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  • Transformer (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Transformer (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Transformer (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 194/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    It is well known that comparisons seldom get to the root of the matter, but in the case of Lou Reed, for example, they certainly reveal the unassuredness of those people who made them. Is he or isn't he the Chuck Berry or Sergeant Pepper of the Seventies, or is he deliberately building up an image of himself as an ultra-sensitive Frankenstein, who lived out his neuroses and drug trips in horrific sound? Some records are so unbelievably repulsive, raged the magazine Rolling Stone, that one would best like to take physical revenge on the artists who commit such offences.



    The album Transformer, however, can by no means be classified as a case of 'acoustic bodily harm'. It appeared just a few months after the somewhat unsuccessful appearance of Lou Reed's fairly underground first release and rocketed straight into the charts. This production had two British guardian angels to help it on its way, namely David Bowie and Mick Ronson, both of whom obviously knew how to steer Reed's songwriting qualities into safe waters, without watering down his biting sarcasm and humorous provocation.
    And that's why grating guitar rock (Vicious) is found alongside a bittersweet, tender ballad (Perfect Day) and even an old-time jazz parody (Goodnight Ladies) which is sung with a tongue a heavy as lead. Why then compare this highly original music mix with others, when it's so much easier to hear this record for what it is - a truly cult album?



    Musicians:



    • Lou Reed (vocal, guitar, arranger)

    • Mick Ronson (vocal, guitar, piano, arranger)

    • David Bowie (vocal, arranger)

    • Ronnie Ross (saxophone)

    • Klaus Voorman (bass)

    • Herbie Flowers (tuba, bass)

    • John Halzey, Barry Desouza; Ritchie Dharma (drums)




    Recording: 1972 by Arun Chakranerty

    Production: David Bowie and Mick Ronson





    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. Vicious
    2. Andy's Chest
    3. Perfect Day
    4. Hangin' Round
    5. Walk on the Wild Side
    6. Make Up
    7. Satellite of Love
    8. Wagon Wheel
    9. New York Telephone Conversation
    10. I'm So Free
    11. Goodnight Ladies

    Lou Reed
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 Quick View

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    The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1

    A special collectible 6LP 12 vinyl edition, Lou Reed- The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol 1.


    Each of the six album titles will be pressed on high fidelity 150gram vinyl and housed in a meticulous facsimile reproduction of the album's original packaging including a 30 page book. Fully restored album titles included the 12 vinyl edition of Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection are: Transformer (1972), Berlin (1973), Rock n Roll Animal (1974), Coney Island Baby (1975), Street Hassle (1978) and The Blue Mask (1982).

    LP 1: Transformer
    1. Vicious
    2. Andy's Chest
    3. Perfect Day
    4. Hangin' 'Round
    5. Walk On the Wild Side
    6. Make Up
    7. Satellite of Love
    8. Wagon Wheel
    9. New York Telephone Conversation
    10. I'm So Free
    11. Goodnight Ladies


    LP 2: Berlin
    1. Berlin
    2. Lady Day
    3. Men of Good Fortune
    4. Caroline Says I
    5. How Do You Think It Feels
    6. Oh Jim
    7. Caroline Says II
    8. The Kids
    9. The Bed
    10. Sad Song


    LP 3: Rock n Roll Animal
    1. Intro / Sweet Jane
    2. Heroin
    3. White Light / White Heat
    4. Lady Day
    5. Rock 'N' Roll


    LP 4: Coney Island Baby
    1. Crazy Feeling
    2. Charley's Girl
    3. She's My Best Friend
    4. Kicks
    5. A Gift
    6. Ooohhh Baby
    7. Nobody's Business
    8. Coney Island Baby


    LP 5: Street Hassle
    1. Gimmie Some Good Times
    2. Dirt
    3. Street Hassle
    4. I Wanna Be Black
    5. Real Good Time Together
    6. Shooting Star
    7. Leave Me Alone
    8. Wait


    LP 6: The Blue Mask
    1. My House
    2. Women
    3. Underneath the Bottle
    4. The Gun
    5. The Blue Mask
    6. Average Guy
    7. The Heroine
    8. Waves of Fear
    9. The Day John Kennedy Died
    10. Heavenly Arms

    Lou Reed
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  • Berlin Berlin Quick View

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    Berlin

    Ranked 344/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Nowadays acclaimed as Lou Reed's best solo album, 'Berlin' is the follow up to Reed's 'Transformer'.
    A tragic rock opera about a drug addicted couple, heavy orchestrated and musically far away from the glam-rock of 'Transformer' and closer to the art-rock of the Velvet Underground (there are 2 tracks here played live by Velvet Underground in 1966, and Caroline Says is of course a redo of Stephanie Says from Velvet Underground's self- titled album).


    The album got poor reviews when released in July 1973. Nevertheless, like good wines, 'Berlin' has aged and proved an inspiration for many bands.


    Lou Reed got so disillusioned by the harsh critics, he did not include songs form 'Berlin' (recorded in London w/Bob Ezrin) in his live set for years.


    In 2007 Lou Reed fulfilled his hopes and toured 'Berlin' with a 30-piece band; this tour was filmed and released on dvd in 2008 (which got rave reviews...).


    Musicians on LP: Lou Reed (vocals & acoustic guitar), Bob Ezrin, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jack Bruce, Ansley Dunbar, Tony Levin, Steve Winwood, Steve Hunter, Dick Wagner a.o.

    Berlin
    Lady Day
    Men of Good Fortune
    Caroline Says I
    How Do You Think It Feels
    Oh, Jim
    Caroline Says II
    The Kids
    The Bed
    Sad Song
    Lou Reed
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Berlin (Discontinued) Berlin (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Berlin (Discontinued)

    Ranked 344/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Berlin is Reed's third solo album and is a drastic contrast to its predecessor, the glam rock Transformer. Featuring heavy orchestral arrangements and horn sections, Berlin features re-drafts of earlier compositions first penned by Reed's Velvet Underground.

    Berlin
    Lady Day
    Men of Good Fortune
    Caroline Says I
    How Do You Think It Feels
    Oh, Jim
    Caroline Says II
    The Kids
    The Bed
    Sad Song
    Lou Reed
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    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Devastator Devastator Quick View

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    Devastator

    Catfish Haven's Devastator is in the spirit of Kiss' Destroyer, ZZ Top's Eliminator and Lou Reed's Transformer. The bands blues-infused ballads and boozy trots possess equal amounts of backwoods authenticity and cosmopolitan flair. They may harvest most of their mojo from south of the Mason Dixon, but they bleed metropolitan with undeniable garage-grime charm and power-pop arrangements. Catfish Haven's unclassifiable, yet broad appeal, is evidenced here by DevastatorÆs in the pocket title track, the organic glitterball jam ôSet In Stoneö and the bittersweet barn burner ôFull Speed.ö
    1. Are You Ready
    2. Devastator
    3. Set In Stone
    4. Invitation To Love
    5. Tripping In Memphis
    6. Play The Fool
    7. Halftime Show
    8. Full Speed
    9. No Escape
    10. Blue Sun
    11. Valerie
    12. Buying My Time
    13. Every Day
    Catfish Haven
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    Dress Up

    Colored Vinyl LP (Limited to 500)


    The debut album from Edinburgh quartet The Spook School brings together 13 (mostly) very noisy guitar pop songs, the culmination of four people making a lot of noise about gender and about identity. Inspired by the post-punk-pop of The Buzzcocks, Lou Reed's 'Transformer' and the films of Buster Keaton, with a dash of 60s pop for good measure, The Spook School are Nye Todd on guitar with Adam Todd also on guitar and Anna Cory on bass, not forgetting Niall McCamley who plays drums, tells jokes and takes his clothes off. They all sing and shout and write the music together. There is no leader and no 'frontperson'. They're a band.


    With Nye identifying as trans, the band explore gender, sexuality and queer issues with stories that do not shy away from being absurd and silly. The title of the album is 'Dress Up' and relates to the idea of gender being a social construction, something that can be artificially appropriated. Gender is something more fluid than the given binary of male/female. There is also a strength in dressing up, a liberation of mind and body, a chance to smile, be silly, be yourself, be someone else, be anything at least for a little while.


    As the band explain; "We want to liberate the listener by lubricating their ears with noisy pop songs about coming to terms with gender identity and realising how silly the world is. We like to have fun, but we also really care about the things we sing and write music about. I think if anyone was to ever listen to one of our songs and think "hey, I've felt like that!" then that would make us very happy indeed."


    The band started playing together because Nye and Adam (siblings) had written a few songs and fancied playing them with a full band. Searching around the city of Edinburgh they found Anna hiding amongst a pile of The Beatles records and Monty Python DVDs. They managed to coax her out of her pile and into the band using a bass guitar as bait. Niall joined on the proviso he would be allowed take his top off at any moment and he would be allowed to attempt to seduce the crowd during gigs. In response the other three, unhappy with his abundance of height, made him agree to sit behind the drums so The Spook School could successfully be equidistant from all ceilings. None of them even knew how to play their instruments or write songs. They still don't really, although that's now become important in terms of how they sound. They don't really "write music", they just try and make noises that sound nice and exciting. They're four friends on an adventure.


    The name came from Adam's love affair with architecture. Around 1920 a group of Glasgow artists led by Charles Rennie Mackintosh were criticised for their work being too gothic. This led critics to make fun of them by calling them The Spook School. Nowadays of course they're heralded as one of the greatest art collectives to ever come out of Scotland. For that reason the band don't really deserve to appropriate their name at all, but they like the idea of taking something mean and making it awesome, of something that was at the time ridiculed and considered 'weird' later being recognised as brilliant and revolutionary.

    1. Are You Who You Think You Are?
    2. I'll Be Honest
    3. You Make It Sound So Easy
    4. I Don't Know
    5. The Cameraman
    6. Something
    7. Can You Ever Trust A Man Who Think Matt Damon's Really Cool?
    8. What A Pity
    9. Devil of Mine
    10. That's When I Ran Away
    11. You Don't Know
    12. History
    13. Who Ya Gonna Call? Goat Buster!
    The Spook School
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    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Satellite Of Love (7 Picture Disc) Satellite Of Love (7 Picture Disc) Quick View

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    Satellite Of Love (7 Picture Disc)


    7 Picture Disc


    The 7 picture disc will include a rare Renaud Monfourny photo of Morrissey, will include You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side, the opening track from Morrissey's seminal 1992 album Your Arsenal, which was produced by the legendary and hugely influential Spiders From Mars guitarist and arranger Mick Ronson (whom also co-produced Lou Reed's original Satellite Of Love and its parent album, Transformer).Also featuring Satellite of Love (Live) In addition one previously unreleased live track You Say You Don't Love Me, recorded live in Hyde Park on July 4, 2008. The release is a timely tribute and homage to one of the most important influences on Morrissey's life and music.


    Morrissey's version of the song was recorded live at The Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 25, 2011.

    1. Satellite Of Love (Live)
    2. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
    3. You Say You Don't Love Me (Live)
    Morrissey
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    7 Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
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