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Lick It Up'
Lick It UpDue to the underachievement of their exceptional 1982 comeback album, Creatures of the Night, Kiss knew the time was right to drop the makeup, so in September 1983 the band shocked their fans by unmasking on MTV. Their first non-makeup album, Lick It Up, followed soon after and successfully re-established the band among the heavy metal masses worldwide. Kiss also reconnected with their stateside fans -- Lick It Up was the band's first record to achieve gold status since 1980's Kiss Unmasked. The album's success was spurred by MTV's repeated airing of the imaginative video for the album's strong title track, and songs such as Exciter, Not for the Innocent, A Million to One, and the rap-rocker All Hell's Breaking Loose confirmed that the band was back on the right track. Vinnie Vincent again proved to be a worthy replacement to original guitarist Ace Frehley but would unfortunately leave the band after the completion of the Lick It Up worldwide tour (eventually resurfacing with the Vinnie Vincent Invasion in the late '80s). Lick It Up is undoubtedly Kiss' best non-makeup album.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Exciter
2. Not For the Innocent
3. Lick It Up
4. Young and Wasted
5. Gimme More
6. All Hell's Breakin' Loose
7. A Million To One
8. Fits Like a Glove
9. Dance All Over Your Face
10. An On the 8th Day$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Outlaws Like MeJustin's summer 2011 album is another hot licks LP. Justin tears it up on 13 tracks. He plays to country's wider side, but you can hear his solid appreciation for the past.1. Redneck Side
2. My Kind Of Woman
3. If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away
4. Run Out Of Honky Tonks
5. Beer Time
6. Bait A Hook
7. Flyin' Down A Back Road
8. If You Don't Like My Twang
10. Sunshine Babies
11. Til My Last Day
12. Bed Of My Chevy
13. Outlaws Like Me$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Alive - The Millennium Concert
180g Audiophile Vinyl Reissue
Remastered To High Definition 192kHz/24-bit Audio For Maximum Fidelity
Celebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now
vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have
been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.
It's called The Millennium Concert as it was recorded in Vancouver, Canada on New Year's Eve 1999, a show where the reunited makeup band played some non-makeup era material (Heaven's on Fire, Lick It Up, and so on), plus the big, early hits (Shout It Out Loud, Beth, and many more). - David Jeffries (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. Psycho Circus
2. Shout It Out Loud
4. Heaven's On Fire
5. Into The Void
7. Do You Love Me
8. Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll
9. 2000 Man
1. God Of Thunder
2. I Love It Loud
3. Lick It Up
4. 100,000 Years
5. Love Gun
6. Black Diamond
7. Detroit Rock City
9. Rock And Roll All Nite$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MonsterMonster represents KISS' nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flamethrowers and don makeup to entertain millions. The group goes back to their own beginnings with the Who-like "Freak," while Gene lives up to the title track's declaration on the raucous prehistoric punk rock of "Back to the Stone Age" and the bludgeoning, self-referential "The Devil is Me." "Take Me Down Below" is one of KISS' classic sexual double entendres in the mode of "Love Gun" or "Lick It Up." Guitarist Thayer takes a solo turn on his own with "Outta This World," a tribute to his KISS "spaceman" character, while drummer Singer provides the vocals (and the inspiration) for the Stanley-penned arena anthem "All for the Love of Rock & Roll."1. Hell Or Hallelujah
2. Wall Of Sound
4. Back To The Stone Age
5. Shout Mercy
6. Long Way Down
7. Eat Your Heart Out
8. The Devil Is Me
9. Outta This World
10. All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
11. Take Me Down Below
12. Last Chance$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Living On The Other SideThe Donkeys are more than simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink beer, and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. If their back story contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui - is this all there is? - is soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost meditative. This record is about rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo, and hitting the open road.1. Gone Gone Gone
2. Walk Through A Cloud
3. Dolphin Center
4. Pretty Thing
5. Traverse Wine
6. Bye Bye Baby
7. Downtown Jenny
8. Nice Train
10. Boot On The Seat
11. Excelsior Lady$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Doin' It To DeathFor starters, this platter begins with one of the great intros of all time: "Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the
world. You are about to witness the eighth "
Lodged in a deep groove between the JB's' debut LP Food For Thought (1972) and the more complex and at-times political Damn Right, I Am
Somebody (from 1974) sits the ridiculously vampy and infectious classic, Doing It To Death. First moving hips and making heads nod in 1973,
the James Brown-produced, 5-song album is one big funk lick, broken up into many delicious moving parts.
As with pretty much everything produced by the JB's - led by Fred Wesley with heavy help from a supporting cast that included saxophonist
Maceo Parker, guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon "Cheese" Martin and drummer John "Jabo" Starks - all songs began and revolved around
a devastating riff. The title track is most certainly guilty-as-charged, as it starts strutting right out of the gate and continues for just over 10
minutes, driven by a guitar lick and MCed by the inimitable James Brown, with soloists stepping up and out while the song chugs on.
The other centerpiece of the album is the 8-minute "You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight," whose groove is
interestingly teased two times before it arrives in full form. The song title itself is provocative, and the music keeps a stone-cold groove despite
the less than cheery undertones. Again driven by an infectious guitar morsel, the breakdowns in this song gave sampling producers and DJs
sweet dreams in the '80s, and Fred Wesley's trombone solo rides beautifully over the group's cries of "We need some money."
Beyond the aforementioned sure-shots, the twitchy "More Peas," "La Di Da La Di Day" and the much jazzier, solo-heavy "Sucker" round out
this incredible album. It's just another perfect example of how James Brown's funk machine could stop the world when they hit a groove.1. Introduction To The J.B.'s
2. Doing It To Death - Part 1 & 2
3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
4. More Peas
5. La Di Da La Di Day
6. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
8. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heavy BlanketJ Mascis rounds up a couple partners-in-crime from his adolescence with an eye and ear towards shredding harder, wailing louder, and generally melting faces even more brutally than ever before. Stoner dirtbags cloaked in mystery, J's longtime buddies Pete Cougar and Johnny Pancake lay down the heavy rhythm base for J's massive licks and blistering guitar mastery. Ever wondered what Band of Gypsies would sound like if you mixed it up with Japanese hard psych and smoked it through a giant power bong? Well, now you know. Don't say we didn't warn you.1. Galloping Toward The Unknown
2. Spit In The Eye
4. Corpuscle Through Time
5. Dr. Marten's Blues
6. No Telling No Trails$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-ANT-8212xWilliam Elliott Whitmore
Radium DeathKnown for the sparse, haunting qualities of his mostly solo recordings of what he refers to as roots-folk music, in which his husky voice is often accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, William Elliott Whitmore sought to add some new pitches to his bullpen for his new ANTI- release Radium Death. I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff, says Whitmore. I wanted to switch it up a little bit and plug in to see what that felt like. I was reading a lot about the so-called 'radium girls' of the early 1900's, these assembly lines of women painting watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark, he says, detailing how the workers would lick the tips of their paintbrushes to get them pointy while dipping them repeatedly into the chemical substance before it was known to be dangerous. So, in my mind 'radium death' came to represent something that you're told is good for you-maybe by a higher power-but really is killing you. It represents those lies that are told, and how we can protect ourselves against them. The songs assembled, while not a concept album, present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival. The blazing (even by WEW standards) opener, Healing To Do, pulls no punches, kicking in immediately with the rhythmic shuffle of a full band, an organ, and Whitmore's upbeat rasp. The pace continues with songs like Trouble in Your Heart, 1000 Deaths and Don't Strike Me Down, preaching patient hope, rebirth, renewal, and revolt over stomping drums, acoustic strumming and even an electric guitar solo.1. Healing to Do
3. Trouble in Your Heart
4. A Thousand Deaths
5. Go On Home
6. Don't Strike Me Down
7. Can't Go Back
8. South Lee County Brew
9. Have Mercy
10. Ain't Gone Yet$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FRI-2034xSantana & John McLaughlin
Love Devotion SurrenderThese two virtuoso guitarists were coming from different musical worlds when they came together for this unique 1972 project. What they shared, besides the instrument they'd mastered, was profound spirituality; both had taken inspiration from the music of John Coltrane. The core of Love Devotion Surrender is made up of the three magnificent extended guitar jams including Coltrane's A Love Supreme which borders on spiritual ecstasy. To hear Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin trading licks and then coming together is a guitar fan's dream come true and while the guitar playing is absolutely stunning in its virtuosity here, the music never loses its focus or its soul.1. A Love Supreme
3. The Life Divine
4. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
5. Meditation$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
RootsRoots is the new Megaforce Records release from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winters own signature sound and style. Roots follows-up his Grammy-nominated album, Im a Blues Man.
A host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny's brother Edgar Winter.1. T-Bone Shuffle (ft. Sonny Landreth)
2. Further On Up The Road (ft. Jimmy Vivino)
3. Done Somebody Wrong (ft. Warren Haynes)
4. Got My Mojo Workin'
5. Last Night (ft. John Popper)
6. Maybellene (ft. Vince Gill)
7. Bright Lights, Big City (ft. Susan Tedeschi)
8. Honky Tonk (ft. Edgar Winter on sax)
9. Dust My Broom (ft. Derek Trucks)
10. Short Fat Fannie (ft. Paul Nelson)
11. Come Back Baby (ft. John Medeski)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Days Are GoneDays Are Gone is the debut album from indie-rock outfit/sisters Haim.
Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Days Are Gone is an album years in the making. Since their first show as a group, which took place on July 7th, 2007, Haim have been gigging extensively. The first five years we just played every show we could play in L.A., Alana recalls. All we wanted to do was play. Then finally we realized we were playing too much. The sisters credit Casablancas specifcially for advising them that playing too many live shows is not the answer. To that end, the girls have now been more selective when lining up future tours. Still, as Alana explains, it was hard to turn down opening-slot offers from groups they love, specifically Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. They take care of me like I'm their little sister, Alana says of the Mumfords, with whom Haim again will be playing support for later this year.
Ask the girls to describe specific tracks on Days Are Gone and they quickly fire back: If I told you I'd have to kill you, Este deadpans. Wait, really? No clues at all? The thing is, she explains, you can ask me anything about anything and I'll tell you except for our music. The record is something we're tight-lipped about. Haim do reveal that the album contains a healthy dose of the songs they've been playing in their live sets - "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me" - in addition to, as Alana says, a lot of new jams. What little they'll reveal about the new material is that the album's title track was co-written with Jessie Ware and Kid Harpoon.
Rolling Stone had a chance to take the new album for a spin, however. And it's every bit worth the wait. There's palpable maturity in the lyrics: On If I Could Change Your Mind, Danielle is a self-admitted newbie at the whole love thing (I've never done this before/drove a million miles/back when you were mine/I was too young to know you were the one to find); later she's brushing off a former lover on Honey & I, then flat-out giving dude the cold shoulder (Honey, I'm not your honey-pie,) over a ripping electric guitar lick and a bass wobble generally reserved for sweaty dance clubs on the pop-friendly My Song 5. Sonically, the LP is a highly textural affair, from the 8-bit keyboard clatter on the title track to the lush, Eighties-style synths that sizzle throughout Running If You Call My Name.
- Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. Falling
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
$15.99 $11.19 Save $4.80 (30%)
Still Waiting For The Sunset (Discontinued) (On Sale)Shurman's sophomore release Waiting For The Sunset follows-up their 2005 debut Jubilee. Self-released, but sporting masterful and powerful production at the hands of Danny White at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville and featuring the talents of Ken Coomer and steelmaster Al Perkins, the raw power of Shurman never threatens to overwhelm the observational lyrics of vocalist and songwriter Aaron Beavers here. The trademark guitar licks are still evident with additional slide dexterity in the form of Nelson Blanton, and the rhythm section of Keith Hanna and Damon Allen ensure the rock keeps rolling.1. Is It True
2. Small Town Tragedy
3. Best You Ever had
4. Here's To Rock 'n' Roll
5. She's The One
6. I'm Not Crazy
7. Country Ain't Country
8. Lonesome LA Blues
9. Big Things
10. Didn't I?
11. Wonder Where You Are
12. Three Chords
13. Country Ain't Country Reprise
14. Wonder Where You Are (Acoustic)
15. 2 A.M. (Live)$15.99 $11.19 Save $4.80 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Birds Of Fire (Awaiting Repress)1972 was an incredible year for John McLaughlin (guitar), Jan Hammer (keyboards), Billy Cobham (drums), Jerry Goodman (violin) and Rick Laird (bass). As the Mahavishnu Orchestra, these five multi-talented musicians not only made up one of the first classic jazz/rock fusion outfits, but they also delivered the masterpiece Birds Of Fire, one of the more successful albums of that year, catapulting them into the upper rungs of the album charts.
A true audiophile dream album come true, Birds Of Fire culminates the collective geniuses of these five players led by the haunting guitar licks of John McLaughlin into territories rarely heard and not seen since. Kicking things off with the mesmerizing title track Birds Of Fire, followed by McLaughlinÆs tribute to Miles Davis with Miles Beyond, the listener soon becomes intrigued with the stunning and powerful musical collaborations of this superstar quintet.
The new decade comes with an incredible gift to the serious audiophile and jazz/rock fusion collector as Friday Music is very proud to announce the 180g Audiophile Vinyl release of Birds Of Fire by The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Mastered impeccably from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso/Friday Music and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, and pressed painstakingly by RTI.1. Birds Of Fire
2. Miles Beyond
3. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters
4. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
5. Thousand Island Park
7. One Word
9. Open Country Joy
10. Resolution$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
$19.99 $13.99 Save $6.00 (30%)
The Alexander Green Project (Discontinued) (On Sale)Deluxe Limited Edition:
Includes Bonus 7 Single
Both LP & 7 is on Green Vinyl
Theres one rule in hip hop music that has transcended all of the phases in its four decade history: it doesnt matter what you do, but how you do it that really counts. This fact is no secret to Kev Brown (producer for Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, etc) who eschews the obscure in favor of certified soul classics as sample fodder for this project with emcee Kaimbr, The Alexander Green Project. Taking the familiar and reappropriating it into your own formula is no straightforward task but the soul-infused production on display with this project proves that in the right hands even the most recognizable of sources can be built into a fresh and engaging aesthetic. Kev Brown has those hands. Snippets of vocals punctuate sumptuous beats that are laced with chopped up strings, horn stabs, and intricate guitar licks to form a collection unified by source but ranging from the breezy to the bangin in terms of vibe. Kaimbr adds the final piece to this musical puzzle by combining a relaxed yet confident delivery with intricate rhyme schemes that nestle themselves assuredly into the beat.1. Solid
4. Firewater (Bartendin')
8. My Apology
9. Low Budget 260
10. Army Fatigue Rap
11. The Combination
13. More Gritz$19.99 $13.99 Save $6.00 (30%)Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Larks' Tongue In AspicKing Crimson reborn yet again -- the newly configured band makes its debut with a violin (courtesy of David Cross) sharing center stage with Robert Fripp's guitars and his Mellotron, which is pushed into the background. The music is the most experimental of Fripp's career up to this time -- though some of it actually dated (in embryonic form) back to the tail end of the Boz Burrell-Ian Wallace-Mel Collins lineup. And John Wetton was the group's strongest singer/bassist since Greg Lake's departure three years earlier. What's more, this lineup quickly established itself as a powerful performing unit working in a more purely experimental, less jazz-oriented vein than its immediate predecessor. Outer Limits music was how one reviewer referred to it, mixing Cross' demonic fiddling with shrieking electronics, Bill Bruford's astounding dexterity at the drum kit, Jamie Muir's melodic and usually understated percussion, Wetton's thundering (yet melodic) bass, and Fripp's guitar, which generated sounds ranging from traditional classical and soft pop-jazz licks to hair-curling electric flourishes.
- Bruce Eder (All Music Guide)1. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One
2. Book of Saturday
4. Easy Money
5. The Talking Drum
6. Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two$32.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stoned Age Man180 Gram Audiophile Pressed At RTI
From The Original Master Tapes
Faithful Reproduction Of The Original Artwork
Rooted in the steamy backroads of Texas and deep-fried at a Memphis recording studio, Joseph's Stoned Age Man was served up like a sizzling hot rattlesnake appetizer slathered in fuzz-blooz grease in 1969. Legend has it that the titles of eight of the album's nine songs came before they were written on the spot, which speaks volumes for the talents of Joseph (aka, Joseph Longeria) - who A&R man Steve Tyrell signed to Scepter Records after witnessing the Lone Star State bluesman gig with B.B. King and T-Bone Burnett. Brandishing his guitar like a Cro-Magnon's club, Joseph mixes his fuzzy licks with meat-grinder vocals as he loudly ruminates of fattened snakes, fish heads, mountains, cavemen and gumbo in the maddest peyote hallucination Alley Oop never had. Long revered among collectors, this fine slab o' rock gets its first-ever reissue from the original masters, pressed at RTI onto 180 grams of cold hard vinyl that'll rip your turntable from its hinges.1. Trick Bag
2. I Ain't Fattenin' No More Frogs For Snakes
3. Cold Biscuits and Fish Heads
4. Stone Age Man
5. I'm Gonna Build A Mountain
6. Mojo Gumbo
7. House of the Rising Sun
8. Gotta Get Away
9. Come The Sun Tomorrow$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Made in EuropeThe 1970s were truly a successful era for hard rock legends Deep Purple. This Mark III band superstar act now featured the much revered line up of the original guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore, keyboard great Jon Lord, power drummer Ian Paice, and new cohorts the superlative Glenn Hughes on bass and superstar vocalist David Coverdale.
In support of their then huge current albums Burn and STORMBRINGER, Deep Purple took to the road for many sell out shows of the next several years and recorded what would become the final album of their long platinum plus run with Warner Bros. Records, the amazing MADE IN EUROPE.
Filled with blazing guitar licks from Ritchie Blackmore, searing vocals from David Coverdale and an arena powered rhythm section courtesy of Deep Purple, the band opens the LP with the hugely popular Burn. The fire continues to excel with their legendary blues cruncher Mistreated, featuring some highly touted guitar licks by Ritchie Blackmore as well.
Never fear more hard rock is here as side two blows your speakers apart with the extended power rocker You Fool No One from 1973s Burn. Jon Lord gets a special showcase in the beginning intro of the tune, as the band jumps in on the familiar chord progression, making this a major highlight listen of this wonderful live album. The apocalyptic warning of Stormbringer closes out the album and is possibly one of the most rockin versions ever of this time honored classic.
Friday Music is very honored to offer another fine Deep Purple classic recording with the exclusive 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of Made In Europe. Impeccably mastered by Deep Purple connoisseur Joe Reagoso from the original Warner Bros. tapes at Capitol Records in Hollywood, this amazing limited edition live document shows the legendary Mark III band at the their finest playing their most notable tunes from their much acclaimed works.
This masterpiece comes with the original album cover graphics designed by Phil Duffy as well as photos by Fin Costello, plus a poly lined sleeve to protect your vinyl and a poly bag to keep your LP cover in great condition for years to come!
Deep Purple...Made In Europe... A sonic hard rock audiophile dream is now reality... courtesy of Friday Music!1. Burn
3. Lady Double Dealer
4. You Fool No One
5. Stormbringer$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Silent Reign Of HeroesThis Lynyrd Skynyrd-style, blues rock outfit emerged from the US deep south. The name derived from a tale of a woman in seventeenth-century Salem who beheaded her lovers with an axe after sleeping with them. The initial line-up comprised Dave Hlubek (guitar), Steve Holland (guitar), Duane Roland (guitar), Banner Thomas (bass), Danny Joe Brown (vocals) and Bruce Crump (drums). Their 1978 debut album, produced by Tom Werman (of Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent fame), was an instant success, with its three-pronged guitar onslaught and gut-wrenching vocals. The band then achieved a US Top 20 placing with their second album, Flirtin` With Disaster. Brown was replaced by Jimmy Farrar in 1980, before the recording of the band`s third album, Beatin` The Odds. Farrar`s vocals were less distinctive than Brown`s, and an element of their identity was lost during the time that Farrar fronted the band. Nevertheless, commercial success continued, with both Beatin` The Odds and Take No Prisoners peaking on the Billboard album chart at numbers 25 and 36, respectively. In 1982, Danny Joe Brown rejoined the band in place of the departed Farrar, while Thomas and Crump were replaced by Riff West and B.B. Borden respectively. No Guts ... No Glory emerged and marked a return to the band`s roots: explosive guitar duels, heart-stopping vocals and steadfast rock `n` roll. Surprisingly, the album flopped and Hlubek insisted on a radical change in direction. Steve Holland quit and drummer Crump returned, while keyboard player John Galvin (from the Danny Joe Brown Band) was recruited for the recording of The Deed Is Done. This was a lightweight pop rock album, largely devoid of Molly Hatchet`s former trademarks. Following its release, the band retired temporarily to lick their wounds and reassess their future. In 1985, Double Trouble Live was unveiled, with a return to former styles. It included versions of their best-known songs, plus a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute in the form of `Freebird`. Founder member Dave Hlubek subsequently departed, to be replaced by Bobby Ingram. The band signed a new recording contract with Capitol Records and returned with 1989`s Lightning Strikes Twice. This leaned away from their southern roots towards highly polished AOR. Featuring cover versions of Paul Stanley`s `Hide Your Heart` and `There Goes The Neighborhood`, the album was poorly received by fans and critics alike. A number of line-up changes ensued in the early 90s, leaving Brown as the only remaining original member. During this period he was continually plagued by illness as a result of diabetes. and eventually left Molly Hatchet in 1996 as they embarked on another recording comeback. The line-up that recorded Devil`s Canyon comprised Bobby Ingram, John Galvin, Phil McCormack (vocals), Bryan Bassett (guitar), Andy McKinney (bass) and Mac Crawford (drums). The revived band, with additional keyboard player Tim Donovan, then completed 1998`s Silent Reign Of Heroes. Further line-up changes saw mainstays Ingram, Galvin and McCormack joined by a regularly rotating cast list of musicians, as the band continued to tour and record with great success. Original guitarist Hlubek rejoined the line-up in early 2005 shortly before his former colleague Danny Joe Brown succumbed to diabetes.
1. Mississippi Moon Dog
2. World of Trouble
3. Silent Reign of Heroes
4. Miss Saturday Night
5. Blue Thunder
6. Just Remember (You're the Only One)
7. Junk Yard Dawg
8. Dead and Gone (Redneck Song)
9. Saddle Tramp
10. Fall of the Peacemakers
11. Whiskey Man
12. One Man's Pleasure$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Kingdom Of XIIThis Lynyrd Skynyrd-style, blues rock outfit emerged from the US deep south. The name derived from a tale of a woman in seventeenth-century Salem who beheaded her lovers with an axe after sleeping with them. The initial line-up comprised Dave Hlubek (guitar), Steve Holland (guitar), Duane Roland (guitar), Banner Thomas (bass), Danny Joe Brown (vocals) and Bruce Crump (drums). Their 1978 debut album, produced by Tom Werman (of Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent fame), was an instant success, with its three-pronged guitar onslaught and gut-wrenching vocals. The band then achieved a US Top 20 placing with their second album, Flirtin` With Disaster. Brown was replaced by Jimmy Farrar in 1980, before the recording of the band`s third album, Beatin` The Odds. Farrar`s vocals were less distinctive than Brown`s, and an element of their identity was lost during the time that Farrar fronted the band. Nevertheless, commercial success continued, with both Beatin` The Odds and Take No Prisoners peaking on the Billboard album chart at numbers 25 and 36, respectively. In 1982, Danny Joe Brown rejoined the band in place of the departed Farrar, while Thomas and Crump were replaced by Riff West and B.B. Borden respectively. No Guts ... No Glory emerged and marked a return to the band`s roots: explosive guitar duels, heart-stopping vocals and steadfast rock `n` roll. Surprisingly, the album flopped and Hlubek insisted on a radical change in direction. Steve Holland quit and drummer Crump returned, while keyboard player John Galvin (from the Danny Joe Brown Band) was recruited for the recording of The Deed Is Done. This was a lightweight pop rock album, largely devoid of Molly Hatchet`s former trademarks. Following its release, the band retired temporarily to lick their wounds and reassess their future. In 1985, Double Trouble Live was unveiled, with a return to former styles. It included versions of their best-known songs, plus a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute in the form of `Freebird`. Founder member Dave Hlubek subsequently departed, to be replaced by Bobby Ingram. The band signed a new recording contract with Capitol Records and returned with 1989`s Lightning Strikes Twice. This leaned away from their southern roots towards highly polished AOR. Featuring cover versions of Paul Stanley`s `Hide Your Heart` and `There Goes The Neighborhood`, the album was poorly received by fans and critics alike. A number of line-up changes ensued in the early 90s, leaving Brown as the only remaining original member. During this period he was continually plagued by illness as a result of diabetes. and eventually left Molly Hatchet in 1996 as they embarked on another recording comeback. The line-up that recorded Devil`s Canyon comprised Bobby Ingram, John Galvin, Phil McCormack (vocals), Bryan Bassett (guitar), Andy McKinney (bass) and Mac Crawford (drums). The revived band, with additional keyboard player Tim Donovan, then completed 1998`s Silent Reign Of Heroes. Further line-up changes saw mainstays Ingram, Galvin and McCormack joined by a regularly rotating cast list of musicians, as the band continued to tour and record with great success. Original guitarist Hlubek rejoined the line-up in early 2005 shortly before his former colleague Danny Joe Brown succumbed to diabetes.1. Heart of the U.S.A.
2. Cornbread Mafia
3. One Last Ride
4. Why Won't You Take Me Home
5. Turn My Back on Yesterday
6. Gypsy Trail
7. White Lightning
8. Tumbling Dice
9. Angel in Dixie
10. Kickstart to Freedom
11. Dreams of Life
12. Edge of Sundown
13. Bounty Hunter$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MetalsOn her new 12-song collection, Metals, Canadian singer/songwriter Feist is joined by her longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky. The trio spent a frigid month Trying to sound like we had played together as long as we'd collectively known each other, around 50 years, then decamped for California's rugged Big Sur coastline to record them. Feist co-produced the album with her aforementioned collaborators and Valgeir Sigurosson (Bjork, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.)
Recording can be a weightless free float from your day-life, and I like to pick places with certain fertile qualities that can give me a visual hook that I'm there to do something other than what I would otherwise do. And that clean line between land and see, the graphic edge of the continent pointing out toward the east, meaning not the Atlantic next stop Europe feeling, but next stop somewhere you've never been, Feist says. Plus, you are somewhere that looks completely unfound and yet it's been so perfectly recorded literarily. Steinbeck made 1000 albums there! Henry Miller and Anais Nin probably considered that line between land and sea, too. And on top of it, we truly found the perfect room to build a studio in, perched on the cliffs. A giant empty space.
Metals' songs range from low rumbling and moody ambiences to brutal and intense, as if it sonically maps the fog rolling in and the resulting cracking of thunder. There's a lot more chaos and movement and noise than I've had before, Feist says. I allowed for mistakes more than I ever have, which end up not being mistakes when you open things up and make room for them. It was about un-simplifying things and leaning on these masterful minds I have so much respect for. We were sort of testing the air, like a sea captain licks his finger to see which way the wind is coming from. It was less Brill Building and more naturalistic.1. The Bad In Each Other
3. Caught A Long Wind
4. How Come You Never Go There
5. A Commotion
6. The Circle Married the Line
7. Bittersweet Melodies
8. Anti Pioneer
9. Undiscovered First
10. Cicades and Gulls
11. Comfort Me
12. Get It Wrong, Get It Right$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-WAS-1515xThe Hold Steady
Teeth DreamsIn 2014, the Hold Steady release their sixth LP Teeth Dreams, nearly four years after the Brooklyn band's previous full-length album, 2010's Heaven Is Whenever. It's the longest gap between albums in the rock band's decade-plus career. [The recording process] may have dragged out a bit this time, singer Craig Finn tells Rolling Stone. But I think it's all for the best.
Teeth Dreams was recorded over the past two years in Brooklyn and Franklin, Tenn. and marks a new beginning for the Hold Steady: it's their first album recorded with longtime touring guitarist Steve Selvidge, who joined the band on the road following the 2010 departure of multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay. It was exciting again, says guitarist Tad Kubler. There was a newness to this album that I hadn't felt in awhile.
The new tracks find the band leaning heavy on distortion and snaking guitar licks - Finn's favorite of the batch is On With the Business, a pummeling blast of electric guitar and vocal delay that finds the notoriously sharp-eyed vocalist appraising a city heavy on weak handshakes and beautiful kitchens. On The Ambassador, one of the album's rare moments of serenity, Finn's details a temporary holding cell of a shack-up in Michigan with hot and glistening nights and halls that smelled like burning hair. And the band's first single, I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You (streaming below) is a barreling Foo Fighters-style melodic rocker, with rapid-fire vocals spilling from Finn as drummer Bobby Drake swings beneath.
He says the band has drummed up their biggest-sounding, most rock-oriented album to date. We were looking to make a big rock record, he admits. Maybe it's less wild but in some ways that makes it a bigger record."
Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You
3. The Only Thing
4. The Ambassador
5. On With The Business
6. Big Cig
7. Wait Awhile
8. Runner's High
9. Almost Everything
10. Oaks$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-MER-7987xThe Allman Brothers Band
Brothers and Sisters1973 Affair Introduces Southern Rock to Popular Parlance
Dickey Betts Leads Group Through Mellower Country Rock, Pairs With Pianist Chuck Leavell
Chart-Topping Album Includes Smash "Ramblin' Man" and Favorites "Jessica" and "Southbound"
Brothers and Sisters is significant for myriad reasons. It's the first album the Allman Brothers Band made in its entirety after Duane Allman's death. It also came after bassist Berry Oakley's spookily similar passing, yet he appears on two of the songs. The 1973 set also marks the emergence of guitarist Dickey Betts as the collective's leader. And pianist Chuck Leavell's arrival. But for than anything else, the record remains noteworthy for its incredible soulfulness and completeness.
Having stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for five consecutive weeks, Brothers and Sisters constitutes the Allman Brothers Band's biggest commercial triumph. Given the circumstances surrounding its creation, such an accomplishment hardly seemed possible. Fresh from licking their wounds over Duane's tragic motorcycle accident, the group experienced dÉjà vu when Oakley met the same fate just blocks away from where his mate was killed. Rather than collapse, the Allman Brothers Band tightened up and mellowed out, inviting Leavell to join instead of recruiting another guitarist.
What the sextet gets in return for its troubles is music that marks the concrete beginnings of a form that soon become known as Southern rock. Leavell and Betts exchange notes as if the pair has been trading ideas since they were children. Slide guitars still tread over greasy grooves, yet the Allman Brothers Band digs deeper into country dirt, parlaying a twang anchored by Betts' picking and abetted by Gregg's organic, shot-of-blues vocals. The laidback vibe manifests on the signature "Ramblin' Man," a hit evocative of the record's breezy melodies and friendly interplay.
The cover art further reveals the Allman Brothers Band's mindset. Golden, tranquil, idyllic, Southern, loving: It's a paradise-longing view that would soon come crashing down in the group's lives but one that, for the duration and existence of Brothers and Sisters, remains gloriously undisturbed.1. Wasted Words
2. Ramblin' Man
3. Come and Go Blues
4. Jelly, Jelly
7. Pony Boy$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unrepentant GeraldinesUnrepentant Geraldines is Tori Amos' 14th studio album and first album of original pop/rock songs in 5 years and a return to the unique brand of singer
songwriter style that catapulted her to stardom over two decades ago.
During her career Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums worldwide.
Unrepentant Geraldines is an album in which Amos once more zeroes in on the writing of brightly melodic, deftly evocative singer song-writer soul-poems.
The album title was inspired by a painting of Daniel Maclise, depicting the Irish folk tale character Geraldine in the pose of the repentant Magdalene. This
sparked a process of thoughts about women's repentance and their struggles throughout history.
Fusing themes such as women in society, motherhood and contemporary events, and also drawing inspiration from the work of visual artists, painters
such as Cezanne, she has created a landmark album, demonstrating why she is regarded as one of the most remarkable artists of recent times.
Unrepentant Geraldines was written over the past few years and entirely recorded in her Cornwall studio with long-time collaborators Mark Hawley and
Marcel Van Limbeek, "working as a triangle".
2014 brought a fresh approach to creating and working for Tori. The album features "Trouble's Lament", an eerie Southern blues song in which Amos's
matchless voice conjures up images of how the "flames from Satan's tongue are charged and licking at her heels "
Other highlights include "Promise" a touching duet with her 13-year old daughter Natasha, that documents the mother/daughter relationship and the
promises they make to each other, "Giant's Rolling Pin." a pithy, spry, jig-like satire on the NSA/Edward Snowden affair and "Oysters" a classic Amos
piano ballad, evocative of her timeless breakthrough album, 1992's Little Earthquakes.1. America
2. Trouble's Lament
3. Wild Way
4. Wedding Day
6. 16 Shades of Blue
7. Maids of Elfen-mere
9. Giant's Rolling Pin
11. Unrepentant Geraldines
13. Rose Dover
14. Invisible Boy
15. Forest of Glass$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Golden SkiesIt speaks volumes for how long we've been waiting for the debut Brainfeeder album from Mono/Poly that when Flying Lotus first got in touch with him about doing something for the label, it was via Myspace. The wait, though, has been worth it. Specializing in a kind of beat-driven cosmic soundscape which he describes as "electronic-classical-alchemy music," Mono/Poly aka Charles Dickerson has drawn on the lessons he's learned from collaborating on last year's Thundercat album as well as the Flash Bang Grenada hip hop project with Busdriver and Nocando, and made a beautifully realized, endlessly expansive record.
From the first orchestral trills of "Winds of Change" you know you're in for something special. As the track builds the listener notices not only the content but also the production chops - this is a record which sounds exactly as big, glossy and up front as its creator wants it to. Rebekah Raff adds scintillating harp work to "Transit to the Gold Planet," but it's the way Dickerson integrates it and builds on it which is really special. "Ra Rise" sounds like sunbathing in space, Niki Randa's abstracted topline vocal warming you right through. Title track, "Golden Skies" uses a looping piano riff reminiscent of Bach, Thelonious Monk and Wu Tang on E, all at once, without sounding like any of them. Add sternum- thrumming bass to that and you know exactly what's what. "Alpha & Omega" does something clever with slowed down d&b licks and tweaked vocal snips. "Empyrean" features Mendee Ichikawa (of the band Free Moral Agents), an ethereal, ghostly presence. "Night Garden" sounds like a drive through the dark streets of an alternate LA. "Euphoria" uses a simple, military-style snare and then twines keyboard lines over it until it's lifted into the sky. Thundercat joins in on last track, "Gamma," and adds some perfectly-judged low-end riffing to anchor Dickerson's keyboard swirls.
Mono/Poly has been a name to watch since his debut, The George Machine, back in 2009. His 2011 EP release for Brainfeeder, Manifestations, was supported by artists as diverse as Radiohead and Erykah Badu and his work on Thundercat's Apocalypse established once and for all the quality of his productions. With Golden Skies he has laid down a marker to any other "beat maker" out there. Because with a genuine producer with this much talent, everyone else needs to aim a little bit higher - up towards the golden skies.1. Winds Of Change
2. Transit to the Golden Planet
3. Ra Rise
4. Golden Gate
5. Golden Skies
6. Light Age
7. Alpha & Omega
9. Empyrean (feat. Mendee Ichikawa)
11. Night Garden
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