal, its impossible not to get chills down the spine.


    Made primarily with acoustic instrumentsGrohl even trades sticks for brushes, Krist Novoselic picks up an accordion, and cellist Lori Goldston prominently figures in the arrangementsUnplugged in New York reveals Nirvanas folksier side and clear ambition to move beyond abrasive rock. The setlist is as surprising as the stylistic makeover. Save for renditions of All Apologies and Come As You Are, the adventurous material includes brooding covers of the Meat Puppets' Lake of Fire, Plateau, and Oh Me as well as harrowing versions of David Bowies The Man Who Sold the World, and the Vaselines Jesus Dont Want Me for a Sunbeam.


    And then there's the heart-shattering climax. Intensely private and disturbingly primal, Nirvana's rendition of the Leadbelly standard Where Did You Sleep Last Night takes its place among the most cathartic songs ever committed to record. Its the musical equivalent of the insides of Cobain's soul being ripped out and put out display for all to see.


    Hurry! Do not pass up this chance to own the Nirvana swan song that Rolling Stone named one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!

    1. About A Girl
    2. Come As You Are
    3. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
    4. The Man Who Sold The World
    5. Pennyroyal Tea
    6. Dumb
    7. Polly
    8. On A Plain
    9. Something In The Way
    10. Plateau
    11. Oh Me
    12. Lake Of Fire
    13. All Apologies
    14. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
    Nirvana
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  • Sings Ballads, Blues & A Spiritual Sings Ballads, Blues & A Spiritual Quick View

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    Sings Ballads, Blues & A Spiritual

    "Being of Northern white origin and stressing Southern Negro songs as I do is, in a way, difficult to justify. I first came into contact with Negro traditional songs through a chance encounter with a recording of Stackolee made by Furry Lewis, a southern street singer about whom little seems to be known. Taking it to be a form of Jazz, in which I was primarily interested and involved, I made some further investigations and discovered a whole field of music which I had not previously known existed. At this point I don't think I had ever heard a white person sing a Negro song (with the exception of my grandmother who remembered some old cakewalk and ragtime songs from the 90's) and so, having only such singers as Furry Lewis, King Solomon Hill, and Leadbelly for models, when I tried to sing these songs I naturally imitated what I heard and, if I couldn't understand a word here or there, I just slurred right along with the singer. At that time, nobody listened to me anyway. Since then I have learned that the term folk music encompasses more than just Blue Tail Fly and On Top of Old Smokey and that there are quite a few white singers who sing the same material that I do with a very different approach from my own. Although I can appreciate the white approach to Negro folksongs and enjoy the work of many of its adherents, I still reserve the right to sing these songs in the style in which I am accustomed, partly because of habit, and partly, I confess, because I feel that my way is the right way. - Dave Van Ronk
    1. Duncan And Brady
    2. Black Mountain Blues
    3. In The Pines
    4. My Baby's So Sweet
    5. 12 Gates To The Cit
    6. Winin' Boy Blues
    7. If You Leave Me Pretty Mama
    8. Backwater Blues
    9. Careless Love
    10. Betty And Dupree
    11. KC Moan
    12. Gambler's Blues
    13. John Henry
    14. How Long
    Dave Van Ronk
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    Kicking Against The Pricks

    Besides being noteworthy as an astonishingly good all-covers album, Kicking Against the Pricks is notable for the arrival of a new key member for the Seeds, drummer Thomas Wydler. Besides being a fine percussionist, able to perform at both the explosive and restrained levels Cave requires, Wydler also allowed Harvey to concentrate on adding guitar and keyboards live as well as in the studio, a notable bonus. Race reappears briefly to add some guitar while former Birthday Party cohorts Rowland Howard and Tracy Pew guest as well, the latter on some of his last tracks before his untimely death. The selection of songs is quite impressive, ranging from old standards like Long Black Veil to everything from John Lee Hooker's I'm Gonna Kill That Woman and Gene Pitney's pop aria Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart. Matching the range of material, the Seeds are well on their way to becoming the rock/cabaret/blues showband of Cave's dreams, able to conjure up haunting, winsome atmospheres (Sleeping Annaleah) as much as higher-volume takes (Roy Orbison's Running Scared, the Velvet Underground's All Tomorrow's Parties). The version of Leadbelly's Black Betty is particularly grand, Harvey's drumming driving the track with ominous power. This said, often holding everything back is the key, as the creepout build of Hey Joe demonstrates. Even more striking is how Cave's own vocals rebut the charges that all he ever does is overdramatize everything he sings -- consider the husky, purring delivery on Johnny Cash's The Singer. Other winners include a masterful version of Jimmy Webb's By the Time I Get to Phoenix and the stately, album-closing The Carnival Is Over, originally a mid-'60s hit for the Seekers.

    - Ned Raggett (All Music)
    1. Muddy Water
    2. I'm Gonna Kill That Woman
    3. Sleeping Annaleah
    4. Long Black Veil
    5. Hey Joe
    6. The Singer (a.k.a. The Folksinger)
    7. All Tomorrow's Parties
    8. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
    9. The Hammer Song
    10. Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
    11. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well
    12. The Carnival Is Over
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
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    Folksy Nina (Pure Pleasure)

    Pianist and singer Nina Simone defied categorization by blending classical, jazz and popular music into an unconventional and highly personal idiom: over four decades, she galvanized audiences with albums and performances replete with deep passion and keen attention to emotion.
    Fiercely honest, Simone was admired for her eccentricity and individualism. She was known for her spirited personality on and off the stage, which included flirting with audience members and voicing her opinions about social topics of the time.



    Like the 1963 LP Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall (Pure Pleasure SCP 455), this was recorded in front of a devoted and enthusiastic live audience at Carnegie Hall on May 12, 1963. It isn't just unworthy leftovers, but a strong set in its own right, concentrating on material that could be seen as traditional or folk in orientation. It's not exactly strictly folk music, in repertoire or arrangement (which includes piano, guitar, bass, and drums, though not every tune has all of the instruments); Twelfth Of Never certainly isn't folk music. However, there was also an uptempo piano blues, Leadbelly's Silver City Bound; covers of the Israeli Erets Zavat Chalav and Vanetihu which served as further proof that Simone's eclecticism knew no bounds; and the stark, moody, spiritually shaded ballads at which she excelled (When I Was a Young Girl, Hush Little Baby). Lass Of The Low Country is as exquisitely sad-yet-beautiful as it gets.



    Musicians:



    • Nina Simone (piano, vocal)

    • Alvin Schackman, Phil Orlando (guitar)

    • Lisle Ackinson (bass)

    • Montego Joe (drums)




    Recording: May 1963 at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Dick Alderson

    Production: Jack Lewis



    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. Silver City Bound
    2. When I Was a Young Girl
    3. Erets Zavat Chalav
    4. Lass of the Low Country
    5. The Young Knight
    6. Twelfth of Never
    7. Vanetihu
    8. You Can Sing a Rainbow
    9. Hush Little Baby
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order) (On Sale)


    Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness


    The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.


    Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.


    Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.


    Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.


    Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. The Bourgeois Blues
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Smack Dab in the Middle
    6. Stand by Me
    7. Yellow Roses
    8. Chlo-e
    9. Goodnight Irene
    Ry Cooder
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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    Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original Score

    Hand-numbered Double-LP Vinyl pressing of the hauntingly beautiful Steve Fisk (produced Nirvanas Blew EP)/Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) original film score to the powerful motion picture Kurt Cobain About A Son. The score has been remixed for stand-alone listening by Fisk, digitally remastered by Steve Turnidge, and mastered for vinyl by Bob Weston. Fans of the film, film scores and ambient music will all find something to love in this release's floating textures and dark atmospheres.


    Strictly-limited pressing! Don't wait to order, since these are likely to go fast! This high-quality Double-LP version will be packaged in a substantial embossed jacket with full-color sleeves and will include a code for a free MP3 download of the album.


    This Original Score release follows Barsuks 2007 release of the acclaimed film soundtrack Kurt Cobain About A Son Music From The Motion Picture. Featuring the music (taken from the film) of Bad Brains, Butthole Surfers, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Arlo Guthrie, Half Japanese, Mark Lanegan, Leadbelly, Melvins, Mudhoney, Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Scratch Acid and The Vaselines, as well as Cobain audio interview excerpts and a previously-unreleased Gibbard cover of the indie-classic Beat Happening tune Indian Summer. Music From The Motion Picture was hailed as A must-have for fans of Nirvana or really anyone interested in getting into the head of a creative visionary (Teen Vogue). Please note: neither the soundtrack CD nor the score LP contains the music of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana.

    1. Overture
    2. A Good Childhood
    3. Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
    4. The First Show
    5. Interlude 1 (Olympia)
    6. Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
    7. Giganticism
    8. The Coldest Winter
    9. Interlude 2 (Seattle)
    10. Overture Reprise
    11. Where Credit Is Due
    12. The Opiate Waltz
    13. Some Days
    14. Chaos and Resolution
    Steve Fisk & Benjamin Gibbard
    $25.99
    Limited Edition Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Woman To Woman

    I was sitting in a hotel room in Spearfish, SD learning to play a Townes Van Zandt tune called Loretta, and as I was singing the words, I started to get angry, says Esme Patterson on the inspiration behind her new album 'Woman to Woman.' I started thinking how one-sided and aubjective a lot of 'love songs' are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if anyone ever asked.


    That realization inspired Patterson to write an album of response songs that aims to give voice to seven women from popular music: Jolene (Dolly Parton), Alison (Elvis Costello), Loretta (Townes Van Zandt), Caroline (The Beach Boys), Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles), Evangeline (The Band), and Irene (Leadbelly).


    They are archetypes from songs, frozen forever in black and white, she says. I did my best to add some color and give them some humanity.


    Well known for her work as a vocalist for Denver, CO's Paper Bird, Patterson also appeared on Anais Mitchell's 'Hadestown,' has performed on both Letterman and Leno as a backup singer for Tennis, and has collaborated with artists like Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nick Jaina, and Reed Foehl. 'Woman to Woman' is her second solo release.

    1. Valentine (Elvis Costello - 'Alison')
    2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton - 'Jolene')
    3. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt - 'Loretta')
    4. The Glow (The Beach Boys - 'Caroline, No')
    5. Bluebird (The Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby')
    6. Louder Than the Sound (The Band - 'Evangeline')
    7. A Dream (Leadbelly - 'Goodnight Irene')
    Esme Patterson
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    Beautiful Songs

    Fire Records brings you a vinyl featuring over 100 of the best songs spanning the career of the legendary Jad Fair and his band Half Japanese. This comprehensive 'Best Of' compilation also includes liner notes written by Everett True.


    Jad Fair is the godfather of minimalist monster art rock - a gentleman and a beast. Edwin Pouncey, The Wire.

    Fitting, as this album includes every type of song that Jad has ever dreamed, other than the 'Monster songs and love songs', I do have other songs that aren't monster songs or love songs explains Jad, but for the most part they are monster songs.. I wanted to have something from each of the albums - so it's not like a dozen songs from one album, and 10 from another. It's supposed to be an overview of everything I've done. So this selection of songs pretty much fits that bill. Everett True tells us I love him for his boundless enthusiasm and shy genius...maybe it's wrong to call Jad naive because he knows what he's doing, but he has a child-like wonderment that to me is at the core of most great music I can name. The Shaggs, Leadbelly, Jonathan Richman. He makes my feet want to move, and there's no higher compliment, I've seen Jad play concerts with a rolled-up newspaper and upturned wastebasket for rhythm, with just his voice for colour. I've also seen Jad play stadiums in precisely the same fashion - with a band behind him, sure, but with the spirit intact - in front of crowds of over 15,000, in support to Nirvana on their fi¬nal tour.

    1. All The Angels Said Go To Her

    2. Do You Have A Friend?

    3. Song Of Joy

    4. Firecracker

    5. Amy You Went Away

    6. Ride Ride Ride

    7. Shy Around Girls

    8. US Teens Are Spoiled Bums

    9. I'm Gona Come Back To You

    10. This Could Be The Night

    11. True Believers

    12. Dreamy Eyes




    1. Angela

    2. XXOO

    3. It Walks At Night

    4. Sweet Soda Pop

    5. Charmed Life

    6. The Zombies Of Mora-Tau

    7. Silver And Katherine

    8. Love And Comfort

    9. Eat That Cake

    10. Patty

    11. That Dress

    12 Monster Island

    Jad Fair
    $32.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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