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ClearBy 1969, Spirit guitarist Randy California, his stepfather Ed Cassidy on drums, vocalist Jay Ferguson, keyboard man John Locke and bassist Mark Andes had become one of the hottest young bands in Los Angeles and was one of the first to prove that albums were becoming more important to an act's success than singles.
All the elements that made Spirit a unique listening experience high-voltage rock, jazz, moody soundtrack-like instrumentals and avant garde electronica are present in spades in 1969's album Clear, whose FM radio smashes, Dark Eyed Woman and I'm Truckin, vaulted the Topanga Canyon quintet to the forefront of L.A.'s second wave of essential rock bands. Available now on Sundazed's high-definition vinyl is an exact replica of Clear, with Spirit, at the absolute top of its game, slowly exploding like a supernova from some distant galaxy.1. Dark Eyed Woman
2. Apple Orchard
3. So Little Time To Fly
4. Ground Hog
5. Cold Wind
6. Policeman's Ball
8. Give A Life, Take A Life
9. I'm Truckin'
12. New Dope In Town$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds (Colored Vinyl)Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Faithful, Updated Rendering Of Original Art Printed At Stoughton Printing
Limited Edition Of 1,000 150-Gram White Vinyl
Manufactured For Pristine Sound At Quality Record Pressings
Randy Wolfe, better known as Randy California, was a founding member of psychedelic 60s rockers Spirit. As a teenager he played guitar in Jimi Hendrix's band, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. Hendrix himself gave Randy the stage name to differentiate him from band mate Randy Palmer. 15-year-old California left the Blue Flames when they embarked on a European tour and his parents refused to let him go. Released in 1972, Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds is California's first solo record. Heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, this album is dense and way ahead of its time.1. Downer
3. I Don't Want Nobody
4. Day Tripper
5. Mother And Child Reunion
6. Things Yet To Come
8. Rainbow$29.99Colored Vinyl LP Buy Now
Model ShopSPIRIT THE GROUNDBREAKING L.A. COMBO EQUALLY swayed by moody jazz and Hendrix-style rockn rollwas born to record movie soundtracks. Unfortunately, they cut only one, for the seldom-seen 1969 Jacques Demy film Model Shop, but what a triumph it is: a magical blend of John Lockes eerie keyboards, the soaring guitar of Randy California and Jay Fergusons impassioned vocals and percussion, backed by the rock-steady bass and drums of Mark Andes and Ed Cassidy. Its mindboggling that something as dazzling as the Model Shop soundtrackrecorded by the classic Spirit lineup has been languishing unreleased in the vaults for over 35 years! The stuff of longplaying-legends and vinyl-myths, this full-length album was recorded in late 1968, but the completed master was shelved before release. Rescued from obscurity at last by Sundazed, this much rumored film-score gem is now center-stage where it can take a much deserved bow.1. The Moving Van
2. Mellow Fellow*
3. Now Or Anywhere
5. Green Gorilla*
6. Model Shop I*
7. Model Shop II*
8. The Rehearsal Theme
9. Song For Lola (Clear)
12. Aren't You Glad*
* previously unissued version!$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twelve Dreams Of Dr. SardonicusSpirit's 1970 classic Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (produced by longtime Neil Young collaborator David Briggs) is widely acknowledged as the band's magnum opus. The fourth and final collaboration by the band's classic original lineup of Randy California, Jay Ferguson, Mark Andes, John Locke and Ed Cassidy, the 12-song set reflects the quintet's one-of-a-kind mix of talents and personalities. Spirit's unique musical vision is reflected in their trademark hit Nature's Way, which remains a staple of classic rock radio, along with such favorites as Prelude-Nothin' to Hide, Animal Zoo, Mr. Skin and Morning Will Come.
Out of print on vinyl for more than two decades, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus has been meticulously restored to its original two-sided glory for this LP reissue, using Sundazed's usual exacting standards. The album is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl, reproducing the album's distinctive original cover art.1. Prelude/Nothin' to Hide
2. Nature's Way
3. Animal Zoo
4. Love Has Found a Way
5. Why Can't I Be Free
6. Mr. Skin
7. Space Child
8. When I Touch You
9. Street Worm
10. Life Has Just Begun
11. Morning Will Come
12. Solider$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Spirit
The Mountain 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues On Friday Music!
The Legendary Greatest Hits ..first Time On Audiophile Vinyl!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios.
Manufactured By R.T.I.
In 1974, the good folks at Epic Records compiled an amazing
overview of Spirit's most memorable and fan driven favorites simply
titled The Best Of Spirit. This collection featured the brilliant and sorely
missed vocals and guitar work of Randy California, the rockin' lead
vocals of Jay Ferguson, the driving bass and vocals of Mark Andes,
the powerful drums of the late great Ed Cassidy, plus the keyboard
wizardry of the late John Locke.
This mammoth collection had something for everybody as it culled
tracks not only from the four superior albums on Ode and Epic Records,
but it also included the rare hit 45 single 1984. Therefore, a good
majority of the hits and definitive Spirit tracks are included on this career
compendium of songs which will forever stand the test of time.
Their most familiar songs from The Twelve Dreams Of Dr.
Sardonicus and The Family That Plays Together are featured with tracks
like Nature's Way, I Got A Line On You, Morning Will Come and
Animal Zoo. Plus even more Spirit classics are included like Fresh
Garbage, Uncle Jack and Dark Eyed Woman.
The legendary L.A. sound of Spirit is also highlighted with massive
smash hits like Mr. Skin and more rockers like Prelude: Nothing To Hide
and Mechanical World.
The music of Spirit has made them one of the most loved bands of
all time. Their concerts were trendsetting events, their albums and songs
were of legendary proportion, and the cosmic energy between each
individual member is of unequalled dimension.
Friday Music is honored once again to be the torchbearer for
some of the finest music ever recorded, and it is with much honor to
announce the first time audiophile vinyl release of The Best Of Spirit.
This audiophile event is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and
features all of the original versions of their finest recordings ever.
For this special 40th Anniversary limited edition release, we are
also including for the first time, the original LP artwork elements not seen
in years, now in a gatefold format, which will truly enhance your hours
of listening enjoyment. And as always, we include a protective vinyl
sleeve for the fine album cover and poly-lined sleeve for the audiophile
vinyl disc to help keep your musical investment in mint shape.
Stay tuned to Friday Music as we will be releasing more of Spirit's
classic recordings on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl and compact disc in
the very near future.
The Best Of Spirit ..Relive your favorite moments once again with
these incredible songs from your favorite band . now an audiophile
vinyl reality .from your friends at Friday Music.1. 1984
2. Mechanical World
3. Nature's Way
4. Animal Zoo
5. Fresh Garbage
6. I Got A Line On You
7. Prelude-Nothin' To Hide
8. Uncle Jack
9. Morning Will Come
10. Dark Eyed Woman
11. Mr. Skin$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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Don't Cry Now (On Sale)After her breakthrough on Capitol Records with The Stone Poneys (Different Drum) plus some acclaimed solo releases, Linda Ronstadt jumped to David Geffens bourgeoning Asylum roster, joining The Eagles and Jackson Browne to form the genesis of the California Country-Rock sound.
Dont Cry Now, her first for Asylum was released in 1973 and would help solidify Ronstadt as one of the premiere female pop vocalists for the next two decades. This is one of the most exceptional sounding female vocalist recordings of the 1970's.
Various tracks were produced by John Boylan, J. D. Souther; and, for the first time in what would be a long and highly successful relationship, British musician (Peter & Gordon) Peter Asher. The album spent more than a year on the Billboard chart and peaked at No. 45. Featured hit singles are the Eagles' Desperado, Bonnie Raitts Love Has No Pride, Randy Newmans sly observation on slavery and southern culture Sail Away plus a nod to both Dusty Springfield and the Grand Ole Opry with Silver Threads and Golden Needles.
Guest appearances include guitar work by both the Eagles Glenn Frey and super-sessionman Larry Carlton, plus harmonica by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Bands Jimmy Fadden, bass and drums by L.A.A-teamers Lee Sklar and Russ Kunkel respectively, plus last but certainly not least, the legendary Sneeky Pete adding his tasteful pedal steel throughout.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. I Can Almost See It
2. Love Has No Pride
3. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
5. Don't Cry Now
6. Sail Away
8. The Fast One
9. Everybody Loves A Winner
10. I Believe In You$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)Gain 2 Ultra Analog 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The MGM Singles CollectionRed Colored Vinyl
180 Gram Vinyl With a 12-Page Booklet and Gatefold Jacket
Mastered From the Original Master Tapes Where Possible
This release includes all of Dolenz's original MGM singles, or 10 songs out of the 28 tracks he recorded while at MGM and its various affiliated imprints. Micky himself has participated in an exclusive interview for this project, which is included along with a 12-inch, 12-page booklet featuring newly-penned liner notes and never-before-published photos by legendary photographer and Southern California rock chronicler Henry Diltz. All of the recordings have been transferred from the original master tapes housed in the Universal vaults, except for two tracks where the original masters could no longer be located. These two tracks have been restored from original vinyl sources.
In its press release, 7A notes, ''These songs are an over looked part of Monkees history. They show Micky's versatility as a songwriter, a musician and also show just how a good his voice has always been!'' Among the tracks included is a rendition of ''Daybreak,'' written, arranged and conducted by Dolenz' pal Harry Nilsson; ''A Lover's Prayer'' written by Randy Newman; a medley of classic Buddy Holly tunes; and two sides (''Easy on You'' b/w ''Oh Someone'') with Peter Tork helping out on arrangements. Two sides from Micky's collaboration with Michael Lloyd as Starship have also been included.1. Easy On You
2. Oh Someone
3. Unattended In The Dungeon
4. A Lover's Prayer
5. Johnny B. Goode
6. It's Amazing To Me (as Starship)
8. Love War
9. Buddy Holly Tribute: Peggy Sue / Every Day / Maybe Baby / That'll Be The Day
10. Ooh She's Young$43.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Method To My Madness180 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
10. Lose Lose
11. All About The Cash
12. Bad Luck$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What It Is To Burn - X LiveFormed in Temecula, CA
in 1999, the quintet of Nate
Barcalow, Alex Linares, Randy
Strohmeyer, Alex Pappas
and Derrek Doherty known
as Finch, are labeled as the
fore-fathers of the "screamo"
and post hardcore genre. Influenced by the hard leanings
of bands like Deftones and
Hum, and the pop sensibilities of Jimmy Eat World and
Blink-182, Finch began a sonic
revolution in popular music
that still echoes today.
The band signed to Drive-Thru
Records in 2001 after guitarist Strohmeyer sent out a demo to owners Richard and Stephanie Reines while he was working on the label's street team.
Drive-Thru saw something in the Southern California band and decided
to take a risk on a sound that was more aggressive than their current range
of artists. Their first EP, Falling into Place sold more than 6,000 copies
within the first few months and gave them the momentum they needed to
create their groundbreaking first album What It Is To Burn. Recorded in
the winter of 2001, What It Is To Burn was released the following spring.
The album produced three radio hits, charted Number 1 on the Billboard
Heatseekers chart and 188 on the Billboard 200.
They spent years touring in support of What It Is To Burn, sharing
the stage with the likes of Glassjaw, The Starting Line, Yellowcard, and
Blink-182, among others. In 2005, they decided it was time for a follow up,
and went in a more artsy direction with Say Hello To Sunshine. Drummer
Alex Pappas left the band and was replaced by Marc Allen. After years of
heavy touring, the band went on a short hiatus, rejoining one another in
2007 with new bassist Daniel Wonacott to record their self-titled EP. Critics
hailed the EP as a return to glory while still adding to their old sound.
Finch would tour off the release for a few years until deciding on another
break in 2009.
In 2013, Finch reunited to its nearly original lineup and announced that
they would embark on the What It Is To Burn Ten Year Anniversary
tour. The group performed the full-length in its entirety with a few extra
bonuses for fans along the way. One concert in particular in Pomona, CA
was filmed and recorded and will be released via Tragic Hero Records. With no bad blood and everything firing on all fronts, it's hard to
tell what will come next for Finch, but one thing remains certain: all eyes
are watching to find out.1. New Beginnings
2. Letters To You
3. Post Script
4. Grey Matter
5. Perfection Through Silence
7. Without You Here
8. Stay With Me
9. Project Mayhem
11. Three Simple Words
13. Worms Of The Earth ** Previously Unreleased
14. New kid ** Previously Unreleased
15. What It Is To Burn$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Boomer's Story (On Sale)Ry Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures
Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.
Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).
A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.
Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
6. The Dark End of the Street
7. Rally 'Round the Flag
8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
9. President Kennedy
10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
YesterdaysIn November 2012 Southern California's raucous punk
heroes Pennywise announced the return of the band's
original vocalist, Jim Lindberg. Now, coming off a
sold-out 25th anniversary tour featuring the classic lineup of Randy, Byron, Fletcher and Jim, the
same lineup has hit the studio to record Yesterdays,
as both a tribute and fierce rebranding of their
punk rock legacy. Featuring new songs alongside
some never-before-recorded songs written with original bassist Jason Thirsk, Yesterdays is pure prime
Pennywise, loud fast and to the in-your-face point.
With high profile national touring this summer as part of the Summer Nationals Tour with
the Offspring and Bad Religion, Pennywise
will reassure their rabid fans that their trademark melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf
punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of
their youth, is very much alive and kicking.1. What You Deserve
2. Restless Time
3. Noise Pollution
4. Violence Never Ending
5. Am Oi!
7. She's A Winner
8. Slow Down
9. Public Defender
10. No Way Out
11. I Can Remember$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now