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  • Light My Fire / The Crystal Ship Light My Fire / The Crystal Ship Quick View

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    Light My Fire / The Crystal Ship

    Reissue Of The Original Japanese 7 With "Light My Fire" As The A Side And "Crystal Ship" As The B Side


    50 years ago "Light My Fire" debuted on the Billboard Charts on 3 June 1967. It hit #1 on 29 July 1967 and stayed there for 3 weeks! This was the band's first #1 single. A reissue of the original Japanese 7 with "Light My Fire" as the A Side and "Crystal Ship" as the B Side.

    1. Light My Fire
    2. The Crystal Ship
    The Doors
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  • Set Your Lightning Fire Free Set Your Lightning Fire Free Quick View

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    Set Your Lightning Fire Free

    It's been a busy couple of years since the self-release of Shana Falana's debut EP,
    2011's In The Light. The veteran dream pop artist has toured all over the US and
    Europe. She's released two Bandcamp-only collections of lo-fi works, Channel and
    Velvet Pop, as well as a cassette-only document of her early-career music, Shana Falana
    Sings Herself To Sleep. But for all her globetrotting, archiving, and micro-releasing, this
    is the moment we've been waiting for: Set Your Lightning Fire Free.


    A lightning fire is exactly what it sounds like, the earth at odds with itself, burning
    itself to the ground and starting from scratch. On this record, her debut LP, Shana
    Falana makes a point of breaking her own rules. "I've always kept the different sides
    of my music separate. The ambient ballads, the fuzzed out stuff; they all needed to
    exist as their own statements," says Falana, "I would have two or three bands at one
    time: a sludge rock band; a Bulgarian women's choir; a pretty, dreamy organ and guitar
    duo. This is the first record where I've combined all of that, sometimes in the course
    of one song."


    Rather than spending months in the studio, laboring over arrangements and ideas,
    Falana recorded SYLFF in just over a week. The songs were already compact and fully
    realized from years of touring. Recorded at ISOKON studios in upstate New York
    with producer Dan Goodwin (Devo, Kaki King), SYLFF's working mantra was a) get
    the idea down b) move on c) don't look back. Shana chose to record the vocals herself
    alone in various locations, from her bathroom to a child's bedroom. And for the first
    time, Shana wrote and performed her own lead guitar parts.


    The other noticeable difference is the addition of steady drummer and creative
    companion, Mike Amari. The two met at a garden party. Shana was covering a
    Bauhaus song and the two instantly connected. Soon after they were setting up to
    play together for the first time in an abandoned theater in Kingston, New York.
    Mike's minimalistic and tribal approach to drumming was a perfect fit with Shana's
    droning dream pop, and within six months they were heading out on their first
    national tour.


    Shana and Mike's collaboration has culminated in Set Your Lightning Fire Free, and the
    result is a record of stark confidence. Undaunted guitar riffs and thundering drums
    prevail, while Shana's two decades of songwriting and performing lend authority and
    emotion to one or two word refrains like "Gone," "Go," and "There's a Way."
    "Anything," with its Bollywood strings and industrial groove, climaxes with repeated
    shouts of "No, you didn't take anything from me!" in a way that would make James
    Murphy sweat. Lead single "Heavenstay" takes the lilting "higher, higher, higher"
    refrain of In The Light's "Light The Fire" and absolutely soars with the most explosive
    chorus of the LP. Day-Glo guitars are smeared across this record, and Falana's
    veritable army of vocals stacked and vibrating with her eastern European influences.

    1. Gone
    2. Heavenstay
    3. Go
    4. Anything
    5. Know UR Mine
    6. Shine Thru
    7. Second Skin
    8. There's a Way
    9. Dive
    10. That Girl
    Shana Falana
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  • Range Of Light Range Of Light Quick View

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    Range Of Light

    S. Carey's chosen musical expression is a hugely beatific,restorative panorama of beauty - perfect given how
    landscape and the wonder of nature inspire much of Carey's imagery. His new album Range of Light - the
    follow-up to his 2010 debut All We Grow-takes its title from the name that 19th century naturalist John Muir
    - Carey's hero - gave to California's Sierra Nevada, and follows suit with a dazzling array of musical light and
    shade, drawn from Carey's love of jazz, modern classical and Americana. Like a weathered mountain range
    changing shadow form and color, or the ebb and flow of a river's current, his music is simultaneously restful
    and rhythmic, complex and simple, and always evolving.


    "My music has specific connections to nature and place, my surroundings, and my experiences," says Carey. I
    travelled the Sierra Nevada area many times as a boy,fishing small mountain streams, hiking to the top of'half
    dome', exploring the Redwood groves at Wawona, in awe of the Yosemite Valley. The term,'Range of Light',to
    me, denotes the spectrum of light and dark a person can have in their life - peaks and valleys of happiness,
    sorrow, challenges and growth - for me most recently and more specifically: marriage, having a baby, and
    maintaining a spiritual connection to nature, place, friends and family as an adult."


    While he studied classical percussion and piano at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Carey imbibed
    rhythmic minimalists such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Immediately after graduating in 2007, he caught
    wind that Eau Claire resident Justin Vernon was forming a band to take his For Emma, Forever Ago opus on
    the road. Carey learnt the drum and vocal parts for the album,rehearsed with Vernon, and has been a mainstay
    of the Bon Iver live band ever since.


    While on tour with Bon Iver, Carey developed his own song writing ambitions, and after many less than
    frequent recording sessions between tours, released All We Grow in 2010. Those nine songs sat between a
    folk/modern classical hybrid and rarefied jazz climes. Carey's warm melodic nuances, reflected in the lush
    folds of his singing, added to the mutable percussive syncopations of his instrumentation.


    Range of Light incorporates elements of his previous work, but also amplifies Carey's percussive proclivities,
    and is altogether more developed than its predecessors, with more input on the performance and even
    composition side from the band of musicians and best friends he assembled originally to bring All We Grow
    to life in the live setting. "Therewere times during recording sessions when there were three percussionists, all
    with different styles and fortes, playing at once, adding different textures."


    From the flurry of violins over a circular rhythm in 'Crown The Pines' and the beautiful cries of 'Alpenglow',
    to the pensive depths of songs like 'Fire-scene' and 'The Dome', Range of Light is a still life of an artist in this
    particular stage of his life; a stage that has been met with the highest of peaks and the lowest of depths all
    within the range each of us treads through.

    1. Glass/Film
    2. Creaking
    3. Crown The Pines
    4. Fire-scene
    5. Radiant
    6. Alpenglow
    7. Fleeting Light
    8. The Dome
    9. Neverending Fountain
    S. Carey
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  • Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress) Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress)

    This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut The Sun Road starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, Dark Corners is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin looms everywhere, and Bozzio flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson's Red days.


    Duende opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, Black Light Syndrome, is obviously a play on Bozzio Levin Stevens. It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
    Falling in Circles is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash, Alvin Lee, Fripp, Buck Dharma, and even that Duane Allman tone.


    Book of Hours took me right back to Wheels of Fire's Pressed Rat and Warthog, rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin, Bozzio, and Stevens play off of one another precisely as one mind.


    On the last cut, Chaos/Control, you hear that E7 breakdown from Hendrix's Midnight on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino style is laid down. Stevens is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.


    - John W. Patterson (All Music Guide)

    1. The Sun Road
    2. Dark Corners
    3. Duende
    4. Black Light Syndrome
    5. Falling in Circles
    6. Book of Hours
    7. Chaos / Control
    Bozzio Levin Stevens
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  • Method To My Madness Method To My Madness Quick View

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    Method To My Madness

    180 Gram Blue Colored Vinyl


    On 2014's The Devil You Know, California bluesman Tommy Castro pared his band back to a quartet called the Painkillers and returned his guitar playing and singing to the forefront of his attack. Though the album was chock-full of guest stars, its arrangements were largely uncluttered - no horns, strings, or other gimmickry. Method to My Madness strips back the veneer even further. The tightrope of energy, grit, and inspiration on display in these 12 tunes - ten originals and two excellent covers - are usually reserved for live shows. For the first time, Castro has produced an album by himself. Recorded at Ari Rios' Laughing Tiger Studio in San Francisco, he and the Painkillers - bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson, and drummer Bowen Brown - cut the music live from the floor with minimal overdubs.


    Much has been made of Castro's vocal style being influenced by the singers from the vintage Stax/Volt era. While that's somewhat true, Method to My Madness reveals, perhaps for the first time, an even deeper debt to funky soul and country-blues singer Delbert McClinton. Common Ground is a swaggering gospel-tinged soul blues. The melody and choral refrain nod at Sly Stone, but Castro lets his McClinton flag fly with a gritty delivery atop a cracking snare and driving Wurlitzer groove.


    Shine a Light is dirtier; it's a razor-wire, rocking soul-blues with double-timed drumming, bumping bassline, and killer slide guitar and B-3 work, with great backing vocals from Rios and Amber Morris adding gospel fuel to the fire. The title track is a wrangling guitar-driven boogie, where funky rock meets the 12-bar blues head on. Castro testifies in his delivery, leaving no room for doubt about his intentions and attitude. While Lose Lose is a simmering Stormy Monday-esque deep blues, its proceeding tune, Died and Gone to Heaven, is a swelling, souled-out, rousing, gospel-tinged love song.

    1. Common Ground
    2. Shine A Light
    3. Method To My Madness
    4. Died And Gone To Heaven
    5. Got A Lot
    6. No Such Luck
    7. Two Hearts
    8. I'm Qualified
    9. Ride
    10. Lose Lose
    11. All About The Cash
    12. Bad Luck
    Tommy Castro And The Painkillers
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  • Turn On The Bright Lights Turn On The Bright Lights Quick View

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    Turn On The Bright Lights

    Interpol's classic debut album now available on low cost vinyl.


    Interpol: Carlos D., Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, Samuel Fogarino. To make music marked distinctly of a specific period that's somehow so compelling as to be timeless is no mean feat. Interpol initially sounds as if they must have been roaming about Manchester as the 1970s screamed to a close, yet they emerged across the ocean in New York City some two decades-plus later. Combining the insistent drone of Joy Division with the dreamy melodies of the Chameleons, the fire of Mission of Burma, and an occasional jagged edge a la The Fall, the foursome inconceivably manage to defy anachronism on their debut full-length TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS. Just how they do it is indefinable, perhaps it's just a trick of the light, or the life that breathes gloomily, radiantly throughout, but it's undeniable. Vocals which fall somewhere between Ian Curtis's plaintive, edge-of-oblivion wail and the winking, laconic drawl of James's Tim Booth, ripping uncompromisingly through unpredictable, unforgettable lamentations from the reflective (NYC) to the imploring (PDA). When the darkly etched, implosive, mournful lyrics poke out as they do on the unrelenting Obstacle 1 (she puts the weights into my little heart and she gets in my room and she tears it apart), the hook is set for an important debut by a band that portends to be around a while.

    1. Untitled
    2. Obstacle 1
    3. NYC
    4. PDA
    5. Say Hello To The Angels
    6. Hands Away
    7. Obstacle 2
    8. Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
    9. Roland
    10. The New
    11. Leif Erikson
    Interpol
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  • The Doors The Doors Quick View

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    The Doors

    Ranked 42/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The Doors exploded onto the music scene in 1967 with their epic debut album introducing the world to their blending of rock, blues, classical, jazz and poetry. Highlighted by some of the band's most loved singles including: 'Break On Through (To The Other Side)', 'Light My Fire' and 'The End'. This is an album whose melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equalled by the band again.

    1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
    2. Soul Kitchen
    3. The Crystal Ship
    4. Twentieth Century Fox
    5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
    6. Light My Fire
    7. Back Door Man
    8. I Looked At You
    9. End Of The Night

    10. Take It As It Comes
    11. The End
    The Doors
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  • The Doors (MONO) The Doors (MONO) Quick View

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    The Doors (MONO)

    Ranked 42/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The Doors exploded onto the music scene in 1967 with their epic debut album introducing the world to their blending of rock, blues, classical, jazz and poetry. Highlighted by some of the band's most loved singles including: 'Break On Through (To The Other Side)', 'Light My Fire' and 'The End'. This is an album whose melodicism and dynamic tension would never be equalled by the band again.

    1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
    2. Soul Kitchen
    3. The Crystal Ship
    4. Twentieth Century Fox
    5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
    6. Light My Fire
    7. Back Door Man
    8. I Looked At You
    9. End Of The Night

    10. Take It As It Comes
    11. The End
    The Doors
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Protection

    Originally released on Virgin Records in 1994, Protection is the second album from the British DJ and trip-hop group Massive Attack, made up of Andrew Mushroom Vowles, Grant Daddy G Marshall and Robert 3D Del Naja. Fusing elements of American hip-hop, British club culture, dub, reggae and soul, and featuring guest spots from vocalist Tracey Thorn and rapper Tricky, Protection both reinforces and upgrades on the groundbreaking sounds of its predecessor. The adventurous 10-song set is bookended by the classic 7-minute plus title track opener and an uncharacteristic live cover of The Doors Light My Fire to close out the album.
    1. Protection
    2. Karmacoma
    3. Three
    4. Weather Storm
    5. Spying Glass
    6. Better Things
    7. Eurochild
    8. Sly
    9. Heat Miser
    10. Light My Fire (Live)
    Massive Attack
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  • Jacintha Is Her Name Jacintha Is Her Name Quick View

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    Jacintha Is Her Name

    Inspired by the passing of pop balladeer Julie London, Jacintha and arranger/pianist Bill Cunliffe (recently nominated for a Jazz Arranging Grammy) have come up with a spectacular new record. Using the guitar and bass combo as a basic springboard, the album has taken some of the songs most closely associated with Ms. London e.g. 'Cry Me A River', and some not so familiar like 'Light My Fire', and transformed them into the kind of material that Jacintha handles best. Intimate, sexy, seductive. This is the complete album spread over two 45rpm LPs.
    1. Willow Weep For Me

    2. The Thrill Is Gone

    3. Something Cool

    4. Don't Smoke in Bed

    5. Light My Fire

    6. I'm In The Mood For Love

    7. God Bless The Child

    8. Round Midnight

    9. I'll Never Smile Again

    10. Gone With The Wind

    11. Cry Me A River

    Jacintha
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  • The Singles (Pre-Order) The Singles (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Singles (Pre-Order)

    20 x 7 Singles Box Set

    Includes rarities from the era, such as:

    - Light My Fire (Original Mono Single Edit)
    - Unknown Soldier/We Could Be So Good Together (Original Unique Mono Mix/Edit)
    - Love Me Two Times (Single Edit)
    - Touch Me (Original Unique Stereo Single Mix)

    With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture. The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger - a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. They released six studio albums in all, as well as a live album and a compilation, before Morrison's death in 1971. Their electrifying achievements in the studio and onstage were unmatched in the annals of rock. In the decades since The Doors' heyday, the foursome has loomed ever larger in the pantheon of rock - and they remain a touchstone of insurrectionary culture for writers, activists, visual artists and other creative communities.

    Disc 1
    1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
    2. End Of The Night


    Disc 2
    1. Light My Fire
    2. The Crystal Ship


    Disc 3
    1. People Are Strange
    2. Unhappy Girl


    Disc 4
    1. Love Me Two Times
    2. Moonlight Drive


    Disc 5
    1. The Unknown Soldier
    2. We Could Be So Good Together


    Disc 6
    1. Hello, I Love You
    2. Love Street


    Disc 7
    1. Touch Me
    2. Wild Child


    Disc 8
    1. Wishful Sinful
    2. Who Scared You


    Disc 9
    1. Tell All The People
    2. Easy Ride


    Disc 10
    1. Runnin' Blue
    2. Do It


    Disc 11
    1. You Make Me Real
    2. Roadhouse Blues


    Disc 12
    1. Love Her Madly
    2. (You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further


    Disc 13
    1. Riders On The Storm
    2. The Changeling


    Disc 14
    1. Tightrope Ride
    2. Variety Is The Spice Of Life


    Disc 15
    1. Ship W/ Sails
    2. In The Eye Of The Sun


    Disc 16
    1. Get Up And Dance
    2. Treetrunk


    Disc 17
    1. The Mosquito
    2. It Slipped My Mind


    Disc 18
    1. The Piano Bird
    2. Good Rockin'


    Disc 19
    1. Roadhouse Blues (Live)
    2. Albinoni: Adagio


    Disc 20
    1. Gloria (Live)
    2. Moonlight Drive (Live)

    The Doors
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    Gets Next To You

    Born April 13, 1946 in Forest City, AR, Al Green began singing in his family's gospel group. His distinctive vocal talent and extraordinary ability to master pop, R&B, and gospel genres has enabled him to become an international superstar. Not only is he Hi Records' most awarded singer/songwriter, but in a phenomenal career spanning more than thirty years, he's charted six #1 hits and has been inducted into the prestigious Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.


    Originally released in 1971, Al Green Get's Next To You was his first major release and it features a killer selection of raw Memphis soul. The formula for his string of subsequent hits is firmly in place and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in the sympathetic production handled here by the great Willie Mitchell.


    It's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great Green originals All Because, I'm A Ram, You Say It and the classic Tired of Being Alone as well as on the covers like Driving Wheel, Can't Get Next To You and Light My Fire.

    1. I Can't Get Next To You
    2. Are You Lonely For Me Baby
    3. God Is Standing By
    4. Tired Of Being Alone
    5. I'm A Ram
    6. Driving Wheel
    7. Light My Fire
    8. You Say It
    9. Right Now, Right Now
    10. All Because
    Al Green
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  • Forever Changes Forever Changes Quick View

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    Forever Changes

    Ranked 40/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The third and final album by the original Love lineup, Forever Changes has consistently drawn epic praise both upon its 1968 release on Elektra Records and to this very day. Rolling Stone described Forever Changes as "elegant armageddon" when listing it as #40 in the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time while another rave review considered it, "one of the most distinctive masterpieces in that era of masterpieces." A landmark work that is without question the L.A.-based psychedelic folk-rock pioneers' most fully realized studio effort, Forever Changes was produced by band co-founder/frontman Arthur Lee and The Doors' engineer/producer Bruce Botnick.


    Lee's metaphysically super-logical lyrics, warbled sweetly over the band's full-bloom psychedelia, a swirling current of guitars, strings, and horns layered into a mind-expanding wall of beauty. The album's song titles read like signs along the long and winding road to Nirvana: "Andmoreagain," "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale," "The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This," "You Set The Scene." Forever Changes exploded the personal into the universal and uncovered the eternal tucked away inside the familiar.


    "In the summer of 1967 a billboard appeared on Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Strip telling all who looked skyward to 'watch for the third coming of LOVE.' Emblazoned with an image of the group painted in oozing pink, purple, blue, and green meant to resemble an organic heart, Love were barely recognizable in their collective obscurity. Though they had followed hot on the heels of The Byrds to rule the L.A. club scene a year earlier, the band (at the time perhaps the most progressive and uncompromising in pop) never made the leap to mainstream acceptance or the Billboard Top 10. Ironically, that same summer their Elektra labelmates and former opening act, The Doors hit #1 with 'Light My Fire.' Meanwhile, the five members of Love (Arthur Lee, Johnny Echols, Bryan MacLean, Ken Forssi, and Michael Stuart) struggled to complete an album that would barely chart on initial release. In most stories Love would be the group that promised more than they delivered. That would be had 'the third coming' not been Forever Changes, a long-player widely rated above any other waxing of that idyllic era." - Andrew Sandoval/liner notes for the 2008 reissue

    1. Alone Again Or
    2. A House Is Not A Motel
    3. Andmoreagain
    4. The Daily Planet
    5. Old Man
    6. The Red Telephone
    7. Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale
    8. Live And Let Live
    9. The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This
    10. Bummer In The Summer
    11. You Set The Scene

    Love
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    Gratitude

    180 Gram Translucent Blue Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Cover


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso


    Manufactured At R.T.I.


    During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Mid-western area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.


    After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.


    Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.


    In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.


    A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).


    Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.


    The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.


    The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.


    During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.


    The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.


    Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."


    The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."


    The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.


    In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.


    In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."


    Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."


    In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.


    Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

    LP 1
    1. Introduction

    2. Africano/ Power Medley

    3. Yearnin' Learnin'

    4. Devotion

    5. Sun Goddess
    6. Reasons

    7. Sing A Message To You


    LP 2
    1. Shining Star

    2. New World Symphony
    3. Sunshine

    4. Singasong

    5. Gratitude

    6. Celebrate

    7. Can't Hide Love

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    During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.


    After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.


    Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.


    In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.


    A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).


    Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.


    The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.


    The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.


    During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.


    The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.


    Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."


    The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."


    The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.


    In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.


    In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."


    Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."


    In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.


    Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

    LP 1
    1. Shining Star

    2. That's The Way Of The World
    3. September

    4. Can't Hide Love

    5. Got To Get You Into My Life
    6. Sing A Song

    7. Gratitude

    8. Serpentine Fire

    9. Fantasy


    LP 2
    1. Kalimba Story
    2. Mighty Mighty

    3. Reasons

    4. Saturday Nite

    5. Let's Groove

    6. Boogie Wonderland ( with The Emotions)
    7. After The Love Has Gone

    8. Getaway

    Earth, Wind & Fire
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    Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun

    Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun begins with Crater, a ragged anthem that erupts with frayed guitar and thundering rhythm. Dallas and Travis Good's trudging riffs light the low-slung growl of Gord Downie:


    Hello there / Gentle Son / A crater / We're creating!


    Crater is an arrival: the mission statement of a young band unhinged, igniting ten songs of visceral punk rock exultation. Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun is a spirited exploration of the darkness surrounding daylight, a rallying cry from the Secret Museum of Mankind:


    Crater! / Getting crushed in our dreams / Or in our dreams / Doing all the crushing


    Downie's words burn in unison with the charging Sadies, the mantra of a band forged out of primal necessity. This album is a vital, reckless, and ecstatic moment, gleaming with the proud imperfections of a group discovering its voice.


    It came together urgently but slowly, after the long-time Toronto friends first recorded together for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers in 2006. Fleeting sessions over the next seven years yielded finished songs in immediate, alchemical takes. Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun is the action of first-thought-best-thought.


    The project's namesake, The Conquering Sun fuses The Sadies' rusted psychedelia with Downie's humble, volatile wail. Mike Belitsky's roiling drums, and Sean Dean's sure, standing bass spur the band through uncharted desert-scapes.


    Working the fugitive dust / Under the conquering sun / Nature, please be good to us / Under the conquering sun


    Each song brims with energy, electricity embellishing a simple, rustic core. Acoustic inflections are cached in the album's array of fiery environments, staggering in its balance of ferocity and craft.


    Downie cries out possessed on It Didn't Start To Break My Heart Until This Afternoon: a pulsating blast of brash guitars and fuzzed-out gnarl.


    Drive it like we stole it / Through the snowflakes, into the cold of the sun


    On Budget Shoes, guitars shine over the tumbling bedrock of desolate but hopeful imagism. Downie writes in a universal voice, with a chorus taunting shadow from light. On Los Angeles Times, nations gather under that conquering blaze, singing unanimous poetry of promise and provocation:


    Raise a glass of hope / Raise a glass of liberty / And a glass of something else / May we be at ease with ourselves!


    The Sadies' effortlessly invoke this primitive emotion, intuiting Downie's themes with rollicking instrumental passages. On Devil Enough, Downie's solemn musings are liberated by The Sadies' roving plainsong; sobering internal sentiment brought to life with the flame of improvisation:


    You're making me drop things / I can't hold my cup / My state of being / Isn't what it was / The light the light / And my eyes adjust / What?s for sure is Devil Enough


    One Good Fast Job sneers like a siren, blunt guitars circling Downie's snarl. Demand Destruction pops with environmental pressure, coaxing an answer to a nuclear dilemma:


    And as the sun went down behind the shadow / Of this invisible war / You say, Is this accident ever over anymore?


    Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun spans depths and ages in its relentless half-hour, before concluding on an only note of reprieve. Saved dwells in the light of darkness, capturing our silent vibration of debt to the source. The album's last moments glint in the rapturous calm of collective awe:


    You say nothing can be saved / It all goes away / Darkness falls and colours fade / And the music gets so loud it flaps your pant legs


    Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun boils with hope and irreverence; toils with fire as a tool and a curse. This is the combustion of brotherhood and dissent: music of wisdom and innocence:


    It is the work, day is your word, night is the glue.


    by Jonathan Shedletzky

    1. Crater
    2. The Conquering Sun
    3. Los Angeles Times
    4. One Good Fast Job
    5. It Didn't Start To Break My Heart Until This Afternoon
    6. Budget Shoes
    7. Demand Destruction
    8. Devil Enough
    9. I'm Free, Disarray Me
    10. Saved
    Gord Downie, The Sadies, and The Conquering Sun
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    Preservation Hall Jazz Band have announced the release of their new album, So It Is, the septet's second release featuring all-new original music, releasing via Legacy Recordings. So It Is finds the classic PHJB sound invigorated by a number of fresh influences, not least among them the band's 2015 life-changing trip to Cuba.


    In Cuba, all of a sudden we were face to face with our musical counterparts, says bandleader/composer/bassist Ben Jaffe. There's been a connection between Cuba and New Orleans since day one - we're family. A gigantic light bulb went off and we realized that New Orleans music is not just a thing by itself; it's part of something much bigger. It was almost like having a religious epiphany.


    Producer David Sitek, a founder of art rock innovators TV on the Radio who has helmed projects by Kelis, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Santigold among others, offered both a keen modern perspective and a profound respect for the band's storied history. Upon arriving in New Orleans to meet with the band, Sitek recalls he and Jaffe accidentally stumbling into one of the city's famed second-line parades. I was struck by the visceral energy of the live music all around, this spontaneous joy, everything so immediate, he says. I knew I had to make sure that feeling came out of the studio. It needed to be alive. It needed to sound dangerous.


    The music on So It Is, penned largely by Jaffe and 84 year-old saxophonist Charlie Gabriel in collaboration with the entire PHJB, stirs together that variety of influences like classic New Orleans cuisine. Longtime members Jaffe, Gabriel, Clint Maedgen and Ronell Johnson have been joined over the past 18 months by Walter Harris, Branden Lewis and Kyle Roussel, and the new blood has hastened the journey into new musical territory. Inspired by that journey and reinvigorated by the post-Katrina rebuilding of their beloved home city, PHJB are redefining what New Orleans music means in 2017 by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city's Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Fire Music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.


    Preservation Hall Jazz Band:


    BEN JAFFE - Bass (upright), Tuba, Percussion

    CHARLIE GABRIEL - Saxophone (tenor), Clarinet

    CLINT MAEDGEN - Saxophone (tenor), Percussion

    RONELL JOHNSON - Trombone

    WALTER HARRIS - Drums, Percussion

    KYLE ROUSSEL - Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ

    BRANDEN LEWIS - Trumpet

    1. So It Is
    2. Santiago
    3. Innocence
    4. La Malanga
    5. Convergence
    6. One Hundred Fires
    7. Mad
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    Blood On Ice

    Bathory's famed lost album, Blood on Ice, was originally recorded in the late '80s, smack-dab in the middle of the Swedish group's revolutionary transition from its barbaric black metal beginnings to the ambitiously orchestrated Viking metal of its golden era. At the time, the work was deemed far too big a departure by band mastermind Quorthon, who, among other things, shockingly substituted his raspy croak for actual singing throughout -- but, as with any abandoned project, retrospective evidence also suggests that Quorthon was also less than secure about whether his songwriting and musicianship were yet developed enough to fulfill his vision. Shrouded in mystery for the ensuing half-decade, Blood on Ice was finally resurrected and completed (replete with story-advancing sound effects) to Bathory's satisfaction in 1996, at which time it was released to widely deserved critical and fan acclaim, despite a few but distinct shortcomings that placed its overall achievement slightly below that of acknowledged triumphs like Blood Fire Death and Hammerheart. Sliding into gear rather slowly with tentative offerings like the title track, One Eyed Old Man, and The Sword (which sounds way too similar to Manowar's Blood of My Enemies), the album eventually reaches cruising speed with outstanding moments like The Stallion, The Woodwoman, and the colossal Gods of Thunder of Wind and of Rain, whereupon Quorthon's vocals (sometimes given to off-pitch variations) sound better than ever before. The gentle acoustic bridge The Ravens sets up the epic, nine-minute masterstroke of The Revenge of the Blood on Ice, which may single-handedly convince even the most cynical of listeners that this long-forgotten work deservingly belongs within Bathory's hallowed canon. Also worth mentioning, the album's lengthy (meaning biblically sized) explanatory liner notes read like a veritable Rosetta Stone for longtime Bathory supporters, shedding unprecedented historical light and perspective upon the group's mysterious history.


    - Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)

    1. Intro
    2. Blood on Ice
    3. Man of Iron
    4. One Eyed Old Man
    5. The Sword
    6. The Stallion
    7. The Woodwoman
    8. The Lake
    9. Gods of Thunder, of Wind and of Rain
    10. The Ravens
    11. The Revenge of the Blood on Ice
    Bathory
    $37.99
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  • Lies & Wishes Lies & Wishes Quick View

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    Lies & Wishes

    Edward David Anderson is an artist as ancient as he is modern. In a time when the music business desperately flails about, grasping at any new trend that will save its sinking ship, he exists far beyond its confines. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire Fire who released a string of acclaimed albums in the previous decade, Anderson returns to the national stage with his highly anticipated solo debut, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, it finds Anderson creating his own mythology through a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots. Anderson sings, I'm the son of a plumber, from a God fearing mother. The lyric says much about where his story begins as an artist. He was born and raised just west of Chicago and lives a simple life, spending winters in an RV alongside the Gulf of Mexico in lower Alabama. Anderson's an American songwriter on an existential quest who seeks and who searches through song.


    I feel like every experience, every mile, every interaction, every tune, sort of got me to where I am at this moment, Anderson recounts while shedding light on the over-arching theme that ties together the 10-track collection. The songs on the record are confessional by nature. They are songs about loss and love and living and hope. Halfway through my life, it's an honest look in the mirror.


    Anderson's journey over the last five years and his response to the challenges he faced is what sets the lifers apart from those that concede the artistic pursuit. The dissolution of Backyard Tire in 2011 was the first obstacle to overcome. The band had built a devout cult following around the U.S., counting Cracker, Reverend Horton Heat and Clutch among their fans, all of whom took BTF on the road exposing them to a wider audience. It was around this time that Steve Berlin of Los Lobos was first drawn to Anderson's songwriting.


    "Backyard Tire Fire opened a show for us and I remember being backstage and listening to their music and I was like, 'Wow, that song sounds really familiar. Whose cover is that? It's a classic tune,'" says Berlin. "It turns out that they were all Ed's originals. They just had that instantly memorable quality to them. So, I introduced myself at the show and we became buddies and then collaborators. Ed's music is so evocative, so well written. I honestly think he is as talented as anyone in the songwriting world and it is important that he be heard."


    Anderson adds: I was just starting to get back on the road again after Tire Fire split, touring with my friend Johnny Hickman and I got inspired to get back in the studio. I had these songs and had something pretty interesting to say based on the experiences I just went through. I knew if I could get Steve Berlin involved, who is an old friend that I've worked with in the past, it could be something special."


    It was just prior to this that Anderson's mother passed away, while the previous winter his wife lost her mother, both to extended illnesses. It was a defining moment for the 40-year old artist and culminated in a torrent of songwriting. Indeed, songs like Lies & Wishes Lost & Found and Chain Reaction delve deep into the human condition, asking difficult questions of both himself and his loved ones.


    "A lot of the subject matter on this record came from reflecting on these painful experiences" says Anderson. After losing my mom, I decided I've got to make a record and dedicate it to her and make a statement here on my own.


    Musically speaking, the core of Lies & Wishes is built around refined melodies, acoustic guitars and sparse arrangements, yet Berlin's production colors the tracks with squalls of electric guitar, affected vocals, drum loops and assorted analog keyboard flourishes. It should also be noted that fans of Anderson's vintage rock and roll songwriting from his Backyard Tire Fire days will find plenty to love on tunes like "Nothing Lasts Forever," "Taking It Out On You" and "The Next Melody," which deliver the big hooks and classic refrains on which he so effortlessly hangs his hat.


    This is where we find Edward David Anderson today. His heart's on his sleeve and it's that of an artist. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy, but as the songs on Lies & Wishes bare out, when the muse calls, he will be there to answer.


    I needed to make this album, he concludes. I feel like it's undoubtedly my finest work to date, the beginning of the next chapter for me.

    1. Lies & Wishes
    2. Lost & Found
    3. Son Of A Plumber
    4. Pins & Needles
    5. Taking It Out On You
    6. I Missed You
    7. Nothing Lasts Forever
    8. Chain Reaction
    9. Fires
    10. The Next Melody
    Edward David Anderson
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Best Of Love Best Of Love Quick View

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    Best Of Love

    First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release Of Their Historic Elektra Records Era


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso From The Original Elektra Records Stereo Tapes


    The legendary underground rock superstars Love fronted by the brilliant Arthur Lee and his fellow
    rockers Bryan MacLean, Alban Pfisterer, Johnny Echols, Ken Forsi, John Fleckenstein and Michael Stuart set the music world on fire back in the mid to late sixties with their hypnotic brand of rock 'n roll. With major exposure on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, along with fellow mega bands The Byrds and The Doors, Love's eclectic songs, master showmanship and stellar music abilities made them one of the few premiere bands who helped architect the fusion of acid and garage rock, which is still heard in alternative rock of today. Love to this day are still revered and loved by their continual growing legion of fans worldwide.


    In 1980, Rhino and Elektra Records honored these hugely popular rockers with their stellar anthology
    album simply titled Best Of Love. Filled with a treasure trove of 16 charting singles, deep Elektra Records album tracks, as well as rare b-sides, this incredible LP brought newfound acclaim to the band who were now influencing a whole new legion of fans.


    No stone is left unturned, as this 16-track masterpiece is loaded with hit singles like My Little Red Book,She Comes In Colors, 7 And 7 Is, Hey Joe plus selections from their most loved album Forever Changes with the masterpieces Along Again Or and Andmoreagain.


    As one of the more rare albums in their catalog, Best Of Love has been out of print for years, making
    it an instant collector's item, which hasn't seen the light of day for over four decades that is until now!


    Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time on audiophile vinyl Best Of Love. Mastered impeccably from the original Elektra Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Love/The Monkees/The Byrds) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records with Ron McMaster, this amazing rock classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain. Long time unearthed vinyl mixes of their classic hit singles and solid album tracks like Stephanie Knows Who, Can't Explain, and Signed D.C. truly resonate as you remember them from years ago.


    To enhance your limited edition album, we have also included the historic album cover artwork elements as well as superior rare liner notes including those from the sorely missed Arthur Lee himself!


    Welcome back your friends and my friends .Love and their amazing Best Of Love First Time on Audiophile Vinyl exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.


    I think that people are the greatest fun

    1. My Little Red Book
    2. Can't Explain
    3. Hey Joe
    4. Signed D.C.
    5. Stephanie Knows Who
    6. She Comes in Colors

    7. Your Mind and We Belong Together
    8. Your Friend and Mine - Neil's Song
    9. Seven & Seven Is
    10. Alone Again Or
    11. Andmoreagain
    12. íQue Vida!
    13. Robert Montgomery
    14. Orange Skies
    15. Laughing Stock
    16. Number 14
    Love
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  • Lovers Know Lovers Know Quick View

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    Lovers Know

    After touring the world as a member of the Postal Service in 2013, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) took a year to get lost. She drove across the US twice, toured South Africa solo, made her first appearance in London (also solo), and trekked all over Europe with William Faulkner's words ringing in her ears: "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." Finally she found herself in Los Angeles with a suitcase of songs to fill a whole new album. Lovers Know, The Mynabirds' third full-length release, was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter (Black English) and recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It's definitely new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way. Lyrically this is her most personal and confessional work to date, and also her most accessible. Whereas her last album, GENERALS, watched from a wide angle to understand the world at a distance, Lovers Know pulls in close. "There's something about wandering the world over," Laura says, "that makes you realize how similar we all are - everyone searching for something, so often the same thing: love. It may sound trite, but it's true. Love - or the lack of it - is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it's also the thing that can make us sing." Burhenn has released two previous albums as The Mynabirds on Saddle Creek, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both of which were produced by Richard Swift and met by critical acclaim.
    1. All My Heart
    2. Believer
    3. Semantics
    4. Say Something
    5. Orion
    6. Velveteen
    7. Shake Your Head Yes
    8. Wildfire
    9. Omaha
    10. One Foot
    11. Hanged Man
    12. Last Time
    Mynabirds
    $23.99
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  • Barefoot in the Head Barefoot in the Head Quick View

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    Barefoot in the Head

    They say the only people who know true freedom are musicians and gangsters, Chris Robinson says with a laugh. And Bob Dylan said to live outside the law you must be honest. We're living in these anxiety-filled times, in an era of 'no truth,' but what our music represents is this truly honest way of communicating with people, and that's a really freeing thing.

    If their stellar new album, 'Barefoot In The Head,' is any indication, freedom suits the Chris Robinson Brotherhood well. The band is in the midst of one of their most prolific periods to date, with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. 'Barefoot In The Head' finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. The album showcases the continued growth of Robinson's songwriting partnership with his bandmates (guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill), while reveling in the kind of playful adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned in to the same sonic wavelength.

    The album opens with the Americana funk of Behold The Seer, which sounds like something of a mission statement for the CRB as Robinson sings, If you want to keep your engine humming / Keep your eyes wide ahead and don't look back. On the dreamy She Shares My Blanket, Robinson crafts cinematic scenes from a winter love affair in the mountains, while elegant pedal steel added by special guest Barry Sless on Blonde Light Of Day casts a warm, romantic haze and Blue Star Woman sounds like T-Rex dressed in overalls living on a West Coast commune. Throughout the album, Robinson and the band deftly intertwine country, blues and psychedelia, even channeling freewheeling 60s' folk on Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks, a breakneck stream of consciousness that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. On the English psych inspired Glow, which Robinson calls one of the most special things I've ever done in the studio, The CRB are joined by the celebrated sarodist Alam Khan (son of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan).

    After six years of solid touring with this band, we can still roll into Fayetteville, AR on a Tuesday night and have the most fun of any musical thing I've ever been a part of, says Robinson. We don't have the weight of responsibility or nostalgia, which means we're in the very psychedelic situation of getting to be totally honest and create everything in the moment. That's freedom.

    1. Behold the Seer
    2. She Shares My Blanket
    3. Hark, the Herald Hermit Speaks
    4. Blonde Light of Morning
    5. Dog Eat Sun
    6. Blue Star Woman
    7. High Is Not the Top
    8. If You Had a Heart To Break
    9. Glow
    10. Good To Know
    Chris Robinson Brotherhood
    $21.99
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  • Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides Quick View

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    Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides

    Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron McMaster


    The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship unparalleled to this day.


    With their very first San Francisco live gigs and when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut concert recordings would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the biggest concert attractions of all time.


    Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 14 super rare live recordings from the mid-sixties. None of these recordings were ever previously released at the time. Recorded in San Francisco from a July 1966 performance, when they were signed to the Scorpio Records label, this ultra rare concert tape simply became manna for the fans and was truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and
    early psych and garage rock fare.


    Dead fan favorite Viola Lee Blues kicks off the rare collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Grateful Dead classics like Don't Ease Me In and the stellar Jimmy Reed classic Big Boss Man truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or classic rock in general.
    Known for their jams in concert, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare blues tracks like One Kind Favor, Next Time You See Me and
    of course their super rare Bob Dylan interpretation of It's All Over Now Baby Blue, which would be an interesting choice not knowing there
    would be future collaborations with Dylan in both of their important later careers.


    Even superlative covers of Otis Redding's Pain In My Heart and the Slim Harpo blues champion I'm A King Bee are included in this amazingly important and historic rock release from this much loved band.
    These Grateful Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now
    Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 14 live performances unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as you stare at the
    brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.


    As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine album
    is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions which was released
    in late 2013.


    Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
    limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead collection.
    Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides a historic album first time release in the audiophile domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me In

    LP1
    1. Viola Lee Blues
    2. Don't Ease Me In
    3. Pain In My Heart
    4. Sitting on Top of the World
    5. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    6. I'm a King Bee


    LP2
    1. Big Boss Man
    2. Standing on the Corner
    3. In the Pines
    4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
    5. Next Time You See Me
    6. One Kind Favor
    7. He Was a Friend of Mine
    8. Keep Rolling By

    Grateful Dead
    $44.99
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    Stone Flower (Speakers Corner)

    Around the year 1970, almost everything appeared to have been said about the style of music over the past two decades, which was a mix of samba and cool jazz. Adventurous musicians such as Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charly Byrd, João and Astrud Gilberto, and the saxophonist Stan Getz lent fire and sentiment to the "new trend". First and foremost among them was Carlos Antonio Jobim, whose catchy tunes such as the ticking, shuffling song Desafinado and the genial One Note Samba were heard all over the globe.
    That the man from Ipanema still had a lot to say is proved by the present album, which presents Jobim's creativity at the height of his maturity. Right from the very first number, where Urbie Green on the trombone 'sings' Tereza My Love so purely in the top register, it is clear that the late bossa with its typical rhythm is structurally far more refined than the early hot dance numbers. The melodies are woven through, as it were, with shining gold and silver threads of rhythm, and clusters of sound are light and airy. However, here and there, the musicians let their hair down, such as in the Latin classic Brazil.



    With that magician of sound Deodato as arranger and conductor, and Rudy van Gelder as recording engineer, this LP is certainly a Bossa masterpiece. There's no more to be said!



    Musicians:



    • Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, electric piano, violin, vocal, guitar)

    • Joe Farrell (soprano saxophone)

    • Urbie Green (trombone)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • Eumir Deodato (guitar, arranger, conductor)

    • Harry Lookofsky (violin)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Airto Moreira, Everaldo Ferreira (percussion)

    • João Palma (drums)



    Recording: June 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil (Ary Barroso)
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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