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Slash (Limited Edition) (Awaiting Repress)As the former lead guitarist of mega-rock group Guns N Roses, Slash has had a dominant presence in music for more than twenty years. Referred to by many
as one of the greatest and most influential guitar players of all time, Slash's signature style and commanding guitar mastery has impacted not only millions of fans around the world, but may fellow artists in all genres of music. Slashs various projects over the years have included the multiplatinumglobal rock band Velvet Revolver as well as guest guitarist and collaborator for a countless list of artists including Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Yardbirds, Sammy Haggar and more. Add soundtrack albums and his most recent success via the video game best-seller Guitar Hero to truly begin to appreciate the legacy Slash has established through this point in his career.
Slash has always been the artist others seek and invite to collaborate with on their material. Now, for the first time, Slash will do the inviting. His first solo release, is a collection of new songs written in partnership with some of the most notable and legendary artists in music. After first enlisting the services of producing partner Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, The All-American Rejects), Slash compiled a premier rhythm section in bassist Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails.)1. Ghost (Ian Astbury)
2. Crucify the Dead (Ozzy Osbourne)
3. Beautiful Dangerous (Fergie)
4. Back From Cali (Myles Kennedy)
5. Promise (Chris Cornell)
6. By the Sword (Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother)
7. Gotten (Adam Levine)
8. Doctor Alibi (Lemmy Kilmister)
9. Watch This (Dave Grohl/Duff McKagan)
10. I Hold On (Kid Rock)
11. Nothing To Say (M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold)
12. Starlight (Myles Kennedy)
13. Saint is a Sinner Too (Rocco DeLuca)
14. We're All Gonna Die (Iggy Pop)$16.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
World On FireWORLD ON FIRE is the new album from SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, and it comes on full throttle and in-your-face, a hunk of
burning rock 'n' roll that takes no prisoners. Intensifying the band's sound and vision, it marks the follow-up to their succesful and acclaimed 2012 debut,
Apocalyptic Love, also released on SLASH's own indie Dik Hayd International label distributed through Caroline.
"We've been playing together for awhile and I think it's gotten to the point where everybody's comfortable in our own skins," says Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame guitarist SLASH, who has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, with seven GRAMMY nominations, a GRAMMY award and countless
accolades. "It turned out to be a very easy process. We definitely had chemistry from the very first time we entered a room together. It was instantaneous
WORLD ON FIRE represents that chemistry, as SLASH, vocalist MYLES KENNEDY, bassist TODD KERNS and drummer BRENT FITZ blaze through 17
songs that run the gamut of topics, some derived from tour bus conversations between the singer and guitarist. These range from the pointed sexual
politics of "Battleground," "Dirty Girl" and "Stone Blind," the anti-war sentiments of "Dissident" and the coming-of-age saga "Bent to Fly," to such charged
issues as elephant poaching ("Beneath the Savage Sun"), child abuse in the Catholic Church ("The Unholy"), addiction ("Wicked Stone") and the perils
faced by females of a certain age in show business ("Withered Delilah"). There's also a song inspired by Mad Men's Don Draper ("Shadow Life") and a
rockin' instrumental ("Safari Inn").1. World on Fire
2. Shadow Life
3. Automatic Overdrive
4. Wicked Stone
5. 30 Years to Life
6. Bent to Fly
7. Stone Blind
8. Too Far Gone
9. Beneath the Savage Sun
10. Withered Delilah
12. Dirty Girl
13. Iris of the Storm
15. The Dissident
16. Safari Inn
17. The Unholy$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Roxy 09.25.14On September 25th 2014, shortly after the release of their "World On Fire" album, Slash with Myles Kennedy & The
Conspirators took the stage at the legendary Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The atmospheric
venue, steeped in rock history, gave fans a brilliant opportunity to see the band up close as they delivered a set
packed with more recent solo tracks, including several from the new album, and classics from Slash's earlier career
with Guns 'n' Roses and Velvet Revolver.
Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.1. Ghost
4. Back From Cali
5. Stone Blind
6. You Could Be Mine
7. Doctor Alibi
8. You're Crazy
9. Wicked Stone
10. 30 Years To Life
11. Rocket Queen
12. Bent To Fly
14. You're A Lie
15. World On Fire
17. Sweet Child O' Mine
19. Paradise City$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Ritz - New York CityAt the height of their popularity, the original Fab Five bad boys of Rock n Roll had their finest hour at the Ritz in New York City on February 2, 1988. Guns N Roses, in their musical peak, performed their best songs from the now legendary classic album Appetite for Destruction.The chemistry and panache of Axl and Slash is extraordinary and this iconic show - broadcast live across the airwaves as it was being played is surely one of the finest gigs in rock & roll history.LP1
1. It's so Easy (Live)
2. Mr Brownstone (Live)
3. Out Ta Get Me (Live)
4. Sweet Child O Mine (Live)
5. My Michelle (Live)
1. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Live)
2. Welcome to the Jungle (Live)
3. Nightrain (Live)
4. Paradise City (Live)
5. Mama Kin (Live)
6. Rocket Queen (Live)$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angel Dust (Deluxe)180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl With Gatefold Sleeves
Features A 2nd LP With A Selection Of Rarities
As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band's vital and visceral musical legacy with Deluxe Editions of THE REAL THING and ANGEL DUST.
Each album will be offered as a double LP, 180gm heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August.
Like all bands who transcended their time to become cornerstones of an era, Faith No More sounded like nobody else. The group's commercial breakthrough came in 1989 with the release of THE REAL THING. It was the band's third album, but the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals). The album was incredibly diverse, yet every song was linked by the band's own developing style. It peaked at #11 on the charts and was certified platinum, spawning the singles, "From Out Of Nowhere" and "Falling To Pieces," as well as "Epic," which was ubiquitous on radio and MTV.
After extensive touring, the band returned in 1992 with ANGEL DUST. It climbed to #10 on the U.S. album charts and would later be recognized as one of the most influential releases of the era. The album swings between extremes-aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing-showing off every facet of the band's quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as "Midlife Crisis," "Jizzlobber," "R.V." and "Small Victory."
Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of "Midlife Crisis" by the band's longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys' "Let's Lynch The Landlord" and the band's unforgettable take on the Commodores' "Easy."LP1 (as per 1992 1LP version)
1. Land Of Sunshine
3. Midlife Crisis
5. Everything's Ruined
8. Be Aggressive
9. A Small Victory
11. Smaller And Smaller
2. Midnight Cowboy
3. Crack Hitler
4. Midlife Crisis (The Scream Mix) Remixed by Matt Wallace
5. The World Is Yours (Angel Dust outtake)
6. As The Worm Turns (Mike Patton vocal / Japan bonus track)
7. Das Schutzenfest (German version)
8. Let's Lynch The Landlord (B-Side)
9. Be Aggressive (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
10. Kindergarten (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
11. We Care A Lot (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-UNI-4811xGuns N' Roses
Appetite For Destruction 180Ranked 61/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
One of the most prolific debut albums of all time, Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction is a revelatory portrait of the gritty underground of Los Angeles from one of the most notorious bands of all time and it still sounds as raw and dangerous as ever. The blistering guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin provides the ultimate backdrop for Axl Rose's signature rasp. From Paradise City to Sweet Child O' Mine and Welcome To The Jungle, the record brims with a brutal integrity that without question will always stand as the predominate document of the bands' legend. Reissued here on 180g Vinyl LP!1. Welcome to the Jungle
2. It's So Easy
4. Out Ta Get Me
5. Mr. Brownstone
6. Paradise City
7. My Michelle
8. Think About You
9. Sweet Child O' Mine
10. You're Crazy
11. Anything Goes
12. Rocket Queen$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Irresistible BlissIrresistible Bliss was Soul Coughing's second album, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). The band initially planned for Tchad Blake, producer of their first album, Ruby Vroom, to produce the album, but the death of a family member in a car accident caused Blake to take a hiatus. Over the objections of his bandmates and his record label, Slash Records/Warner Bros., frontman Mike Doughty (then billed as M. Doughty) hired producer David Kahne (Fishbone, The Bangles, Sublime, Tony Bennett, Sugar Ray, The Strokes); he was intent on following up the wild sonics of Ruby Vroom with a tightly-wound, trembly, New Wave inspired record.1. Super Bon Bon
2. Soft Serve
3. White Girl
4. Soundtrack to Mary
6. 4 Out of 5
11. The Idiot Kings
12. How Many Cans?$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Izzy Stradlin And The Ju Ju Hounds180 Gram Import
Izzy Stradlin was always the most gifted member of Guns N' Roses, able to put a modern spin on the classic Rock of Chuck Berry, the Stones, and the Faces, as well as the New York Dolls and Sex Pistols. Axl may have had the angst and Slash may have had the chops, but Izzy had the smarts and the heart.
On his debut solo album, released in 1992, the traditional elements that had always formed the backbone of Stradlin's music with Guns N' Roses comes to the forefront. Unlike future albums released by Stradlin, this one was released under a band name: Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds.
The album spawned two Top 20 Rock radio hits: Shuffle It All and Somebody Knockin'.1. Somebody Knockin'
2. Pressure Drop
3. Time Gone By
4. Shuffle It All
5. Bucket O' Trouble
6. Train Tracks
7. How Will It Go
8. Cuttin' The Rug
9. Take A Look At The Guy
10. Come On Now Inside$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La Bamba-Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl Series Continues!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl Presentation - #1 Album In 1987
Features The #1 Smash Hit La Bamba By Los Lobos + Brian Setzer's Summertime Blues + Bo Diddley's Who Do You Love
Mastered Impeccably From The Original Slash Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
1987 was a big year for Los Lobos and a huge blockbuster movie called La Bamba based
on the life and times of the late great Richie Valens. Its success truly made way for a number
one soundtrack companion LP, which rode to the top of both the sales and airplay charts with
multiple format hit records for over a year.
The box office smash featured some of the biggest songs of that year with Los Lobos's #1
smash hit single La Bamba as well as seven more Los Lobos rockin' champions like Come On
Lets Go, Framed and the torch ballad Richie Valens was so well remembered for, Donna. Superstars like Brian Setzer also contributed to the #1 soundtrack too with tunes like Summertime
Blues and Bo Diddley's own rockin' Who Do You Love. Carlos Santana was also on hand for the
film score and through it all, the La Bamba LP will forever be known as one of rock's finest movie
and musical soundtrack's ever recorded.
As with our continuing expansion into the original movie soundtrack genres, Friday Music
is very proud to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the Los Lobos
multiplatinum smash La Bamba - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
This stunning album is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Elvis Presley/Bo Diddley/
Chuck Berry) from the Slash Records tapes and includes the original LP sized artwork, not seen
since its original 1987 release.
Los Lobos La Bamba The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Another rock soundtrack
classic from your friends at Friday Music
La Bamba!!!1. La Bamba (Los Lobos)
2. Come On, Let's Go! (Los Lobos)
3. Ooh My Head (Los Lobos)
4. We Belong Together (Los Lobos)
5. Framed (Los Lobos)
6. Donna (Los Lobos)
7. Lonely Teardrops (Howard Huntsberry)
8. Crying Waiting Hoping (Marshall Crenshaw)
9. Summertime Blues (Brian Setzer)
10. Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley)
11. Charlena (Los Lobos)
12. Goodnight My Love (Los Lobos)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Gorelick (Awaiting Repress)Dead Kenny Gs have made their punk rock masterpiece. A 17-minute EP entitled Gorelick. Not one more second is needed as the DKGs slash and burn their way through six tracks, including originals like Beer, Daddy Issues and Punk Rock Girlfriend, plus a bruising rendition of their namesake The Dead Kennedys' Kill The Poor.
The combustible punk-jazz trio featuring saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser and vocaslist/vibraphonist/drummer Mike Dillon have garnered a fanatical cult fan-base over years of incessant touring and critical praise, as well as through related projects like Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin and Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle. Gorelick will be released as a limited vinyl pressing with only 500 copies being issued.
Dead Kenny Gs is a definitive statement of purpose: a resolute denunciation of all-things artificial. Skerik and his compatriots use their un-compromised art to draw an aesthetic line in the sand at the expense of crass commercialization that contaminates our art, our food, and what passes for our political discourse. It's fun, fearless, and, if you are the ass-shaking type, you can get down accordingly. - Popmatters1. Gorelick
2. Kill The Poor
3. Trivial Assault
4. Punk Rock Girlfriend
5. Daddy Issues
6. Beer$11.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Sweeter As The Years Go ByBlind Willie Johnson was perhaps the finest singing evangelist of all time. While the 16 tracks on this LP aren't as striking as those on the seminal Praise God I'm Satisfied, they're still invigorating and a vital part of his legacy. Johnson played acoustic rather than slide on several cuts, and didn't take flamboyant solos or add slashing counterpoint. But he demonstrated a skillful use of repetition and outstanding rhythmic and melodic skills. Johnson teamed with Willie B. Harris on several songs, and her rough, cutting voice proved an ideal match with his equally ragged sound.
- Ron Wynn (All Music)1. John the Revelator
2. You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond
3. Let Your Light Shine on Me
4. Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right
5. Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying
6. If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down
7. If It Had Not Been for Jesus
8. Church, I'm Fully Saved Today
9. The Soul of a Man
10. I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge
11. Can't Nobody Hide from God
12. Sweeter as the Years Roll By
13. Go With Me to That Land
14. Trouble Will Soon Be Over
15. Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There
16. Take Your Stand$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Complete Live At Raji's (Pre-Order)Pressed On 180g, Multi-Color Vinyl And Pressed At Record Industry
Each 2-LP Set Is Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited
Features Brand New Artwork And Never Before Seen Photos And Liner Notes
Comes In A Gatefold Tip-On Stoughton Sleeve
First Time Issued On Vinyl In The U.S. And Only The Second Time It Will Be Pressed To Wax Since The First Edited Version Was Released In 1989 In Europe
Features The Complete Show On Vinyl For The First Time, Including Tracks See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, When You Smile, All Along The Watchtower, And Tell Me When It's Over, That Are Making Their Debut Appearance On The Format
Though never commercially successful, Paisley Underground darlings the Dream Syndicate were critically acclaimed and held up their version of neo-psychedelic rock n' roll through the vapid MTV-dominated synth years of the 1980s. Influenced by the Velvet Underground, Neil Young and Television, the Syndicate led by vocalist, guitarist and band leader, Steve Wynn, formed the original version of the band with guitarist Karl Precoda in 1982 after moving back to Los Angeles. Drummer Dennis Duck, who played in the Pasadena band, Human Hands, joined the Syndicate and suggested the band's name in reference to Tony Conrad's early 1960s NY experimental ensemble that included John Cale.
The band performed their first live show at Club Lingerie in Hollywood on Feb 23, 1982, and later signed to Slash Records' subsidiary, Ruby Records,releasing their enigmatic and best-known album, The Days of Wine and Roses. After a brief hiatus in the latter 1980s, Wynn, Duck and bassist Mark Walton joined with guitarist Paul Cutler who had produced the band's very first EP. By 1988, the band was on Enigma Records and began a relationship with producer Elliott Mazer, who produced Neil Young's Time Fades Away. Mazer produced Live at Raji's which showcased the band's long, feedback soaked improvisations and even though it was released AFTER the Mazer-produced studio album, Ghost Stories, it was recorded prior to that on Jan 31, 1988, at Raji's in Hollywood; not 1989 as originally listed on the album upon release.
What Run Out Groove presents here is the complete show, including 4 tracks making their debut on wax. Live at Raji's would see its release for the first time in the U.S., since the original vinyl album debuted in Europe back in 1989. If you like R.E.M., Mazzy Star, Rain Parade, Galaxie 500, Big Star, The Velvet Underground, Television and Grant Lee Buffalo you won't want to miss this title.LP 1
1. See That My Grave is Kept Clean
2. Still Holding On To You
3. Forest For the Trees
4. Until Lately
5. That's What You Always Say
6. When You Smile
8. All Along the Watchtower
9. Tell Me When it's Over
1. The Days of Wine and Roses
2. The Medicine Show
5. John Coltrane Stereo Blues$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Mourning In The MorningFor Mourning In The Morning, his 1969 album debut on Atlantic Records, southpaw blues guitar legend Otis Rush journeyed from his Chicago home to Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabamaa burg best known for seminal soul platters. Backed by a horn-powered band that included a young Duane Allman on rhythm guitar, Otis slashing axe and anguished vocals glowed on the tortured Youre Killing My Love, remakes of his Cobra Records classics My Love Will Never Die and It Takes Time, and a stunning revival of B.B. Kings Gamblers Blues. Half the set consisted of new compositions from producers Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites, and Rushs mile-wide string bending on a shimmering instrumental version of Aretha Franklins Baby I Love You is utterly breathtaking.1. Me
2. Working Man
3. You're Killing My Love
4. Feel So Bad
5. Gambler's Blues
6. Baby, I Love You
7. My Old Lady
8. My Love Will Never Die
9. Reap What You Sow
10. It Takes Time
11. Can't Wait No Longer$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hang You From The Heavens/Are Friends Electric?The debut release from both the Dead Weather and Third Man Records is two songs of dark, mysterious rock and roll with a violent edge. Alison Mosshart's vocals coupled with Dean Fertita's slashing guitar work wreak havoc on top of Jack White's vicious back-beat. Little Jack Lawrence's bass blows holes through your mind. Prepare to be spooked cause this record is scary good.
Jack White has formed a new group called The Dead Weather with The Kills frontwoman Alison Mosshart. White takes drum and vocal duties, while The Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and Queens of the Stoneage guitarist Dean Fertita round the four piece out.
First release from Jack White's imprint Third Man Records
First release by the Dead Weather
Band features members of the White Stripes, the Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, the Raconteurs
B-side is a cover of the classic Gary Numan song exclusive to this release
Full-length 'Horehound' due from Third Man in JulyHang You Up From the Heavens
Are Friends Electric? (Gary Numan cover)$6.99Vinyl LP 7'' Single - Sealed Buy Now
1,000 YearsThe new record began with the same surprise turn that started Corin Tucker's career back in 1991, ended Sleater-Kinney's 11-year year run in 2006 and inspired the punk-feminist rocker to redefine herself as a stay-at-home mom. It was early 2009, and Tucker was performing at a benefit show in her hometown of Portland, OR airing out a couple of new songs. Another benefit, and another pair of unheard tunes, followed a few weeks later. The reaction from friends, fans and perfect strangers was unanimous. Cue the wrenching rhythms and hard-angle melodies, the slashing guitars and wildly passionate vocals of 1,000 Years. Only now the hard edges come nestled in lush weaves of acoustic guitars, keyboards,interlocking percussion, even cellos and violins, which places 1,000 Years deep into Tucker's creative headwaters, another addition to her 20-year catalog of restless songs for restless spirits.1. 1,000 Years
2. Half a World Away
3. It's Always Summer
4. Handed Love
8. Pulling Pieces
9. Thrift Store Coats
10. Big Goodbye
11. Miles Away$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hesitation Marks180 Gram Vinyl Double LP Includes CD
Hesitation Marks is the new full-length album from Nine Inch Nails. Recorded in secret over the last year, Trent Reznor teamed with producers Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder to create the first new music from Nine Inch Nails in five years. Includes lead single Came Back Haunted.
The vinyl edition is pressed on two black 180 gram LPs housed in a gatefold jacket and includes a CD insert of the album.
• " ['Came Back Haunted'] rides a sleek electronic bassline over a jittery, popping beat that is increasingly overlaid with swirls of synthesizers as the tune builds to a slashing guitar break Reznor sings with restrained, clenched-jaw intensity, his voice enveloped by the music." - Rolling Stone
• " 'Came Back Haunted' is a snarling, twitchy throwback that announces Reznor's return in characteristic form." - Spin
• "A bouncy electronic track with flourishes of NIN's familiar gritty electric guitar." - BillboardLP 1
1. The Eater Of Dreams
2. Copy Of A
3. Came Back Haunted
4. Find My Way
5. All Time Low
2. Various Methods Of Escape
4. I Would For You
5. In Two
6. While I'm Still Here
7. Black Noise$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Can See Your House From HerePressed By Pallas In Germany
Released For The First Time On Vinyl
Some collaborations between jazz giants seem to have been disappointing for whatever reason. John Scofield and Pat Metheny have such distinct approaches to jazz guitar, who could have foreseen what such a project would end up like?
It's no surprise that their collaboration sounds so relaxed, fluid, and musically serene, writes AllMusic.com Listeners shouldn't necessarily expect a series of slashing duels, but it's certainly not vapid new age or retrograde fusion. Scofield and Metheny divide compositional duties and play masterful, expressive solos. Guitar fans will be especially impressed with the mastering, which makes Scofield and Metheny's guitars sound right in the room. Even those who don't like sessions without horns, brass, or keyboards shouldn't spurn this one; it still has plenty of muscle.1. Acidhead
3. Jungle Fiction
4. I Brake 4 Monster Booty
5. Animal Farm
7. Tomorrow Land
9. Polo Towers
10. Snap Crackle Pop
11. Lucky For Her$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
$29.99 $15.99 Save $14.00 (47%)
Power Windows (On Sale)200 Gram Vinyl
Remastered At Abbey Road Studios Using The Direct To Metal Mastering Audiophile Copper Plating Process, All From Original Analogue Masters
Power Windows introduced more keyboard synthesizers into the band's sound. The Big Money and Mystic Rhythms were both made into music videos featured in MTV's rotation at the time. This was the era in which the band were expanding into new directions from their progressive rock base, and they had on their then recent albums tightened up their sidelong suites and rhythmic abstractions into balled-up song fists, art-pop blasts of angular, slashing guitar, spatial keyboards and hyperpercussion, all resolved with forthright melodic sense
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. The Big Money
2. Grand Designs
3. Manhattan Project
6. Middletown Dreams
7. Emotion Detector
8. Mystic Rhythms$29.99 $15.99 Save $14.00 (47%)200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
More SoundtrackConcocted for director Barbet Schroeder's dystopian hippie road flick, this album marks Floyd's first venture into film scoring, a task they undertake with a verve that overshadows their lack of formal training in the field. With just a handful of cuts echoing the trippy, atmospheric space-rock that was so much a part of their early career, there's a surprisingly familiar dedication to songcraft evident here, especially for a soundtrack.
Roger Waters's acoustic ballads (Cirrus Minor, Crying Song, Green is the Color), dark and dirge-like, are familiar predecessors to music that would highlight Wish You Were Here and The Wall, while Dave Gilmour's slashing riffs on The Nile Song also foreshadow greatness to come. Moody and surprisingly eclectic, More has rightly earned its place as a Floyd cult fave. --Jerry McCulley1. Cirrus Minor
2. The Nile Song
3. Crying Song
4. Up The Khyber
5. Green Is The Colour
7. Party Sequence
8. Main Theme
9. Ibiza Bar
10. More Blues
12. A Spanish Piece
13. Dramatic Theme$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)
Rides Again (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
The Joe Walsh-Led James Gang Balances Edgy Hard Rock and Sincere Country-Tinged Ballads on 1970 Classic: Rides Again Features the Radio Favorite Funk #49 and Multi-Part Bomber
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 4000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g Vinyl LP of Rides Again Presents James Gang in Full-Scale Detail
Led by future Eagle Joe Walsh, the James Gang establishes a power-trio template for all times on its 1970 sophomore album. Home to the top-down favorite Funk #49, Rides Again sparks with a stylistic versatility, hard-rocking edge, and balladic vulnerability united by tight-knit musicianship. The quartet's penchant for crunch-laden boogies and focused jamming pours out on the first half of the record before the band pulls its trick bag out on the second half and injects keyboards into the stylistically varied mix. From start to finish, Rides Again is a 70s rock classic - and, now, one that at last features first-rate sonics to match the music.
Recorded at the then-brand-new Record Plant, the songs sound more authoritative and fun than ever before on Mobile Fidelity's restored analog pressing. Mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 4000 numbered copies, this 180g LP teems with involving textures, details, and depth hidden from view on prior pressings. The dimensional body and weight of the guitars, probing low-end of Dale Peters' bass lines, reedy timbre of Walsh's singing, and pacing of the crisp percussive cues are all enhanced. Increased separation between the instruments and airier, more open soundstaging add to the record's toe-tapping fun and seemingly unlimited groove quotient.
Walsh, without question, remains the biggest draw on Rides Again. The FM radio staple Funk #49 - kick-started by the irresistible declaration I sleep all day, out all night/I know where you're goin' - continues to be identified by many as a Walsh solo tune. Yet it, as well as the sexual thrust of the head-bobbing Woman and proto-metal slash of the multi-part The Bomber, fully represents the pure chemistry and locomotive momentum of the James Gang. With Walsh's Echoplex-equipped slide guitar making psychedelic- and blues-leaning comments, his mates pick up on the direction and answer with melodic responses.
Throughout the record, the trio's synergy clicks at every turn. Such interplay extends to the more diverse, country-tinged fare on Side B. Streaked with throaty organ passages and reflective moods, sincere midtempo ballads like Tend My Garden tease with rave-up structures and express a softer side of the group. Similarly, the acoustic-based Garden Gate and Jack Nitzsche-orchestrated Ashes the Rain and I showcase sincerity and diversity suggesting the James Gang prepared to defy limitations afforded most of its peers.
Yet Walsh's departure in 1971 changed the group's fortunes - and, by extension, upped the value of Rides Again, which survives as a near-flawless example of earnest 70s rock and organic playing.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Funk #49
4. The Bomber
5. Tend My Garden
6. Garden Gate
7. There I Go Again
9. Ashes the Rain and I$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
UNIM-GLA-2633xMumford And Sons
Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. It is produced by Markus Dravs.
Fantastic 4 Star review from American Songwriter!
There are some guitar sounds so indelibly stuck into our collective pop-consciousness that even those who can't tell a minor from a major chord can identify the band or player from just a few riffs -a dreamy John Lennon lick, the cosmic climb of Joe Perry, Slash's slash, Nirvana's fuzzy-barre rips, the post-punk fury of Sonic Youth. Now, the chugging, kinetic strum of Mumford & Sons is slowly creeping onto this revered list - not born out of extreme skill or virtuosity but by sheer branding, note for note. And it's how the band's second album, Babel, opens on the title track: with that same very strum, born somewhere between English mountain folk and an old time Appalachia. You can nearly hear the sweat flying off Marcus Mumford, his Martin instrument hiked high on his chest, every time he and banjo player Winston Marshall attack their strings.
So it's no coincidence, it seems, that the band's highly anticipated sophomore record begins exactly where we might expect, and the rest of LP that follows proves that this isn't an attempt to smash any expectations with a sudden progression of their style. For those devotees looking for the Mumfords to evolve drastically, well, you're out of luck. But who would that audience be, anyway? The band is no doubt polarizing: old time and bluegrass faithfuls wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Sigh No More, and their most ardent followers are more likely to have an iPod stocked with Coldplay and John Mayer than Bill Monroe or Doc Watson. Even pop addicts can't deny the catchy craft of "Little Lion Man" or "The Cave." No one is looking for their Kid A. Thus Babel's not a new sentence in the book of Mumford & Sons - it's what happens after an ellipses. And in many ways, that suits them just fine. It will most definitely suit their fans.
Marcus Mumford has always been a bit of a melancholy fellow, and even a marriage to pixie-haired starlet Carey Mulligan, sold-out shows and Grammy nominations haven't shaken the teary introspection from this set of songs. Obviously, Babel deals in a lot of religious imagery and lyrics - with all the success and opportunities to indulge, it seems the boys have taken a moment to ask a few questions of their maker. "This cup of yours tastes holy/but a brush with the devil can clear your mind," Mumford sings on the second track "Whispers in the Dark." It's an anthem call with a firm statement: "I'm a cad but I'm not a I'm not a fraud / I set out to serve the lord." Maybe the trials and tribulations of being simultaneously loved and harangued have worn on the Mumford's, but at least they can prove to themselves, their audience or even their lord that this stuff comes from the heart.
The album's single, "I Will Wait," is an easy crowd-pleaser moment with an arena-ready hushed chorus, set to those furious strings. The lyric and melody could easily be a Fray song if you removed the plucking banjo -and that's the amazing thing about Mumford & Sons. Purists aside, there's no one else that can get an audience from ages eight to eighty screaming along to a bunch of acoustic instruments or urge a kid to choose guitar lessons over computer games. Every time they perform - live or on Babel - they do it with sheer fervor, as if it's both their first and last time.
While the band is mostly known for their "Americana" sound, they also pull references from their side of the pond: from both classic British countryside folk and Celtic punk bands like The Pogues. Those influences run a little more clear on Babel - "Ghosts That We Knew" and "Reminder" are both soft, melancholy stunners born out of grassy hills and cockney-tinged tales told in wood-paneled bars. And "Broken Crown" is the boys at their angriest yet: "I'll never be your chosen one," Mumford sings lightly before launching into an all-out war over minstrel plucks. It's a force of a song, and not your firmest pick nor hard-earned callous could weather that storm.
Babel has some other unexpected moments, too, like on "Hopeless Wanderer," which begins with keys instead of strum, and "Lover of the Light" is a sunnier moment, perhaps a nod to the singer's recent vows ("to have and to hold," Mumford howls on the track). And the album's closer, "Not Without Haste," is a beautiful lullaby meant more for singing a restless man to sleep than a still-innocent child.
There's also a continuation of the Mumford's love of literary references, with the boys even copping recently to ripping a line from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall - this is the band, after all, that was able to loop Macbeth's fateful cry of "stars, hide your fires" into their rollicking song "Roll Away Your Stone." So while the album title, Babel, is most likely a biblical reference, it's hard not to think of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Library of Babel. In it Borges imagines a universe composed of an endless library that contains every book in every possible permutation, and, therefore, nothing at all. This excess causes great despair for people of the library as they try to search for meaning in all of it. They fret. They come up empty.
Babel may not hold all the answers, and it may not be some exotic transformation of their original formula - it's a safe bet to say that nothing from the Mumford & Sons may ever be. In The Library of Babel, the final realization that everything repeats itself is the universe's saving grace. And in Babel, you could say the same. Though there may not be endless possibilities, there's comfort - elegance, even - in that familiar, now nearly iconic rip of those strings, strummed in the way only those boys from West London can strum. It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.1. Babel
2. Whispers In The Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Lovers' Eyes
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Miles Davis - A Tribute To Jack Johnson (On Sale)Audiophile Reference Sonics: Mobile Fidelity LP Presents Lean, Stripped-Back, and Open Sound With Startling Immediacy and Realism
Soundtrack Merges Electric Fusion, Slashing Rock, and Aggressive Funk Via Astounding Lineup: Guitarist John McLaughlin and Trumpeter Davis Turn In Blistering Performances
Powerhouse 1971 Album the Greatest Jazz-Rock Record Ever Made
The album cover to Trust speaks volumes: Elvis Costello, bathed in shadows, his eyes nervously peering out from behind his sunglasses, his face conveying a combination of edgy noir purpose and guilt-ridden anxiety. Indeed, the tension-rich songs within largely convey the opposite meanings of the record's title, with the British icon musing on what lies beyond arrogant youth and immediate success with a jaundiced, scarred perspective informed by his country's political climate and his own experiences.
Miles Davis' A Tribune to Jack Johnson is the best jazz-record ever made. Equally inspired by the leader's desire to assemble the "greatest rock and roll band you have ever heard" as well as his adoration of Johnson, Davis created a hard-hitting set that spills over with excitement, intensity, majesty, and power. Bridging the electric fusion he'd pursued on earlier efforts with a funkier, dirtier rhythmic approach, Davis zeroes in on concepts of spontaneity, freedom, and identity seldom achieved in the studio. Mobile Fidelity's sterling reissue brings it all to fore with unsurpassed realism.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this collectable audiophile vinyl version of A Tribute to Jack Johnson joins the ranks of eleven other essential Davis sets given supreme sonic and packaging treatment by Mobile Fidelity. The most prominent difference longtime fans will notice is how much more aggressive and immediate the music sounds, aspects central to the composer's desires. Amazing degrees of instrumental separation and imaging allow you to focus on singular musicians and the roles they play.
Indeed, utilizing wah-wah and distortion, guitarist John McLaughlin comes on here with a nasty edge, slashing style, and vicious streak that allows A Tribute to Jack Johnson finally cross the divide between rock and jazz. Davis puts both feet in the former camp and permanently erasing any gap. In addition to highlighting McLaughlin's ripping performances, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP showcases the headliner's white-hot trumpet solos like never before. Bristling with exuberance, Davis' high-register passages explode with authority and commanding presence. Around him, a barrage of urgent backbeats, knifing riffs, and three-dimension bass lines emerge amidst an ink-black background.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Right Off
2. Yesternow$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Four Craig Leon-produced tracks released on BOMP -- which is the parent company of Voxx -- and five demo tapes that were recorded on four-track comprise this excellent collection. When I Get Off was the number two Garage Record of the Year in 1978 in Boston's Real Paper, and it is a psychedelic masterpiece. The dueling guitars, slashing riff, and great Corraccio bass complement Mono Mann aka Jeff Connolly's blitzkrieg vocals. Here is a slice of pyschedlia that is the fans outdoing the bands they idolize. Also, as with Willie Alexander's demos, it seems Craig Leon did a much better job on smaller budgets. The lyrics are sexist, but fun in Barracuda -- definitely not the Heart song -- Lift up Your Hood, and the aforementioned When I Get Off. There is also a cool cover of Roky Erickson's You're Gonna Miss Me and a fantastic album jacket of the band photographed at what looks like the Rat nightclub inside a red background covered in barbed wire fence. There's even a cool inside joke, Bomb records instead of Bomp, the famous label founded by Greg Shaw. A definite statement about the heart and soul of demos having a special something major-label homogenization fails to establish. Rudy Martinez of Question Mark & the Mysterians has even covered a Connally composition written for Mono Mann Jeff's current group, the Lyres.1 Busy Man (3:46)
2 Can't Stand The Pain (2:45)
3 When I Get Off (5:19)
4 Do Not Enter (2:26)
5 Guilty Child (2:55)
6 Shirt Loop (1:40)
7 Lift Up Your Hood (1:43)
8 Bloody Englishmen (2:59)
9 First Time (1:41)
10 Oedipus Show (2:25)
11 Might He I.D. (2:36)
12 Pretty Girl (3:22)$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mama Says I'm CrazySince no one could copyright Mississippi, two major blues performers, Fred McDowell and John Hurt, adopted the state as part of their name. To confuse matters more, both performers made comebacks during the late '50s/early '60s and both specialized in prewar acoustic blues. While a blues novice might find such similarities confusing, the two men's singing and guitar styles are polar opposites. Whereas Hurt's smooth, deep vocals and Piedmont fingerpicking made him easily accessible to the folk revival crowd, McDowell's soulful vocals and forcefully rhythmic guitar represented something more primitive. In 1967, producer George Mitchell brought together McDowell and harp player Johnny Woods for an off-the-cuff session not unlike what one might have heard at a Como, MS, house party. Interestingly, the two men hadn't played together in eight years, but on songs like Standing at the Backdoor and the title track, one would never guess it. This isn't a polite affair, with one player holding back while the other solos. Instead, McDowell and Woods trade notes, overlap, and rush forward on Long Haired Doney and Shake Em' on Down as though they had an unlimited supply of energy. While McDowell's vocals and slashing guitar propel Goin' Away and I Got a Woman forward, Woods' harp adds pizzazz. Acoustic blues fans will warmly embrace Mama Says I'm Crazy and be thankful that Mitchell went to the trouble required to track down Woods for this earthy set.
- Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Allmusic1. Shake Em' On Down
2. Goin' Away
3. Mama Says I'm Crazy
4. I Got A Woman
5. Red Cross Store
6. Going Down To The River
7. Standing at the Back Door
8. What's Going to Become of Men
9. Long Haired Doney
10. John Henry
11. I Walked All Night Long$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now