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  • Dead Reflection Dead Reflection Quick View

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    Dead Reflection

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    While it's difficult for any artist to find and gain success, the real struggle comes with sustaining it. Silverstein are one of those rare artists that have found a way to stand the test of time. Their formula is no secret: they have been going at full speed, nonstop fort he past 17 years. They've taken no breaks between touring and recording, and have consistently produced quality albums and played sold out shows across the world. Since their inception, they've played over 1,800 shows and sold over 1 million albums. The band's most recent headline tour resulted in 90% sell out business, while playing 1,000 capacity venues in 40 US major markets. Silverstein will also be appearing on the entire 2017 Vans Warped Tour, proving that the band's relevance is still thriving.

    Silverstein's newest album, "Dead Reflection" is one of the band's strongest albums to date. These 12 songs are each uniquely crafted to showcase the band's signature mixture of emotional screams and soaring melodies. Every band writes one record that truly captures their essence and showcases their character. It is the album immediately recommended when discovering a band's discography. This will become Silverstein's trademark album.

    "Dead Reflection" is a timeless album. This is Silverstein at the top of their game, and they are proving that after 17 years of continued success, they can still bring something newa nd exciting to the table.

    1. Last Looks
    2. Retrograde
    3. Lost Positives
    4. Ghost
    5. Aquamarine
    6. Mirror Box
    7. Demons
    8. The Afterglow
    9. Cut And Run
    10. Secret's Safe
    11. Whiplash
    12. Wake Up
    Silverstein
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  • Astral Rejection (Picture Disc) Astral Rejection (Picture Disc) Quick View

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    Astral Rejection (Picture Disc)

    I Set My Friends On Fire have come a long way since their electro]hardcore cover of Soulja Boyfs gCrank Dath became an internet sensation in 2008. Their Epitaph debut You Canft Spell Laughter Without Slaughter both established them as a unique blend of boy]band pop, Timbaland elctrobeat and Grindcore, and placed them at the cutting edge of a movement that includes breakout bands like Attack Attack and I See Stars.


    Now comes their long anticipated second release, Astral Rejection, continuing the trajectory started with their debut, but finding the band experimenting with dubstep and IDM, and finding a heavier hardcore sound. Building on the successes of the first album, from their triumphant run on the 2010 Scream It Like You Mean It tour with Silverstein and Emery, to the 15 million Youtube views for their Smosh.com collaboration gSex Ed Rocks,h Astral Rejection will launch I Set My Friends On Fire to the stars and beyond.

    1. It Comes Naturally

    2. Infinite Suck
    3. Excite Dyke
    4. My Paralyzed Brother Taps His Foot To This Beat
    5. Astral Rejection
    6. Developer, the Horn
    7. Narcissismfof
    8. Kief Catcher
    9. Erectangles
    10. Life Hertz
    11. Cacafuego, Nuestra Señora de la Concepción!
    I Set My Friends On Fire
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  • Discovering The Waterfront (Awaiting Repress) Discovering The Waterfront (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Discovering The Waterfront (Awaiting Repress)

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    With influences ranging from The Get Up Kids to Thursday and My Chemical Romance, SILVERSTEIN is a melting pot of musical creativity...

    1. My Dagger Versus Your Sword
    2. Smile In Your Sleep
    3. Ides Of March
    4. Fist Wrapped In Blood
    5. Discovering The Waterfront
    6. Defend You
    7. My Heroine
    8. Always And Never
    9. Already Dead
    10. Three Hours Back
    11. Call It Karma
    Silverstein
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  • Arrivals And Departures (Awaiting Repress) Arrivals And Departures (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Arrivals And Departures (Awaiting Repress)

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    One would be hard-pressed to come up with a more fitting title for Silverstein's third full-length, than Arrivals & Departures. After all, this Canadian band sold over 300,000 copies of their previous release, Discovering The Waterfront, on the strength of word-of-mouth and a nonstop touring schedule that saw them crisscrossing the globe!


    Issued on Victory Records in 2007, Arrivals & Departures is a collection of unbridled rock passion that emphatically pervades all of its 11 tracks.


    Success wasn't the only transition that impacted the recording of Arrivals & Departures, however, as Silverstein decided to enlist a new producer, in this case Mark Trombino, who previously worked with Jimmy Eat World and Blink 182. The result is a remarkable and engaging album whose underlying message of "never taking anything for granted" certainly inspired their fans and undoubtedly attracted new ones as well. Colored vinyl pressing from Victory Records!


     

    1. Sound Of The Sun

    2. Bodies And Words

    3. If You Could See Into My Soul
    4. Worlds Apart

    5. My Disaster

    6. Still Dreaming

    7. The Sand Will Turn To Glass

    8. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    9. Vanity And Greed

    10. Love With Caution

    11. True Romance
    Silverstein
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  • A Shipwreck In The Sand (Awaiting Repress) A Shipwreck In The Sand (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    A Shipwreck In The Sand (Awaiting Repress)

    A Shipwreck in the Sand is the fourth studio album by Canadian post-hardcore band, Silverstein.
    1. A Great Fire
    2. Vices (feat. Liam Cormier)
    3. Broken Stars Chapter Two: Liars, Cheaters And Thieves
    4. American Dream
    5. Their Lips Sink Ships
    6. I Knew I Couldn't Trust You
    7. Born Dead (feat. Scott Wade) Chapter Three: Fight Fire With Fire
    8. A Shipwreck In The Sand
    9. I Am The Arsonist
    10. You're All I Have Chapter Four: Death And Taxes
    11. We Are Not The World
    12. A Hero Loses Everyday
    13. The Tide Raises Every Ship
    14. The End (feat. Lights)
    Silverstein
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  • I Am Alive In Everything I Touch I Am Alive In Everything I Touch Quick View

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    I Am Alive In Everything I Touch

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    While it's difficult for any artist to find and gain success, the real struggle comes with
    sustaining it. Silverstein are one of those rare artists that have found a way to stand the
    test of time. Their formula is no secret: they have been going at full speed, nonstop for
    the past 15 years. They've taken no breaks between touring and recording, and have
    consistently produced quality albums and played sold out shows across the world.


    Since their inception, they've played over 1,700 shows and sold over 1 million albums.
    The band's most recent headline tour resulted in 90% sell out business, while playing
    1,000 capacity venues in 40 US major markets. Silverstein will also be appearing on
    the entire 2015 Vans Warped Tour, proving that the band's relevance is still thriving.
    Silverstein's newest album, "I Am Alive In Everything I Touch," is one of the band's
    strongest albums to date. These 12 songs are each uniquely crafted to showcase the
    band's signature mixture of emotional screams and soaring melodies. Every band
    writes one record that truly captures their essence and shows what they are about. It is
    the album immediately recommended when discovering a band's discography. This is
    Silverstein's trademark album.


    "I Am Alive In Everything I Touch" is a timeless album. This is Silverstein at the top of
    their game, and they are proving that after 15 years of continued success, they can
    still bring something new and exciting to the table

    1. Toronto (Abridged)
    2. A Midwestern State Of Emergency
    3. Face Of The Earth
    4. Heaven, Hell And Purgatory
    5. Buried At Sea
    6. Late On 6th
    7. Milestone
    8. The Continual Condition
    9. Desert Nights
    10. In The Dark
    11. Je Me Souviens
    12. Toronto (Unabridged)
    Silverstein
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  • Homesick (Awaiting Repress) Homesick (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Homesick (Awaiting Repress)

    Two years after their debut release, A Day To Remember exploded from a small band with a dedicated fan-base in Florida into a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the insane live shows and Pop-Hardcore they have lovingly made their own.


    Gaining the respect of their peers as much as their fans, they landed slots on the New Found Glory and Silverstein tours, the Victory Records Tour and the Vans Warped Tour. Now, ADTR are taking their insanely catchy melodies and brutal breakdowns with the positive message of friendship and unfaltering self-belief to the masses.


    A Day To Remember truly are ready to take over the world one mosh pit at a time.

    1. The Downfall Of Us All
    2. My Life For Hire
    3. I'm Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?
    4. NJ Legion Iced Tea
    5. Mr. Highway's Thinking About The End
    6. Have Faith In Me
    7. Welcome To The Family
    8. Homesick
    9. Holdin' It Down For The Underground
    10. You Already Know What You Are
    11. Another Song About The Weekend
    12. If It Means A Lot To You
    A Day To Remember
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  • The Outsiders The Outsiders Quick View

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    The Outsiders

    One of music's most electrifying entertainers and prolific songwriters, EMI Records Nashville's Eric Church, releases his fourth studio
    album, the aptly titled, THE OUTSIDERS. The release is the follow-up to his CMA and ACM Album of the Year, CHIEF, which has gone
    on to sell over 1.5 million records and produce two No. 1 singles, "Drink In My Hand" and "Springsteen" and three Top 10 hits since it's June 2011
    release.


    Church shared the news exclusively with Associated Press' Chris Talbott remarking, I'm interested to see what people think about them. I always say the
    songs are mine till the moment we release them, then they're the fans' (songs). I'm very anxious. I have a lot of anxiety to see what people think about
    what we've done."


    Church performed the album title and lead single, "The Outsiders," on The 47th Annual CMA Awards, airing live on ABC Television on Wednesday, Nov.
    6, where he was nominated for two CMA Awards this year: Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year (with Jason Aldean and Luke
    Bryan for "The Only Way I Know"). The song is an ode to the manner in which Church and his fans have built his career, as an inclusive group together
    fighting to have his music heard.


    Jay Joyce once again joins Church for production and songwriting collaborations. Church started writing for the release in 2012 while on his arena tour,
    Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. Talbott notes, "Some of the most striking moments [on THE OUTSIDERS] would seem odd to your local program director.
    There's a dark trilogy, for instance, that includes a dramatic recitation of the Shel Silverstein poem 'The Devil and Billy Markham.' 'Roller Coaster Ride'
    actually feels just like one. And album-closer, 'The Joint,' is an oddly affecting cross of Tom Waits and J.J. Cale."

    1. The Outsiders
    2. A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young
    3. Cold One
    4. Roller Coaster Ride
    5. Talladega
    6. Broke Record
    7. Like A Wrecking Ball
    8. That's Damn Rock & Roll
    9. Dark Side
    10. Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness)
    11. Give Me Back My Hometown
    12. The Joint
    Eric Church
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  • Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner) Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner)

    A perusal of string quintets throughout history leaves one with the impression that their creators wish to bestow a powerful impact upon the small group of musicians. And it is no different with Dvoák's Quintet in G major: a double bass, instead of the usual second cello, paints with broad strokes in the lengthy score whose first movement almost takes on symphonic dimensions.


    Here, the insistent, broad theme is presented in snappy cascades of sound. The cantilena, supported by a scurrying second subject, is followed by a frenzied Scherzo, which is steeped in Czech folk music under Dvoák's distinctive style. The third movement (Poco andante) is highly meditative and is constructed with layers of one and the same basic motif, which soon is intensified with pulsating quavers and finally evolves in rising melodic elements.


    The Finale is filled with fresh melodies and spiced with subtle motivic development, which is pleasant on the ear in all its complexity. It is not surprising, therefore, that Dvoák won an important prize for his Quintet.

    Recording: June 1971 at Boston Symphony Hall by GÜnter Hermanns
    Production: Thomas Mowrey



    Musicians:



    • Joseph Silverstein (violin)

    • Max Hobart (violin)

    • Burton Fine (viola)

    • Jules Eskin (cello)

    • Henry Portnoi (bass)



    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. Allegro Con Fuoco
    2. Intermezzo. Andante Religioso. Molto Adagio
    3. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace - Trio. L'Istesso Tempo, Quasi Allegretto
    4. Poco Andante

    5. Finale. Allegro Assai
    Antonin Dvorak
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  • Greatest Hits Volume II Greatest Hits Volume II Quick View

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    Greatest Hits Volume II

    The Johnny Cash - Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!!!

    The Hits Continue... Now On First Time Beautiful Translucent True Blue Vinyl!

    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso (Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson) & Pressed At R.T.I.

    Features Smash Hits: A Boy Named Sue, Hey Porter, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down, Folsom Prison Blues, If I Were A Carpenter

    First Time Gatefold Cover Art Featuring Rare Color Photo Of The Legendary Man In Black From The Sony Music Archives

    Johnny Cash was born during the great depression into a poor family in Arkansas. At a very young age, he worked on the family farm and experienced many of life's struggles. This is also the time he would develop his love for music, family and the Bible, which followed him closely throughout his long career.

    In the early fifties after spending time in the Air Force, he moved to Memphis, became friends with folks like Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, and ultimately cut some sides at Sun Studios which became the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar, troubadour and humanitarian unlike the world has ever known.

    The folks at Columbia Records knew that this young fellow named Johnny Cash was destined for super stardom. They quickly signed the legend to a long-term deal, and his first singles like his Guess Things Happen That Way & Hey Porter etched The Man In Black trademark to his name.

    In 1971 after many chart-topping country and pop albums and a bevy of hit singles and Grammy Awards, more fame followed as the brass at Columbia Records honored their journeyman Johnny Cash with his 2nd greatest hits collection, the gold and platinum smash Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume II.

    The album was a blockbuster as it hit the Top 5 in the charts, making this a crossover hit with both country and pop audiences, proving once again that his career was of historic merit. Filled with more hits than a roadside jukebox, the amazing album features his biggest hits like the groundbreaking Folsom Prison Blues and his Shel Silverstein classic A Boy Named Sue. The classic top charter duet with June Carter Cash If I Were A Carpenter is also included, followed up by one of his finest interpretations of his dear friend Kris Kristofferson's Sunday Mornin' Comin'Down.

    More treasures follow with the country belter Big River and Cash's gospel smash of Daddy Sang Bass, which truly continues the treasure trove of hits contained in this masterwork.

    In total, the album showcases eleven important Johnny Cash recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics for all time.

    In honor of the Man, the Music and the Legend, Friday Music is very honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl release of the Columbia Records classic Johnny Cash Greatest Hits Volume II by Johnny Cash.

    As another fine installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and manufactured at R.T.I., Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume II will be a much-anticipated audiophile dream release for his fans everywhere!

    For this exclusive limited edition presentation, we are also including for the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking original LP cover artwork and a rare inside photo of the legend directly from the Sony Music Archives.

    As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner sleeve to help keep your Johnny Cash vinyl in mint shape. Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume II A history making album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release First-time gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream on true blue vinyl come true From your friends at Friday Music

    Stay tuned for more Johnny Cash original Columbia Records audiophile vinyl and remastered compact disc recordings from Friday Music.

    1. A Boy Named Sue
    2. Hey Porter
    3. Guess Things Happen That Way
    4. Blistered
    5. Big River
    6. Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man
    7. Folsom Prison Blues
    8. Sunday Morning Coming Down
    9. If I Were A Carpenter
    10. Frankie's Man Johnny
    11. Daddy Sang Bass
    Johnny Cash
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  • For Those Who Have Heart For Those Who Have Heart Quick View

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    For Those Who Have Heart

    Ocala, Florida's A Day To Remember have managed to combine upbeat, melodic punk, and sensitive emo stylings with crushing metallic hardcore, creating a record that has a broad appeal, and could easily play shows alongside varying bands like Comeback Kid, Bury Your Dead and Silverstein.
    1. Fast Forward To 2012
    2. Speak Of The Devil
    3. The Danger In Starting A Fire
    4. The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle
    5. Monument
    6. The Price We Pay
    7. Colder Than My Heart, If You Can Imagine
    8. Show 'Em The Ropes
    9. A Shot In The Dark
    10. Here's To The Past
    11. I Heard It's The Softest Thing Ever
    12. Start The Shooting
    13. Since U Been Gone (bonus track)
    A Day To Remember
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  • Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space

    Limited Edition

    Comic Wow are sonic illustrators, alchemists, designers, dilettantes', poets, teachers, Socialists, and outdoorsmen whose advocacy of affordable colored cod pieces helped influence the look of thirty-third century America. Incidentally, they've also released music as Feathers. All pieces composed, performed, mixed and recorded by Eddie Alonso, Eric Rasco, John McEntire, Chris O'Malley, Ken Champion, Roy Silverstein, Paul Mertens, Tim Iseler, Jeremy Lemos and Matt Crum.

    1. Salad Days
    2. Bad Ballet
    3. Jazz Computer
    4. Nice Chaps
    5. Miami Song Tennis
    6. Miami Song Tennis 2
    7. Encore Electronics Flute Fax
    8. Chimp on a Pew
    9. Minor Hexagons
    10. Water Music Treadmill
    11. Meet the Vampeatles (Or, What if the Beatles were Vampires?)
    Comic Wow
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  • An Inch Equals A Thousand Miles An Inch Equals A Thousand Miles Quick View

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    An Inch Equals A Thousand Miles

    The Electric Eels may be history but the legend lives on through ex-Eels guitarist Brian McMahon. With all the poetic and electric exuberance of early post Velvets Lour Reed, McMahon's latest venture allows his unique skills as a guitarist and writer of beautiful songs to shine through and reflect on a part of rock history that is only now just coming to light. Features guest appearances from Henry Polk, Mike Whitney, Mark Greenberg and Steve Silverstein.
    Side One

    1 If I Lived Here

    2 From The Sea Beneath Her Arc

    3 Submarine

    4 Crowded Haus

    5 And She's Got Hooks

    6 Afraid To Change

    7 The Dog Dines Alfresco

     

    Side Two

    1 Fly For Fun

    2 Film Burns Away

    3 Claire

    4 An Inch Equals A Thousand Miles

    5 Men Who Write Of You

    6 Axis
    Brian McMahon
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  • Johnny Cash at San Quentin Johnny Cash at San Quentin Quick View

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    Johnny Cash at San Quentin

    Perhaps even more so than its predecessor, Johnny Cash at San Quentin captures Cash at his most raw and uninhibited. The artists raucous rapport with his captive audience is obvious on an inspired mix of Cash classics (I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues), jailhouse ballads (Starkville City Jail, San Quentin), traditional tunes (Wreck of the Old 97, Therell Be Peace in the Valley) and well-chosen covers (Bob Dylans Wanted Man, the Lovin Spoonfuls Darling Companion). The albums most popular track, though, remains the Shel Silverstein-penned novelty number A Boy Named Sue, which became the biggest hit single of Cashs career.


    Johnny Cashs five-decade musical career was loaded with bigger-than-life landmark moments. None were more memorable than the Man in Blacks historic concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin State Prison, and the beloved albums that documented those shows. Cashs passion for prison reform and rehabilitation inspired him to perform a series of concerts for inmate audiences, and two of these unique events were documented on Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and Johnny Cash at San Quentin. These albums, originally released in 1968 and 1969 respectively, remain among Cashs best-selling and best-loved recordings. At the time of their original release, they revitalized his career, and played a crucial role in his crossover from the country music world to the mainstream pop charts.

    1. Wanted Man

    2. Wreck of the Old 97

    3. I Walk the Line

    4. Darling Companion
    5. Starkville City Jail

    6. San Quentin
    7. San Quentin

    8. A Boy Named Sue

    9. Peace in the Valley

    10. Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny Cash
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    Undefeated (Out of Stock)

    Bobby Bare, Jr. could've phoned in a career. He could've exploited the fact that he's the son of iconic Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, was born into Nashville's Music Row elite, and counted artists like Shel Silverstein as close family friends and George Jones and Tammy Wynette as next door neighbors. Instead, Bobby blazed a path of unique songwriting craftsmanship with a voice that blows through you like an unyielding wind on the desolate prairie.


    Undefeated is BBJ's first release since 2010 and what he calls his "break-up record," but the whole of it is much more involved: this isn't escapism; it's an emotional survival guide. Undefeated is ten songs of reality checks, clever wordplay, and daring arrangements, the aural companion to that buddy who pulls up a bar stool next to yours to help soak away your sorrows.


    Like a bespectacled, curly haired prizefighter whose opponent is on the ropes, Bobby goes at each release as if it might be his last round, focused, and full of energy and purpose. Undefeated is no different. The song list is a war chest of formidable uppercuts (e.g. distorted pop rock gems "North of Alabama By Mornin'" and "Don't Stand At the Stove"), eye-splitting right jabs (open and orchestral "Don't Wanna Know" and "The Elegant Imposter"), and sneaky left hooks (the crescendoing "As Forever Became Never Again").


    Undefeated is an album of distinct balance, but with raw and varied textures. "North of Alabama By Mornin'" leads with a murky, palm-muted electric guitar and striding, crunchy organ backbeat; a combination that is undeniably kinetic à la Humble Pie's '70s boogie grooves and sinister and sexy, like a Southern doppelganger to Greg Dulli/The Twilight Singers. Bare Jr.'s ghostly high/low vocal layers echo the bleak picture of a metaphorical road trip, when his confidence slips, "Am I holding the steering wheel or is it holding me?/ The transmission is slipping like a pigeon through a tiger's teeth." By the song's finale, though, jubilant yelps ("Oh! Ho! Ho! We're goin' home!") and the electric guitar's pinch-harmonic wailing, indicate that things are headed in the right direction.


    What's most striking about BBJ is his proficiency with a broad sonic palette that fluently conjures uncommon impressions of life's soul-arresting experiences. "The Big Time" is rock 'n' roll reinterpreted through the lens of soulful pedaled bass, celebratory and punchy brass, and the facade of big-city talk ("You're gonna miss me after I hit the big time/ Gonna get brand new famous friends."). In "Blame Everybody (But Yourself)" the band - Young Criminals' Starvation League - taps into a piano-inflected British invasion/Herman's Hermits sort of vibe, blended with the melancholic echo chamber aesthetic of My Morning Jacket.


    At other moments, Bobby channels his country DNA (like in the Hayes Carll co-penned "My Baby Took My Baby Away"), mirror-ball gazing '70s R&B/soul ("Undefeated"), and bright ballads from the hills and hollers of Venice Beach ("If She Cared"). From anyone else, this refusal to play it on the straight and narrow would sound cluttered and disjointed, but Bobby never breaks a sweat.

    1. North of Alabama By Mornin'
    2. If She Cared
    3. The Big Time
    4. Don't Wanna Know
    5. The Elegant Imposter
    6. Undefeated
    7. My Baby Took My Baby Away
    8. Blame Everybody (But Yourself)
    9. As Forever Became Never Again
    10. Don't Stand At The Stove
    Bobby Bare Jr.
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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