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SoulfireSteven Van Zandt, the longtime guitarist of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, actor on the TV hit series The Sopranos playing the role of Silvio, and programmer of SiriusXM satellite radio's acclaimed Underground Garage channel, debuts his first solo album in two decades. 'Soulfire' is comprised of 12 songs including the title track, 'Saint Valentine's Day' and 'Love On The Wrong Side Of Town' written by Steven and Bruce Springsteen.1. Soulfire
2. I'm Coming Back
3. Blues Is My Business
4. I Saw The Light
5. Some Things Just Don't Change
6. Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
7. The City Weeps Tonight
8. Down and Out in New York City
9. Standing In The Line Of Fire
10. Saint Valentine's Day
11. I Don't Want To Go Home
12. Ride The Night Away$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Voice of AmericaSmall Cut-Out Slit on Cover1. Voice of America
3. Checkpoint Charlie
5. Out of the Darkness
8. I Am a Patriot
9. Among the Believers
10. Undefeated (Everybody Goes Home)$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dope MachinesEvery so often, one song can change everything. For The Airborne Toxic Event, that particular number happened to be an A Capella version of Queen and David Bowie's classic duet "Under Pressure".
"Somebody played it for me, and it blew my mind," declares vocalist and guitarist Mikel Jollett. "I made a decision to change my whole approach to music. I just wanted to be joyful about it. I wasn't going to worry anymore. For the first three records, I thought mostly like writer. My mindset changed. It was about inventing a musical logic that was unabashedly catchy and rhythmic, but way weirder than anything we've done in the past."
That "logic" came to life while Mikel composed "Hell and Back" for the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack in August 2013. Under a tight deadline, he had no choice but to produce the track himself-a first for the Los Angeles outfit. However, he didn't stop there.
The frontman would go on to personally produce The Airborne Toxic Event's fourth full-length album and first for Epic Records Dope Machines with the blessing and support of Steven Chen [guitar, keyboards], Anna Bulbrook [violin, keyboard, backing vocals], Daren Taylor [drums], and Adrian Rodríguez [bass].
"Producing was massively challenging and super fun," admits Mikel. "When we finished the last record, our producer Jacquire King said to me, 'I think you're ready to produce an album now.' I felt like we had reached the apotheosis of being a proper rock band. This was the exact opposite. It was me alone in a room for 12 hours a day working harder than I'd ever worked."
Early in the process, Mikel tapped into a boundless aesthetic, embracing electronic elements as well as pop structures and unbridled rock 'n' roll bombast. At the same time, it defied categorization at every turn. "That's one of the hallmarks of the record," he affirms. "It doesn't sound like anything else."
The first single "Wrong" merges striking synths and an electronic swing with an evocative refrain punctuated by a robust groove. It's borderline danceable, but always chant-able.
"It's just about a guy feeling insecure," explains Mikel. "I wrote it at a time of massive upheaval in my life. We all have that moment. You look over everything and think, 'I am an idiot!' It's not every day, but you wish you could start over. That's the idea."
"California" turns a spotlight on a different side of the Golden State from the perspective of a true native. All the while, it still boasts an unshakable refrain and intricate instrumentation.
"I grew up in California," he goes on. "My parents were hippies, and I was born in the back of a VW bus on the beach. I was around everybody from Beatniks to gang members to kids who just emigrated from Guatemala or Ethiopia. None of this had anything to do with the popular image of what California is-that idea of palm trees and movie stars. As soon as you've got an idea of utopia, it begs a dystopia. It's an idea of apocalypse right around the corner in a place that's considered ideal."
Simultaneously, the title track tempers a distinct guitar bounce with entrancing harmonies, making for a provocative and potent dichotomy.
"You can interact with all of these dope hand devices, but they make you sort of dopey an hour later," he sighs. "You make music with them. They can save you from a heart attack. They're little extensions of the things that make us fundamentally human, which is the desire to interact with one another. The machines are all of these things at the same time."
In the middle of 2014 after moving on from Island Records, Epic Records C.E.O. L.A. Reid reached out and signed them-for the second time.
"L.A. signed us way-back-when at Island," recalls Mikel. "He literally saw us at Bowery Ballroom in New York, came backstage, and offered us a record deal. The moment we were free, he sent us a deal memo. It's a pleasure to be working with him again. He's a big believer, and he brings a lot of energy to this."
They've carried a similar energy through three full-length albums: The Airborne Toxic Event , which spawned the gold-selling single "Sometime Around Midnight", All At Once , and Such Hot Blood . In addition to reaching gold status, iTunes named "Sometime Around Midnight" the "#1 Alternative Song of the Year", and it spent a staggering eight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Heatseakers Chart. HBO utilized it on their high-profile Network Season Promo. The group has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman four times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno four times, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! three times. Moreover, they've taken the stage at festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza and sold over 50,000 tickets in 2013 alone.
In many ways though, Dope Machines signals something of a rebirth.
"It's like debuting a new phase," concludes Mikel. "It was a new approach. We've got a new label. We threw out everything we were tired of and moved on to a brand new palette. That was the goal. This isn't what The Airborne Toxic Event is supposed to be. This is who we are.1. Wrong
2. One Time Thing
3. Dope Machines
5. Time To Be A Man
6. Hell And Back
7. My Childish Bride
8. The Thing About Dreams
9. Something You Lost
10. Chains$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Little Miss Sunshine SoundtrackLimited Edition Yellow Vinyl
A mix of indie rock and folk music. Devotchka provides the majority of the music on the soundtrack, and also the score, which they did with Mychael Danna. Also features selections from Sufjan Stevens, Rick James, and Tony Tisdale.1. The Winner Is
2. Til the End of Time
3. You Love Me
4. First Push
5. No Man's Land
6. Let's Go
7. No One Gets Left Behind
9. We're Gonna Make It
10. Do You Think There's a Heaven
13. La Llorona
14. How It Ends$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Library Catalog Music Series: Music for InsomniaTracks 1-7 written and performed by Lowell Brams and Sufjan Stevens on Harmonium, Little Casio, Little Korg, Big Prophet, Prepared Piano, Unprepared Piano, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Autoharp, Drums, Bass, Reedless Woodwinds, Bells, Shakers, Tambourine, Hair, Duct Tape and Keys.Track 8 written and performed by Lowell Brams, Harmonium and Korg, Bryce Dessner, Electric and Acoustic guitar, and Sufjan Stevens, Piano, Casio and Percussion.1. Horse Spindles
2. Alpha to Theta
3. Melatonin Lullaby
4. Hypnagogic Hallucination
5. Short Circadian Partita
6. Dream About Vince Guaraldi$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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MTO Plays Sly (On Sale)New York City's favorite 'little big band' Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra cracks open wide the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its third album, MTO Plays Sly.
On this freewheeling and jubilant 13-track tribute, MTO, propelled by a dynamic cast of special guests, treats Sly and Co. with the same reverence it would Duke Ellington or Count Basie, illuminating the melodic and harmonic sophistication of the iconoclast's body of work by re-imagining the music through the filter of their own downtown NYC aesthetic, while upholding th Day-Glo soul and psychedelic funk that is the backbone for classics like M'Lady, Everybody People and Family Affair.
MTO is Steven Bernstein, Peter Apfelbaum, Doug Wieselman, Erik Lawrence, Curtis Fowlkes, Charlie Burnham, Matt Munisteri, Ben Allison and Ben Perowsky. MTO Plays Sly also features many special guests including Anthony Hegarty, Bernie Worrell, Bill Laswell, Dean Bowman, Martha Wainwright, Sandra St. Victor, Shilpa and Vernon Reid.1. Stand ft. Sandra St. Victor, Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid
2. Family Affair ft. Antony Hegarty
3. Sly Notions
4. Que Sera, Sera ft. Martha Wainwright
5. M'Lady feat. Dean Bowman
6. You Can Make it If You Try
7. Everyday People ft. Shilpa Ray
8. Bernie Interlude ft. Bernie Worrell
9. Skin I'm In ft. Sandra St. Victor
10. Sly Notions 2/Fun ft. Dean Bowman
11. Time feat. Dean Bowman and Vernon Reid
12. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa (Bill Laswell mix translation)
13. Life$18.99 $15.00 Save $3.99 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sopranos Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Red with Black Smoke Colored Vinyl
Available On Vinyl For The First Time Ever! Mastered For Vinyl And Lacquers Created By Kevin Gray, Pressed On 180 Gram Limited Edition Vinyl.
Imagine an album that could contain tracks by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello, as well as Frank Sinatra, Cream, and Van Morrison. That's part of the lineup on this various-artists sampler of music used in the television series The Sopranos, music that dates from each of the last five decades of the 20th century, from Bo Diddley's 1950s hit ''I'm a Man'' to Eurythmics' ''I've Tried Everything'' from their 1999 reunion album, Peace. Familiar songs like Sinatra's ''It Was a Very Good Year'' are given a new flavor by being sequenced between very different yet oddly complementary songs. The most interesting moments, however, come with the less familiar material -- cast member ''Little Steven'' Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul's ''Inside of Me,'' Elvis Costello & the Attractions' live take on ''Complicated Shadows,'' Wyclef Jean's rap over Sly & the Family Stone's ''Family Affair'' on ''Blood Is Thicker Than Water,'' which refers specifically to the mafia family story line of the show. The result sounds like an hour with the radio station of your dreams, which is what this kind of album aspires to be. ~ AllMusic Review by William RuhlmanLP1
1. A3 - Woke Up This Morning
2. R.L. Burnside - It's Bad You Know
3. Frank Sinatra - It Was A Very Good Year
4. Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody
5. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul - Inside Of Me
6. Cream - I Feel Free
7. Them Featuring Van Morrison - Mystic Eyes
1. Bruce Springsteen - State Trooper
2. Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
3. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Complicated Shadows
4. Nick Lowe - The Beast In Me
5. Los Lobos - Viking
6. Wyclef Jean - Blood Is Thicker Than Water
7. Eurythmics - I've Tried Everything$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Let It Rock"Crawling From The Wreckage Of A Saturday Night," the debut
single from LET IT ROCK, The Connection's brand new full-length
LP, is the band's THIRD "Coolest Song in the World" in under a
year on Little Steven's Underground Garage. It's a kick-ass rocker
about a scene we all know very well: Where's my wallet, where's my keys? / I can't understand why I do these things /
My head is pounding my throat is dry / I'm crawling from the wreckage of a Saturday night
The Underground Garage is also putting LET IT ROCK's swaggering "Girls In This Town" into heavy rotation, declaring,
"The production on these songs is great; I mean fantastically great. These guys get it." High praise indeed from the driving
force behind America's hippest radio station.
The Rolling Stones took their name from a Muddy Waters song. The Connection, New England's newest hit-makers, have carried on the tradition, naming the band for a Stones rocker to bring fans across the world a fresh take on the best of the
British Invasion sound. LET IT ROCK features a dozen original Marino/Palmer power-pop/rock gems. From the
breakneck-paced opener, "Wrong Side of 25," to the seductive melody and breathtakingly cool guitar solo of
Beatles-influenced She's A Keeper, to the driving, Exile-era power of "Girls In This Town" -- "There's so many girls in this
town/You can't let just one hold you down"-- to the infectious harmonies and pure, propulsive beauty of The Way Love
The Connection bring passion, melodic hooks, and more than a few very cool surprises to this rip-roaring rock
& roll record.
Yes, LET IT ROCK recaptures the sheer exuberance of the British Invasion, but make no mistake, The Connection sound
like The Connection and no one else. LET IT ROCK is both familiar and fresh, timeless and new, an album of feel-good,
time-to-dance, original rock & roll of the highest quality. Just a taste of the slide guitar driven screamer, "Thinking Abou t
Leaving," and you'll be thinking about leaving LET IT ROCK on the turntable full-time!1. Wrong Side Of 25
2. She's A Keeper
3. The Way Love Should Be
4. Crawling From The Wreckage (Of A Saturday Night)
5. Nothing About Me
7. Thinking About Leaving
8. Girls In This Town
10. Day By Day
11. Not How It's Gonna Be
14. Let It Rock$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
...Ya Know? (Awaiting Repress)BMG Rights Management presents Joey Ramone's second solo album, "...Ya Know?", eleven years after his life was cruelly cut short by lymphoma. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life.
His brother, musician Mickey Leigh, executive produced the project. It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs of Joey's be finished properly, and made available for the world to hear, Leigh says of "...Ya Know?", which is comprised primarily of never-before-heard songs written and sung by his brother.
But this is no half-baked grab-bag of odds and ends. Rather, it's a riveting collection of first-rate songs that embody Joey's trademark intensity and wit, and that can stand proudly alongside his most beloved Ramones compositions. It's also a fitting, if belated, follow-up to Joey's first solo album Don't Worry About Me, which was recorded just prior to his death and released the following year.
"...Ya Know?", whose title refers to the phrase that was a ubiquitous staple of Joey's conversation, adds a significant new chapter to the seminal punk icon's hugely influential body of work. Among the many talented people Mickey Leigh and Joey's manager Dave Frey reached out to in bringing "...Ya Know?" to fruition was veteran producer Ed Stasium, who was behind the board for many of the Ramones' greatest albums, including their early classics Leave Home, Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin.
In addition to producing ten of the album's fifteen tracks, Stasium also contributed instrumentation and vocals to each. The swaggering album-opener Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer (co-written with Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts) will be released as a limited-edition 7" single for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012.
That song and the hometown shout-out New York City demonstrate Joey's knack for channeling his personal passions into bracing anthems. The playfully breezy Make Me Tremble (which Joey wrote and recorded with Dictators founder Andy Shernoff) and the bittersweet acoustic ballad Waiting for That Railroad find him exploring some of the more introspective territory that he'd been unable to visit within the format of his former band.
Elsewhere on "...Ya Know?", I Couldn't Sleep is a collaboration between brothers Joey and Mickey, who also teamed up to record a romantic alternate version of the Ramones' holiday classic Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) in Joey's apartment. Meanwhile, a previously unreleased reprise of Joey's late-period Ramones tune Life's A Gas ends the album on an appropriately uplifting note.
Also contributing to "...Ya Know?" is an assortment of musicians and producers whose prior relationships with Joey help to give the album an organic vibe that enhances its power and character. The cast of players includes Joan Jett, and Little Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on Party Line and wrote the album's poignant liner notes, along with such notables as former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Richie Stotts, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk survivor Holly Beth Vincent, members of the Ramones' punk-era contemporaries The Dictators, and producers Jean Beauvoir and Joe Blaney.
The resulting album is a brilliant encapsulation of the qualities that made Joey Ramone one of rock's most unlikely, yet most beloved, heroes. Leigh reflects "Over the past eight years I've been getting barrages of emails and Facebook messages from Joey's fans, wanting to know when this album would be coming out. So having it finally become a reality gives me a feeling of triumph, not for me, but for my brother, and for his fans. And there's not the slightest doubt in my mind that people are gonna be blown away by it.1. Rock 'n' Roll Is The Answer
2. Going Nowhere Fast
3. New York City
4. Waiting For That Railroad
5. I Couldn't Sleep
6. What Did I Do To Deserve You?
7. Seven Days of Gloom
8. Eyes of Green
9. Party Line
10. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
11. 21st Century Girl
12. There's Got To Be More To Life
13. Make Me Tremble
14. Cabin Fever
15. Life's A Gas$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
'Once' is a 2006 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney, former bassist for Irish band The Frames. Set in Dublin, this naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard (singer of, again, popular rock band The Frames) and MarkÉta Irglová as struggling musicians during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. Collaborators prior to making the film, Hansard and Irglová composed and performed all of the original songs in the movie.
Hansard and Irglová's song 'Falling Slowly' received a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.
Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying A little movie called 'Once' gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year. When informed of Spielberg's comments, director John Carney told Sky News, in the end of the day, he's just a guy with a beardSide A:
1. Falling Slowly
2. If You Want Me
3. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
4. When Your Mind's Made Up
1. The Hill
2. Fallen From The Sky
4. Trying To Pull Myself Away
5. All The Way Down
7. Say It To Me Now$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Gloucester CountyThe whole represents a new and welcome chapter in the Danielson oeuvre-a startlingly effective new band, a new thematic field (the locally-grown opus), produced with more sonic ambition than any recent Danielson effort, but without sacrificing the brave interior journey that we have come to expect from Daniel Christopher Smith: the world is complex, slightly dangerous, full of temptations, but there is still grace, beauty, meaning, and the music that is required to suggest all this is anything but easy, but that doesn't mean it is not rewarding, beautiful, funny, sad, and generous.
Released five years after 2006's well-received Ships, Daniel Smith's Best of Gloucester County finds the Danielson Famile in a bit of disarray. While sisters Megan and Rachel and Smith's wife Erin all make appearances, the bulk of the Famile has fled the nest, but adding four new members (Jens Lekman and longtime Danielson staple Sufjan Stevens appear as well) has done little to tarnish Smith's signature blend of art school indie pop and freak folk Sunday school gospel. While Best of Gloucester County (named for the New Jersey province that serves as the members' stomping grounds) may feel a bit more settled than previous outings, the complacencies of adulthood, as filtered through Smith's manic croon, are hardly destined for commercial airplay. Closer in tone to 2004's Brother Is to Son but with Ships' loftier (but still D.I.Y.) production, Gloucester County's opening cut, Complimentary Dismemberment Insurance, sets the tone with a straightforward blast of Neil Young-meets-Frank Black folk-rock, in which Smith delivers some his most evenhanded vocals in years. The Day Is a Loaf and Grow Up follow similar suit, but overly precious cuts like Lil Norge and People's Partay come away feeling more uncomfortable than whimsical. Still, a middle-of-the-road Danielson Famile/Danielson/Brother Danielson album is hardly a disappointment, as Smith has always been the sole proprietor of his niche, and with each new collection can rewrite the rules however he sees fit. If anything, Gloucester County proves that Smith is willing to let his unique style mature, which may at some point provide some insight into one of the underground's most elusive personalities. - James Christopher Monger1.Complimentary Dismemberment Insurance
2.This Day is a Loaf
5.But I Don't Wanna Sing About Guitars
8.You Sleep Good Now
9.Hovering Above That Hill
11.Hosanna In the Forest$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Laughing Apple (Pre-Order)The Laughing Apple celebrates the 50th anniversary of the artist's 1967 debut, Matthew and Son, and will come out on Yusuf / Cat Stevens' Cat-O-Log Records imprint, via Decca, the label he worked with back then. It also reunites him with producer Paul Samwell-Smith, who helmed Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat and other releases from his early-Seventies heyday.
Among the old songs that Yusuf / Cat Stevens revived and revamped for The Laughing Apple are Mighty Peace and Mary and the Little Lamb, neither of which ever made it onto an album. Four other songs, including the title track, appeared in their original forms on his 1967 LP New Masters. And You Can Do (Whatever) was originally intended for the Harold and Maude soundtrack but was left unfinished at the time. Many of my earlier recordings were overcooked with big band arrangements, he explains in a press release of his decision to revisit this material. They crowded the song out a lot of times.1. Blackness of the Night
2. See What Love Did to Me
3. The Laughing Apple
4. Olive Hill
6. Mighty Peace
7. Mary and the Little Lamb
8. You Can Do (Whatever)
9. Northern Wind (Death of Billy the Kid)
10. Don't Blame Them
11. I'm So Sleepy$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Tea For The Tillerman (200g)Ranked 206/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
When word got out that we were beginning a pressing plant, customers began to call with questions. And the most common and full-of-anticipation question was inevitably: What will be the first title that you press? Well, we couldn't possibly imagine hitting a bigger home run than to open Quality Record Pressings (QRP) with one of the all-time most classic audiophile records, Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman from 1970.
There are so many things perfect about this release. First and foremost, it's a masterpiece of a record. It's that rare record that couples breathtaking sound with hit after hit after hit. In fact, to list the hits would be to list the entire song list. We couldn't pick a better vehicle for which to show off what we're so confident will be the highest quality records ever pressed.
But here's something else that's cool: We scored the absolute original analog masters, and the tapes were in impeccable condition. It took an unbelievable amount of digging and research - and luck - to get this project done to the standards of Analogue Productions. But, wow, was it ever worth it! The tapes were last used in December 1999 when Ted Jensen at Sterling, along with producer Paul Samwell-Smith, remastered the Cat Stevens catalog for CD.
In 1970, Lee Hulko at Sterling Sound cut Tea For The Tillerman for A&M Records in the U.S. and Island Records in the UK using a Telefunken M10 tape machine and a Neumann VMS 66 lathe with a Neumann SX68 cutterhead. Hulko started Sterling in 1968 and was its original mastering engineer. He's considered among the first engineers to advance mastering from just transferring music from tape to lacquer to an art where attention is paid to all the details that result in better sound. We actually found Hulko's original mastering notes from more than 40 years ago. It's incredible, but Sterling still has all of their notes filed away.
So, it was originally cut at Sterling - as were all of the early original Cat Stevens albums - and the tapes were last used at Sterling. How appropriate then that we should go back to Sterling for this monumental reissue. Using the original tapes, George Marino handled the mastering this time. He used an Ampex ATR-102 tape machine, another significant point of interest. While Ampex has long been revered for their sound, they had never made a preview version so that a mastering engineer could cut a lacquer from an Ampex machine. Mike Spitz at ATR Services made a unique preview modification for Sterling so that they could cut this record using an Ampex. Marino then used a Neumann VMS 80 lathe with a Neumann SX 74 cutterhead.
I think we've gotten something quite a bit better than what was originally issued, Marino says. I think this version is much more representative of what was on the tape. And that's not a criticism of what was originally done.
Marino points out that since the original issue, there have been advancements in cutting lathe technology that make the improvements of this reissue possible.
You didn't have the same number of options that you have in the new Neumann electronics, Marino says. With the new one, they give you more variations to work with. Let's say there's a nice kind of present sounding acoustic guitar on the left channel and then all of the sudden there's a drum peak with cymbal crashes and stuff and that stuff happens to be on the left channel. Being the vocal is down the center, you can drive the high frequency limiter from the right channel. So you can set a threshold on the right channel and grab the vocal without wiping out some of the musical peaks on the left channel. This is what I talk about when I say that we have technical advantages that they didn't have.
Marino also chose to use a wide-track stereo head for this project, which he said allows for better signal-to-noise than the normal stereo head.
And he also decided against using tube electronics, as would have been used originally, because he says that while the tubes allowed for more warmth, they also made the sound duller.
You wind up wanting to put a little top-end EQ or something to get a little something back (when using tubes), Marino explains of his decision.
Marino says that he is very pleased with the results.
A great record. A classic, he says. And those tapes were in excellent, excellent condition. Musically, I think we've got something that sounds richer and more natural. It sounds more correct. I had to do very, very little to the tape regarding EQ processing or anything.
To package this reissue, we've decided to do a facsimile of the original British Island gatefold jacket rather than the non-gatefold U.S. version. This British jacket also has a textured paper stock on the inside and is glossy on the outside. Additionally, we're using the original pink Island label.
So there you have it. Quality Record Pressings is off and pressing in a big, big way! Finally, we're ready to unveil the innovations in record pressing that we've been working on for more than a year. Among those innovations are the installations of microprocessors on the presses so that all of the presses functions are performed with absolute precision. For example, we've developed a dye with an imbedded temperature sensor that we can use to cycle the presses. Rather than having the presses close and open based on time - as it's been to date - these presses will close and open based on temperature, the far more accurate indicator of when the record is ready. We also have a plating department in Quality Record Pressings, run by the best plating man in the business, Gary Salstrom.
Still to come from Analogue Productions pressed at Quality Record Pressings will be the Cat Stevens classics Teaser and the Firecat and Catch Bull at Four.
Tea For The Tillerman is one of Cat Stevens' finest albums and a gem in the crown of early 1970s singer/songwriterdom. Stevens manages to have his cake and eat it too, simultaneously achieving pop accessibility and artistic relevance. The feel is decidedly gentle and spare. Apart from the occasional string section, Stevens is accompanied only by a three-piece band as he sings his introspective lyrics with appreciable favor.1. Where Do The Children Play?
2. Hard Headed Woman
3. Wild World
4. Sad Lisa
5. Miles From Nowhere
6. But I Might Die Tonight
7. Longer Boats
8. Into White
9. On The Road To Find Out
10. Father And Son
11. Tea For The Tillerman$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SymphonicitiesSymphonicities is the companion release to accompany Sting's highly-anticipated world tour, which is underway and features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio (Bocelli, Pavarotti). The new studio album, comprised of Sting's most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, serves as the ultimate commemoration of the live concert experience.
Sting's greatest hits have been reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin and Nicola Tescari. Highlights include fan-favorites culled from The Police songbook such as Roxanne, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and Next To You, as well as songs from his enduring solo career including Englishman in New York, I Burn For You, Why Should I Cry for You and She's Too Good For Me among others. Symphonicity is produced by Rob Mathes and Sting, mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand).1. Next To You
2. Englishman In New York
3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
4. I Hung My Head
5. You Will Be My Ain True Love
7. When We Dance
8. The End of the Game
9. I Burn For You
10. We Work The Black Seam
11. She's Too Good For Me
12. The Pirate's Bride
13. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Bronx Street Fair Mix)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Universal Togetherness BandBetween 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness
Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling
songbook for bewildered students in Columbia
College's audio engineering program. Storming the
gates of Chicago's premier recording studios, the
erudite party band explored permutations of soul,
jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard
for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape.
Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest,
never-before-heard moments from this visionary
group's 5-semester recording bender.
Universal Togetherness Band: The
attractive gatefold LP edition boasts magnificent
reproductions of never-before-seen images from
the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E.
Gross. Meticulously mixed from the original multi-track
sessions by Sean Marquand (Phenomenal Handclap
Band), Universal Togetherness Band is presented
in peak fidelity.1. Ain't Gonna Cry
2. Real Thrill
3. Try Try Try
4. My Sentiment
5. Once In a Lifetime
6. Taken By Love
7. Call For Love
8. I Want You$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
AerosmithRemastered from the original source tapes!
Contains the classics Dream On & Mama Kin
In retrospect, it's a bit shocking how fully formed the signature Aerosmith sound was on their self-titled 1973 debut -- which may not be the same thing as best-executed, because this album still sounds like a first album, complete with the typical stumbles and haziness that comes with a debut. Despite all this, Aerosmith clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the '70s. Here, the Stones influences are readily apparent, from the Jagger-esque phrasing of Steven Tyler to the group's high-octane boogie, but the group displays little of the Stones' deep love of blues here. Instead, Aerosmith is bloozy -- their riffs don't swing, they slide. They borrow liberally from Led Zeppelin's hybridization of Chess and Sun riffs without ever sounding much like Zep. They are never as British as Zeppelin -- they lack the delicate folky preciousness, they lack the obsession with blues authenticity, they lack the larger-than-life persona of so many Brit bands. They are truly an American band, sounding as though they were the best bar band in your local town, cranking out nasty hard-edged rock, best heard on Mama Kin, the best rocker here, one that's so greasy it nearly slips through their fingers. But the early masterpiece is, of course, Dream On, the first full-fledged power ballad. There was nothing quite like it in 1973, and it remains the blueprint for all power ballads since. The rest of the record contains the seeds of Aerosmith's sleazoid blues-rock, but they wouldn't quite perfect that sound until the next time around.
-All Music Guide1. Make It
3. Dream On
4. One Way Street
5. Mama Kin
6. Write Me
7. Movin' Out
8. Walkin' The Dog$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Never TwiceBrisk, self-contained, a little mysterious, and catchy enough to revisit again and again
His style is all his own
The second coming of soul, infusing a distinctly California surf-rock spin to the genre
Many moons ago Primo Pitino, the DJ of San Francisco's legendary Oldies Night, passed me a copy of his friend Nick Waterhouse's "Some Place." Nick was a local vinyl DJ and the kid working at our Shangri-la, Rooky Ricardo's Records. Though he didn't have a band at the time, Waterhouse assembled some local musicians to cut a one-off 45 in the vein of the electrifying mid-century modern rhythm and blues he loved. I threw "Some Place" on the Technics during sound check a few cities down the line and was blown away from the howling falsetto all the way to the end! I gave it a whirl every night from Texas to Tennessee and all the way back home to New York. Not only were the dancers' feet responding, but they were also asking about the track on a nightly basis. The Nashville Scene was so blown away that they printed a piece on Nick after a single listen. DJs and collectors everywhere wanted it so bad that the little record with the big sound started fetching upwards of $300 on Ebay.
The immediate and unprecedented underground dance party success of Nick's DIY record resulted in a full band, gigs, and, after a number of obstacles, the widely acclaimed 2012 LP Time's All Gone. Nick's music, vision, and fully formed aesthetic caught on globally and he was instantly a fixture at nearly every major nightclub and festival on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Japan, and Russia - hitting stages everywhere from Primavera to Montreux Jazz Festival and charting on college, public, and commercial radio.
Only a year after self-releasing his first single, Nick Waterhouse was thrust into the chaos of leading a band, touring, and recording in the big leagues! Pummeling high speed down a bumpy hill of lineup changes, economic problems, and general chaos without any breaks, Nick made it through and the challenges made him more focused. 2014's Holly captured a more experienced artist upping the ante in writing, performance, recording, and production, inspiring a new level of critical and commercial success.
In addition to a jam-packed five years on the road, in the studio, and in the practice space, Waterhouse also produced septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, Los Angeles Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins, and garage rockers the Allah-las. He's currently collaborating with the likes of young Grammy-nominee Leon Bridges and Steven Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. The Rolling Stones blast Nick's version of "I Can Only Give You Everything" at stadiums before they go onstage. Vogue hired him to pose with Kendall Jenner. He hipped her to Little Willie John while Anna Wintour complimented his shoes. While a lesser artist would get lost in these distractions, Nick Waterhouse's acclaim only seems to energize him and make him work harder and push his music to the next level.
Nick's latest Never Twice is a culmination, intensification, and realization of everything he's been developing throughout this prolific frenzy. Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick's new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece.
- Jonathan Toubin1. It's Time
2. I Had Some Money (But I Spent It)
3. Straight Love Affair
4. Stanyan Street
5. The Old Place
6. Katchi (feat. Leon Bridges)
7. Baby, I'm In The Mood For You
9. Lucky Once
10. LA Turnaround$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestA film that helped to cement Jack Nicholson's reputation as an actor willing to take roles on the bleeding edge, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was also notable for giving director Milos Forman a solid position in American cinema...and for giving composer Jack Nitzsche a place to show what he could do. As it is, the edgy nature of the film extends into the score, giving it a profoundly disturbing feel at times -- even when it appears to be relatively normal. The music has a tendency to always be a little off-kilter, and from time to time it tilts completely over into a strange little world of its own (something very familiar to fans of Van Dyke Parks, with whom Nitzsche worked quite a bit). It's a pity that this score has faded from sight over the time since its 1991 remastering; the music has certainly continued to stand up well over time.
-Steven McDonald (All Music Guide)1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Opening Theme)
2. Medication Valse
3. Bus Ride to Paradise
6. Aloha Los Pescadores
8. Play the Game
9. Last Dance
10. Act of Love
11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Closing Theme)$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LizardDGM & Panegyric are proud to present the third in a series of King Crimson high quality vinyl reissues with the September release of "Lizard". The album's return to the 12" vinyl format is newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp. Manufactured on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl & housed in a reprint of the original beautiful gatefold sleeve, this edition also contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1970 pressing.
"Lizard" - King Crimson's third studio album & second recording of 1970, was, like its predecessor "In the Wake of Poseidon", the product of a studio band. It was also the first Crimson album for which Robert Fripp provided all of the music. Remarkably self-contained & sounding somewhat atypical for a King Crimson album - even by the standards of a band that rarely sounded similar from album to album, "Lizard" is an often overlooked & under-appreciated gem from their early years. Certainly at the time of release, anyone expecting an extension of the soundscapes introduced & explored on the band's earlier two albums was in for a surprise.
"Lizard" featured a lighter, more delicate sound than the earlier albums - an approach perhaps necessitated by an extended instrumental lineup. The expanded range of instruments allowed for intricately interwoven instrumental passages - with Fripp's guitar & Tippett's piano pleasingly to the fore - and this combination, along with the prominence afforded to Mel Collins & the guest players on the album's main title suite, led some to believe that Fripp was guiding Crimson towards the world of jazz & away from rock altogether. But such claims were misguided. Crimson was, as ever, seeking to expand the vocabulary of rock music & "Lizard" was, in some ways, the band's most ambitious album to date.
As this lineup never toured, very little of the material was performed live & "Lizard" remained a product of the studio environment & the musicians who performed on it. "Lizard" remains a fascinating, intriguing album - an album only a band called King Crimson could make - even if it was a very different King Crimson to that which had gone before or would come after. The album's reputation has undergone a serious re-evaluation in recent years, due in no small part to the overwhelmingly positive nature of the reception given to Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp's 2009 CD/DVD-A edition. As a result the album has never been as popular in its 42 years' history.1. Cirkus (Including: Entry Of The Chameleons)
2. Indoor Games
3. Happy Family
4. Lady Of The Dancing Water
I. Prince Rupert Awakes
II. Bolero - The Peacocks Tale
III. The Battle Of Glass Tears (Including Dawn Song/Last Skirmish/Prince Rupert's Lament)
IV. Big Top$32.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Left Banke TooBeloved 1968 Lost Classic Available Again After More Than 40 Years!
Sourced from the Original Stereo Master Tapes
The Left Banke was one of the most distinctive pop bands of the 60s, renowned for the unique baroque rock that allowed them to stand out during that heady musical era. While the bands 1967 debut album, and its signature hits Walk Away RenÉe and Pretty Ballerina have long been acknowledged as classics, the bands 1968 sophomore effort The Left Banke Too has maintained a persistent under-the-radar mystique, beloved by a loyal cadre of followers yet little-known by the general public.
The Left Banke Too emerged from a turbulent period of the bands brief but eventful history. Despite the success of their 1967 debut album Walk Away RenÉe/Pretty Ballerina, the Left Bankes lineup splintered soon after its release, with keyboardist and main songwriter Michael Brown exiting the group. His former bandmates Steve Martin, Tom Finn and George Cameron regrouped and rose to the occasion for The Left Banke Too, crafting a musically inventive, emotionally evocative set thats every bit as magnificent as its predecessor.
The trios exquisite vocal interplay and adventurous songwriting are prominent on such intoxicating tracks as Theres Gonna Be a Storm, Goodbye Holly, Dark Is the Bark and the Brown-penned Desiree, which is widely regarded as one of the groups greatest studio achievements. Several of The Left Banke Toos tracks also feature backing vocals by a young Steven Tyler, several years before he achieved stardom with Aerosmith.
This lost classic is once again available on 180 gram vinyl LP and has been sourced from the original stereo master tapes.1. Goodbye Holly
2. Theres Gonna Be a Storm
3. Sing Little Bird Sing
4. Nice to See You
5. Give the Man a Hand
6. Bryant Hotel
7. Desiree* (mono)
8. Dark is the Bark
9. In the Morning Light
10. My Friend Today$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Bluebeard (On Sale)Import
First reissue for this ultra-rare prog/rock LP from 1971 which was only ever released in Italy.
Blue Beard managed just one album and it seems likely that it was a studio project, roping in disparate, available musicians to record songs written in the main by Thurman Binkley and Robert Welch, both of whom also produced the set. Recording in Milan, Blue Beard comprised an Indonesian, Luis Noll (electric bass), a Dutchman, Hank Meerbeek (drums), an Irishman, John Irvine (lead electric guitar), an Indian, Errol Dyer (organ), and an Australian, Little Sammy Gaha (acoustic guitar). Judging by the photos on the rear cover, Binkley and Welch chipped in on keyboards and guitar respectively.
Blue Beard is best known for the single Sly Willy, which was released in 1971 across Europe, and is now sought after as a prime slice of funky rock. Its flipside, Country Man, is a pleasing, mellow affair. Copies of the single, in its various picture sleeves, change hands for between £20 and £40. The album itself only surfaced in Italy and is now a scarce item, commanding three figures. Highlights include the rococo pop of Baby I Need You, the heavily-strummed, gruffly-sung God Save The World (reminiscent of Cat Stevens) and the up-tempo proggy rock of Losing You, penned by John Irvine.
Nothing further is known of Blue Beard and its musicians, but Thurman Binkley appears to have contributed to the 1975 film La grande blonde avec une petite chatte noire (that's assuming there's only one Thurman Binkley out there), while Bob Welch was a member of the by now US-based Fleetwood Mac from the summer of 1971 through to 1975, a stalwart through one of their rockiest phases. Welch next formed trio Paris, before embarking on a successful solo career.$32.99 $26.06 Save $6.93 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saint Valentine's Day Massacre (Out Of Stock)The Cocktail Slippers Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is now available on LP and includes a bonus CD of the entire album plus three bonus tracks! Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is the album from Norway's premiere all girl band and while everyone in the band writes and produces, the album alsofeatures two tracks written, arranged and produced by Steven Van Zandt. It marks only the third time in Wicked Cool history that Little Steven has become directly involved in the production of a record (the other two times were with The Chesterfield Kings).1. Sentenced To Love
2. You Do Run
3. St. Valentine's Day Massacre
4. In The City
5. Don't Ever Leave Me
6. Love Me Back
7. Gotta Crush
8. Anything You Want
9. Fool For You
10. Round & Round
11. She's A Fool
12. Heard You Got A Thing For Me
Bonus Tracks on CD Insert:
14. Got Get It
15. St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Edit)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock