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    Slow Train Coming

    Slow Train Coming is the 19th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. It was the artist's first effort since becoming a born-again Christian, and all of the songs either express his strong personal faith.


    The unexpected effect of his conversion to Christianity is that it gave Dylan a focus he hadn't had since Blood on the Tracks. His concentration carries over to the music, which is lean and direct.


    The album peaked at #2 on the Charts in the UK and went Platinum in the US, where it reached number 3. Slow Train Coming was listed at number 16 in the 2001 book CMM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

    1. Gotta Serve Somebody
    2. Precious Angel
    3. I Believe in You
    4. Slow Train

    5. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
    6. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
    7. When You Gonna Wake Up
    8. Man Gave Names to All the Animals
    9. When He Returns
    Bob Dylan
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  • Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Pre-Order) Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Pre-Order)

    Pressed On 3x 180-Gram Vinyl & 2x CD


    Packaged In A Slipcase With Separate Booklet


    Includes 30 Highlights From The Legendary 1979, 1980 And 1981 Tours


    The next installment in the award-winning Bootleg Series, 'Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981', focuses on the albums 'Slow Train Coming' (1979), 'Saved' (1980) and 'Shot of Love' (1981) and the legendary live shows from that period. Featuring 30 highlights from the legendary 1979, 1980 and 1981 tours pressed on 180-gram vinyl and 2 CDs, the set comes packaged in a slipcase with separate booklet.

    LP 1
    1. Slow Train (Live Nov. 16, 1979)
    2. Gotta Serve Somebody (Live Nov. 15, 1979)
    3. I Believe In You (Live May 16, 1980)
    4. When You Gonna Wake Up? (Live July 9, 1981)
    5. When He Returns (Live Dec. 5, 1979)
    6. Man Gave Names to All the Animals (Live Jan. 16, 1980)
    7. Precious Angel (Live Nov. 16, 1979)


    LP 2
    1. Covenant Woman (Live Nov. 20, 1979)
    2. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Live Jan. 31, 1980)
    3. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others) (Live Jan. 28, 1980)
    4. Solid Rock (Live Nov. 27, 1979)
    5. What Can I Do for You? (Live Nov. 27, 1979)
    6. Saved (Live Jan. 12, 1980)
    7. In the Garden (Live Jan. 27, 1980)


    LP 3
    1. Slow Train (Live June 29, 1981)
    2. Ain't Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Live Apr. 24, 1980)
    3. Gotta Serve Somebody (Live June 27, 1981)
    4. Ain't No Man Righteous, No Not One (Live Nov. 16, 1979)
    5. Saving Grace (Live Nov. 6, 1979)
    6. Blessed Is the Name (Live Nov. 20, 1979)
    7. Solid Rock (Live Oct. 23, 1981)
    8. Are You Ready? (Live Apr. 30, 1980)


    LP 4
    1. Pressing On (Live Nov. 6, 1979)
    2. Shot of Love (Live July 25, 1981)
    3. Dead Man, Dead Man (Live June 21, 1981)
    4. Watered-Down Love (Live June 12, 1981)
    5. In the Summertime (Live Oct. 21, 1981)
    6. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar (Live Nov. 13, 1980)
    7. Caribbean Wind (Live Nov. 12, 1980)
    8. Every Grain of Sand (Live Nov. 21, 1981)


    CD 1
    1. Slow Train (Live Nov. 16, 1979)
    2. Gotta Serve Somebody (Live Nov. 15, 1979)
    3. I Believe In You (Live May 16, 1980)
    4. When You Gonna Wake Up? (Live July 9, 1981)
    5. When He Returns (Live Dec. 5, 1979)
    6. Man Gave Names to All the Animals (Live Jan. 16, 1980)
    7. Precious Angel (Live Nov. 16, 1979)
    8. Covenant Woman (Live Nov. 20, 1979)
    9. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Live Jan. 31, 1980)
    10. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others) (Live Jan. 28, 1980)
    11. Solid Rock (Live Nov. 27, 1979)
    12. What Can I Do for You? (Live Nov. 27, 1979)
    13. Saved (Live Jan. 12, 1980)
    14. In the Garden (Live Jan. 27, 1980)


    CD 2
    1. Slow Train (Live June 29, 1981)
    2. Ain't Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Live Apr. 24, 1980)
    3. Gotta Serve Somebody (Live June 27, 1981)
    4. Ain't No Man Righteous, No Not One (Live Nov. 16, 1979)
    5. Saving Grace (Live Nov. 6, 1979)
    6. Blessed Is the Name (Live Nov. 20, 1979)
    7. Solid Rock (Live Oct. 23, 1981)
    8. Are You Ready? (Live Apr. 30, 1980)
    9. Pressing On (Live Nov. 6, 1979)
    10. Shot of Love (Live July 25, 1981)
    11. Dead Man, Dead Man (Live June 21, 1981)
    12. Watered-Down Love (Live June 12, 1981)
    13. In the Summertime (Live Oct. 21, 1981)
    14. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar (Live Nov. 13, 1980)
    15. Caribbean Wind (Live Nov. 12, 1980)
    16. Every Grain of Sand (Live Nov. 21, 1981)

    Bob Dylan
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 2 CDs - 4 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) (On Sale) Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)


    Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished By Jazz-Inflected Mix Of Folk, Blues, Country, And Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny Precision, Intricacy, And Texture


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Pressed At RTI For Optimal Sound: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Engages With Natural Tones, Superb Balances, Reference Imaging, Sterling Clarity


    Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes Sultans Of Swing And Down To The Waterline: Band's Shuffles, Boogies, And Ballads Spark With Crispness, Soulfulness, Coolness


    Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over - and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity. Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This numbered, limited-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl should sound.


    Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that good. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay.


    Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and surrealist texts, the musical settings - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.


    Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. Down to the Waterline, Wild West End, and Lions all feature colloquial touches that add to their reach. By extension, In the Gallery functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor Harry Phillips (father of future Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, Sultans of Swing, pays homage to struggling bar bands.


    Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back in its original heyday. Now, everyone can.


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    1. Down to the Waterline
    2. Water of Love
    3. Setting Me Up
    4. Six Blade Knife
    5. Southbound Again
    6. Sultans of Swing
    7. In the Gallery
    8. Wild West End
    9. Lions
    Dire Straits
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    Lost Voice

    Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).


    Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.

    The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.


    Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.


    Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.


    The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.


    - Linda Seida (All Music Guide)

    LP 1 - Toni:
    1. Can't We Be Friends
    2. I Could Write A Book
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Singin' In The Rain
    5. Love For Sale
    6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
    7. A Foggy Day
    8. You Don't Know Love Is
    9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
    10. Little Girl Blue
    11. You Took Advantage Of Me
    12. Like Someone In Love


    LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
    1. Lady Lonely
    2. In The Dark Of The Night
    3. He Was A Man
    4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
    5. The Lack Of Love
    6. Blue It Grows
    7. I Love The Blues
    8. You Taught Me How To Cry
    9. The Velvet Hammer
    10. The Other Woman
    11. Nobody Home But The Blues
    12. Busy Blues
    13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
    14. River Weep

    Toni Harper
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  • Ricky Sings Again (On Sale) Ricky Sings Again (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Ricky Sings Again (On Sale)

    Ricky Nelson Ricky Sings Again on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label


    Foundation-Establishing Rock n' Roll Album Includes Eternal Hit Lonesome Town


    A Late 1950s Vocal and Instrumental Touchstone: Nelson Comes Into His Own, Moving Away from Teen Pop and Towards Serious Rockabilly


    Stellar Backing Band Includes Elvis Presley Sideman/Guitarist James Burton and Backing Vocalists the Jordanaires


    Also Includes Top 10 Singles Believe What You Say, It's Late, and Never Be Anyone Else But You;


    Superb Sound: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Ricky Nelson will forever be identified with the ageless single Lonesome Town. The career-defining smash is included here, on a record that arguably remains the picturesque idol's peak moment, a 1959 set on which the singer moves away from teen pop and towards serious rock nl' roll and rockabilly on par with the likes of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. Loaded with material expressly written for Nelson as well as tunes penned by Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, and featuring an all-star session musician band, Ricky Sings Again is a foundation-building 1950s album.


    Exceeding the fidelity of any prior analog pressing and affording a warmth missing from Capitol's out-of-print digital reissues, this Silver Label LP, pressed at RTI and mastered on Mobile Fidelity's internationally acclaimed mastering system, teems with detail, presence, dynamics, and authority. With help from his legendary father, Ozzie, Nelson enjoyed superb studio production, heard here in the form of balanced instrumentation, natural tonalities, wide and deep soundstages, and you-are-there vocals. Studio dimensions, too, come across with palpable body and precision. Since the record is a collection, some of the tracks are in mono, others in early stereo.


    Backed by a stellar band that includes Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton and in-demand studio bassist James Kirkland, Nelson delivers what remains a 1950s classic that stands up to everything recorded by his famous contemporaries. Burton mimics the sound of a train on One Of These Mornings, just one of the myriad tunes here on which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member lays down fabulous lines and rockabilly licks that both shade and support the concise melodies. While largely recognized for the melancholy ballad Lonesome Town, one of four Top 10 singles on the set, Ricky Sings Again is as much about early rock n' roll and extraordinary singing. About that voice.


    Simultaneously tender and rollicking, innocent and mature, Nelson conveys a rainbow of emotions, pouring over country-flavored weepers and beat-driven rockabilly numbers with equal parts sensitivity, smoothness, and sincerity. A surfeit of heavenly background harmonies and innovative guitar-led breaks make masterpieces out of upbeat offerings such as You Tear Me Up as well as slow-dance invitations like Old Enough to Love. Add the Jordanaires on back-up vocals, and there's something for everyone here.


    No matter the performance, Nelson demonstrates time and again on Ricky Sings Again why he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the institution's second year of existence, and why, even more so than Elvis during 1958-59, he was the period's leading singles artist.



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    1. It's Late
    2. One of These Mornings
    3. Believe What You Say
    4. Lonesome Town
    5. Trying to Get to You
    6. Be True to Me
    7. Old Enough to Love
    8. Never Be Anyone Else But You
    9. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
    10. You Tear Me Up
    11. It's All in the Game
    12. Restless Kid
    Ricky Nelson
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    It's Alive

    Seattle's La Luz recorded their debut EP, Damp Face, in a small trailer on a hot August day. But barring the inevitable "no-AC-in-the-van" summer tour calamity, La Luz runs cool. Their brand of coolness isn't about distance or affect; it's a mood, and-sue me, but I'm about to totally rip off Zelda Fitzgerald: Something about this music vibrates to the dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows. So yeah, that kind of cool.


    Still, La Luz's live shows, more than most these days, are about connection. It's evident that the four ridiculously talented ladies on stage are not only playing music with each other, but for each other. And they engage their audience as well. Like a proper punk band-which they are not- they give you shit for not dancing. They convey a gritty self-possession, a sense that they've been there and back again. And, like the expert, but seemingly effortless, surf licks and meandering bass lines that rise and fall throughout their songs, their mocking is playful and dreamy and disarming enough to get most of the crowd (and sometimes the keyboard player) dancing down the center line of a soul train.


    But as any half-assed Freudian will tell you, there can be no meaningful connection without first weathering some dark and lonely times. Here comes the chilly part: What makes La Luz stand out-and stand out fast-the band has only been playing together for a year and people took notice almost immediately-is that this is a band that embodies that most elusive slant on the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags alongside deep desire.


    In Spanish, La Luz means "light" and that's the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric-which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band's signature-and you'll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise-all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end.


    Last spring, La Luz returned to that steamy trailer park to record It's Alive - the much-anticipated follow up to Damp Face - with their friend and engineer Johnny Goss. From the first get-psyched drum roll and eerie chords of "Sure As Spring", the dinged-up pop gem that opens the album, the rest moves like a slow drive on a dangerous road, slinking and bending as the terrain shifts. On "What Good Am I?", the lead vocals, and the swirl of harmonies that surround it, recall the Spartan haze of Mazzy Star's misty-eyed super hit. Smack in the middle is the title track. "It's Alive" is a jangly rocker with a spooky refrain, oodles of ooohs, and a marauding narrative that nails down the misty logic of the rest of the album. Two instrumentals, "Sunstroke" and "Phantom Feelings", showcase the band's beach jam surf chops, and fall perfectly between the chilled out heartache that surrounds them.


    Imagine all of the Shangri-La's trying, precariously, to balance on top of Link Wray's surfboard.

    -- Pitchfork


    The kind of sweet surf rock with a touch of melancholy that should be the soundtrack to the slow-dancing-at-prom scene in every teen movie.

    -- The Stranger

    1. Sure As Spring
    2. All the Time
    3. Morning High
    4. What Good Am I?
    5. Sunstroke
    6. It's Alive
    7. Big Big Blood
    8. Call Me in the Day
    9. Pink Slime
    10. Phantom Feelings
    11. You Can Never Know
    La Luz
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