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Soul Station by tenor saxophonist, Hank Mobley, features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Mobley's past bandleader, Art Blakey on
drums. Considered one of Blue Note's finest, this is one of Mobley's best-known albums and it features the standard "Remember" by Irving Berlin.
Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Soul Station will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.1. Remember
2. This I Dig of You
3. Dig Dis
4. Split Feelin's
5. Soul Station
6. If I Should Lose You$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Devil MusicRandall Bramblett's latest release, Devil Music, is built upon a foundation of R&B and Soul, but this album spreads its wings with Rock & Roll fervor and a willingness to improvise. Devil Music was inspired by the biography, Moanin' At Midnight: The Life and Times Of Howlin' Wolf . In the book, Hubert Sumlin tells a story of Howlin' Wolf crying all the way from Mississippi to Chicago. Wolf and his band had been on tour when they decided to make a stop at his boyhood home in White Station, Mississippi. Wolf wanted to take his mama money and show her who he'd become. She opened the door, saw who it was and she slammed the door in Wolf's face. She told him she didn't want his money and didn't want anything to do with him. Wolf played "Devil Music."1. Dead In The Water
2. Devil Music
3. Bottom Of The Ocean
4. Angel Child
5. Pride In Place
6. Reptile Pilot
7. Whiskey Headed Woman
8. Strong Love
10. Thing For You
11. Missing Link$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SCMU-WAR-2763xGraham Central Station
Graham Central Station
1. We've Been Waiting
2. It Ain't No Fun to Me
4. We Be's Gettin' Down
5. Tell Me What It Is
6. Can You Handle It?
9. Ghetto$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
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Release Yourself (Discontinued) (On Sale)After a tentative but promising 1973 debut album, Graham Central Station returned the next year with a head-spinning blend of R&B styles that realized their promise in a truly impressive fashion. Release Yourself touches on everything from gospel music to psychedelia, as the band puts forth an impressive set of songs that strike an effective balance between accessibility and complexity. This time, keyboards carry a new level of importance: songs like G.C.S. and I Believe in You flow forth on elaborate keyboard riffs layered with plenty of spacey synthesizer leads. The album's most impressive achievements are the title track, a pulse-pounding tribute to the joys of self expression that combines churchy organ riffs and stately horns over a furiously-paced bass/clavinet rhythm, and Tis Your Kind of Music, a psychedelic-funk masterpiece that has Patryce Chocolate Banks and Graham trading sultry lead vocals over an otherworldly blend of keyboard and Mellotron riffs with a fluid bassline. Another stunner is Today, a funk-rock workout that starts with a slowly-woven tapestry of keyboard riffs before launching into a cosmic vocal section that underscores the group's choral harmonies with some fiery guitar leads. Although it lacks an overtly pop-flavored classic like Can You Handle It? or Your Love, nothing on this album is less than interesting thanks to stellar arrangements and the group's obvious love for what they do -- the sunny energy that propels songs like the title track and Got to Get Through It is positively infectious. The result is a true gem that is a treat for funk fanatics and a required listen for anyone with a serious interest in Graham Central Station.
- Donald A. Guarisco (All Music)1. G.C.S.
2. Release Yourself
3. Got To Go Through It To Get To It
4. I Believe In You
5. 'Tis Your Kind Of Music
6. Hey Mr. Writer
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LoyaltyThe record was called Loyalty from the beginning-it was the first decision I made about it. It's a word you
usually see written in copperplate script, a virtue: LOYALTY. But the songs don't treat it that way, just as a
thing to unpack. It's a force that you have to reckon with: loyalty to the dream, to the "work," to the mythical idea of "you" that somebody thought they saw. It can be a weakness as much as a strength; it can keep you from the reality of your own life, your own self. - Tamara Lindeman
In excess virtue lies danger, or at least limits to pragmatic action-it's a lesson hard learned by anyone
disillusioned by the erosion of youthful mythologies. Strict fealty to a fixed ideal of identity doesn't do us
any favors as adults. Loyalty, the third and finest album yet by The Weather Station (and the first for
Paradise of Bachelors) wrestles with these knotty notions of faithfulness/faithlessness-to our idealism,
our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers-representing a bold
step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It's a natural progression for Toronto artist
Tamara Lindeman's acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in
the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist),
the record crystallizes her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate
portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her
Lindeman describes La Frette, housed in an enormous, crumbling 19th-century mansion, as
"a secret garden, a place of enchantment and grace": walls mantled in ivy and lions, corridors piled high
with discarded tape machines, old reels, and priceless guitars. As she puts it, "Recording where we did
meant we embraced beauty-we weren't afraid of it being beautiful." Like the record itself, it's a quietly
radical statement, especially since certain passages achieve a diaphanous eeriness and harmonic and
rhythmic tension new to The Weather Station. The stacked vocal harmonies of "Tapes," the drifting,
jazz-inflected chording in "Life's Work," and the glacial percussion in "Personal Eclipse" contribute to a
pervading sense of clock-stopping bloom and smolder, recalling the spooky avant-soul of Terry Callier's
Beyond the decaying decadence and vintage gear, the brokedown palace atmosphere of
La Frette afforded a more significant interior luxury as well, one stated with brutal honesty in the
stunning "Shy Women": "it seemed to me that luxury would be to be not so ashamed, not to look away."
Accordingly, Loyalty brings a freshly unflinching self-examining gaze and emotional and musical control
to The Weather Station's songs. She is an extraordinary singer and instrumentalist-on Loyalty she plays
guitar, banjo, keys, and vibes-but Lindeman has always been a songwriter's songwriter, recognized for
her intricate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, and complex metaphors.
Though more moving than ever, her writing here is almost clinical in its discipline, its deliberate wording
and exacting delivery, evoking similarly idiosyncratic songsters from Linda Perhacs to Bill Callahan.
Outside her musical practice, Lindeman also happens to be an accomplished film and
television actor, and it's her directorial eye for quietly compelling characters and the rich details of the
everyday, Bressonian in its specificity and scope, that drives the limpid singularity of The Weather
Station's songs. As in Bresson's films, there is no trace of theater here, no brittle singer-songwriter
histrionics, but rather a powerful performative focus and narrative restraint, a commitment to what the
auteur called the "simultaneous precision and imprecision of music." Despite the descriptive delicacy, the
album never lapses into preciousness or sentimentality, instead retaining its barbs and bristles and
remaining resolutely clear-eyed and thick-skinned. Lyrically, Loyalty inverts and involutes the language
of confession, of regret, of our most private and muddled mental feelings, by externalizing those
anxieties through exquisite observation of the things and people we accumulate, the modest meanings
accreted during even our most ostensibly mundane domestic moments. ("Your trouble is like a lens," she
discerns in "I Mined," "through which the whole world bends.")
"Tapes" and "I Could Only Stand By" expose and exalt the quotidian-"the little tapes"
hidden beneath a lover's bed, "the sunken old moorings" at the "bruise-colored lake"-without romanticizing
these scenes of, respectively, grief and guilt. "Like Sisters" analyzes the darker contours of a
friendship with devastating scrutiny. The breathless momentum of "Way It Is, Way It Could Be"-"both
are," she sings of the way we sometimes live, for better or for worse, amid multiple truths-hinges on a
mysterious moment when two brown dogs die underwheel, then don't, and that gut-sickness is
overturned, a sin redeemed with a second glance. "Floodplain" and "Personal Eclipse" are also road songs
about traveling through, and owning, the empty places in-between, literally and figuratively-what
Lindeman deems "the various ways people try to disappear from themselves, in physical distance, in
To invoke Melville (author of PoB's namesake story), "extreme loyalty to the piety of love"
can be a destabilizing force, a kind of bondage from which we must emancipate ourselves. The line is
from his strange masterpiece Pierre, or the Ambiguities; The Weather Station's Loyalty could quite easily
support the same subtitle for the fascinating ways it navigates the deep canyons between certainty and
uncertainty, faith and doubt.1. Way It Is, Way It Could Be
4. Shy Women
5. Personal Eclipse
6. Life's Work
7. Like Sisters
8. I Mined
10. I Could Only Stand By
11. At Full Height$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Mirror (On Sale)Silver foil mirror sleeve
The fourth album of Graham Central Station, Mirror, was released in 1976 and once again underlined the relevance of these seminal Funkateers. With the addition of Gospel chants, this album took a more religious approach to the music genre.
The song Love made it to single status, peaking at #14 on the Billboard R&B charts. Opening the album with marching drums and high school football cheers, Entrow lays down a solid groove and has each band member take turns on funky solos. The song's chorus says: 'Let me entertain you' - well, this album definitely delivers on that promise.1. Entrow
2. Love (Covers A Multitude Of Sin)
4. Do Yah
5. Save Me
6. I Got A Reason
8. Forever$34.99 $27.64 Save $7.35 (21%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
SCMU-WAR-2814xGraham Central Station
Release Yourself1. G.C.S. (Larry Graham) 3:24
2. RELEASE YOURSELF (Larry Graham) 4:44
3. GOT TO GO THROUGH IT TO GET TO IT (Larry Graham) 3:42
4. I BELIEVE IN YOU (Larry Graham)
5. 'TIS YOUR KIND OF MUSIC (Larry Graham) 5:41
6. HEY MR. WRITER (Larry Graham) 4:03
7. FEEL THE NEED (A. Tilman) 3:53
8. TODAY (Larry Graham) 6:43$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-NUM-1214xThe Sixth Station
Deep NightA raw cry from the dark night of one man's soul. Cloistered away from the popular culture of 1982,
rural Illinois priest Tony Trosley painted a pastoral refraction of early 1970s Laurel Canyon watercolors with this stand-alone set of songs. Openhearted and naively psychedelic, Deep Night was recorded during a single pre-dawn marathon, and mixed live-to-tape in an isolated chapel.
Cobbled together out of local players to help fill out this ethereal soundscape, Trosley's band brought an earnest but bluntly unsophisticated backdrop to his phaser-drenched 12-string guitar. The Sixth Station-named for a grim New Testament tableau in which Veronica washes the tortured face of Jesus-managed to avoid overtly Christian themes in favor of a mystical Humanism that resonates timelessly, and to any sort of listener. This Deep Night is as profound and eerie as the images conjured by its title.1. I See
2. Ways You've Never Known
3. Scar Of Love
4. Over And Over
5. Make A Way For Me
6. Before The Snowfall
7. Deep Night
9. Remember The Pilgrim$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Girl Don't CareOne of Chandler's best, chock full of midtempo grooves, succulent ballads and jump tunes like Good Times. Curtis Mayfield's Nothing Can Stop Me is spiced with punchy horns and choral backing vocals for Gene to play his cool, swaggering tenor against. The pain in his voice is undeniable on Here Come the Tears, where he literally cries the agonizing lyrics. He gets philosophical on The Girl Don't Care, an intense ballad that always seems too short. This could almost pass for a greatest-hits LP, since at least six of the selections were released as A-sides. Fool for You, as well as the others mentioned above, got their share of plays on soul stations, and all should have been bigger hits. The B-sides occupy most of side two and are just a couple of notches below the plug sides. It's amazing how overlooked and under appreciated these gems were.
- Andrew Hamilton (All Music Guide)1. Nothing Can Stop Me
2. You Can't Hurt Me No More
3. (I'm Just A) Fool For You
4. Here Come The Tears
5. (Gonna Be) Good Times
6. The Girl Don't Care
7. To Choose
8. Bet You Never Thought
9. Baby That's Love
10. Buddy Ain't It A Shame
11. No One Can Love You (Like I Do)
12. My Love$14.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Gold: Their Great Hits (Pre-Order)
Single 33 1/3 RPM LP Includes Poster Insert
Mastering By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Mastered From The Original Analog Tapes
200-Gram Plating And Pressing By Quality Record Pressings
Get your motor runnin' baby - Steppenwolf's Gold: Their Great Hits took its title literally. The towering rock album success rang in at No. 24 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and became certified gold for record sales in excess of 500,000 units by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) in April 1971.
AllMusic praised the production and engineering of most of the tracks and called it a nearly perfect introduction to the band. Acoustic Sounds and Analogue Productions want to introduce you to the most sonically perfect version of this historic album you've ever heard on vinyl. Our 200-gram 33 1/3 RPM reissue was remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Sound and plated and pressed by Gary Salstrom and his crew at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs.
The Canadian-American rock band, named for Hermann Hesse's mystical novel, rocketed to worldwide fame after their third single Born to Be Wild dropped in 1968. The song and Steppenwolf's version of Hoyt Axton's The Pusher figured prominently in the 1969 counterculture cult film Easy Rider, and both show up on Gold's track list. Two other singles on this stunning album compilation also cracked the Top 10 on the charts: Magic Carpet Ride and Rock Me.
Magic Carpet Ride was released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was written by band members John Kay and Rushton Moreve, peaked at No. 3 in the U.S. and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.
You also get the Don Covay soul cover Sookie, Sookie, which got airplay on some soul stations nationwide, as well as rock 'n' roll radio. Gold also includes Hey Lawdy Mama the hit studio single from Steppenwolf Live.
Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972, when clashing personalities ultimately broke up the core group after a farewell concert in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day, 1972. Today, John Kay remains as the only original Steppenwolf member.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Born to Be Wild
2. It's Never Too Late
3. Rock Me
4. Hey Lawdy Mama
5. Move Over
6. Who Needs Ya
7. Magic Carpet Ride
8. The Pusher
9. Sookie, Sookie
10. Jupiter's Child
11. Screaming Night Hog$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
MVDR-LAS-9891xAC / DC
The Rockin' YearsLimited vinyl edition for collectors!
Originally captured for the Australian radio station WTCM, this is one of the few professional live recordings from 1974 that includes the hits Soul Stripper, Baby Please Dont Go and Can I Sit Next To You Girl.1. She's Got Balls
2. Soul Stripper
3. Show Business
4. Can I Sit Next to You Girl'
5. Baby Please Don't Go
6. Round And Round
7. Carey Gully$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Fabulous Johnny Cash (Awaiting Repress)Numbered, Limited Edition!
Limited to Only 1000 Numbered Copies!
Impex Records and Audio International announce the resurrection of an American Classic! The Fabulous Johnny Cash on Impex 180 Gram Vinyl!
The Fabulous Johnny Cash was the third album by country singer Johnny Cash. Originally released in 1959 by Columbia, soon after his departure from Sun Records.
When Johnny Cash comes on the radio, no one changes the station. It's a voice, a name with a soul that cuts across all boundaries and it's a voice we all believe. Yours is a voice that speaks for the saints and the sinners - It's like branch water for the soul. Long may you sing out. Loud. - Tom Waits1. Run Softly, Blue River
2. Frankie's Man, Johnny
3. That's All Over
4. The Troubadour
5. One More Ride
6. That's Enough
7. I Still Miss Someone
8. Don't Take Your Guns to Town
9. I'd Rather Die Young
10. Pickin' Time
11. Shepherd of My Heart
12. Suppertime$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Wanna Get FunkyIn the mid-1970s, at a time when R&B-oriented radio stations had all but banished blues records from their playlists, Albert King continued to penetrate the airways with his up-to-date blues sound, and this album is no exception. The wonderfully funky That's What the Blues Are All About reached No. 15 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, becoming King's biggest hit of the decade.1. I Wanna Get Funky
2. Playing On Me
3. Walking The Back Streets And Crying
4. 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone
5. Flat Tire
6. I Can't Hear Nothing But The Blues
7. Travelin' Man
8. Crosscut Saw
9. That's What The Blues Is All About$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sopranos Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Red with Black Smoke Colored Vinyl
Available On Vinyl For The First Time Ever! Mastered For Vinyl And Lacquers Created By Kevin Gray, Pressed On 180 Gram Limited Edition Vinyl.
Imagine an album that could contain tracks by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello, as well as Frank Sinatra, Cream, and Van Morrison. That's part of the lineup on this various-artists sampler of music used in the television series The Sopranos, music that dates from each of the last five decades of the 20th century, from Bo Diddley's 1950s hit ''I'm a Man'' to Eurythmics' ''I've Tried Everything'' from their 1999 reunion album, Peace. Familiar songs like Sinatra's ''It Was a Very Good Year'' are given a new flavor by being sequenced between very different yet oddly complementary songs. The most interesting moments, however, come with the less familiar material -- cast member ''Little Steven'' Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul's ''Inside of Me,'' Elvis Costello & the Attractions' live take on ''Complicated Shadows,'' Wyclef Jean's rap over Sly & the Family Stone's ''Family Affair'' on ''Blood Is Thicker Than Water,'' which refers specifically to the mafia family story line of the show. The result sounds like an hour with the radio station of your dreams, which is what this kind of album aspires to be. ~ AllMusic Review by William RuhlmanLP1
1. A3 - Woke Up This Morning
2. R.L. Burnside - It's Bad You Know
3. Frank Sinatra - It Was A Very Good Year
4. Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody
5. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul - Inside Of Me
6. Cream - I Feel Free
7. Them Featuring Van Morrison - Mystic Eyes
1. Bruce Springsteen - State Trooper
2. Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
3. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Complicated Shadows
4. Nick Lowe - The Beast In Me
5. Los Lobos - Viking
6. Wyclef Jean - Blood Is Thicker Than Water
7. Eurythmics - I've Tried Everything$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Celebrate 4 Decades Of Chic! The Rock Hall Of Famers' Groundbreaking Gold Debut Lp!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Presentation
Including Smash Hits Everybody Dance - Dance, Dance, Dance- Strike Up The Band
Impeccably Mastered From The Original Atlantic Tapes By Joe Reagoso
In the early seventies, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were playing in rock and soul bands across New York City and the east coast, meeting up with Tony Thompson along the way and forming the rudiments of what would become one of the most powerful and successful r&b units ever known as Chic.
In 1977, they hit the top of the charts a couple of times with their smash debut single Dance, Dance, Dance as well as the killer funk of Everybody Dance.
The first album simply titled Chic also featured some very amazing playing and more deep soul tracks like Sao Paulo, You Can Get By and the funk infused Strike Up The Band.
Along with vocalists Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and future superstar Luther Vandross, Chic was the band of choice for party people, dance clubs, and radio stations all over with this debut album.
With star power tracks and their stellar instrumental funk infused musicianship, Chic's debut became a staple at retail and on the dancefloors and started a trend which has now lasted over four decades for this Rock Hall Of Fame winning band.
This classic album has been out of print in Lp form for awhile .that is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to continue The Chic Original Master Series with the first time audiophile vinyl release of their debut album Chic.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Chic/Sugarhill Gang) from the original Atlantic Records tapes, the limited anniversary edition Lp features the original classic LP artwork which truly will now enhance your listening hours.
Chic...now on spectacular 180 Gram Vinyl... exclusively from your soulful friends at Friday Music.
Everybody Dance!1. Dance, Dance, Dance
2. Sao Paulo
3. You Can Get By
4. Everybody Dance
5. Est-Ce Que C'est Chic
6. Falling In Love With You
7. Strike Up The Band$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
C'est Chic (Awaiting Repress)
Celebrate 35 Years Of Nile Rodgers & Chic!
Impeccably Mastered From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release Of This Legendary # 1 Pop, R&B & Dance Album!
In the early seventies, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were playing in rock
and soul bands across New York City and the east coast, meeting up with Tony Thompson along the way and forming the rudiments of what would become one of the most
powerful and successful pop/r&b units ever known as Chic.
By 1977, they sailed into the top rungs of the charts with their smash debut single
Dance, Dance, Dance along with the killer funk of their first album simply titled Chic.
A year later, their fortunes multiplied to the top of the charts with C'est Chic. The
number one LP was chock full of hit singles, funk madness and probably some of the
finest rock/funk/soul beats ever waxed in a studio. Featuring the huge chart toppers
Le Freak and the super soul of I Want Your Love, Chic truly were at the top of their game
around the world. Along with vocalists Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and future
superstar Luther Vandross , Chic was the band of choice for party people, dance clubs
and radio stations all over with this brilliant album.
With star power tracks like Happy Man and the stellar instrumental fare of Savoir
Faire, C'est Chic would become a staple at retail and sell over six million units during its
first run at retail. Chic's importance is celebrated today as number one bands like Daft
Punk have paid tribute and collaborated with the funk and dance groove master himself
, Mr. Nile Rodgers.
This classic album C'est Chic has been out of print on vinyl for decades .that is
Friday Music is very proud to announce The Chic Original Master Series with the
first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of C'est Chic. Mastered impeccably by Joe
"Soul Man" Reagoso from the original Atlantic Records tapes, this limited edition masterpiece is a perfect record for the audiophile medium and will be a much anticipated
release for this holiday season.
In addition to the wonderful grooves inside, we are also enclosing the original LP
cover artwork restored faithfully to further enhance your Chic listening experience.
More Chic is on the way too .Look for spectacular Chic 180 Gram Vinyl and
more impeccable compact disc deluxe editions exclusively from your soulful friends at
Ah ..FREAK OUT!1. Chic Cheer
2. Le Freak
3. Savoir Faire
4. Happy Man
5. I Want Your Love
6. At Last I Am Free
7. Sometimes You Win
8. (Funny) Bone$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Tales from the Realm of the Queen of PentaclesOne of music's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Suzanne Vega, has crafted a stunning new collection of songs showcasing her trademark wit and poetic writing, which will be released this winter. Vega's first new studio album in seven years, 'Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' coming out on her own Amanuensis Productions on Feb. 18, 2014,features ten new songs each telling a story that has to do with the material world, the spirit world and how they intersect. "A lot of my older albums, especially the second one, was about being solitary," says Suzanne Vega. "This album has more of a sense of connectivity, there is a different spirit."
Vega spent the past few year writing and performing these new gems on the road, recording portions in Chicago, London, Prague, LA and New York City, and Kyserike Station, an old train station in upstate New York. The album was produced by noted guitarist/producer Gerry Leonard, David Bowie's musical director for over a decade and with whom Vega has worked since 2000, and features her longtime bass player Mike Visceglia and drummer Doug Yowell. Tracking for the album took place mostly at the Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck, and was mixed by Kevin Killen, who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.
'Tales from the Realm taps into Vega's broad range of musical tastes, intertwining Dylan/Stones-inspired guitar-driven songs such as "I Never Wear White" to lush orchestral strings and trumpet flourishes on "There is a Road" to soul-packed background vocals and Vega's masterful classic folk elements.
A longtime fan of hip hop as well, Vega samples the 50 Cent hit song "Candy Shop" for one of the more atmospheric tracks on the album, "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain." This is Suzanne's first sampling effort - although her song "Tom's Diner" has been interpolated countless times in the hip-hop community, she has not sampled anyone else until this album.
For the first time on a studio recording, Suzanne has also assembled an illustrious group of musicians to accompany her including: Gail Ann Dorsey and Zachary Alford (David Bowie) on bass and drums for several tracks-a happy reunion as Suzanne and Zachary attended the same elementary school back in the 70's in New York City; bass player Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel) on "I Never Wear White" and "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain;" drummer Jay Bellerose (T-Bone Burnett); acoustic "wizard" Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) who plays banjo, mandolin, and cymbal throughout the album; Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, B52s) on drums for "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain" and "Laying on of Hands;" Alison Balsom, the virtuoso principal trumpet for the London Chamber Orchestra who is featured on "Road Beyond This One (Horizon) for Vaclav Havel" and background vocals from powerhouse singer Catherine Russell, known for her work with David Bowie and Paul Simon, among others. Lastly, the strings were recorded in the Czech Republic with the Smikov Chamber Orchestra.1. Crack In The Wall
2. Fool's Complaint
3. I Never Wear White
4. Portrait of the Knight of Wands
5. Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain
6. Jacob and the Angel
7. Silver Bridge
8. Song Of the Stoic
9. Laying on of Hands / Stoic 2
10. Horizon (There Is A Road)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2Aphex Twins 1994 masterpiece Selected Ambient Works Volume II includes barely anything resembling a beat or any sign of typical song structure, yet the album continues to garner adulation generally reserved for holy music. Fans have been testifying on its behalf for nearly two decades, as if it were capable of curing ills or healing the soul. Its synthetic construction belies the intuitive, human, melancholic and uplifting nature of the music.
Some have speculated the album was intended by Aphex Twins Richard D. James as a farce, as if its Über-minimalism was a joke played on an electronic community that relied so heavily on the beat; an expectation-defying statement from ambient-houses young hero. The album induces varied responses and often from the same person. A listener may go from being incredulous to drenched in tears within the span of a single track. Music critic Frank Owen described the music as veering between an eerie beauty and an almost nightmarish desolation. James himself described it as like standing in a power station on acid.
The albums raw emotional power is built upon the influences of Brian Eno, Erik Satie, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and The Orb. Each of its tracks has an elegiac and desolate feel far removed from the tooth-rattling, drill-n-bass or abstract electronica for which James was originally known. The soft, nimble flow leaves one in a tranquilized state. Throughout the album, James resists the temptation to layer the sound with beats or samples. Instead, he relies on swathes of sound and harmonics and almost-implied pulses. When the music does incorporate subtle industrial sounds, rhythmic drums or muted samples, it is only to affect a menacing feel in the textures.
Remarkably, for an album that is often perceived as difficult, Selected Ambient Works Volume II is quite accessible. Featured in films, commercials and video games, the music continues to offer an entry point for listeners new to the ambient genre while remaining a classic touted by connoisseurs.No tracklist available$33.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-6876xMichael Franti And Spearhead
SOULROCKERMICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD today announced their upcoming (and ninth) studio album SOULROCKER will be releasedvia Fantasy Records, their first album for the label. SOULROCKER features the new song "Crazy For You" a joyously upbeat rhythmic pop song that highlights Franti's soulful vocals and encompasses his socially conscious outlook.
In creating SOULROCKER-co-produced with Jamaican producers Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor (son of reggae luminary Freddie McGregor) and Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee (known for his work with artists like Bruno Mars and John Legend)-MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD have introduced a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills the band's mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Area-based band's dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before, SOULROCKER again shows Franti's singular ability to channel frustration into music that's both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.
"Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet," says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange's Domestic Human Rights Award. "But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred. The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together."
While each selection on SOULROCKER began with Franti working out melodies on his acoustic guitar, many of the album's songs ultimately evolved into beat-powered tracks that reveal a close and nuanced understanding of the electronic genre. "One of the first records I had as a kid was a Kraftwerk seven-inch that I got from the giveaway bin at the UC Davis radio station KDVS," recalls Franti, who grew up in Davis, CA. "We always do a DJ set at the end of our shows, and I wanted to try bringing in those dance and electronic elements but still keep the organic instrumentation that I've always loved."
Franti's message of positivity-minded political consciousness, once an outlier in music, has found momentum in the mainstream in recent years-a phenomenon that compelled him to push his artistry even further on SOULROCKER. "I feel a deeper sense of purpose in music today than I ever have in my career," he says. "The album's really about me challenging myself and growing, and just trying to make the most inspiring music I possibly can for this intense, crazy and wonderful time we're all living in."1. Crazy For You
2. My Lord
3. Get Myself To Saturday
4. Summertime Is In Our Hands
5. We Are All Earthlings
6. Still Standing
7. Good To Be Alive Today
8. My Favorite Wine Is Tequila
9. Once A Day
10. We Do This Every Day
11. I Got Love For Ya
12. Do You Feel The Way That I Do?
13. Love Will Find A Way$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Volume 5 (Awaiting Repress)Remastered from a Cassette Copy Source
From the late 1960s until the early 1990s, a vibrant music scene in Somalia's capital Mogadishu was teeming with pop and folk musicians exploring the boundaries of regional sensibilities. With inuences spanning several genres of Somali traditional music, often meshed with Western pop, jazz and Middle-Eastern elements, a swirling diversity of sounds were being created, consumed, supported and encouraged.
Dur-Dur Band emerged during a time when Somalia's distinctive contribution to the creative culture in the Horn of Africa was visible and abundant. Thousands of recordings made at the Somali National Theatre, Radio Mogadishu and other studios, were complemented by the nightclubs at Hotel Juba, Jazeera Hotel and Hotel al-Curuuba, creating a ourishing music scene.
This recording, which was remastered from a cassette copy source, is a document of Dur-Dur Band after establishing itself as one of the most popular bands in Mogadishu. The challenge of locating a complete long-player from this era is evidenced by the delity of this recording. However, the complex, soulful music penetrates the hiss.
By 1987 Dur-Dur Band's line-up featured singers Sahra Abukar Dawo, Abdinur Adan Daljir, Mohamed Ahmed Qomal and Abdukadir Mayow Buunis, backed by Abukar Dahir Qasim (guitar), Yusuf Abdi Haji Aleevi (guitar), Ali Dhere (trumpet), Muse Mohamed Araci (saxophone), Abdul Dhegey (saxophone), Eise Dahir Qasim (keyboard), Mohamed Ali Mohamed (bass), Adan Mohamed Ali Handal (drums), Ooyaaye Eise and Ali Bisha (congas) and Mohamed Karma, Dahir Yaree and Murjaan Ramandan (backing vocals). Dur-Dur Band managed to release almost a dozen recordings before emigrating to Ethiopia, Djibouti and America.
Dur-Dur Band was considered a "private band," not beholden to government pressure to sing about political topics. They practiced a love- and culture-oriented lyricism. Government-sponsored bands like those of the military and the police forces, as well as many of the well-known folk musicians, made songs that were chiey political or patriotic in nature.
In a country that has been disrupted by civil war, heated clan divisions and security concerns, music and the arts has suffered from stagnation in recent years. Many of the
best-known musicians left the country. Music became nearly outlawed in Mogadishu in 2010. Incidentally, more than ten years after Volume 5 (1987) was recorded at Radio Mogadishu, the state-run broadcaster was the only station in Somalia to resist the ban on music briey enacted by Al-Shabab.
Dur-Dur Band is a powerful and illustrative lens through which to appreciate a facet of the incredible sounds in Somalia before the country's stability took a turn. But Somali music of all kinds continues to thrive thanks in part to the diaspora living in cities worldwide. An extensive network of news, music and video websites, along with dozens of voluminous YouTube channels, makes clear an exciting relentlessness among artists. Reports of musicians returning to Mogadishu from years abroad bodes well for the immediate future of music and expression in Somalia.1. Dur-Dur Band Introduction
5. Ilawad Cashaqa
6. Garsore Waa Ilaah
7. Aada Fududey Iga Ahow
8. Tajir Waa Ilaah
10. Amiina Awdaay
11. Dooyo$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Stand!Ranked 118/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Stand!, the fourth album from Sly & the Family Stone, could have almost pulled double-duty as a greatest hits package for the band. Laced with sure-fire winners, this 1969 LP put Sly and Co. firmly on the road to super-stardom. Four of the album's seven songs, including the Hall of Fame tracks Everyday People and I Want To Take You Higher, shot straight into the national charts. This visionary work also introduced far-sighted FM radio stations to the goosebump-inducing sounds of Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey, a song that accurately portrayed racial tensions in America in a manner that no one could have seen coming. On a musical level, the band was now tight as a cork in a bottle of vintage wine.1. Stand!
2. Don't Call Me Ni**er, Whitey
3. I Want To Take You Higher
4. Somebody's Watching You
5. Sing A Simple Song
6. Everyday People
7. Sex Machine
8. You Can Make It If You Try$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Celebrate 4 Decades Of Kansas With Their Smash Debut Album LP From 1974
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering- Pressed At R.T.I.
In 1974, superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest progressive rock albums of the classic
rock era with their debut and self titled smash Kansas. Featuring the stunning line-up of Steve
Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry Livgren playing the lead guitar, Robby
Steinhardt on violin and lead vocals and Dave Hope on bass, the Kansas album would soon become
the catalyst to take these rock giants to stages all over the world.
Their first appearance on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert blew the album and the band wide
open, as radio stations were getting calls to play their music and retail stores began to sell tons of
albums. With hard rockers like Can I Tell You, and the brilliant interpretation of J.J. Cale's Bringing
It Back, the Kansas album could do no wrong.
Dig deeper into the grooves, and there you find prog rock champions like the beautiful
Lonely Wind, the artistry of The Pilgrimage and of course the album closer anthem Death Of Mother
Nature Suite. These tunes and the aformetioned rockers would become the heart and soul of the
band and bring them future superstar acclaim afforded to only a few.
Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Kansas. Therefore it is with much
excitement to announce another installment in the Kansas/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Series with their legendary debut masterpiece Kansas. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at
Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue
for the audiophile vinyl domain.
In honor of Kansas 40th Year Anniversary, we are offering for a very limited time a first
time gatefold cover, featuring the original graphics, lyrics and of course the five star mastering you
would expect from Friday Music. We believe this masterful new audiophile release of Kansas will
become one of the most anticipated prog-rock releases of the new year!1. Can I Tell You
2. Bringing It Back
3. Lonely Wind
5. Journey From Mariabraun
6. The Pilgrimage
8. Death Of Mother Nature Suite$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Texas HurricaneMastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Sterling Sound
What if. What if everything that you have come to know and worship about the sonic superiority of Quality Record Pressings LPs could be brought to bear on one of the rockingest powerhouses of blues guitar who ever lived?
Then your wish is granted. We're about to rock your world with the greatest Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute ever reissued: Six of Vaughan's most classic album titles combined in the ultimate box set for ultimate blues and guitar fanatics!
With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan ignited the blues revival of the '80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Otis Rush and Hubert Sumlin and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as the stray jazz guitarist like Kenny Burrell, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late '60s. For about seven years, Stevie Ray Vaughan was the leading light in American blues, consistently selling out concerts while his albums regularly went gold. His tragic death in 1990 only emphasized his influence in blues and American rock & roll.
This is classic Stevie Ray Vaughan, meticulously remastered from the analog tapes by New York's Sterling Sound. In each set you'll receive Texas Flood, Couldn't Stand the Weather, Soul to Soul, In Step, plus the posthumous classics Family Style and The Sky Is Crying.
Those of you familiar with our previous LP box sets - Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, Creedence Clearwater Revival - and soon to come, The Doors - know how deluxe these sets are. From the detailed liner notes to the rarest photographs, these sets will truly be gems.
For those with an audiophile passion and a pocketbook on a budget, the 331/3 LP set satisfies like no other. The box set will be pressed on 200 gram vinyl at QRP, lauded for its vinyl manufacturing excellence.
Each LP set will come housed in deluxe gatefold jackets that include rarely published, intimate photos - a look inside the career of a legend whose death at age 35 shocked the music world. A few statistics showcase Vaughan's success and musical influence: His debut album Texas Flood, reached No. 38 on the charts, crossing over to rock radio stations. The album's succesor, Couldn't Stand the Weather, released in May 1984, reached No. 31 on the charts; by the end of 1985 it went gold. Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble, recorded their third album, Soul to Soul, released in August 1985, and it reached No. 34 on the charts.
This title is not eligible for discount.Texas Flood:
1. Love Struck Baby
2. Pride And Joy
3. Texas Flood
4. Tell Me
6. Rude Mood
7. Mary Had A Little Lamb
8. Dirty Pool
9. I'm Cryin'
Couldn't Stand The Weather:
1. Scuttle Buttin'
2. Couldn't Stand the Weather
3. The Things (That) I Used to Do
4. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
5. Cold Shot
6. Tin Pan Alley
7. Honey Bee
8. Stang's Swang
Soul To Soul:
1. Say What!
2. Lookin' Out The Window
3. Look At Little Sister
4. Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love
5. Gone Home
6. Change It
7. You'll Be Mine
8. Empty Arms
9. Come On (Part III)
10. Life Without You
1. The House Is Rockin'
4. Let Me Love You Baby
5. Leave My Girl Alone
6. Travis Walk
7. Wall of Denial
9. Love Me Darlin'
10. Riviera Paradise
The Sky Is Crying:
1. Boot Hill
2. The Sky Is Crying
3. Empty Arms
4. Little Wing
6. May I Have a Talk With You
7. Close to You
8. Chitlins con Carne
9. So Excited
10. Life By the Drop
1. Hard To Be
2. White Boots
4. Good Texan
5. Hillbillies From Outerspace
6. Long Way From Home
7. Tick Tock
8. Telephone Song
9. Baboom/Mama Said
10. Brothers$279.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
At Home With Screamin Jay HawkinsOriginal Mono Mix
Screamin' Jay Hawkins' most famous "I Put A Spell On You" was supposed to be a blues ballad. But when he and his musicians got drunk in the studio, they churned out one of the most gut-wrenching, utterly visceral songs in the history of Pop. He groaned, moaned, spluttered and spat his way through the recording, giving it a haunting feel and ensuring a ban on many radio stations. But it became a hit, which gave him license to record more of his slightly oddball operatic music, resulting in his first album At Home With Screamin' Jay Hawkins in 1958. Featuring dancefloor sure shots such as "Hong Kong", the stomper "Yellow Coat", "Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle" and of course "I Put A Spell On You", it goes without saying that this record is a killer! Now available on Music On Vinyl with re-mastered audio!Side A
1. Orange Colored Sky
2. Hong Kong
4. I Love Paris
5. I Put A Spell On You
6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
1. Yellow Coat
2. Ol' Man River
3. If You Are But A Dream
4. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle
5. Deep Purple
6. You Made Me Love You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now