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Return To ForeverThe legendary first lineup of Chick Corea's fusion band Return to Forever debuted on this classic album (titled after the group but credited to Corea), featuring Joe Farrell on soprano sax and flute, the Brazilian team of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira, and electric bass whiz Stanley Clarke. It wasn't actually released in the U.S. until 1975, which was why the group's second album, Light as a Feather, initially made the Return to Forever name. Nonetheless, Return to Forever is every bit as classic, using a similar blend of spacy electric-piano fusion and Brazilian and Latin rhythms. It's all very warm, light, and airy, like a soft breeze on a tropical beach.1. Return To Forever
2. Crystal Silence
3. What Game Shall We Play Today
4. Sometime Ago / La Fiesta$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live 1969This 1969 live recording from Mount Carmel High School in Houston represents the final stage appearance by the original lineup of Texas garage combo Fever Tree. With two strong studio LPs for UNI Records behind them, the group began to fragment from internal struggles. Consequently, the label asked for one more album. The group complied and the results are contained in this previously unreleased concert recording, presented here in 180 gram vinyl.
Sharpening their chops on the Gulf Coast circuit, followed by a high-profile opening night gig at Hollywoods legendary Kaleidoscope, Fever Tree developed a keen sense of musical drama and dynamics. This versatility is in sharp display on the concerts rendition of their underground radio hit San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native). For the rest, Live 1969 focuses on groovers, a perfect set-up for the gliding fuzztones of lead guitarist Michael Knust, the sonic organ of Rob Landes, the thick rhythms provided by E.E. Bud Wolfe III on bass and John Tuttle on drums ,and the dynamic, driving lead vocals of Dennis Keller.
Dont Come Crying to Me Girl, a song originally found on the bands second album, levitates the band beyond any earthly confines. Elsewhere, the set moves between a soaring cover of Donovans Hey Gyp, their own power pop Grand Candy Young Sweet and a whirlng psych take on Wilson Picketts Ninety-Nine and One Half (Wont Do). Playing as if their lives depended on it, Live 1969 captures a band at the height of its powers, forever preserved on this final audio testament.1. Grand Candy Young Sweet
2. Ninety-Nine and One Half (Wont Do)
3. Dont Come Crying to Me Girl
4. Hey Gyp
5. San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
School DaysMastered from the Original Epic Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at RTI/AcousTech
School Days was a game changer for the legendary Stanley Clarke in many ways. Not only did it forever etch the title superstar musician to his name all over the world, it also crossed his incredible music over to a whole new level of listeners, which to this day continue to flock to this album for the solid funk, rock, jazz and fusion release that only this master jam could achieve.
After a very successful run with Chick Coreas Return To Forever, world class bassist and multi-instrumentalist Stanley Clarke branched out on his own and made some very credible solo albums. When School Days hit in late 1976, it was not uncommon to hear tracks like Hot Fun and School Days being played on all formats of radio. Whether it be urban, rock, or jazz, the School Days album was the go to album of choice for many radio stations, as its rhythms and cosmic funk/rock/jazz energy would truly enhance the listening experience to a whole new realm.
And now, Friday Music is offering the legendary Stanley Clarke School Days album on 180g Audiophile Vinyl for the very first time. Mastered impeccably from the original Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at RTI/AcousTech, this stunning album is a fusion masterpiece made for the audiophile vinyl domain.
For this star studded affair, Stanley Clarke reached out to some of the greatest musicians of all time like John McLauglin, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Icarus Johnson and many others. Not only do you get the wonderful songs previously mentioned, but there are even more classics like Quiet Afternoon with some very solid drumming by Steve Gadd, Desert Song featuring a stunning duet with John McLauglin on guitar, as well as the apocalyptic album closer Life Is Just A Game, which features some very powerful bass and drum fireworks between Stanley Clarke and Billy Cobham, with George Dukes amazing keyboard expertise.
Comes housed in a very rare gatefold cover featuring all of the original artwork elements, which haven't been seen in years.1. School Days
2. Quiet Afternoon
3. The Dancer
4. Desert Song
5. Hot Fun
6. Life Is Just a Game$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Fever TreeFever Tree's lone hit single, the haunting 1968 tribal anthem San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native), perfectly captured the spirit of the psychedelic era. Although their signature hit led many to assume that they were a Bay Area band, Fever Tree actually hailed from Houston, Texas. San Francisco Girls quickly emerged as a staple of American underground Fm radio, and won the band an international audience after becoming an airplay favorite of influential British DJ John Peel.
San Francisco Girls is also the centerpiece of Fever Tree's self-titled first LP, one of the period's most distinctive debut efforts. As the album demonstrates, the quintet was adept at incorporating jazz and classical influences, ambitious song structures and resourceful production touches. Such memorable numbers as The Sun Also Rises and Come with Me (Rainsong benefit from Dennis Keller's hypnotic vocals, Michael Knust's dynamic guitar work and Rob Landes' inventive keyboard textures. Also included is a memorable medley of the Beatles' Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out, and a unique interpretation of the Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield nugget Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing. Fever Tree's expansive musical settings also feature key contributions from a pair of noted arrangers: David Angel, renowned for his work of Love's Forever Changes and Gene Page, whose resume includes work with the likes of Phil Spector and Marvin Gaye.
Fever Tree would release three more well-received albums, before disbanding at the dawn of the 1970s. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the band's vintage work, and this one-of-a-kind debut album remains a deeply compelling sonic artifact.
The vinyl edition of this vintage gem is mastered from the original analog tapes, features complete original cover art and is pressed on high quality, high-definition vinyl, the better to recapture the original magic of this timeless album.1. Imitation Situation 1 (Toccata and Fugue)
2. Where Do You Go?
3. San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)
4. Ninety-Nine and One Half
5. Man Who Paints the Pictures
6. Filigree & Shadow
7. The Sun Also Rises
8. Day Tripper-We Can Work It Out
9. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
10. Unlock My Door
11. Come with Me (Rainsong)$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
MasqueFirst Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering
Pressed At R.T.I.
In 1975, superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest albums in their time honored and much loved classic rock catalog with their third smash Masque. Featuring the classic line-up of Steve Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry Livgren playing the lead guitar, Robby Steinhardt on violin and lead vocals and Dave Hope on bass, the Masque album has become one of their most loved works in their stunning four decades.
With hard rockers like Two Cents Worth and It Takes A Woman's Love and the brilliant progrock classic The Pinnacle, the Masque album would be the transitional masterwork which would soon
carry them into their arena rock classics Leftoverture and Point Of Know
Dig deeper into the grooves and there you find even more prog-rock champions like the
masterful Icarus and the powerful rocker Mysteries and Mayhem, making their third album Masquethe home run it is and will forever be!
Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Kansas. Therefore it is with much
excitement to announce another installment in the Kansas/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Series with their legendary masterpiece Masque. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday
Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue for the
audiophile vinyl domain.
In honor of Kansas 40th Year Anniversary, we are offering for a very limited time a first
time gatefold cover, featuring the original graphics, lyrics and of course the five star mastering you would expect from Friday Music. We believe this wonderful new audiophile release of Masque will become one of the most anticipated prog-rock releases of the New Year!1. It Takes A Woman's Love (To Make A Man)
2. Two Cents Worth
3. Icarus (Borne On Wings Of Steel)
4. All The World
5. Child Of Innocence
6. It's You
7. Mysteries And Mayhem
8. The Pinnacle$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Forever TodayWith their optimistic sing along anthems and their massive line up, I'm From Barcelona has proved that, sometimes, less is not more. The biggest band in Sweden returns with an album that embraces all that went before and everything they hope to achieve. Forever Today is about the ups and downs of twenty-something people sharing a small space and a big dream.
Forever Today was recorded over 2 sessions: Something happens when we come together, says front man and bandleader Emanuel Lundgren, we wanted to capture that energy on tape so we decided to record the entire new album live in the studio.
Forever Today follows 2008's Who Killed Harry Houdini?, I'm From Barcelona's sophomore album which saw streaks of melancholy mixed into it's colorful pop songs.1. Charlie Parker
2. Get In Line
4. Always Spring
5. Can See Miles
6. Come On
7. Skipping A Beat
8. Dr. Landy
9. Game Is On
10. Forever Today$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Back To ForeverSince the release of her critically acclaimed 2010 debut album 'Catching a Tiger', expectation has been steadily growing for the hugely talented, enigmatic rock-singer's follow up. 'Back To Forever' is Lissie's 2nd studio studio album.
Produced by Garret Jacknife Lee (REM, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol) in Topanga Canyon LA, the record sees Lissie return on blistering form, writing a collection of stunningly frank and beautifully crafted tracks showcasing her captivating and heartfelt voice which has never sounded better.
Lissie grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, near the Mississippi River, speaking her mind and writing songs from an early age. Her full-length debut, 'Catching a Tiger' which was co-produced by Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) was released in 2010 and won her widespread critical acclaim. Festival performances (including Glastonbury, iTunes Festival, Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza) television appearances and film/TV song placements followed. Along the way, Lissie also released a live CD/DVD of her sold-out show at London's Shepherds Bush Empire, racked up more than five-million cumulative views for her live videos of songs like Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance', Kid Cudi's 'Pursuit of Happiness' and Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters', collaborated with cult hip-hop artists Schoolboy Q and ASAP Rocky for their hit track 'Hands on the Wheel' and developed her own brand of special edition Mezcal.1. It's The Habit
2. Further Away (Romance Police)
4. They All Want You
6. I Don't Wanna Go To Work
7. Mountain Top Removal
8. Love in the City
9. Bet on You
10. Cold Fish
11. Can't Take It Back
12. Back to Forever$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Elegant GypsyAl DiMeola's second album Elegant Gypsy proved to become one of the defining albums in fusion. While being still a member of Return To Forever, DiMeola delivered his sophomore solo record after Land Of The Midnight Sun by collaborating with jazz rock giants Steve Gadd, Jan Hammer and Anthony Jackson. He even enlists Flamenco superstar Paco De Lucia on "Mediterranean Sundance", a song which predicts the style DiMeola would eventually evolve into: Latin tinged acoustic wizardry. Elegant Gypsy was certified Gold in the United States.1. Flight Over Rio
2. Midnight Tango
3. Mediterranean Sundance
4. Race With Devil On Spanish Highway
5. Lady Of Rome, Sister Of Brazil
6. Elegant Gypsy Suite$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Return To ForeverReturn To Forever celebrates the spectacular global return for Scorpions, who are celebrating 50 years of rock with this being their 19th studio album! Return To Forever captures all the elements that make for the signature Scorpions sound, luring verses with an anthemic chorus purists will be thrilled!LP1
1. Going Out With A Bang
2. We Built This House
3. Rock My Car
4. House Of Cards
5. All For One
6. Rock 'N' Roll Band
1. Catch Your Luck And Play
2. Rollin' Home
3. Hard Rockin' The Place
4. Eye Of The Storm
5. The Scratch
6. Gypsy Life$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LP's Sealed Buy Now
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Forever (On Sale)A year plus on after the release of their debut LP, Sweden's Holograms have returned with their second full length, Forever. After a year and a half of touring, losing their jobs, parts of their sanity and returning home only with the hope that their hard work will eventually pay off, they embarked on a new record drawing from the experiences that had simultaneously excited and exhausted the members.
Forever is more than the next set of songs from Holograms. It's a fully realized album that fans will relish for years to come.1. A Sacred State
2. Flesh and Bone
8. Laughter Breaks The Silence
9. A Blaze On The Hillside
10. Lay Us Down$21.99 $15.39 Save $6.60 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
So Much ForeverAfter More Heart Than Brains was released in 2009, Greetings From Tuskan (Joëlle Lê) and Buck 65 (Rich Terfry) directly started working on a follow up record. This turned out to be a high mountain to climb and it wasn't until September 2013 that everything starting to come together. A half-decade removed from the ethereal hopeless romanticism of 2009 Bike For Three! have returned with their sophomore LP on Fake Four, Inc.
The album begins with the sound of a solitary heart beating underscored by Joëlle's eerie, soothing atmospherics. From there the urgency of "Full Moon" kicks in and Rich is at the podium, unraveling his innermost thoughts through tightly knit stanzas and abstracted fragments.
Joëlle's aural shapes and colours have found a focus that push Rich's words and performance to new places. Both artists feeding off each others darkest states and lingering demons. Joëlle imagined a mesmerizing foundation for Rich's poetry and associate thoughts. The result is the music of a shared lucid dream and a conversation held in several different languages.
The listener is left to connect the dots on cryptic tracks like "You Can Be Everything" and "The Muse Inside Me", as Buck's frantic internal dialogue refracts off of Joëlle's arpeggiating synths, rich, multi-hued textures and subtle backing vocals.
So Much Forever retains its thematic continuity through Rich's candid writing and Joëlle's kaleidoscopic collages whilst allowing the protagonist to explore a wide range of deliveries. On "Conflation", Buck is a beat poet lost in time, placing his anguish in a larger context and wrapping up the record with the thesis statement "My love will level this city."
So Much Forever can be seen as the logical next step in their story, another page in their shared diary that sees Joëlle taking up more vocal duties and Rich exploring new corners of his imagination.
Oh yes, they still haven't met. More close than ever.1. Intro
2. Full Moon
4. Heart As Hell
5. Successful With Heavy Losses
6. Wolf Sister
7. Ethereal Love
8. The Last Romance
10. You Can Be Everything
11. The Muse Inside Me
12. Stay Close Until We Reach The End
13. The Dream
15. Outro$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-SUN-5817xThe Pleasure Seekers
What A Way To DieThe archetype for the '60s-era girl group was etched indelibly into stone, like a commandment: three pretty girls with matching outfits and bouffant hairdos would sing, with musical backing supplied by a bunch of guys standing in the shadows. The Quatro sisters shattered that archetype forever with the Pleasure Seekers, an all-girl teenage rock & roll group who played all the instruments themselves and were fully capable of wiping the stage with any male band that crossed their path.
The Quatro girls had been brought up in a musically-minded family, nurtured with classical piano and vocal lessons. As Patti recalls, "By 1964, I had been taking guitar lessons, hanging with musicians in the local music scene. We had seen a Beatles concert, and I was quite dazed and focused at the event, watching the audience cry and scream out of control. It was my epiphany moment, and I was determined to start an all-girl band."
Shortly thereafter, the first lineup of the Pleasure Seekers fell into place with Patti Quatro (lead guitar), Marylou Ball (rhythm guitar), Suzi Quatro (bass), Diane Baker (keyboards), Nan Ball (drums) and vocal duties shared by all. Around the fall of 1965 the girls dared local teen club manager Dave Leone to give them a slot at his popular Hideout Club, claiming they were better than most of the other live bands there. "You're on," responded Leone, "in two weeks. Three songs!"
The Pleasure Seekers were soon a popular feature at the club, honing their skills alongside the likes of the Rationals, the Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger & the Last Heard. "In the beginning, there was a lot of skepticism," remembers Patti, "especially the first night. The boys crowded the stage, the girlfriends pulled them away with laughter, as if 'Girls playing?! Yeah, right!' It was always satisfying to see them be silenced quickly when we began playing. We grew used to seeing slack jaws open in surprise." Next they were asked by Leone to record and release a single on his Hideout label.
That March 1966 release is now regarded as the greatest "girl garage" single of the era: "Never Thought You'd Leave Me" b/w "What a Way to Die." "Dave brought lyrics, and we put the songs together quickly," remembers Patti. "We felt very legit in making this record at a small local studio. Nan was the sexy voice on 'Never Thought You'd Leave Me,' and there was lots of laughter as Marylou added the screams on 'What a Way to Die.'" Suzi Quatro remembers the recording as "very important and memorable."
The Pleasure Seekers were soon in demand in the region, playing teen clubs, parties, colleges and local TV shows. After a series of lineup changes, the band brought in older Quatro sister Arlene (keyboards) and Darline Arnone (drums), the first female drummer sponsored by Slingerland Drums. A short time later, Pami Benford joined-up on guitar and bass (that lineup lasting through most of 1968). "It was a very versatile group," remembers Patti, "with Pami and Suzi sharing bass, and Pami and I sharing lead and rhythm guitars."
"The gender bias was my hot button," recalls Arlene, "along with confidence in our musical abilities. With women musicians dismissed as a novelty, I delighted in watching the audience go from skepticism/ridicule, to shock/cheers." For Suzi, though, this period was where she learned her craft: "I considered myself a musician, and didn't really think about gender too much." Two tracks recorded in 1967, but unissued at the time, "Elevator Express" and "Gotta Get Away," highlight the band's growing musical maturity since their Hideout debut. "Detroit was the best learning ground in the world for musicians," recalls Suzi, "with an amazing energy and creativity that is in every successful artist that has come out of the city." "We were actually one of the earliest Detroit bands traveling the country," adds Patti. "Everyone wanted this unusual all girl band who rocked an entire Motown revue (changing instruments and singers throughout) and an entire Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour revue, as well as covering English bands, acid rock and everything in between."
Signing up with Associated Booking Corporation, the group began making the transition from local to national act. Producer Dick Corby caught the Pleasure Seekers at Trude Heller's in New York's Greenwich Village and signed them to a Mercury Records deal in early 1968. To keep rein on their finances in NYC, Patti recalls, "We booked Arthur's nightclub for a month, staying at the infamous rock Gorham Hotel, recording by day-playing by night." Also in residence were the Who, the Blues Magoos and an assortment of other bands. "Hitting NYC as young teens, it was exciting, scary, fun-all emotions churning," she continues. "We felt we had hit the big time, going from the tiny local Hideout session to the huge Mercury professional studio facility, complete with session people adding strings and other elements."
A single pairing "Good Kind of Hurt" and "Light of Love" was released in April 1968, while a third song, "Locked in Your Love," remained in the can. The group then headed out to the Northwest for a lengthy tour. "The Northwest tour was awesome," remembers Patti. "We were billed with Canned Heat, Boyce & Hart and Merilee Rush, and were held over six weeks to tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals. The Mercury single was out, momentum was surging." Both sides of the single were getting airplay, but ultimately it failed to gain any traction. "Really neither song reflected our own sound," admits Patti. "We rearranged 'Light of Love' for live performance, feeling disconnected to the record, yet realizing we had to play ball with the executives to keep us rolling."
Ultimately Mercury's vision for the Pleasure Seekers clashed rather sharply with the band's vision. "The suits wanted tits and ass," recalls Darline, "wowing Vegas crowds, playing tinkly tunes in lavish costumes." "In that male-dominated music era, we were strictly a novelty, and a high-risk endeavor," adds Patti. "The record executives felt women musicians would fall in love or get pregnant so were not worth investing the time and money. We had to kick down many doors. We were serious musicians, and in it for the right reasons. In the end, we were not happy with a forced direction that Mercury Records had in mind, and ended up leaving the label to rock our music in our own fashion."
After a memorable 1968 Far East tour, playing for wounded returning American soldiers from Vietnam, the Pleasure Seekers (with new drummer Nancy Rogers) returned to a Detroit that was now, in Patti's words, "exploding with heavier sounds. That sparked us to change direction with new ideas we had been exploring. Arlene left the band and we brought in our youngest sister Nancy (vocals). With Suzi's Joplinesque vocals combined with Nancy's wailing 'female Robert Plant' style, we enjoyed a harder edged, 'double-punch' effect."
The last four songs on the album, "White Pig Blues," "Brain Confusion," "Where Have You Gone?" and the atmospheric psychedelic mover "Mr. Power," all date from this 1968-69 period when the Pleasure Seekers were playing the Grande Ballroom alongside the MC5, Alice Cooper, the Stooges, the Amboy Dukes and SRC. With this change in musical direction and the departure of Arlene and Pami, the band forged on as Cradle. Suzi Quatro departed for England in 1971, launching a successful solo career. Patti and Nancy continued with Cradle until 1973 when Patti joined another pioneering female rock group, Fanny.
The Pleasure Seekers reunited recently in April 2012 (minus Suzi) for a well-received show in their hometown, where they were inducted into Detroit's Hall of Fame. "I think all of us Quatro girls are extremely proud of our pioneering days" reflects Patti. "In a renaissance-era of music, we kicked down doors for women to rock heavy. There were key times in our lives of making decisions that may have turned us towards larger fame, but less happiness-depending on your philosophy of such things. The Pleasure Seekers could have been a Las Vegas show act bringing in buckets of money or on Motown, turned very formulaic girlie-soul. But we stayed true to our goals, and I don't think any of us have any regrets of staying our course and playing the music that moved us. It's all been a thrilling ride with great memories."
- Mike & Anja Stax (Ugly Things magazine)1. Intro By DJ The Lord
2. Gotta Get Away
3. Never Thought You'd Leave Me
4. Light Of Love
5. Good Kind Of Hurt
6. What A Way To Die
7. Elevator Express
8. Locked In Your Love
9. White Pig Blues
10. Brain Confusion
11. Where Have You Gone
12. Mr. Power$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Extension Of A ManExtension of a Man is an album released by the R&B/Soul singer Donny Hathaway in 1973. It was his last studio album. It's noted for including a young Stanley Clarke of (then) Return to Forever on a couple of tracks, as well as drummer Fred White, brother to Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White (who worked with Hathaway in Chicago in the early days).1. I Love The Lord; He Heard My Cry (Parts I & II)
2. Someday We'll All Be Free
3. Flying Easy
4. Valdez In The Country
5. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
6. Come Little Children
7. Love, Love, Love
8. The Slums
10. I Know It's You$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
March 16-20, 1992March 16-20, 1992 is the third release from the alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, named in reference to the five-day span in which the album was recorded. Produced by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck at John Keene Studios in Athens, GA, the almost entirely acoustic 15-song set is split equally between material written by Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy and traditional Appalachian folk songs.
Although the album's originals offer up early warnings of the growing differences between the two gifted songwriters with Farrar's earnest fare and Tweedy's more nihilistic leanings, the pristine sounding March 16-20, 1992 single-handedly re-energized rock's return to traditional country origins and forever solidified Uncle Tupelo as the boldest and brightest purveyors of the alt-country movement.1. Grindstone
3. Wait Up
5. Shaky Ground
6. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
7. Black Eye
9. I Wish My Baby Was Born
10. Atomic Power
11. Lilli Schull
13. Fatal Wound
15. Wipe the Clock$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hypercaffium SpazzinateOn their first album in 12 years, vocalist Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, guitarist Stephen Egerton, and
bassist Karl Alvarez channel an energy just as raw and jittery as in their earliest days-a time when the band was
driven by the equally mighty forces of "rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing, and food." Born from the all-for-one
spirit that's forever fueled the band, Hypercaffium Spazzinate returns to the frenetically catchy sound that launched a
generation of pop-minded punk acts and continues to widen the Descendents' following around the world.
The band's first Epitaph Records release since 1996's Everything Sucks, Hypercaffium Spazzinate began taking shape
soon after the Descendents surfaced from extended hiatus for a series of gigs in 2010. With Milo now living in Delaware,
Karl and Bill in Colorado, and Stephen in Oklahoma, the album came to life over a three-year period in which
the band sent tracks back and forth and occasionally met up in Karl and Bill's adopted hometown of Fort Collins.
With Hypercaffium Spazzinate featuring the classic Milo cartoon as its cover art-this time, he's got his head affixed
to a lab flask in an attempt to "synthesize some bonus caffeine," as Milo explains-the album finds the band both
honoring their past and living fully in the moment. "Since the dawn of rock-and-roll every band's tried to pretend
they exist in the age group of 18 to 35, no matter how old they get," says Karl. "But this band's very honest about
the fact that we're not teenagers anymore." Still, thanks in part to their enduring legacy within skate culture and punk
communities, the Descendents maintain a vitality that's amply reflected on the new album.
"Each time we make a
record it's almost like the first time all over again," says Bill. "There's a quote from Ornette Coleman about how the
song is the territory, and what you do with the song is the adventure. We're definitely still going on all these little
adventures together."1. Feel This
2. Victim Of Me
3. On Paper
4. Shameless Halo
5. No Fat Burger
7. Without Love
8. We Got Defeat
11. Fighting Myself
12. Spineless and Scarlet Red
13. Human Being
14. Full Circle
15. Comeback Kid
16. Beyond The Music$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hold It InThe Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010's The Bride Screams Murder. Joining Buzz Osborne and
Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers' guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles
and Austin earlier this year.
Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit, said Osborne. Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and
Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can't believe this actually happened. I'm thrilled.
It's very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the 'Break A Wish' foundation, all at the same time, said Pinkus. I believe they'll remember
their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).1. Bride Of Crankenstein
2. You Can Make Me Wait
3. Brass Cupcake
4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit
5. Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
6. Sesame Street Meat
7. Nine Yards
8. The Bunk Up
9. I Get Along Hollow Moon
10. Piss Pisstoferson$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot August NightIn the summer of 1971, Diamond played seven sold-out nights at the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to a rapturous reception. The following August, he returned for ten more sold-out shows, an event forever captured on the multi-platinum Hot August Night, a double-record set that demonstrated once and for all Diamond's growing status as a superstar concert sensation. The original Hot August Night recording from The Greek Theatre concerts was one of Neil Diamond's most successful albums worldwide, living at the #1 spot on the charts for 29 weeks, is one of his more celebrated and acknowledged albums of his career and arguably one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.
The two unforgettable LPs are filled with Neil Diamond favorites such as Solitary Man, Cracklin' Rosie, Sweet Caroline, I Am...I Said and many more.LP 1
2. Crunchy Granola Suite
3. Done Too Soon
5. Solitary Man
6. Cherry Cherry
7. Sweet Caroline
8. Porcupine Pie
9. You're So Sweet
10. Red Red Wine
11. Soggy Pretzels
12. And the Grazz Won't Pay No Mind
14. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
1. Play me
2. Canta Libre
4. Song Sung Blue
5. Cracklin' Rosie
6. Holly Holy
7. I Am... I Said
8. Walk Off
9. Soolaimon - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
10. Encore$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fever HuntingModern Life Is War are one of the most beloved bands in the punk rock/hardcore world of the last decade, appealing to everyone from the jaded to the driven. The band released three highly influential albums before announcing a temporary hiatus in 2007.
"Fever Hunting" is Modern Life is War's triumphant 2013 return to form with original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich in place. A true story of their collective coming of age, "Fever Hunting" plays and reads as an open diary of their last five years. Exposing every frayed nerve and internal struggle that it's creators carried deep within their hearts. Impassioned, embattled, and forever resilient to the world outside.
From the first strikes of the anthemic opener "Old Fears, New Frontiers" it's apparent that Modern Life Is War have not lost a step in absence, but have quickened pace on their own path. From there, the outpouring is overwhelming as eleven songs unfurl with equal and unmatched emotional weight. All of them bravely moving forward rather than resting on past laurels. Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc) and Mastered by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege Engineering (From Ashes Rise, etc).1. Old Fears, New Frontiers
2. Health, Weath, & Peace
3. Chasing My Tail
4. Media Cunt
5. Blind Are Breeding
6. Fever Hunting
7. Dark Water
8. Brothers In Arms Forever
10. Cracked Sidewalk Surfer
11. Find a Way$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PunchbuzzWhen Husky returned to the familiar sites and sounds of Melbourne late in 2015, the singer-songwriter sought sanctuary at a creative hub called The Hotel - "an old mansion that serves as a home, way station, salon, oasis for artists, eccentrics, night owls and sojourners passing through or needing to hang up their skates for a while.
"Melbourne was new to me as it always is when I return from being away. But it was also full of ghosts - remnants of my past life, people who were no longer around, places that were at once familiar and foreign, memories that drifted through my dreams and waking thoughts, becoming fused and inseparable. I slept little but dreamt a lot. My dreams were of the past, they took me back over and over again when what I wanted was to start again, to find something brand new. Ghost was part of a process of coming to terms with this half asleep, half awake, somewhere between the haunted past and the sunlit possibility of tomorrow."
It was at The Hotel, readjusting to Melbourne life, that 'Ghost' and the album Punchbuzz were born. Shaped by the duo's recent experiences, Punchbuzz finds Husky tapping into something that hadn't previously come to the fore on their debut album Forever So or much-loved follow-up Ruckers Hill. It sees the band swapping their signature folk sound for streamlined indie rock that lopes ahead with widescreen atmosphere, dark lyrics, and newly muscled melodies. Sharp, lean, and driving, the album more than lives up to the dynamic imperative of its title.1. Ghost
2. Shark Fin
4. Late Night Store
5. Cut The Air
6. Splinters In The Fire
7. Walking In Your Sleep
8. Cracks In The Pavement
10. Flower Drum
11. Spaces Between Heartbeats$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FRI-7703xCaptain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Captain Beefheart/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
The Return Of The Iconic Mirror Man Album!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl & Smashed Mirror Die-Cut LP Gatefold Cover
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Authorized Buddah Records Tapes
Captain Beefheart will be forever known as one of the first
originators of art rock, prog-rock and punk rock all rolled into
one. With his Howlin' Wolfesque growl and blazing harmonica
blues wailing, Don Van Vilet a/k/a/ Captain Beefheart truly
delivered the goods with his legendary Mirror Man album.
Originally recorded between 1965 and 1967, The Captain
and his Magic Band created some of the most masterful funk
and progressive rock ever waxed with this stellar session.
Consisting of lengthy jam packed champions like his classic
Tarotplane and 25th Century Quaker, Beefheart continues to
rock further with the international title track hit Mirror Man and
the funkified rocker Kandy Korn.
Friday Music is very proud to announce the authorized 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of Captain Beefheart's classic
Mirror Man. Mastered from the authorized Buddah Records
tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol
Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic
heights in the audiophile vinyl domain.
For a very short time, we are also including the super
rare psychedelic die-cut gatefold LP cover artwork not seen in
decades, to further enhance your listening pleasure, plus three
poems on the back cover from the pen of Don Van Vilet.
Enjoy!1. Tarotplane 19:00
2. Kandy Korn 8:00
3. 25th Century Quaker 9:50
4. Mirror Man 15:38$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Speed of ThingsDetroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. return with their sophomore album, The Speed Of Things via Warner Bros. Records. The follow-up to 2011s It's A Corporate World was self-produced and largely inspired by today's current internet-obsessed world. The new LP features 13 songs, including two we're already familiar with -If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)andHiding- thanks to the band's Patterns EP released earlier this year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a Detroit-based recording and songwriting process created by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott. It all started in 2009, after a chance encounter at one of Zott's shows. Recognizing musical genius when he hears it, Epstein sought Zott and embarked on a musical journey that would forever change the face of alternative pop. With the release of their first EP, Horsepower EP, DEJJ drew instant recognition from media critics who praised the duo as "an inspired mix of hip-hop and folk." Being noted as one of the 'best new bands' of 2010, DEJJ was quickly thrust into the spotlight, gaining them a growing fanbase for their 'psych-retro pop' style. Following the success of their first full-length album, It's a Corporate World, DEJJ has come back with a fresh new sound that will mark them as pioneers in the alt. pop world.1. Beautiful Dream
3. Knock Louder
4. If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)
5. I Can't Help It
7. Beautiful Dream (Reprise)
9. Dark Water
10. Don't Tell Me
12. A Haunting
13. War Zone$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cliff"The Cliff" is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago's esteemed quartet Pelican. The 12" vinyl is fresh reimaginings of 'The Cliff', a highlight from their most recent album, 2013's Forever Becoming, and one recently completed exclusive new song. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band's fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley's seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on "The Cliff" as the members behind the music, a claim those who have listened to Epley's contribution on "Final Breath" from 2009's "What We All Come To Need" will attest to. Elsewhere on the record, Justin Broadrick and AH/BCM turn in fresh takes of the source material, feeling less like remixes than new compositions reworked from the original source. Rounding out the set is the previously unreleased song "The Wait", a contemplative semi-acoustic simmer that builds to an explosion of cathartic distortion and melody in true Pelican fashion.The Cliff (Vocal Version)
The Cliff (Justin Broadrick Remix)
The Cliff (Palms Remix - A. Harris And B. C. Meyer)
The Wait$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
El PradoNO was formed in 2010 through the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to unite and build something for themselves.
Following the 2011 release of Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever EP, NO quickly gained recognition with the local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a European tour with Father John Misty. In 2013 the band returned to LA for a sold-out headline show at The Troubadour and performed at international festivals including London's Hard Rock Calling and Germany's Southside and Hurricane, as well as supporting the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Image LTD and The Naked and Famous.
The six-piece are now looking forward having just finished their self-produced debut album El Prado. Mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend), the album will be released by Arts & Crafts in North America in 2014.1. Leave The Door Wide Open
2. Stay With Me
3. What's Your Name
5. So Scared
6. There's a Glow
8. Another Life
9. The Long Haul
10. North Star
11. Last Chance
12. Hold On
13. Go Outside$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Generation Void3rd full length album by Iron Man.
Maryland-spawned doom titans Iron Man seemed to drop off the face of the earth after their first two albums, 1993's Black Night and 1994's The Passage, shook the heavy metal world by the scruff of its neck and forced it to bang any head that didn't already bang, as Metallica would have put it. With little rhyme or reason, all of five years would elapse until the group's return to activity via 1999's Generation Void LP, squandering any upward momentum Iron Man might have attained, but belatedly proving that they remained a force to be reckoned with when they actually showed up. So let's take it from the top: most fans and critics would agree that Iron Man's strengths always lay in energized doom templates, and the latest songs cut from that cloth on this album, such as On the Mountain, Boston Strangler, and As the Gods Have Spoken, definitely didn't disappoint this time around, either. At the same time, less orthodox new offerings like Forever Yours and Shadows of Darkness continued to broaden Iron Man's creative resources with leaner heavy metal styles (the N.W.O.B.H.M., for example) and rock-based qualities, revealing that the intervening years of inactivity didn't elapse without some sonic transformation. In fact, stately metal ballads like Winds of Change and the album's title track recalled classic mid-'70s efforts by Judas Priest like Beyond the Realms of Death (with the added benefit of Morris' transcendent soloing), and, alongside tougher numbers like Survivor and King of Kings, which could very well have passed for Stained Class outtakes, they qualified Generation Void as the first Iron Man album where the band's deep-seated Black Sabbath influences were dethroned by another band's. But, given the typically strong material that resulted, there was little cause for complaint, especially from Iron Man's long deprived fan base, which would amazingly have to put up with another Rip Van Winkle-like ten years before getting their gauntlets on the band's fourth studio album, 2010's I Have Returned.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. On the Mountain
2. Boston Strangler
4. King of Kings
5. Winds of Change
6. Generation Void
7. As the Gods Have Spoken
8. Ironica Blue
9. Forever Yours
10. Shadows of Darkness
11. Juggernaut$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now