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Wake/Lift1. Red In Tooth And Claw
2. Lift, Pt. 1
3. Lift, Pt. 2
4. Lift, Pt. 3
6. Temet Nosce
7. Monument$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
American Epic: The SoundtrackAmerican Epic: The Soundtrack leads the way for a series of album releases accompanying the Lo-Max/PBS/BBC Arena film project American Epic created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Directed by Bernard MacMahon.
American Epic is a journey across time to the birth of modern recording, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.
The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. It was the first time America heard itself.
American Epic: The Soundtrack highlights recordings from the three-part documentary on one 150g LP, including original recordings by The Carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more all restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity.1. Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand - Williamson Brothers & Curry
2. On the Road Again - Memphis Jug Band
3. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
4. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
5. Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
6. Peg and Awl - Carolina Tar Heels
7. Tomi Tomi - Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders
8. The Indian Tom Tom - Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band
9. Cocaine Habit Blues - Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband
10. Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
11. Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton
12. Allons A Lafayette - Joseph Falcon
13. Stackalee - Frank Hutchison
14. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
15. Jole Blon - The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Flies To FlameFinally available on vinyl, Rosetta's Flies to Flame is the highly anticipated new opus from Philadelphia's reigning astral-kings of space-rock-metal! Unparalleled and utterly immersive, Flies to Flame encapsulates the sound that Rosetta has been cultivating over the past eight years.1. Soot
2. Seven Years With Nothing To Show
3. Les Mots Et Les Choses
4. Pegasus$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dig That TreasureThis trio includes Nedelle Torrisi (former Kill Rock Stars artist, The Curtains, Why?, Xiu Xiu), Chris Cohen (The Curtains, Deerhoof, Cass McCombs), and Michael Carreira (music teacher). Every song here is a miniature journey, a free fantasia, a dreamy habitat built out of the minimum of material. Sudden rhythmic gestures and frequent key changes will leave you feeling pleasantly disoriented. The record is humbly inspired by the larger-than-life emotions of West Side Story, the joyfully percussive guitar gospel of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Wizard Of Oz's bittersweet escapism, the other-world sentimentality of Sun Ra's Spaceship Lullaby, and Henry Cowell's ethereal piano string strumming.1. Stop Watch
2. No Coins
3. Heaven Is Human
4. Water Witching Wishes
5. Shape Above, The
6. Cosmic Sing-a-Long
7. How Did the Actor Laugh?
9. We'll Never Dream Again
10. Dig That Treasure
11. Say You Will$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Roll With The PunchesRoll With The Punches - Van Morrison's 37th studio album - sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin' Hopkins among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It's an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock'n'roll alongside five new numbers by one of our most consistently brilliant recording artists.
Roll With The Punches was produced by Van Morrison and recorded with an incredible team of studio collaborators including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.1. Roll With the Punches (Van Morrison & Don Black)
2. Transformation (Van Morrison)
3. I Can Tell (Bo Diddley & Samuel Bernard Smith)
4. Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue (T-Bone Walker / Doc Pomus)
5. Goin' To Chicago (Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing)
6. Fame (Van Morrison)
7. Too Much Trouble (Van Morrison)
8. Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
9. Ordinary People (Van Morrison)
10. How Far From God (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
11. Teardrops From My Eyes (Rudy Toombs)
12. Automobile Blues (Lightnin' Hopkins)
13. Benediction (Mose Allison)
14. Mean Old World (Little Walter)
15. Ride On Josephine (Bo Diddley)$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
GraceOn Grace, lauded American singer Lizz Wright summons her Southern heritage and the spirit of the earth to usher us into a nurturing space that pulses and hums with the unspoken suggestion that grace is a cornerstone of our original state of being. Produced by acclaimed singer and songwriter Joe Henry, Grace is a stark reflection of Wright's sense of place and belonging that's deeply woven into the cultural fabric of America. Lizz offers one original, written for this record, plus inspiring interpretations of songs from Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, k.d. lang, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharp & more.1. Barley
2. Seems I'm Never Tired Lovin' You
3. Singing In My Soul
4. Southern Nights
5. What Would I Do
7. Stars Fell On Alabama
8. Every Grain Of Sand
9. Wash Me Clean
10. All The Way Here$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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A Day Dark With Night / TMA-3 (On Sale)A special, limited edition split 12 between long time friends, and stalwarts in the new wave of American metal, Junius and Rosetta, has been announced for release courtesy of The Mylene Sheath. Discussed between both bands for years, this collaboration is finally seeing the light of day and finds Junius contributing new song A Day Dark With Night (clocking in at around eight minutes), and Rosetta unleashing TMA-3 (which runs just under ten minutes).
Artwork direction, design and layout for the new release was handled by Mike Wohlberg at the Fat Kid! Illustration (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Pelican, Tombs) and will be strictly limited to 1,000 copies. Both tracks appear on one side of the LP, with an intricate laser etching on the other side. The jackets are printed on 20pt SBS board and packaging includes inserts containing lyrics and liner notes from each band. Each copy of the record will also come with a download card that includes codes for cover songs by each band.1. Junius - A Day Dark With Night
2. Rosetta - TMA-3$16.99 $11.89 Save $5.10 (30%)12 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blood On IceBathory's famed lost album, Blood on Ice, was originally recorded in the late '80s, smack-dab in the middle of the Swedish group's revolutionary transition from its barbaric black metal beginnings to the ambitiously orchestrated Viking metal of its golden era. At the time, the work was deemed far too big a departure by band mastermind Quorthon, who, among other things, shockingly substituted his raspy croak for actual singing throughout -- but, as with any abandoned project, retrospective evidence also suggests that Quorthon was also less than secure about whether his songwriting and musicianship were yet developed enough to fulfill his vision. Shrouded in mystery for the ensuing half-decade, Blood on Ice was finally resurrected and completed (replete with story-advancing sound effects) to Bathory's satisfaction in 1996, at which time it was released to widely deserved critical and fan acclaim, despite a few but distinct shortcomings that placed its overall achievement slightly below that of acknowledged triumphs like Blood Fire Death and Hammerheart. Sliding into gear rather slowly with tentative offerings like the title track, One Eyed Old Man, and The Sword (which sounds way too similar to Manowar's Blood of My Enemies), the album eventually reaches cruising speed with outstanding moments like The Stallion, The Woodwoman, and the colossal Gods of Thunder of Wind and of Rain, whereupon Quorthon's vocals (sometimes given to off-pitch variations) sound better than ever before. The gentle acoustic bridge The Ravens sets up the epic, nine-minute masterstroke of The Revenge of the Blood on Ice, which may single-handedly convince even the most cynical of listeners that this long-forgotten work deservingly belongs within Bathory's hallowed canon. Also worth mentioning, the album's lengthy (meaning biblically sized) explanatory liner notes read like a veritable Rosetta Stone for longtime Bathory supporters, shedding unprecedented historical light and perspective upon the group's mysterious history.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. Intro
2. Blood on Ice
3. Man of Iron
4. One Eyed Old Man
5. The Sword
6. The Stallion
7. The Woodwoman
8. The Lake
9. Gods of Thunder, of Wind and of Rain
10. The Ravens
11. The Revenge of the Blood on Ice$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
True SadnessTrue Sadness is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers. To further propel the expansive color and textural fields of the record, we are blessed to play and perform music with a group of musicians who possess not only great talent, but great interpretive ability. They are an extension of our family and their care for the work at hand (and the project at large) informs a dynamic musical contribution to any piece we proudly give our last name. Sonically, the album is as multidimensional as its makers. The same could be said of its long list of influences. So the quilt is sewn, in part, with the brightly colored threads of Queen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmie Rodgers, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Gillian Welch, Aretha Franklin, Walt Disney, Pink Floyd, Kings of Convenience, calypso of the 1950s and country of the 1930s. Rock and roll is here, as always. There are moments of undeniable celebration and camaraderie, others of quiet and lonely exhalation. Throughout the album, we stitched together the boldest red and the calmest green, polka dots and stripes, the roughest denim and the smoothest velveteen. They came together because they are the best patterns we have and because each of us brought our own fabric to the quilting frame.
We made this record as people who have made records together before - with experienced hands, appreciative hearts, renewed focus, and the knowledge of our good fortune to make music once again.
The Avett BrothersLP 1
1. Ain't No Man
2. Mama, I Don't Believe
3. No Hard Feelings
5. You Are Mine
6. Satan Pulls The Strings
1. True Sadness
2. I Wish I Was
3. Fisher Road To Hollywood
4. Victims Of Life
5. Divorce Separation Blues
6. May It Last$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Diunna GreenleafDiunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy returned to Blue Heaven Studios in 2009 for the 12th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads and to make this D2D recording. She'd closed the 2006 Blues Masters and absolutely floored the Blue Heaven Studios congregation. So powerful and dynamic and soul-stirring was her performance that many concert regulars have commented that Greenleaf remains their favorite act through all the years. To say she was back in 2009 by popular demand is a wild understatement.
Greenleaf, of Houston, Texas, has a background steeped in both blues and gospel. She's been influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke and Charles Brown, and she includes intricate patches of jazz and soul in her performances.
Greenleaf came to the life of professional performing quite late, considering how much talent she has to offer. She worked as a school counselor and occasionally sang rather informally for children's and educational benefits. She and her band played a small show at a hospice in celebration of Houston blues legend Teddy Cry Cry Reynolds' birthday. Afterwards, Reynolds told Greenleaf of how he'd known her parents, both gospel musicians, and how she was not only very talented but also had a duty to continue the family legacy of performing. So insistent was Reynolds that he solicited the opinion of his old friend Katie Webster, the Swamp Boogie Queen. Webster confirmed Reynolds' assessment and encouraged Greenleaf to seriously pursue a life in music, even giving her newfound protÉgÉ rules for forming and leading a band.
In 2005, Greenleaf and Blue Mercy represented Houston in the International Blues Challenge, an annual contest in Memphis that features the world's best-unsigned blues bands. Greenleaf and Blue Mercy finished first out of 84 bands from 32 states and eight countries. What's more, Blue Mercy's guitarist, John Richardson, earned the Albert King award for Most Promising Guitarist. From there, the gigs came steadily, and the group's been booked solid ever since.
Greenleaf also served for three years as president of the Houston Blues Society, becoming the first woman elected to that post. As president, she produced the Willie Mae Thorton Blues Festival, bringing in such talent as Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison, Mel Waiters and others.1. Crazy
2. Love Treasure
3. Double Dealing
4. The Backdoor Man (You Want To Be)
5. Resolutions$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
Dark Night Of The SoulThis musical DNA has been in Jimbo Mathus since birth. His father and relatives
were all skilled musicians who filled the house with old folk, country and blues
tunes. By the age of eight, Mathus was joining them on mandolin and by his
teenage years had learned guitar and piano. High school led to playing in punk
and new wave bands, the most notable being Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves
and The End, with future Oblivian Jack Yarber. Post high school, Mathus studied
Philosophy at Mississippi State University before leaving to travel around
America. In doing so he worked various jobs, including an influential stint as
a barge tankerman on the mighty Mississippi River. Settling in Chapel Hill,
N.C., he drummed in the cult rock band Metal Flake Mother prior to starting
the Squirrel Nut Zippers. This ahead-of-its-time retro roots band scored a hit
with "Hot" and performed at President Clinton's second Inauguration and the
1996 Summer Olympics. Following the Zippers' split, Mathus worked with such
noted artists such as Buddy Guy and Elvis Costello, and collaborated with North
Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart in the
South Memphis String Band. He also recorded his own albums (including one
dedicated to his childhood nanny Rosetta Patton, the daughter of Delta blues
icon Charley Patton).
On most of 'Dark Night's' tracks, Mathus' acoustic guitar is surrounded by
the electric guitar played by his longtime sideman Matt Pierce and pal Eric
"Roscoe" Ambel. (Ambel produced 'White Buffalo' but on 'Dark Night' he focuses
exclusively on his righteous guitar playing.) The album's raw, rock sound arose
from the fact that most of the tracks were recorded live in the studio with
Mathus' band, the Tri-State Coalition, which he found "very liberating way of
doing it." Mathus feels very in synch with his bandmates (keyboardist Eric
Carlton, drummer Ryan Rogers, guitarist Pierce and guest bassist and Drive By
Trucker Matt Patton) since they have played together now for several years.
"The intensity you're hearing on this album," he proclaims, "is the spirit of a
band that is put ting it's shit on the line ."1. Dark Night Of The Soul
2. White Angel
3. Rock & Roll Trash
4. Shine Like A Diamond
5. Writing Spider
7. Burn The Ships
8. Fire In The Canebrake
9. Hawkeye Jordan
10. Casey Caught The Cannonball
12. Butcher Bird$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Legrand JazzNumbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180-Gram Vinyl LP!
Limited To Only 3000 Numbered Copies!
Features Performances By John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Mann, Bill Evans & More!
In 1958, a young, successful French composer-arranger with a major infatuation on American jazz, worked his way to New York and convinced the very best players of the time to record an album of largely jazz standards. Michel Legrand would go on to win numerous prizes and accolades (3 Oscars, 5 Grammies, 2 Palmes D'or, etc.), but little of what followed matched the sheer brilliance of Legrand Jazz.
Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Phil Woods and practically every other session man in town signed up for sessions with Legrand to record his idiosyncratic arrangements of standards (Django, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Night in Tunisia, etc.). Instead of regurgitating then current bop styles, he reinvented the very nature of orchestral jazz band repertoire to make a unique and forward-looking statement on the genre.
The sound of Impex's all-analog LP preserves the wide soundstage of late 50's Columbia recordings while creating intimate spaces between players on the stage for maximum definition. This rare, highly-praised recording has never sounded as good as it does now. Go big with Legrand Jazz.
Legrand Jazz was greeted by an enthusiastic review in the magazine Down Beat. Dom Cerulli awarded it five stars out of a possible five.
Michel Legrand, Conductor, Arranger (All Songs)
For The Jitterbug Waltz, Django, Wild Man Blues & 'Round Midnight - Recorded June 25, 1958:
Paul Chambers (bass)
John Coltrane (tenor sax)
Eddie Costa (vibes)
Miles Davis (trumpet)
Kenny Dennis (drums)
Bill Evans (piano)
Barry Galbraith (guitar)
Betty Glamann (harp)
Herbie Mann (flute)
Jerome Richardson (baritone sax, bass clarinet)
Phil Woods (alto sax)
For Nuages, Blue And Sentimental, Rosetta & Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Recorded June 27, 1958:
Eddie Bert (trombone)
Billy Byers (trombone)
Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
George Duvivier (bass)
Major Holly (bass, tuba)
Hank Jones (piano)
Don Lamond (drums)
Herbie Mann (flute)
Frank Rehak (trombone)
Ben Webster (tenor sax)
For Night In Tunisia, Stompin' At The Savoy & In A Mist - Recorded June 30, 1958:
James Buffington (french horns)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Jimmy Cleveland (trombone)
Don Elliot (vibes)
Art Farmer (trumpet)
Milt Hinton (bass)
Osie Johnson (drums)
Teo Macero (baritone sax)
Nat Pierce (piano)
Seldon Powell (tenor sax)
Gene Quill (alto sax)
Frank Rehak (trombone)
Ernie Royal (trumpet)
Joe Wilder (trumpet)
Phil Woods (alto sax)1. The Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)
2. Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
3. Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
4. Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie)
5. Stompin' At the Savoy (Benny Goodman)
6. Django (John Lewis)
7. Wild Man Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
8. Rosetta (Earl Hines)
9. 'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)
10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
11. In A Mist (Bix Beiderbecke)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out on Nonesuch Records. (The vinyl will follow on March 3.) The album was produced by T Bone Burnett.
Burnett first worked with Giddens when she performed last fall at a concert he curated at New York City's Town Hall that was later broadcast on Showtime: Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis." Backstage, Burnett was immediately moved to ask if he could produce a record with her. "It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that include Marian Anderson, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe," Burnett says. "We need that person in our culture."
For her first solo disc, Giddens chose a broad range of songs from genres as diverse as gospel, jazz, blues, and country. In addition to the traditional "Black Is the Color," tracks include Hank Cochran's "She's Got You," made famous by Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"; "O Love Is Teasin'," popularized by the Kentucky-reared "mother of folk" Jean Ritchie; and Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree."
"I had already started putting together a list of songs that didn't really fit into the Chocolate Drops world," Giddens explains. "At the top was 'Tomorrow Is My Turn' [immortalized by Nina Simone]. Seeing Nina do it on YouTube was revelatory. I knew she'd gone through a lot of hard times, as so many people did in that time period. Watching her sing this song, with the words 'tomorrow is my turn,' I began to think about the struggle of her and women like her." The significance of this song led Giddens to make it the title of the album as well. "Other songs started getting on my list and they were all by women or interpreted by women," she says.
Tomorrow Is My Turn was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players whom Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; legendary backup singer Tata Vega; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.
Tomorrow Is My Turn follows Giddens' work with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album also produced by Burnett that was released in November 2014. Her contribution was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the "showstopper evoking antebellum blues with a magnificent voice that interrogates the myths stirred up at Big Pink." The New York Times agreed, saying "On lead vocals she's the album's revelation, singing melodies that hark back to Celtic modes with a decisive presence and a haunting grace."1. Last Kind Words
2. Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
4. She's Got You
5. Up Above My Head
6. Tomorrow is My Turn
7. Black Is the Color
8. Round About the Mountain
9. Shake Sugaree
10. O Love Is Teasin'
11. Angel City$22.99Vinyl + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Second SightThere isn't a more thrilling band working in this country right now. - Toronto Star
Hey Rosetta! hail from St. John's, Newfoundland... which is about as far east as you can get in North America. Second Sight is the band's fourth album and was produced in Montreal by Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Stars). The group's last two albums were short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and in 2012 they were nominated for their first JUNO (New Group Of The Year). They are on tour this fall with Stars and will tour the west coast in early 2015.1. Soft Offering (For The Oft Suffering)
2. Gold Teeth
4. What Arrows
6. Kid Gloves
7. Neon Beyond
9. Cathedral Bells
12. Trish's Song$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of LightPressed On Clear Black Smoke Colored Vinyl
Mesmerizing post-metal outfit JUNIUS are excited to reveal their first new music in over three years with their new full-length album Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light (ERAL) due out via PROSTHETIC RECORDS.
The album marks the completion of their conceptual trilogy which began in 2009 with their evoking LP The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, depicted by Rolling Stone as a perfect hybrid of Neurosis and The Smiths followed by 2011's Reports From The Thresholds of Death. JUNIUS' latest release, the critically acclaimed 2014 EP Days of the Fallen Sun, was lauded by Pitchfork as their strongest and most sensuous work to date.
Recorded, mixed and mastered with longtime friend and producer Will Benoit (Caspian, Rosetta, Ellie Goulding), Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light takes inspiration from Elisabeth Haich's autobiography Initiation, whilst touching on topics including karma, reincarnation and spiritual development across it's ten melodically divine tracks. Following the departure of former member Mike Repasch-Nieves (guitars), the album was entirely written and performed by vocalist/guitarist Joseph E. Martinez, excluding drums/percussion which were completed by Dana Filloon. The album also features guest appearances from Drew Speziale (Circle Takes the Square) and Gian Minardi (General Public).1. March Of The Samsara
2. Beyond The Pale Society
3. A Mass For Metaphysicians
4. Clean The Beast
5. All That Is, Is Of The One
6. The Queen's Constellation
7. Telepaths & Pyramids
8. Masquerade In Veils
9. Heresy Of The Free Spirit
10. Black Sarcophagus$26.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Jazz Workshop (Speakers Corner)As a soloist, Al Cohn was not such an inspired tenor sax player as his colleague Zoot Sims. But he was a superb arranger, an unprofitable yet highly important function when it comes to such workshops. And though Manny Albam also played the baritone sax, his real instrument was the pen. He arranged not only jazz, but also film music and musicals. His arrangements were multi-faceted and tailor-made to suit the accomplishments of the individual instrumentalists.
For this particular Jazz Workshop, the record company RCA-Victor could afford the services of excellent session musicians: Joe Newman and Freddie Green came from the Basie Band, Al Cohn, Bernie Glow, and Nick Travis from the Woody Herman Band, and the studio musicians Dick Katz, Buddy Jones, and Osie Johnson were present at all times of day and night anyway.
As long as you don't expect fierce battles between five tenors, or six tweeters on the trumpet, then you will enjoy this LP with its swinging, relaxed improvisations on such works as Rosetta, Linger Awhile, and I'm Coming Virginia - and you will realise that Lester Young's sound has been heard, cultivated and further developed by these musicians.
Four trumpets, a tenor sax, and then a piano, guitar, bass, and drums into the bargain - that's certainly no common ensemble, but it certainly is a good reason to purchase this LP. And for certain, this album has been missing in your collection to this day.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Al Cohn (tenor saxophone, arranger)
Manny Albam (arranger)
Joe Newman, Bart Valve, Bernie Glow, Joe Wilder, Phil Sunkel (trumpet)
Nick Travis (trumper, trombone)
Dick Katz (piano)
Freddie Green (guitar)
Buddy Jones (bass)
Osie Johnson (drums)
Recording: May 1955 in Webster Hall, New York City, in mono
Production: Jack Lewis
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. Rosetta
2. The Song Is Ended
3. Linger Awhile
4. Every Time
6. Just Plain Sam
7. I'm Coming Virginia
8. Cohn Not Cohen
9. Foggy Water
11. Sugar Cohn
12. Alone Together$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
These Are The JBs (Out Of Stock)The Unreleased Album By James Brown's Backing Band: The Bootsy Collins-lead JB's
Never-before-heard James Brown and J.B.'s originals and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Kool & the Gang, the Meters. Contains a 12-page booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.
This album is the Rosetta Stone of funk's dominant idioms, yet its existence has barely been a rumor. In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he ordered Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be test pressed on King Records as These Are The J.B.'s. This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown's innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown's, in the post-"Cold Sweat" musical landscape, it's the Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy Winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album's liner notes, converged for the first time here.
This link between Brown's funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney's "It's My Thing," replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band's James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp that pre-dates their obscure but important work as the Houseguests ensemble and embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of
George Clinton and his mothership, where they poked cosmic holes in funk's polyrhythmic ozone layer in the mid-1970s.
There are only two extant copies of the original King Records test press LP of These Are The J.B.'s. This, the first commercial issue of this album, was overseen by Now-Again's Egon alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group's James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master's Dave Cooley from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It comes with a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Egon and many unpublished photographs and ephemera.1. These Are The JBs (Part 1 & 2)
2. I'll Ze
3. The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)
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