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Leon RussellPressed On 180-Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl
Leon Russell was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1941. He studied classical piano as a boy and took up trumpet in his teens. Not too many years later, he was on the road as a sideman to Jerry Lee Lewis and Ronnie Hawkins and ended-up on the west coast.
Leon remained in Los Angeles and quickly became one of the city's more prominent studio musicians also often working as an arranger, conductor and producer. Russell was one of Phil Spector's, "Wall of Sound" session people, he also played on The Byrds', "Mr. Tambourine Man," and arranged and co-wrote most of the big hits of pop star, Gary Lewis including She's Just My Style" and "Everybody Loves a Clown."
Leon Russell gained a higher public profile when the 1969 Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett album, "Accept No Substitute" became a major hit. Leon had arranged the album and played piano and guitar in his now distinctive style that became such a part of the sound of the group called Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.
Russell really skyrocketed when he got involved with Joe Cocker who was already a star. Cocker's producer, Denny Cordell hired Leon to arrange and co-produce the new Cocker album which included more hits for Joe including Leon's song, "Delta Lady." When Cocker set out to tour the US he logically recruited Leon to serve as bandleader and arranger for the now legendary 1970 "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" tour. That renowned cross-country tour has been preserved as a feature film and live album.
Following the critical success of the tour, Russell's reputation was strong enough that he and Cordell formed their own record company - Shelter - and launched the label with this very Leon Russell, "Leon Russell" album. The album features the first ever recording of "A Song For You" which has become one of Russell's best-known songs with versions released over the years by more than 40 different artists including the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Willie Nelson, Helen Reddy, Whitney Houston, Elkie Brooks, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway and Christina Aguilera.
The rest, as they say, is history for Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011 followed a few months later with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.1. A Song For You
2. Dixie Lullaby
3. I Put A Spell On You
4. Shoot Out On The Plantation
6. Delta Lady
7. Prince Of Peace
8. Give Peace A Chance
9. Hurtsome Body
10. Pisces Apple Lady
11. Roll Away The Stone$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Carney (200 Gram Vinyl)Hit Maker And Musician's Musician Struck Chart Gold With 1972 Album Carney
Analogue Productions Reissue On 200-Gram Vinyl
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Master Tapes
Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Heavyweight Tip-On Old-Style Jacket From Stoughton Printing
With his trademark top hat, hair well past his shoulders, a long, lush beard, an Oklahoma drawl and his fingers splashing two-fisted barrelhouse piano chords, future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leon Russell cut a flamboyant figure in the early 1970s. He recorded his first hit single Tight Rope with the release of his third, and most successful album Carney, in 1972, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
Two years earlier Russell had already played on hundreds of songs as one of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles. The Oklahoma-born pianist, guitarist, songwriter and bandleader led Joe Cocker's band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, appeared at George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh in New York City and composed numerous hits of his own. He was in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Orchestra and played sessions for Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, the Ventures and the Monkees, among many others.
But it was the top-rated Carney, reissued here on an audibly exquisite 200-gram LP from Analogue Productions, that put Carney into the league of extraordinary musicians. Soulful roots-rock yields to dizzying psychedelia on this, Russell's most famous album. His all-time biggest hit, Tight Rope, leads to Out in the Woods, Cajun Love Song, This Masquerade, and more! No link in the reissue chain was sacrificed, making this outstanding reissue a true audiophile masterpiece. Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio remastered the album from the original master tapes; plating and pressing took place at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Lastly, as benefits a stellar reissue, we packaged our version in a heavyweight old-style tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing.
Russell wrote scores of hits for others, among them Superstar, (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, Delta Lady for Joe Cocker and This Masquerade, for George Benson. His own version of This Masquerade is featured on Carney. More than 100 acts recorded A Song for You, which Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes. Ray Charles' recording of the song in 1993 received a Grammy Award.
Sadly, Russell's life as a musical muse and performer ended with his death at 74 on Nov. 13, 2016, at his home in Nashville. He will be forever remembered for making a broad, sophisticated palette of American music sound down-home and natural.1. Tight Rope
2. Out in the Woods
3. Me and Baby Jane
4. Manhattan Island Serenade
5. Cajun Love Song
6. Roller Derby
8. Acid Annapolis
9. If the Shoe Fits
10. My Cricket
11. This Masquerade
12. Magic Mirror$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
J.J. Cale: Rewind: The Unreleased RecordingsTime Life is very proud to present Rewind: Unreleased Recordings, a trove of previously unreleased songs recorded by American music icon J.J. Cale during his early and most influential years. Featuring vintage tracks from Cale's legendary tenures at Shelter Records and Mercury Records, Rewind is a remarkable collection that exemplifies J.J. Cale's distinctive, legendary style: laid-back guitar and almost whispered vocals with influences of rock 'n' roll, country, blues and jazz. Not only are Rewind's eight Cale-penned songs a time capsule of musical treasures, he also personally selected several covers to include. It's extremely rare for Cale to record another songwriter's material, making these songs particularly extraordinary. He puts his personal spin on Eric Clapton's Golden Ring, Leon Russell's My Cricket, Waylon Jennings' Waymore's Blues and Randy Newman's Rollin'.1. Guess I Lose
2. Waymore's Blues
4. Golden Ring
5. My Cricket
6. Ever Since You Said Goodbye
7. Seven Day Woman
9. My Baby and me
10. Lawdy Mama
11. Blue Sunday
12. Out Of Style
13. Ooh La La
14. All Mama's Children$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ain't It Hard! Garage & Psych from Viva RecordsThe short-lived Viva Records label was one wildly eclectic outfit. Helmed by hitmaker Snuff Garrett, this Los Angeles-based imprint targeted the teen marketplace with a series of extraordinary garage / psych / pop singles. The labels command of popular styles prevailed across these Top 40 hopefuls, ranging from the stomping beat of the Shindogs to the psych-fuzz nirvana of the Sound Sandwich. And theres Class of 66 garage-grunge from the Wailers and the Second Helping (yes, thats a teenage Kenny Loggins howling at the moon on the positively snarling Let Me In, among other selections). With a supporting cast led by Leon Russell and J.J. Cale and bolstered with choice Snuff Garrett Productions like Gypsy Trips and Sunday Servants, Aint It Hard! stands as an essential anthology of Sunset Strip sixties sounds!1. Apothecary Dream - The Sound Sandwich
2. Let Me In - The Second Helping
3. Psychotic Reaction - The Leathercoated Minds
4. I Don't Want to Follow You - The Wailers
5. Ain't It Hard - Gypsy Trips
6. Hard Times - The Second Helping
7. Eight Miles High - The Leathercoated Minds
8. On Friday - The Second Helping
9. Tow Away - The Sound Sandwich
10. Who Do You Think You Are - The Shindogs
11. Floating Downstream on an Inflatable Rubber Raft - The Second Helping
12. Zig Zag News - The Sound Sandwich$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Diving BoardCapitol Records is proud to announce the release of Elton John's The Diving Board, the artist's first solo studio album in seven years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.
The Diving Board returns Elton John to the piano, bass and drums lineup that marked the artist's introduction to worldwide audiences more than 40 years ago. As Elton explains, "In many ways, I feel like I'm starting again, making records. Several years ago when beginning to work with T Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for The Union, I had to ask myself, 'What kind of music do I really want to make?', and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. That's what The Diving Board represents. I'm
incredibly excited about every aspect of this album: The performances, T Bone's production, Bernie's lyrics and the songs we've created. The Diving Board is the album I've been waiting to make for decades."LP 1
1. Oceans Away
2. Oscar Wilde Gets Out
3. A Town Called Jubilee
4. The Ballad of Blind Tom
5. Dream #1
6. My Quicksand
7. Can't Stay Alone Tonight
2. Home Again
3. Take This Dirty Water
4. Dream #2
5. The New Fever Waltz
6. Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight)
7. Dream #3
8. The Diving Board$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Getting Ready...Freddie King is easily one of the most influential blues guitarists of his or any generation. Any blues enthusiast or guitar aficionado would have him ranked high on their list of all-time greats. He was a guitar hero before there was Guitar Hero.
Getting Ready... was King's first of three releases for Shelter Records, Leon Russell's Tulsa-based label. In fact, when Russell first formed Shelter, he reportedly did so partly to play out his vision of recording one of his favorites, Freddie King.
Recorded in October 1970 at the TER-MAR Chess Studios in Chicago and released in 1971, Getting Ready... is proof positive that King was the man and that Shelter Records was one cool label. The record includes a cover of Jimmy Rogers' classic Walking By Myself and King references Rogers also in the lyrics of another track on the record, Living On The Highway. Rogers was the first artist to record for Acoustic Sounds' own APO Records label and the first to appear in concert at Acoustic Sounds' Blue Heaven Studios.
More APO and Blue Heaven tie-ins to Freddie King include Jimmie Lee Robinson, who while living was the veritable soul of APO and Blue Heaven. When King moved from Texas to Southside Chicago around 1950, he formed his first ever band, The Every Hour Blues Boys, with Robinson.
The backing band for Getting Ready... includes the stud cast of Leon Russell on piano and guitars, Duck Dunn on bass, Don Preston on guitar, Jon Gallie on organ, Chuck Blackwell on drums and Charles Myers on drums.
Getting Ready is among the first titles to be pressed at Acoustic Sounds' Quality Record Pressings.1. Same Old Blues
2. Dust My Broom
3. Worried Life Blues
4. Five Long Years
5. Key to the Highway
6. Going Down
7. Living on the Highway
8. Walking by Myself
9. Tore Down
10. Palace of the King
$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mad Dogs & EnglishmenMad Dogs and Englishmen is Joe Cocker's legendary live album, recorded in 1970 at the Fillmore East.
For this record Joe Cocker created a unique sound: a veritable definition of big-band rock with three dozen players working behind the singer.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen consists mostly of covers, drawing equally from rock (The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Bob Dylan, The Beatles) and soul (Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding), and is as much a showcase for arranger & bandleader Leon Russell as it is for Joe Cocker.
As we now know the tour from which this album was drawn took a heavy toll on Joe Cocker and especially his vocal chords because the music was presented on such a grand scale.
Nevertheless, the music still stands to this date and beyond.LP 1
2. Honky Tonk Women
4. Sticks And Stones
5. Cry Me A River
6. Bird On The Wire 6:15
7. Feelin' Alright
10. Let's Go Get Stoned
1a I'll Drown In My Own Tears
1b When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
1c I've Been Loving You Too Long
3. Girl From The North Country
4. Give Peace A Chance
6. She Came In Thru The Bathroom Window
7. Space Captain
8. The Letter
9. Delta Lady$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Stay Gold (On Sale)Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the Tulsa, Oklahoma institution founded by pianist Brian Haas returns with a new full length album, Stay Gold. The effort refines JFJO's singular vision that's been dubbed 'Red Dirt Jazz,' sounding equal parts earthy and nimble, pastoral and sweeping, elegant and free. The quartet taps into their birthright, drawing upon 'The Tulsa Sound' born of hometown heroes like JJ Cale, Bob Wills and Leon Russell, while growing these roots from a jazz foundation that's built firmly upon the influence of giants such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, JFJO recorded the album at acclaimed engineer/musician David Teegarden's Natura Digital Recording Studios just outside of Tulsa. The eight-track effort captures the band's strongest songwriting and most compelling improvisations to date.1. The Sensation Of Seeing Light
2. Trampoline Phoenix
4. The Return
5. Song For Lauren
6. Hamby's Window
7. Stay Gold
8. This, Our Home$18.99 $15.00 Save $3.99 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shotgun WillieTransferring his allegiance to Atlantic (where he would record two remarkable albums that would get him kicked off the label), Willie Nelson offered his finest record to date for his debut -- possibly his finest album ever. Shotgun Willie encapsulates Willie's world view and music, finding him at a peak as a composer, interpreter, and performer. This is laid-back, deceptively complex music, equal parts country, rock attitude, jazz musicianship, and troubadour storytelling.
Nelson blurs the lines between his own tunes and covers to the point that Whiskey River, this record's best-known song, seems thoroughly original, yet it was written by Johnny Bush and Paul Stroud. This, along with two songs apiece by Leon Russell and Bob Wills, provides context for his originals, with Shotgun Willie becoming a musical autobiography, offering not only insights into his musicality (witness how he slows down Stay All Night [Stay a Little Longer] to a slow shuffle) but, seemingly, into himself (most notably on the title track and the wonderful, funny travelogue Devil in a Sleepin' Bag). Nelson wasn't just at a peak of performing here -- he also wrote some of his greatest songs, highlighted not just by the previously mentioned tunes but also by the lovely slow waltz Slow Down Old World and Sad Songs and Waltzes. All of it adds up to possibly the finest record in a career filled with hits and highlights.1. Shotgun Willie
2. Whiskey River
3. Sad Songs and Waltzes
4. Local Memory
5. Slow Down Old World
6. Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)
7. Devil in a Sleepin' Bag
8. She's Not for You
9. Bubbles in My Beer
10. You Look Like the Devil
11. So Much to Do
12. A Song for You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fun Fun FunColored Vinyl
The first wave of the surf music explosion spawned countless short-lived bands and one-shot studio projects. Many of those projects were quickly forgotten, but a handful have continued to inspire hushed reverence among surf aficionados. The latter category includes the Catalinas lone album, originally released in 1964 and out of print for more than four decades.
An all-star studio supergroup featuring legendary producer Terry Melcher, future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and fabled Wrecking Crew members Hal Blaine, Jerry Cole, Steve Douglas, Leon Russell, Billy Strange and Tommy Tedesco, the Catalinas lived up to their impressive pedigree. In addition to rarely-heard tunes penned by Bobby Darin and a pre-Byrds Roger McGuinn, the album features potent versions of such surf and hot rod classics as Surfin U.S.A., Wipe Out, Banzai Washout, I Get Around and Summer Means Fun.
Long a rare collectors item, Fun Fun Fun is now back in its original vinyl format, remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art.1. Surfin' U.S.A.
2. Beach Ball
3. Surfer Boy
4. Wipe Out
5. Beach Walkin'
6. Banzai Washout
7. Hot Rod U.S.A.
8. Queen of the Hot Rods
9. I Get Around
10. Boss Barracuda
11. Run Little
13. Summer Means Fun$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gene Clark With The Gosdin BrothersOn this, the first solo album by an ex-Byrd, Gene Clark doesn't fly too far from the nest -- Byrds' Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke make up the rhythm section, while the Gosdin Brothers chime in with sweet harmony vocals. Add guitarists Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole and future Byrd Clarence White, and some beautiful orchestration by Leon Russell to Clark's melancholy melodies and the result is a forward-looking country-rock primer that sounded like nothing else in '67 and continues to astound and inspire today. With 3 bonus tracks and liner notes courtesy Sid Griffin.1. Echoes
2. Think I'm Gonna Feel Better
3. Tried So Hard
4. Is Yours Is Mine
5. Keep On Pushin'
6. I Found You
7. So You Say You Lost Your Baby
8. Elevator Operator
9. The Same One
10. Couldn't Believe Her
11. Needing Someone
12. The French Girl
13. Only Colombe
14. So You Say You Lost Your Baby (acoustic demo)$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Zombie BirdhouseTwelve albums into the fray, Iggy Pop has found sanctuary on Animal Records, a Chrysalis subsidiary whose roster is overseen by Chris Stein of Blondie. Now that Iggy's free of major-label expectations (not that he ever capitulated), one might have anticipated something on the order of Metallic K.O. Revisited. Surprisingly, Zombie Birdhouse is a brainy, well-plotted collection with more depth than could have been expected from the author of I Wanna Be Your Dog.
This album may just be Iggy's Morrison Hotel; like that Doors classic, Zombie Birdhouse takes an almost novelistic look at the character of America that is by turns funny and angry, reverential and irreverent. It's filled, too, with an almost mystical primitivism that brings out the shaman in Iggy's soul. The Doors analogy is unavoidable in this sense, of course, but all this imitation is sincerely flattering, and it's been awhile since we've had a convincing shaman on the scene. Besides, the rich lyrical imagery and musical daring of Zombie Birdhouse, particularly on the first side, are enough to make it a minor classic in its own right. Take Life of Work, in which Iggy Pop has refashioned an old sea shanty into a sad riddle for the working class: What do you do with a life of work?/Face it in the morning. The Ballad of Cookie McBride is just amazing; it sounds like a Bob Dylan lament sung by Leon Russell with a twist of Lizard King metaphysics (Hi-hi-ho, it's a watery day/On my way to an unmarked grave). Throughout, Iggy's collaborator, guitarist-keyboardist Rob duPrey, manages to produce some fascinating noise by altering, filtering and treating his instruments. Chris Stein and Clem Burke of Blondie provide the exotic rhythmic spice that seasons this record to perfection.
- Parke Puterbaugh (Rolling Stone)1. Run Like A Villain
2. The Villagers
3. Angry Hills
4. Life Of Work
5. The Ballad Of Cookie McBride
6. Ordinary Bummer
7. Eat Or Be Eaten
10. The Horse Song
11. Watching The News
12. Street Crazies$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best of Donny Hathaway
The Donny Hathaway/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
Celebrate The Soulful Singer & Songwriter's Greatest Hits
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso From The Original ATCO Records Tapes.
Featuring The Rare Appearances Of This Christmas And You Were Meant For Me On Vinyl.
Featuring Chart Topping Duets With Roberta Flack
Donny Hathaway will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the
70's soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed songwriters during his
short lifetime. Thanks to today's respect and care given to his music by a whole new
generation of musicians and fans, Donny Hathaway forever reigns as one of soul's
pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him,
Donny had the necessary ingredients of a stellar voice/musicianship and songwriting
acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres
Donny Hathaway created some of the greatest sides ever for ATCO, where he
spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music
In 1978, Donny was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled
The Best of Donny Hathaway. This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles
and stellar album staples, most of them featuring Joel Dorn, Billy Cobham, Arif Mardin,
Jerry Wexler, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, King Curtis, Doc Gibbs and Cornell Dupree,
continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, over four
The Best of Donny Hathaway features a heavy menu of his finest moments like
the funk infused The Ghetto, the definitive balladry of Leon Russell's A Song For You,
and of course his duet chart topper with Roberta Flack Where Is The Love, which truly
opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely missed genius.
Even more classics abound as you'll hear the only vinyl release versions of
his beautiful last top charting r&b ballad You Were Meant For Me and his standard
holiday gem This Christmas. The fine LP also includes one of the more poignant songs
of our time Someday We'll All Be Free which is truly a milestone song for this artist.
This 1978 Greatest Hits LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades... that
is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Best Of Donny Hathaway. Mastered impeccably
from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso at Friday Music
Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic
heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also included the original artwork
elements by Sandi Young, the classic illustration of Donny Hathaway by Norman
Green, as well as the original back cover studio session information not seen in LP
cover form in years!
The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original
pioneering soul albums from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson
Pickett and others, we feel this stunning Donny Hathaway 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock
audiophile vinyl fans.
Take It From Me .Someday We'll All Be Free1. You Were Meant For Me
2. A Song For You
3. You've Got A Friend (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
4. Someday We'll All Be Free
5. Giving Up
6. Where Is The Love (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
7. The Ghetto
8. Valdez In The Country
9. This Christmas$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Texas CannonballReleased in 1972 as the second of Freddie King's three releases for Shelter Records, Leon Russell's Tulsa-based label. In fact, when Russell first formed Shelter, he reportedly did so partly to play out his vision of recording one of his favorites, Freddie King.
King's output on Texas Cannonball includes brilliant covers of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Lowell Fulson, Leon Russell, Bill Withers and Elmore James.
Backing artists include many musicians who played with Eric Clapton in the 1970s. Clapton has stated many times over that Freddie King was among his chief influences. Supporting musicians include Leon Russell on piano, Carl Radle and Donald Duck Dunn on bass, Jim Gordon, Chuck Blackwell and Al Jackson on drums, Don Preston on guitar and John Gallie on organ.
Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis in February 1972.
Texas Cannonball is among the first titles to be pressed at Acoustic Sounds' Quality Record Pressings.1. Lowdown In Lodi
2. Reconsider Baby
3. Big Legged Woman
4. Me And My Guitar
5. I'd Rather Be Blind
6. Can't Trust Your Neighbor
7. You Was Wrong
8. How Many More Years
9. Ain't No Sunshine
10. The Sky Is Crying
$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Black Whip (On Sale)Classy jazz/funk guitarist and his band with covers by McCartney, Elton John, Leon Russell and his original compositions. Originally released in 1973. Limited pressing.1. Black Whip
2. My Love
5. Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen
6. Crank Me Up$31.99 $25.27 Save $6.72 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
God's Problem Child'God's Problem Child' is Willie's first album to debut all-new songs since 'Band of Brothers' in 2014. It includes 13 new songs, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album's title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell's very last recording). Closing the album is He Won't Ever Be Gone, a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie's outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard.1. Little House on the Hill
2. Old Timer
3. True Love
4. Delete and Fast Forward
5. A Woman's Love
6. Your Memory Has a Mind Of Its Own
8. Still Not Dead
9. God's Problem Child
10. It Gets Easier
11. Lady Luck
12. I Made a Mistake
13. He Won't Ever Be Gone$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Extra TextureRemastered From The Original Analogue Master Tapes And Cut At Capitol Studios To Ensure Exceptional Audio Quality Throughout
Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl
In late 1974, George returned to California to record his next album, the soul-tinged Extra Texture (Read All About It), his final album to be released through Apple Records. Leon Russell played piano on 'Tired Of Midnight Blue,' and for some of the sessions, Harrison was joined by guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, plus Jim Keltner, Paul Stallworth, and David Foster from new band Attitudes, who were later signed by George's newly formed Dark Horse label. Two of the LP's songs date from 1974 sessions for Dark Horse at George's home studio: the soulful love song 'Can't Stop Thinking About You' and the backing track of 'His Name Is 'Legs' (Ladies & Gentlemen).'1. You
2. The Answer's At The End
3. This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)
4. Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)
5. World Of Stone
6. A Bit More Of You
7. Can't Stop Thinking About You
8. Tired Of Midnight Blue
9. Grey Cloudy Lies
10. His Name Is Legs (Ladies And Gentleman)$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
White Lightnin' - The Solo Box (Pre-Order)This box contains all four solo albums by Bill Wyman, the first Rolling Stone to release a solo record. The first two (from 1974 and 1976, both issued on Rolling Stones Records) were made the help of a galaxy of musical friends like Lowell George, Dr John, Joe Walsh, Van Morrison, the Pointer Sisters, Danny Kortchmar, Dallas Taylor, Leon Russell, Bob Welch and Nicky Hopkins. The eponymous third album was home to Bill's 1981 big hit single (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star as well as follow-up hits Come Back Suzanne, A New Fashion and Visions, while fourth album Stuff appeared in 1992, originally in Japan only.
The albums are now issued on vinyl for the first time since their original release (and 'Stuff' on vinyl for the first time ever), gathered together in a beautiful rigid slipcase. The new inner sleeves feature all the lyrics and the musician credits.LP 1: Monkey Grip
1. I Wanna Get Me A Gun
2. Crazy Woman
4. Mighty Fine Time
5. Monkey Grip Glue
6. What A Blow
7. White Lightnin'
8. I'll Pull You Thro'
9. It's A Wonder
LP 2: Stone Alone
1. A Quarter To Three
2. Gimme Just One Chance
3. Soul Satisfying
4. Apache Woman
5. Every Sixty Seconds
6. Get It On
8. Peanut Butter Time
9. Wine And Wimmen
10. If You Wanna Be Happy
11. What's The Point
12. No More Foolin'
LP 3: Bill Wyman
1. Ride On Baby
2. A New Fashion
3. Nuclear Reactions
5. Jump Up
6. Come Back Suzanne
7. Rio De Janeiro
10. (Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star
LP 4: Stuff
1. If I Was A Doo Doo Doo
2. Like A Knife
3. Stuff (Can't Get Enough)
4. Leave Your Hat On
5. This Strange Effect
6. Mama Rap
7. She Danced
8. Fear Of Flying
9. Affected By The Towns
10. Blue Murder (lies)$119.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Breezin (Awaiting Repress)Limited Edition 180 Gram LP with Original Album Cover Graphics from this Groundbreaking 1976 Release
Mastered Impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the Original Warner Bros. Tapes at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and Manufactured at RTI
1976 was an incredible year for George Benson. Already a jazz veteran since the early 60's, the stars just seem to line up perfectly with his masterwork number one pop, soul, and jazz chart album Breezin'. Produced by Tommy LiPuma and orchestrated by Claus Ogerman, George Benson and a handful of soulful musicians singlehandedly created the very first platinum album in jazz music.
Cohesively picking some of the classiest tunes of all time, George started things off with Bobby Womack's soulful groover and title track Breezin'. With Benson's skillful octave riffing and his natural guitar prowess complemented by a masterful band and orchestra, it truly ushered in an avalanche of success for this legendary musician. The popular instrumental would go on to win a Grammy for the Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1976.
But lightning continued to strike as George's love of rock music is highlighted in the album as he dives into the Leon Russell songbook and creates his own funk masterpiece with This Masquerade. The top charting tune was unstoppable as it was played on every format of radio imaginable. Featuring his soulful vocals for the first time for many of his fans, it also brought the artist even more acclaim as it won another Grammy for Song Of The Year.
Whether jazz, pop, soul, rock, adult contemporary, George Benson's Breezin' album was a crowd pleaser. With his own classics like So This Is Love?, his brilliant interpretation of Jose Feliciano's Affirmation, and Phil Upchurch's rockin' soul jam Six To Four, it all helped him grab another Grammy for Best Engineered Album too, making this one amazing career achievement for the man.1. Breezin'
2. This Masquerade
3. Six To Four
5. So This Is Love?
6. Lady$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Gold NightsFemale/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler)
released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant!
Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length,
Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three
thematically connected records which is based on a period of
three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of
friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic
through that loss.
Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne,
Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more
primitive end of 1980's German underground. They embrace their
love of high fashion, 1980's New York vogue techno and the
mutant explorations of Whitehouse, Arthur Russell, Craig Leon
and Gianni Rossi. Gold Nights retains certain elements of their
beloved debut, but moves in a more sophisticated direction as a
result of White Hex's vision and with the help of producer Alex
Akers (Forces-Siberia Records).1. Only A Game
5. In The Night
6. United Colours of KL
7. Burberry Congo
8. Battleground$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Life. Love. Flesh. BloodImelda May's fifth studio record, entitled Life. Love. Flesh. Blood, is set for release via Verve Records.
It is clear that one of Ireland's biggest exports has found a new groove, here presenting the most personal and intimately autobiographical album she has ever written. The album is produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, who said of Imelda: "When I first happened onto her music, she was a punky Irish Rockabilly singer with a great band. When I ran across her several years later, she had gone through a change of lives and was writing about it with a wild intensity and singing about it in the most open-hearted way."
The album marks a new direction for May who, in the time since her 2014 release Tribal, ended her marriage of eighteen years. Imelda May's new sound sits firmly outside of any sharply defined genre box, widely spanning blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz. Life, Love, Flesh, Blood breathes new life into a classic sound, with Imelda's powerhouse vocal as distinctive as ever, cementing her position as one of the strongest vocalists of her generation. The singer herself describes the record as her most "honest" yet. Imelda's life changed considerably in the run-up to recording, and this is documented in the only way she knew how. Imelda explains, "It's therapy, like keeping a diary that a lot of people read. Some of my favorite songs don't say much, but they reveal everything."
Recorded over seven days in Los Angeles, the album features musical contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck ("Black Tears"), piano legend Jools Holland ("When It's My Time") and an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Elton John & Leon Russell, Ray Lamontagne) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions), the same band that recorded Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand.
First single "Black Tears" is a personal and heart-wrenching ballad, it features a distinctive slide guitar part, coupled with a unique picking and guitar tone that could be the handiwork of only one man - the legendary Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck says of Imelda, "I knew it from the start you cannot ignore talent this unique."
Imelda showcases her raw yet restrained breathtaking lead vocal, complimented by rich backing vocals and a super tight rhythm section. Written with Angelo Petragalia (Kings of Leon), the inspiration for the song's visual and poignant lyrics was inspired by a very personal moment for Imelda: "I wrote Black Tears with Angelo Petraglia after a heart-wrenchingly difficult goodbye. I closed my door and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror with black tears rolling down my face. It's a sight and situation most women have unfortunately seen ourselves in at some point in life. Angelo had a beautiful guitar piece that fit the mood perfectly."
Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland's most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono, and Smokey Robinson.1. Call Me
2. Black Tears (feat. Jeff Beck)
3. Should've Been You
4. Sixth Sense
6. How Bad Can A Good Girl Be
7. Bad Habit
9. When It's My Time (feat. Jools Holland)
10. Leave Me Lonely
11. The Girl I Used To Be$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now