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  • Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress) Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress)

    This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut The Sun Road starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, Dark Corners is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin looms everywhere, and Bozzio flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson's Red days.


    Duende opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, Black Light Syndrome, is obviously a play on Bozzio Levin Stevens. It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
    Falling in Circles is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash, Alvin Lee, Fripp, Buck Dharma, and even that Duane Allman tone.


    Book of Hours took me right back to Wheels of Fire's Pressed Rat and Warthog, rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin, Bozzio, and Stevens play off of one another precisely as one mind.


    On the last cut, Chaos/Control, you hear that E7 breakdown from Hendrix's Midnight on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino style is laid down. Stevens is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.


    - John W. Patterson (All Music Guide)

    1. The Sun Road
    2. Dark Corners
    3. Duende
    4. Black Light Syndrome
    5. Falling in Circles
    6. Book of Hours
    7. Chaos / Control
    Bozzio Levin Stevens
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  • Paradise & Lunch (On Sale) Paradise & Lunch (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Paradise & Lunch (On Sale)


    Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies


    Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound


    Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.


    Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.


    On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.


    At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.


    Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.


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    1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    2. Tattler
    3. Married Man's a Fool
    4. Jesus on the Mainline
    5. It's All Over Now
    6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
    7. If Walls Could Talk
    8. Mexican Divorce
    9. Ditty Wah Ditty
    Ry Cooder
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Have Guitar Will Travel Have Guitar Will Travel Quick View

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    Have Guitar Will Travel

    Mastered From The Original Chess Mono Master Reels


    Good Lord. Bo Diddley came out with all guns blazing on his floor-rattling romp from 1960, Have Guitar Will Travel. The LP would become a blueprint for SO much great rock 'n' roll that followed: the Stones covered "Mona" in 1965, the Masters Apprentices walloped "Dancing Girl," the Downliners Sect blasted through "Nursery Rhyme," and "Cops and Robbers" even named one of the baddest mid-'60s UK R&B combos ever! Really... Who in the hell wouldn't be inspired by hearing this opus that followed on the heels of Bo's devastating first two albums??? Have Guitar Will Travel was packed with the same badass guitar, bolder-than-bold vocals, and trademark Diddley beat that had already made Bo a stone legend and man-among-men. Kicking off with the gospel-shouter "She's Alright," (with the background singers answering Bo's every word), we stomp through the trash-talking "Say Man, Back Again," Bo's run-through-the-jungle "Run Diddley Daddy," the amorous "I Love You So," we hear hot, distorted licks traded with Lady Bo on the monstrous "Mumblin' Guitar," and SO MUCH MORE.... The album also dipped into the vaults for the killer Diddley beater "Dancing Girl," the exotic instro "Spanish Guitar," and the mind-blowing "Mona" (titled "I Need You Baby" for this LP).


    This killer 180-gram edition - from the magnificent original Chess mono master reels - finally puts this album back in print on vinyl, properly. Accept no damn imitations.

    1. She's Alright
    2. Cops And Robbers
    3. Run Diddley Daddy
    4. Mumblin' Guitar
    5. I Need You Baby
    6. Say Man, Back Again
    7. Nursery Rhyme
    8. I Love You So
    9. Spanish Guitar
    10. Dancing Girl
    11. Come On Baby
    Bo Diddley
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  • Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar Quick View

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    Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar

    This is a collection of impossibly rare recordings from legendary finger-picker Lena Hughes. A musical amateur that best exemplified true artistry, Lena Hughes was born in Grape Grove Township, Missouri, in 1904. Though she never recorded any 78s and only one LP, Hughes was most influential through her steady performances at various fiddler conventions and folk festivals throughout the Ozarks. She was an excellent fiddler, banjoist and guitar picker who retained the largely extinct repertoire of parlor pieces and the variety of specialized tunings that were necessary to play them.


    Lena Hughes' repertoire can be devided roughly in half: finger-picked numbers adapted from fiddle tunes and recast parlor guitar pieces gleaned from popular sentimental songs, hymns and 19th century airs. As a faithful attendee at folk festivals, Hughes was accompanied by her guitar-playing husband, Jake. Her most mesmerizing performances, such as Pearly Dew, Spanish Fandango and Kentucky Moon Waltz depend heavily upon resonance of the open chord as it relates to the picking of the melodic line, primarily on one string. This ethereal harmonic technique, which seems so natural in Hughes' playing, is the holy grail for most finger-picking guitarists. Her lack of pretense and her mastery of this repertoire are what define her legendary status.

    1. Pearly Dew
    2. Under the Double Eagle
    3. Letter Edged in Black
    4. Blue Heaven
    5. Galloway Bay
    6. You Are The Only Star of My Blue Heaven
    7. Spanish Fandango
    8. Kentucky Moon Waltz
    9. Silver Threads Among the Gold
    10. What A Friend We Have in Jesus
    11. Cedar Brook Waltz
    Lena Hughes
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  • PartyNextDoor Three PartyNextDoor Three Quick View

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    PartyNextDoor Three

    The multi-talented star behind Rihanna's "Work" steps further into the light. P3 fits snugly into the OVO universe where the Ontarian singer/producer got his start, featuring cool touches of Spanish guitar ("Spiteful") and soca ("Not Nice") amongst sensuous, boundary-blurring R&B ("You've Been Missed").
    LP 1
    1. High Hopes
    2. Don't Run
    3. Nobody
    4. Not Nice
    5. Only U
    6. Don't Know How
    7. Problems & Selfless
    8. Temptations


    LP 2
    1. Spiteful
    2. Joy
    3. You've Been Missed
    4. Transparency
    5. Brown Skin
    6. 1942
    7. Come and See Me (feat. Drake)
    8. Nothing Easy to Please

    PartyNextDoor
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  • Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure Quick View

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    Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause and Cure

    The second of his MGM trilogy-1967's peculiarly named Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause And Cure-took on countrified French ye-ye ("The Girls In Paris"), a tale of a young bullfighter built on Spanish guitar and choral cowboys ("Jose"), a string-drenched song about the passing of time ("The Old Man And His Guitar"), and a western epic about a Native American tribe ("The Nights"). And that was just the first four tracks. Elsewhere, the honky tonk madness of "Suzi Jane Is Back In Town," the Byrds-like jangle of "In Our Time" and-in the bonus tracks-an instrumental named "Batman" confirm this to be one of Hazlewood's most far-ranging, far-out LPs ever!
    1. The Girls In Paris
    2. Jose
    3. The Old Man And His Guitar
    4. The Nights
    5. I Am A Part
    6. Home (I'm Home)
    7. After Six
    8. Suzi Jane Is Back In Town
    9. In Our Time
    10. Dark In My Heart
    11. Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks Frenesi*
    12. Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks Muchacho*
    13. Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks Batman*
    Lee Hazlewood
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  • Street Of The Love Of Days Street Of The Love Of Days Quick View

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    Street Of The Love Of Days


    Amor de Días (Spanish for love of days) is the supergroup formed by Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas. Over the course of three years, they quietly put together their debut record during evenings and weekends as they called in local friends (Louis Philippe) and visiting musicians (Damon and Naomi, Gary Olson) for sessions, building up the songs multifaceted arrangements and vocal harmonies with harps, bouzoukis, strings, recorders, and brass over the core of dual Spanish guitars and the dream imagery of their bilingual lyrics.


    The result is a focused, cohesive jewel of chamber pop that reflects a little of Gal Costa and Caetano Velosos elegant brand of bossa nova, a bit of Erik Saties haunting night music, and a large dose of spooky psychedelic folk. But the beautiful harmony that sings throughout the record makes it all their own.


    At times spare and empty, at times rich with instrumental texture, and at times jazz-tinged and hypnotic, Street of the Love of Days rivals anything either Alasdair or Lupe has recorded before.


    1. Foxes Song

    2. House of Flint
    3. Bunhill Fields
    4. Season of Light
    5. Late Mornings
    6. Harvest Time
    7. Dream (Dead Hands)
    8. I See Your Face
    9. Stone
    10. Street of the Love of Days
    11. Birds
    12. Touchstone
    13. Wandering
    14. Wild Winter Trees
    15. Foxes Song (reprise)

    Amor De Dias
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    The House At Sea

    Amor de Días, the collaboration between Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas), release their sophomore album The House at Sea. While debut Street of the Love of Days took three years to make, The House at Sea was recorded and mixed in only nine days. As a result, the sessions centered around a smaller band-the twin Spanish guitars and voices of Núñez-Fernández and MacLean, and an occasional rhythm section of James Hornsey and Howard Monk, both formerly of The Clientele. The fast pace of the sessions resulted in a rawer, more urgent album, recorded by Brian O'Shaughnessy (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Denim, Birdie) on 1970s valve equipment with a feeling for space and a deliberately limited palette, all the elements of which had to count. The House at Sea is a snapshot of a year's songs written in London and Madrid. There are pop songs, delirious dream accounts, strange lyrical puzzles, and stories from the city and the suburbs. The theme of the sea threads its way throughout the record along with a gentle sense of drifting and departure, of being lost, of saudade-a sadness at lost things.
    1. Voice in the Rose
    2. In the Winter Sun
    3. The House at Sea
    4. Day
    5. Jean's Waving
    6. Hampshire Lullaby
    7. Viento del mar
    8. The Sunlit Estate
    9. Piedras rotas
    10. Same Old Night
    11. Under the Glass
    Amor De Dias
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  • Long Lost Tapes 1970 Long Lost Tapes 1970 Quick View

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    Long Lost Tapes 1970

    Import


    While remaining largely unknown to the general public, Peter Walker was something of a legend along the Boston-New York folk axis of the 1960s, releasing a few celebrated albums for Vanguard during this period. Playing with various folk luminaries like Fred Neil, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin and Karen Dalton, and studying Spanish flamenco and Indian classical guitar with none other than Ravi Shankar, Walker was both a true student of his instrument and a pioneer, using not only acoustic guitar, but, as can be heard on this album, also electric. Recorded in 1970 at Levon Helm's (The Band) house in Woodstock, with the likes of legendary Detroit drummer Maruga Booker and tabla god Badal Roy, this is an essential release for fans.

    Side A:


    1. Meditation Blues
    2. Camel Ride
    3. City Pulse


    Side B:


    1. Missing You
    2. 102nd Psalm
    3. Mellowtime

    Peter Walker
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  • White Light White Light Quick View

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    White Light

    After playing in various teenage groups, Gene Clark was offered a place in the sprawling New Christy Minstrels in late 1963. He stayed long enough to contribute to two albums, Merry Christmas and Land Of Giants, before returning to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Jim (Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby in the Jet Set. This fledgling trio evolved into the Byrds. At that point Clark was the leading songwriter in the group and contributed significantly to their first two albums.


    As founding member of folk-rock pioneers the Byrds, Gene Clark had emerged as a uniquely gifted singer/songwriter and master of the minor key melancholy ballad. His departure from the group in 1966 was met with critical anticipation and commercial indifference. Tiring of the Hollywood fast lane by 1969, Gene and new wife Carlie moved up to Mendocino on the Northern California coast where the tranquility, pastoral beauty and laid back lifestyle of the coastal community appealed to his country boy roots. It inspired a body of songs unlike anything Gene had composed before. Their stark simplicity and stripped down arrangements, acoustic guitar, harmonica and voice, evidence a deeper insight into life and an overall optimism rarely found in his previous body of work.


    The resulting album, White Light, produced by renown guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, remains one of Gene's most accessible and much-loved recordings among fans and critics, topping several domestic Best Album of the Year lists and being voted Album of the Year by rock critics in the Netherlands. Songs like For A Spanish Guitar, With Tomorrow and Where My Love Lies Asleep are delicately evocative while the title song draws on Gene's appreciation for country music. One In A Hundred harkens back to his finest Byrds compositions.


    Buoyed by his new surroundings, friendships, marriage, a feeling of contentment in his rural retreat and the imminent birth of his first child, White Light reveals singer/songwriter Gene Clark at the top of his game. Rolling Stone declared the folk-based album a fresh and innovative look at what came before in a new framework. One of the most interesting and exciting records of 1971. Relive that excitement on this Sundazed edition! Mastered directly from the original A&M analog session tapes on high-definition vinyl.

    1. The Virgin
    2. With Tomorrow
    3. White Light
    4. Because of You
    5. One In A Hundred
    6. Spanish Guitar
    7. Where My Love Lies Asleep
    8. Tears of Rage
    9. 1975
    Gene Clark
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  • Axis: Bold As Love Axis: Bold As Love Quick View

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    Axis: Bold As Love

    Ranked 82/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Very few albums radically change the musical and cultural landscape, altering our perceptions by way of a mad combination of forward-looking performance, liberating lyrical narratives, spiritual overtones, and unimaginable sounds. Jimi Hendrix's sophomore Axis: Bold As Love is one of those records, a timeless and prophetic set that still seems as if it comes to us from the future. Unrelentingly ambitious, deeply mythical, and profoundly virtuosic, the stupendous 1967 collection dives into a pool of lustful psychedelia, earthy blues, cosmic soul, and unhinged rock. Along with jazz-schooled drummer Mitch Mitchell and melodic bassist Noel Redding, Hendrix establishes a new musical language, a foundation on which fellow guitar giants such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, and Prince would build. Ranked by Rolling Stone as the 82nd greatest album ever released, and leagues ahead of its time, Axis: Bold As Love is an absolute must-have for every music lover. Particularly now that it's finally been afforded the sonic treatment it's always deserved.


    Mastered from the original two-track mix-down analog master tapes, cut by legendary engineer George Marino on upgraded equipment at Sterling Sound, and pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl at RTI, this LP is a sonic knockout on par with the very best audiophile recordings. With all apologies to previous editions from Classic and Universal, this pressing blows away any competition. It's no wonder that this release spearheads Legacy Recordings' unprecented 2010 Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project of reissues and new releases from the greatest guitar player in history.


    Featuring seminal classics such as Spanish Castle Magic, Little Wing, and Castles Made Of Sand, Axis: Bold As Love stands as one of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's monumental moments, a tapestry scorched with color, sewn together with erotic threads, and varnished with rich personality. Do not miss this seminal pressing of a most seminal recording.

    1. EXP
    2. Up From The Skies
    3. Spanish Castle Magic
    4. Wait Until Tomorrow
    5. Ain't No Telling
    6. Little Wing
    7. If 6 Was 9
    8. You Got Me Floatin'
    9. Castles Made Of Sand
    10. She's So Fine
    11. One Rainy Wish
    12. Little Miss Lover
    13. Bold As Love
    Jimi Hendrix
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  • Sleep Talk Sleep Talk Quick View

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    Sleep Talk

    Silver Colored Vinyl


    Perhaps best known as the pioneering guitarist behind the legendary groups Cap'n Jazz and Owls, Victor Villarreal is one of the most inventive guitarists of modern indie-rock. His unique guitar style includes elements of classical, spanish, indie and even metal. Now on the heels of his reunion with Owls (Polyvinyl), Victor is back with his new solo long player, "Sleep Talk".


    "Sleep Talk" is Villarreal's second proper solo effort, and his first to enlist bassist (and early Joan of Arc member) Erik Bocek. Utilizing a "one man band" style of performance, the majority of "Sleep Talk" was recorded live in the studio, with Victor simultaneously performing guitar, percussion and vocals. Hinged on the tumbling rhythms of Villarreal's other-worldly guitar style, the tracks on "Sleep Talk" are diverse and moody, and will tickle your brain into a meditative stasis.

    1. Whoever "Everyone" Might Be...
    2. My Halucidaydream
    3. Dirtbike Girls
    4. A Mad Dad Dash
    5. Karoshi
    6. "That Familiar Band" Song
    7. Wade and Beware
    8. Yubari King
    Victor Villarreal
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  • Love And Circumstance Love And Circumstance Quick View

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    Love And Circumstance

    2010's Love And Circumstance is the fourth solo full-length from singer/songwriter/musician Carrie Rodriguez. The 12-song collection was produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell) and recorded with Hans Holzen (guitar), Kyle Kegerreis (bass) and Eric Platz (drums). Other artists appearing here also include none other than Bill Frisell (guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal steel/slide guitars), Aoife ODonovan (background vocals) and Buddy Miller (background vocals).


    Carrie wraps herself around songs from influences and peers such as John Hiatt/Nick Lowe/Ry Cooder/Jim Keltner (aka Little Village), Buddy Miller & Julie Miller, David Rodriguez, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, M. Ward, Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens, Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams, and more. She even pays homage to her family heritage with the soulful Spanish ballad La Puñalada Trapera, popularized in the 1950s by her great-aunt, famed Mexican bolero balladeer Eva Garza.

    1. Big Love (John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner)
    2. Wide River 2. to Cross (Buddy & Julie Miller)
    3. When I Heard Gypsy Davy Sing (David Rodriguez)
    4. Eyes on the Prize (M. Ward)
    5. Steal Your Love (Lucinda Williams)
    6. Waltzing's for Dreamers (Richard Thompson)
    7. I'm Not For Love (Sandrine)
    8. I Made A Lover's Prayer (Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings)
    9. I Started Loving You Again (Bonnie Owens & Merle Haggard)
    10. Rex's Blues (Townes Van Zandt)
    11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
    12. La Punalada Trapera (Sosa Tomas Mendez)
    Carrie Rodriguez
    $42.99
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  • Axis: Bold As Love (Music On Vinyl) (Mono) Axis: Bold As Love (Music On Vinyl) (Mono) Quick View

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    Axis: Bold As Love (Music On Vinyl) (Mono)

    Ranked 82/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Axis: Bold as Love, the second Experience album, was released merely six months after their debut LP Are You Experienced, at the end of 1967. Many of the album's songs were composed with complex studio recording techniques in mind and as a result were rarely performed live. Only Spanish Castle Magic and every-guitar-player's-ultimate-study-material Little Wing became staples during concerts.


    The album shows an incredible growth in Hendrix' songwriting and sonical versatility. Radio friendly rockers like Wait Until Tomorrow and You Got Me Floatin' are mixed with ballads such as Castles Made Of Sand - the album's variety makes it a delightful listen.


    The original mono pressing was intended to cater to those listeners with outdated hifi equipment, and therefore this is a rare piece of Hendrix' legacy. The Music On Vinyl reissue of the mono mix makes this evergreen available for contemporary ears again.

    1. Exp
    2. Up From The Skies
    3. Spanish Castle Magic
    4. Wait Until Tomorrow
    5. Ain't No Telling
    6. Little Wing
    7. If 6 Was 9
    8. You Got Me Floatin'
    9. Castles Made Of Sand
    10. She's So Fine
    11. One Rainy Wish
    12. Little Miss Lover
    13. Bold As Love
    Jimi Hendrix
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    Hidden City

    When Rolling Stone hailed THE CULT as "the Messianic moment of Coachella" in 2014, few knew that their next release would be unveiled in the form of HIDDEN CITY, their tenth studio album (and second for Cooking Vinyl).


    The final instalment in a trilogy of recordings, completing 2007's Born Into This (The Fall) and 2012's Choice of Weapon (Dark Night of the Soul), Hidden City is a tightly-woven series of experience and visions with underlying themes of redemption and rebirth threaded through The Cult's visceral music. Astbury's signature baritone and blood-soaked lyrics paired with Duffy's smouldering, textured guitar tones, create a musical environment that is fearless and peerless.


    From the sonic assault of the opening track Dark Energy, Hidden City launches quickly into the dark underbelly of its subject matter. Stemming from the Spanish phrase "La Ciudad Oculta" or "hidden city," the album reflects an awakening of consciousness through its tone and complexity. "Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives our intimate interior lives," explains Astbury. "I find today's gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it's a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart."


    Produced by Bob Rock and written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy the team has collaborated on what has turned out to be the brutal and beautiful masterpiece Hidden City.


    The Cult have revealed in a storied career. From the iconic Love album bursting with idealism to the dystopia of 2001's Beyond Good & Evil to the current seductive Hidden City, the band lives their art. A new chapter dawns for The Cult as the future unfolds The Cult will respond. It's what they do.


    The Cult are Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitars), John Tempesta (drums), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), Damon Fox (keyboards + rhythm guitar).

    1. Dark Energy
    2. No Love Lost
    3. Dance The Night
    4. In Blood
    5. Birds Of Paradise
    6. Hinterland
    7. G O A T
    8. Deeply Ordered Chaos
    9. Avalanche Of Light
    10. Lilies
    11. Heathens
    12. Sound and Fury
    The Cult
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    Live From Spain

    It had been nearly 20 years since Roger McGuinn had last performed in Spain, but in September 2004 the former Byrds leader and two of his treasured and trusty 12-string guitars made their way to the Basque medieval city of Vitoria-Gasteiz for a special solo set at the revered Azkena Rock Festival. And for this magical visit, McGuinn fans will be thrilled to learn, the tape was rolling.


    Beautifully recorded by Spanish national radio, this incredibly intimate, 21-song album finds McGuinn chiming his way through glorious versions of Byrds hits (Turn! Turn! Turn!, Eight Miles High, So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star, and others) and his trademark inimitable readings of Bob Dylan classics (My Back Pages, Knockin on Heavens Door, and, of course, Mr. Tambourine Man); along the way, the folk-rock icon peppers the program with poignant anecdotes about his career and the songs themselves. Long-time fans, however, will completely swoon over the versions of less-frequently revisited gems like Lover of the Bayou, Jolly Roger, and Drug Store Truck Drivin Man.

    1. My Back Pages
    2. Ballad of Easy Rider
    3. Wasnt Born to Follow
    4. On Easter Morn He Rose
    5. Mr. Spaceman
    6. Pretty Boy Floyd
    7. You Aint Goin Nowhere
    8. Drug Store Truck Drivin Man
    9. Chimes of Freedom
    10. On and On
    11. Lover of the Bayou
    12. Chestnut Mare
    13. Jolly Roger
    14. Bells of Rhymney
    15. 5D
    16. Mr. Tambourine Man
    17. Turn! Turn! Turn!
    18. Eight Miles High
    19. So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star
    20. May the Road Rise to Meet You
    21. Knockin on Heavens Door
    Roger McGuinn
    $36.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rodrigo - Concierto Andaluz / Marriner - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Rodrigo - Concierto Andaluz / Marriner - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rodrigo - Concierto Andaluz / Marriner - Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    The frenetic applause with which both the public and the experts greeted the Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, composed in 1940, is certainly astounding - one would have thought that 20th-century music was dominated chiefly by composers of twelve-tone music and the avantguardists. Rodrigo, however, remained faithful to the Classical three-movement form, employed a late-Romantic orchestral colouring, and followed in the tradition of Spanish composers who, perhaps more than any others, won their inspiration from the folkmusic of their native country.



    The whole work is full of the exotic magic of Spanish folkmusic, whereby the rhythmic drive of the first movement - reminiscent of clicking castanets - is particularly fascinating. Fortunately not only the composer but also the conductor and orchestra have taken care that the gentle tones produced by the world famous guitarist Pepe Romero are clearly to be heard.



    In addition, the listener is treated to a performance of the rarely recorded Concierto Andaluz for four guitars, composed in 1967. Once again the Romeros demonstrate that they are not only amazingly virtuosic musicians but are also worthy dedicatees of this unique work.



    Last but not least, PHILIPS balance engineers have produced a superb recording: Rodrigo himself was absolutely delighted with it - and this opinion one can well endorse.




    Recording: July / August 1978 by Wilhelm Hellweg

    Production: Wilhelm Hellweg




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Concierto Andaluz - Pepe Romero and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
    Neville Marriner with Rodrigo
    $34.99
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  • EP #260 EP #260 Quick View

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    EP #260

    One-Time Pressing Of 1500 Copies

    SQÜRL is: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan and Shane Stoneback. An enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & distorted guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores.

    SQÜRL began in 2009 when Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan teamed with producer Shane Stoneback to record some original music for the film The Limits of Control. Echoing the varied Spanish landscapes captured in the film, the three emerged with a set of slow-motion psychedelic rock instrumentals (releasing them as Bad Rabbit). Following these scoring sessions Jim, Shane, and Carter continued to record new originals while also exploring the back-alleys of American country, noise, and psychedelia. SQÜRL released a series of 3 EPs, recorded over a 3 year period by Shane at Treefort Recording in Brooklyn, NY. Jarmusch and Logan's collaboration continued as a duo with SQÜRL's acclaimed score for Paterson, and a trio with Stoneback for EP #260.

    1. Solstice
    2. The Dark Rift
    3. Equinox
    4. Gates of Ishtar (Equinox Remix by Anton Newcombe)
    5. The Dark Rift (Follakzoid Remix)
    SQURL
    $16.99
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  • Any Day Now (Pure Pleasure) Any Day Now (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Any Day Now (Pure Pleasure)

    The material - many of the Dylan classics - is unsurpassable. Her voice is at its zenith, young, supple - neither undisciplined (as in her 1st records) nor the later, low vibrato warble. There is none of the self-conscious and silly Dylan vocal imitation found in Baez's later recording. Where Dylan's own singing is wonderfully raw and rough, Baez is clear and pure. Both are great for me, but very, very different from each other. These lovely renditions are like no one else's. Just pure Joan in her finest voice.



    She is backed here by several of the very best of '70s Nashville session musicians (pickers). Some folks think of Nashville sidemen as inevitably bound up with Country Music. While this is not counter-country, it fits much more into folk - as the names Dylan and Baez rightly connote.



    One Too Many Mornings is too often overlooked among Dylan's compositions, and this is among the best renditions I've heard. The full-length, unhurried treatment Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowland is spell-binding and satisfying. Perhaps my favorite, though, is the subtle and poignant Spanish Boots of Spanish Leather. Dylan's lyrical genius is fully manifest, in his gorgeous melody and Joan Baez's a wonderful performance.
    For many of us who listened both then and recently, this pristine work inevitably reminds us how much has aged in the decades since this earlier era - also recaptured so vividly in Dylan's own Chronicles. These are timely works, both for reminiscence and to introduce newbies to the non-acid experiences that stirred an earlier generation. But regardless of any social import, this is simply beautiful poetry and music.



    Musicians:



    • Joan Baez (guitar, vocal)

    • Fred Carter (mandolin)

    • Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (keyboards)

    • Stephen Stills, Pete Drake, Harold Rugg (guitar)

    • Tommy Jackson, Johnny Gimble (violin)




    Recording: 1968 by Selby Cofeen

    Production: Maynard Solomon



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
    2. North Country Blues
    3. You Ain't Going Nowhere
    4. Drifter's Escape
    5. I Pity the Poor Immigrant

    6. Tears of Rage
    7. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
    8. Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word
    9. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

    10. The Walls of Redwing
    11. Dear Landlord
    12. One Too Many Mornings
    13. I Shall Be Released
    14. Boots of Spanish Leather
    15. Walkin' Down the Line

    16. Restless Farewell
    Joan Baez
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Inner Secrets Inner Secrets Quick View

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    Inner Secrets


    The Santana Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!


    The Original 1978 Rock Fusion Classic Inner Secrets Album!


    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation!


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso - Pressed At R.T.I.


    The legendary Santana set the music world on fire back in the
    late sixties out of San Francisco with their hypnotic blend of Latin-fused
    rock, jazz and soul, augmented with brilliant and skillful musicianship of
    their leader and guitarist Carlos Santana. Bursting on the scene initially
    with the worldwide smash hit single Evil Ways, this first offering would prove to become the
    huge catalyst for things to come.


    Throughout the remainder of the late seventies and beyond, Carlos
    Santana would take the band to the top of all the popular music charts
    as the 1978 fusion classic Inner Secrets would go on to yield a plethora
    of hit tracks at all formats of radio.


    No stone is left unturned, as this masterpiece is loaded with hit
    after hit with smashes like Buddy Holly's Well All Right, the power ballad
    Stormy and of course their stellar hit single Move On, all featuring the
    righteous guitar of the legendary Carlos Santana and the stellar vocals
    of Greg Walker.


    As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career
    catalog, Santana's Inner Secrets included some significant album tracks
    too like the rocking masterpiece One Chain (Don't Make No Prison) and
    the powerful medley of Traffic's Dealer & Santana's Spanish Rose. The
    fantastic work also includes the drum tour de force Wham! , featuring
    the all-star percussive line up of Graham Lear, Pete Escovedo, Armando
    Pereza and Raul Rekow. All in all, Inner Secrets took the fans by storm,
    forever retaining the title superstars to the Santana franchise.


    Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time on
    audiophile vinyl Inner Secrets by Santana. Mastered impeccably by Joe
    Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this amazing classic truly shines in the
    audiophile vinyl domain. Pressed at R.T.I., this brilliant masterwork truly
    resonates as you remember from years ago.


    To enhance your limited anniversary edition album experience,
    this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time being
    offered in a first time gatefold cover presentation, featuring the original
    album cover design, plus the inner sleeve artwork now displayed
    beautifully inside the gatefold cover


    Welcome back and celebrate the music of Santana with their
    amazing Inner Secrets ... an audiophile first time vinyl release, only
    from your friends at Friday Music.


    Well All Right!

    1. Dealer/Spanish Rose
    2. Move On
    3. One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)
    4. Stormy
    5. Well All Right
    6. Open Invitation
    7. Life Is A Lady/ Holiday
    8. The Facts Of Love
    9. Wham!
    Santana
    $29.99
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  • Mysteries Mysteries Quick View

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    Mysteries

    East London's Tigercats return with their new album and first release for Fortuna POP! Mysteries is vividly emotional and sonical-ly expansive, blending the very best of indiepop with complex song structures, lush production and beautiful arrangements. Tigercats combine the talents of songwriter, singer and guitarist Duncan Barrett with his brother Giles on bass, Laura Kovic on keyboards and vocals, and Jonny Evans on drums, as well as recent recruit Paul Rains from Allo Darlin' on guitar. And on Mysteries they're joined by living legend Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk / Tindersticks), who contributes saxo-phone and trumpet on several tracks. Tigercats have toured across Europe, playing at Primavera and appearing on Spanish TV, while back in the UK they've appeared at both Indietracks and End of the Road festivals. Many of the songs on the album have been live sta-ples, starting off one way and mutating in to something totally different, giving the songs time to grow and develop before heading in to the studio. And once they did head in, bassist Giles Barrett's day job at London's legendary Soup Studios allowed the band nearly unlimited time to get deeper in to the recording process - so deep that it verged on insanity. Mysteries is the sound of a band of outstanding musicians fulfilling their potential and using their talents in the studio to realise their musical vision, retaining their infectious hooks, their heart and their sheer danceability, and coupling it with a bright new contempo-rary sound. Superbly crafted and full of personality, Tigercats' second album suggests that they won't remain a mystery much longer.
    1. Junior Champion
    2. Laura And Cesar
    3. King Of Vic
    4. Globe Town
    5. Call Me If You Need Me
    6. Wheezer
    7. Too Sad To Tell You
    8. Sleeping In The Back Seat
    9. So Haunted
    10. Wendy And Lisa
    Tigercats
    $21.99
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  • The Power Out The Power Out Quick View

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    The Power Out


    Back In Print Due To Popular Demand!


    Electrelane's second album, The Power Out, is also their debut for the esteemed, arty British label Too Pure, the perfect home for a band that resembles so many of the imprint's other acts. The similarities appear early on, with the Stereolab-eqsue motorik and French vocals that drive Gone Under Sea, the wobbly-yet-charming singing on Birds that recalls Pram's Rosie Cuckston, and the intricate interplay of guitars and keyboards on every track that bring to mind th' Faith Healers (and their later incarnation, Quickspace). But these similarities are far from derivative; instead, on The Power Out, Electrelane feel like they're in the tradition of these other messy, angular, decidedly British art-punk bands, so much so that it's hard to imagine the band on any other label (with all due respect to Mr. Lady, who released Electrelane's debut, Rock It to the Moon). But even though the group perfectly defines the way that so many British art-school bands have sounded since the late '70s, in Electrelane's hands it still seems fresh.


    The Power Out also seems fresher than Rock It to the Moon, perhaps because, paradoxically, it's more focused than their debut. That's a relative term, though; the noodly, jam-based feel that dominated Rock It to the Moon is still here, particularly on The Power Out's more rock-based songs such as Take the Bit Between Your Teeth and the closing instrumentals, Only One Thing Is Needed and You Make Me Weak at the Knees. But overall, the songs are more concise here, giving songs like On Parade and the lovely Enter Laughing an immediate, if not exactly poppy, feel.


    The band finds different ways to channel the ambitions it so boldly displayed on Rock It to the Moon: Oh Sombra! is an eerie, passionate song fashioned from a sonnet from Spanish poet Juan Boscan, and This Deed borrows a line from Nietzsche to fit its appropriately dramatic air. Most striking of all is The Valleys, a choral rock piece that features Chicago A Cappella and Verity Sussman's arresting vocals, and attains a ceremonial, spiritual grandeur that hasn't been seen in many rock records save the Microphones' Mount Eerie. The Power Out manages to be unique without being a radical departure, and it augurs more good things for Electrelane's stint with Too Pure.


    - Heather Phares (All Music Guide)

    1. Gone Under Sea
    2. On Parade
    3. The Valleys
    4. Birds
    5. Take the Bit Between Your Teeth
    6. Oh Samba!
    7. Enter Laughing
    8. This Deed
    9. Love Builds Up
    10. Only One Thing Is Needed
    11. You Make Me Weak at the Knees
    Electrelane
    $18.99
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  • Arisen New Era Arisen New Era Quick View

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    Arisen New Era

    Blue And White Colored Vinyl


    Unique Leader Records confirms that French death metal legion, KRONOS, will drop their Arisen New Era long player upon the masses. Recorded, mixed and mastered by David Potvin at Dome Studios (Lyzanxia, Arcania, Under The Abyss etc.) in Angers, France, the band's latest slab of audio menace features nine scalding tracks of unrelenting barbarity adorned in the distinctive cover art of Pierre Alain (Withering Soul, Silentlie, Cyrax etc.).


    A name derived from the Greek god of time, Kronos (or Cronus), father of Zeus, KRONOSwas forged over fifteen years ago and quickly established a name for themselves based solely on their musical unity of harmony and violence. Featuring a continuous textual reference to the gods of ancient civilizations, KRONOS punctures ears with a heightened level of dynamics accomplished by only by a select number of bands. It all began in a small town in the Northeastern province of Alsace-Lorraine. Following various lineup shifts and musical experimentation, the pandemonium squad recorded their first demo in 2000. One year later, KRONOS would unleash their Titan's Awakening debut. Produced entirely by the band, the lethal creation lead to a union with French imprint Warpath Records. By the end of 2001, Titan's Awakening was expelled once again into the world, this time with a brand new cover designed by Deather (Gurkkhas, Vital Remains, Angel Corpse) as well as a visually disquieting booklet.


    KRONOS later joined forces with Spanish label Xtreem Music run by Avulsed's Dave Rotten, for the unleashing of their next two full-lengths. Second offering, Colossal Titan Strife was discharged in 2004 to the applause of underground critics in the proverbial know. Metal Crypt commended the band's "diversified guitar work intricate drum patterns wicked guitar solos and.. good number of catchy yet non-compromising hooks," further insisting, "This French outfit is definitely worth checking out," while Sputnik Music championed, "an impressive album that shows off the capabilities of death metal done right. KRONOSmanaged to pack a metric ton of creativity into each song and you will barely hear the same riff twice." Added Last Rites simply, "worth your time if you need some solid, well-produced death metal." Third offspring, The Hellenic Terror, emerged in April 2007 and served as an attestation of the band's enormous capacity for skilled execution and originality. Said Metal Crypt in a near perfect review of the release, "The Hellenic Terrorcontains more melodic sections than Colossal Titan Strife, but still possesses almost as much brutality . KRONOS is one of the few death metal bands that manage to be melodic, brutal and still remain catchy as hell in their riffs and solos. This is definitely a must-have for fans of death metal."


    Now that this Gallic Titan has blossomed into a powerful entity, they're ready to vanquish and destroy the world with musical bloodlust and the diabolic wares of Arisen New Era.

    1. Infernal Abyss Sovereignty
    2. Zeus Dethroned
    3. Soul-Voracious Vultures
    4. Rapture In Misery
    5. Klymenos Underwrath
    6. Aeons Titan Crown
    7. Brotherlords
    8. Purity Slaughtered
    9. Hellysium
    Kronos
    $19.99
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  • Eye in the Sky (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Eye in the Sky (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Eye in the Sky (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    Unimpressed and untouched by the glorification of individuals so typical for the music business, the Alan Parsons Project proved that even without spectacular light shows, rock celebrities in the band or self-composed songs it was possible to rise to stardom. Alan Parsons, who first took up an apprenticeship as a sound engineer at EMI and was later responsible for several Paul McCartney productions and the Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, drew upon his experience in order to further his solo career. While the co-producer Eric Woolfson wrote songs, Parsons who had an uncanny feeling for sound conjured up synthetic and natural sounds.



    As with all albums from the early years, 'Eye In The Sky' is inspired by important topics of the times. True to the 'no-future lifestyle' of the 80s, the songs impart a somewhat depressive character which serves as a stark contrast to the steely rock rhythms, free from electronic gimmicks. In addition one finds addictive harmony in the vocal polyphony ('Gemini'), blaring brass with a Spanish rhythm ('Silence And I') and a velvety string sound ('Old And Wise'). All in all a great achievement by the British wizard of sound at the mixing console.



    Musicians:



    • Alan Parsons (keyboards)

    • Eric Woolfson (keyboards, vocal)

    • Andrew Powell (arranger, conductor)

    • Ian Bairnson (guitar)

    • Mel Collins (saxophone)

    • David Paton (bass, guitar, vocal)

    • Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion)




    Recording: 1981 at Abbey Road Studios, London, by Alan Parsons

    Production: Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Sirius
    2. Eye in the Sky
    3. Children of the Moon
    4. Gemini
    5. Silence and I
    6. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
    7. Psychobabble
    8. Mammagamma
    9. Step by Step
    10. Old and Wise
    The Alan Parsons Project
    $34.99
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