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Rocky IV SoundtrackThe 1985 blockbuster Rocky IV found Sylvester Stallone's heavyweight champion boxer in the fight of his life against the fearsome Ivan Drago. The soundtrack, newly remastered for vinyl offers energizing anthems by Survivor (Burning Heart, Eye of the Tiger), James Brown (Living in America) and John Cafferty (Hearts On Fire).1. Burning Heart (Survivor)
2. Hearts On Fire (John Cafferty)
3. Double Or Nothing (Kenny Loggins)
4. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)
5. War/Fanfare From Rocky (Vince DiCola)
6. Living in America (James Brown)
7. No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper)
8. One Way Street (Go West)
9. The Sweetest Victory (Touch)
10. Training Montage (Vince DiCola)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vital SignsVital Signs is the fifth studio album and their first with vocalist Jimi Jamison. The album was their second most successful in the U.S., reaching #16 on the Billboard Album charts and being certified platinum by the RIAA.1. I Can't Hold Back
2. High on You
3. First Night
4. The Search Is Over
5. Broken Promises
6. Popular Girl
8. It's the Singer, Not the Song
9. I See You in Everyone$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Street SurvivorsStreet Survivors appeared in stores in October 1977, just days before Lynyrd Skynyrd's touring plane crashed,
tragically killing many members of the band. If the band had lived "Street Survivors" would have been seen as an unqualified triumph, a record that firmly re-established Skynyrd's status as the great Southern rock band. The album achieved gold certification just 10 days after its release. It would later go double platinum.1. What's Your Name
2. That Smell
3. One More Time
4. I Know A Little
5. You Got That Right
6. I Never Dreamed
7. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
8. Ain't No Good Life$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Solid State SurvivorWhile Kraftwerk was emerging in Europe and became an influence and inspiration to the Japanese superstars, YMO stayed true to their unique sound.
YMO's second album Solid State Survivor was released in 1979, and represented numerous crossover tracks from Techno to New Wave. Solid State Survivor is probably the most sampled YMO album, as over the years several artists performed numerous covers of Behind The Mask. This extremely popular album peaked at # 1 in several charts all over the world1. Technopolis
2. Absolute Ego Dance
5. Behind The Mask
6. Day Tripper
8. Solid State Survivor$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Survivors' SuiteThe Survivors' Suite, recorded in 1976, is the crowning achievement of Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet" with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and one of the all-time enduring masterpieces in the ECM catalogue. Melody Maker: "The Survivors' Suite is a brilliantly organized and full-blooded work which provides the perfect setting for all four talents. This is a very complete record. It creates its own universe and explores it thoroughly, leaving the listener awed and satisfied... An unashamedly ardent album, Jarrett's very finest." The Wire: "The labyrinthine composition seems to redefine 'intensity' each time it turns a corner. The drive toward the climax of Side Two is among the most moving in modern music, Dewey Redman absolutely titanic over the surging rhythms."
Keith Jarrett (piano)
Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone, percussion)
Charlie Haden (double bass)
Paul Motian (drums, percussion)1. Beginning
2. Conclusion$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Street Survivors (On Sale)1977 Smash Remains South Rock Legends Finest Hour: Includes Whats Your Name and That Smell
Last Album Made By Original Members Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Triple-Guitar Front of Steve Gaines, Gary Rossington, and Collins Remains Rocks Most Formidable Assembly of Six-String Players
Street Survivors remains Lynyrd Skynyrds finest hour, and for many reasons. The last album recorded with original vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, who passed away in a tragic plane accident three days after its release, the 1977 set is both mythical for its historical significance as well as infallible songwriting quality. Then there's the triple-guitar front of Collins, Gary Rossington, and Steve Gaines, which, together, comprise the most formidable combination of lead six-string players assembled on an original album. Add in freshly inspired performances and classic Muscle Shoals production, and you have a timeless work of art.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Mobile Fidelity Silver Series' limited edition LP presents Skynyrds landmark effort in a dynamic, organic, soulful, and balanced sound that puts the musicians on a wide soundstage that will make you think they are standing on a stage in your room. In particular, Van Zants re-energized singing comes through with utmost clarity and verve. The complex web of guitars is now unraveled, with each of the instrumentalists possessing their own space, allowing their contributions to assume a transparency that further lends to the musics impact. Background vocals, too, rise up above what had heretofore been an artificial ceiling.
Produced by iconic producer Tom Dowd, Street Survivors is drenched in earthy vibes and live-from-the-floor rawness, the sense of spontaneity and interplay underlining the groups taut albeit loose material. Rebounding from 1975s solid yet semi-formulaic Nuthin Fancy and the following years equally lukewarm Gimme Back My Bullets, Skynyrd comes out firing on Street Survivors and never let up. The septets nucleus was never better. It's lamentable that this stands as the lineups only studio record together, but the music here makes you all the more thankful for the chance to at least here them reach their potential at least once.
Gaines incredible abilities spur on his mates, which respond with strong ideas and even stronger performances. Melodies are sharp, hooks are abundant, rhythms in command. A miasma of blues, rock, country, gospel, and soul informs the arrangements, and those three guitarists play as if their lives depended on getting everything just right. Songs flow with an effortless ease, and whether its the slithering organ-backed rollick of I Never Dreamed, swampy drug-abuse warning That Smell, or autobiographical honky-tonk Ain't No Good Life, Skynryd clicks on all cylinders. Swagger, swing, and strut. What an album.
Honor Van Zant and Collins memories, and revisit a Southern rock masterpiece, by acquiring this collectable version of Street Survivors.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. What's Your Name
2. That Smell
3. One More Time
4. I Know A Little
5. You Got That Rig
6. I Never Dreamed
7. Honky Tonk Night Man
8. Ain't No Good Life$24.99 $22.49 Save $2.50 (10%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Lonely In A Crowded RoomLonely In A Crowded Room finds Pegi Young again showcasing her singing and songwriting talents on a rich and well thought out album. Her 4th offering builds on the acclaim and success of the previous three, the first being released in 2007. Mixed in with her original compositions are three well-selected covers - the Allen Toussaint penned / Irma Thomas classic Ruler Of My Heart; Spooner Oldham's Lonely Women Make Good Lovers; and Don't Let Me Be Lonely by Jerry Ragovoy.1. I Be Weary
3. Better Livin' Through Chemicals
4. Ruler Of My Heart
5. Lonely Women Make Good Lovers
6. Don't Let Me Be Lonely
7. Feels Just Like A Memory
8. In My Dreams
9. Walking On The Tightrope
10. Blame It On Me$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Time Is RightA soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is one of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion and the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his first recordings for the label with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody and sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker. All About Jazz1. The Nearness Of You
2. Mack the Knife
3. Lou's Blues
4. Be My Love
6. Crosstown Shuffle
7. Idaho$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Travelling For A Living (Discontinued) (On Sale)LUCKY LUKE is the brainchild of folk overlord SIMON SHAW, formerly of Glasgow legends V-TWIN, and MORAG WILSON. As a duo they contributed to many compilations with their dreamy, Nico inspired songs, until they grew into a droning, fluting, eight legged beast at the beginning of 2003. Trimmed down to a six-piece, the band supported Teenage Fanclub on their UK tour in May 2005, and their beautiful debut album, Patrick The Survivor achieved great reviews from NME, Uncut and Mojo. Travelling For a Living is their sophomore album filled with a similar folk vibe. Limited to 500 copies.Side One
1. Mud In The Milk
2. The Boat
3. Out Of My Tree
5. Bratislavan Nights
6. The Black Tree
1. Summer Walker
2. In The Rain
3. New Year's Day
4. Travelling For A Living
5. Summer Interlude
6. Kill The Enemy$21.99 $17.37 Save $4.62 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Sensitive Badass (On Sale)Comes complete with MP3 download codes. Oakland based Bucky Sinister shines with his debut studio album, culled from his now legendary book All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go. Bucky tells the survivor stories of a life no one should have to live, as he traces the connecting threads between tragedy and comedy, poetry and punk rock, rage and regret, addiction and enlightenment. Unconventional tales of AA, 12-stepping and drinking abound. Bucky has written four books and this LP is a collection of his poems about rehab, drugs, and alcohol.1. Drowning On God's Urine
2. Little Known Facts About Angels, Or, How The Dinosaurs Really Died
3. Nascar And Nothingness
4. The Loudest, Fastest Abraham Lincoln Poem Ever
5. Elegy For The Old Hunts
6. My Date With Wonder Woman
7. Anatomy Of The Pit
8. A Sunday Like Most Others
9. The Little Monster Poems
10. The Alternate Universe Of Bruce Wayne$15.99 $12.63 Save $3.36 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If You Have Ghost EPEarlier 2013, the flamboyant Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. - or, if you don't care about the only-in-America legal silliness that led to the name change, just Ghost - linked up with producer and famous rock dude Dave Grohl and covered Abba's "I'm A Marionette." Now, Ghost releases an EP of covers called If You Have Ghost; it'll also include their version of Depeche Mode's "Waiting For The Night."
For the EP's title track, the band once again hooked up with Grohl, who produced their version of "If You Have Ghosts," a 1981 freakout from the troubled Texan psych-rock survivor Roky Erickson.
- Tom Breihan (Stereogum)1. If You Have Ghosts (Originally Recorded By Roky Erickson)
2. I Am A Marionette (Originally Recorded By ABBA)
3. Crucified (Originally Recorded By Army Of Lovers)
4. Waiting For The Night (Originally Recorded By Depeche Mode)
5. Secular Haze (Recorded Live At Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn)$21.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Broken BarricadesGrey Vinyl
Broken Barricades is the fifth studio album by British rock band Procol Harum. The sound of the band on this album is a bit sparser, but definitely not without dimension and dynamics. Simple Sister, one of the finest Gary Brooker/Keith Reid compositions, is truly glorious. With Robin Trower's frightening lead guitar work juxtaposed nicely against a wonderful string arrangement. The tracks are first rate. Procol Harum was a great survivor among rock bands that have lost a key member. The proof is in these grooves.LP1
1. Simple Sister
2. Broken Barricades
3. Memorial Drive
4. Luskus Delph
5. Power Failure
6. Song For A Dreamer
7. Playmate Of The Mouth
8. Poor Mohammed
1. Broken Barricades [Long Fade - Raw Track]
2. Simple Sister [Raw Track]
3. Poor Mohammed [Backing Track]
4. Song For A Dreamer (King Jimi) [Backing Track]$37.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
50After five decades of recording and touring, veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman has finally made what he calls his "American record," and the aptly titled 50 now stands as his late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend. Backed by a collaborative group of friends and acolytes-Steve Gunn (who also produced), Nathan Bowles (Pelt), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy), Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band), Jimi SeiTang (Rhyton), and fellow UK songwriting luminary Bridget St John-Chapman tears into both bold renderings of new songs and radical reinterpretations of material from his revered catalog, the crack band adeptly scaling the same rarefied sonic heights of classic Harvest albums like Fully Qualified Survivor, guided by a true survivor's instinct, wit, and wisdom. The result is a sublime chiaroscuro self-portrait, more shadow than light, as an invigorated Chapman wrestles with weighty themes of travel, memory, mortality, and redemption, his world-weary whispers assuming the incandescent power of prophecy. Deluxe package includes tip-on jacket, printed inner sleeve, and lyrics.1. A Spanish Incident (Ramon and Durango)
2. Sometimes You Just Drive
3. The Mallard
4. Memphis in Winter
5. The Prospector
6. Falling from Grace
7. Money Trouble
8. That Time of Night$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Workin' With the Miles Davis QuintetUndeniably one of the best small bands in the history of jazz, the Miles Davis quintet of the mid-1950s made history at the Cafe Bohemia on Manhattan's Barrow Street and in the New Jersey studio of Rudy Van Gelder for Prestige. This is the 3rd in a series of four LPs taped in two marathon studio sessions, done in the style of sets at the Bohemia, producing music of high energy and immediacy. This is a mix of standards and originals, up-tempos and ballads, and a trio number, Ahmad's Blues. Miles is the sole survivor of this quintet but the music made in the mid-50's period will live forever. The excitement of the emerging John Coltrane; the informed, melodic swing of Red Garland; the tremendous snap and pop of the rhythm trio of Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, and Miles' poignancy and intense swing. Recording engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.1. It Never Entered My Mind
3. In Your Own Sweet Way
4. The Theme (take 1)
5. Trane's Blues
6. Ahmad's Blues
7. Half Nelson
8. The Theme (take 2)$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Lost Themes IIThe musical world of Lost Themes II is also a wider one than that of its predecessor. More electric and acoustic guitar help flesh out the songs, still driven by Carpenter's trademark minimal synth. This manifests itself brilliantly in songs like lead single Distant Dream, which hitches a familiar Carpenterian beat to an expressive drum performance and rides it to a thrilling conclusion. The eerie Angel's Asylum lets an ethereal synth line command the first three-quarters of the song, before turning over the melody to an acoustic guitar, and Virtual Survivor delivers a blast of the sci-fi menace that characterized his great scores for films like Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live. Lost Themes II delivers eleven compelling new tracks for which fans can continue to score the movies in their minds.1. Distant Dream
2. White Pulse
3. Persia Rising
4. Angel's Asylum
5. Hofner Dawn
6. Windy Death
7. Dark Blues
8. Virtual Survivor
9. Bela Lugosi
10. Last Sunrise
11. Utopian Facade$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sirens Of SongA purveyor and survivor of Britpop (with band Squeeze), solo artist, author, and television presenter, Jools Holland is prominent as one of British music's most recognized and trustworthy.
A couple of years back, Holland's talent for composition was refreshed with 2012's The Golden Age Of Song, a star-studded effort. Holland must have had the itch to repeat that highly successful and pleasant experience, only this time around he's kept it between him and the ladies. What emerges is 14 tracks of originals and reworked gems starring some of the best female voices in the business.
What Holland nails here are his choices of leading ladies for each track, which offer so much in the way of delightfully surprising and sublime covers. Jamaican songstress Ruby Turner sasses up Ray Charles' Jumpin' In The Morning, our own pop princess Kylie Minogue puts her pout to The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go, and Emeli SandÉ admirably takes on 1920s standard Love Me Or Leave Me. Among the standouts, though, are Louise Marshall's A Vow, a poem by one of Holland's favourite English poets, Wendy Cope; Joss Stone's soulful attack in Letting Me Down; and the playful ska in Monkey Man, brought to life by the late, great Amy Winehouse.
Holland's orchestra never falters, nor do the man's fingers on the ivories, and running throughout is a vibrant sense of celebration for not only these skilfull lasses but for the sheer act of making music with many different talents.
-Carley Hall (The Music)1. Jumping In the Morning - By Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
2. Letting Me Down - By Jools Holland & Joss Stone
3. Love Me Or Leave Me - By Jools Holland & Emeli SandÉ
4. A Vow - By Jools Holland & Louise Marshall
5. Monkey Man - By Jools Holland & Amy Winehouse
6. Should I Stay Or should I Go - By Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue
7. Sweet Bitter Love - By Jools Holland & Mabel Ray
8. See-Line Woman - By Jools Holland & Laura Mvula
9. Lost Mind - By Jools Holland & Rumer
10. Top To Bottom Boogie - By Jools Holland & Imelda May
11. Night & Day - By Jools Holland & KT Tunstall
12. I Wish - By Jools Holland & Melanie C
13. I Still Went Wrong - By Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
14. Ain't Misbehavin' - By Jools Holland & Eartha Kitt$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
While We're Young - SoundtrackWhile We're Young is Noah Baumbach's sparkling follow-up to his 2012 hit Frances Ha. No film has better captured the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates: the older ones embrace their iPads and
Netflix, the young ones crave vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes.
The film follows Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He's an aspiring documentary filmmaker, avocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begins enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward
and trustworthy as he thought.
The soundtrack is filled with classics such as Paul McCartney's "1985," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)," Survivor's "Eye of The Tiger," or David Bowie's "Golden Years" just to name a few. The score to the film comes courtesy of LCD Soundsystem's own James Murphy.1. Golden Years - James Murphy
2. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
3. Buggin' Out - A Tribe Called Quest
4. The Ghost In You - The Psychedelic Furs
5. The Inch Worm - Danny Kaye
6. Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home - James Murphy
7. Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
8. Falling (Duke Dumontre Mix) - Haim
9. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
10. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five - Paul McCartney & Wings
11. We Used To Dance - James Murphy
12. Golden Years - David Bowie$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La PesteAlabama 3's second album shows off their trademark uplifting quality, albeit in a "Screamadelica"-style fusion of euphoria and melancholy. Songs like SAD EYED LADY OF THE LOWLIFE and recent single TOO SICK TO PRAY have a gospel-like hugeness about them, while WADE INTO THE WATER and MANSION ON THE HILL twang with countrified swagger.
The album runs the gamut of emotions in the face of adversity: from the incandescent beauty of the shimmering WALKING IN MY SLEEP and the closing SINKING " to the claustrophobic beats of COCAINE (KILLED MY COMMUNITY) and the energy rush of STRANGE, adding a sense of dope-fuelled urban paranoia.Of particular note are a twisted beat-heavy cover of the Eagles' HOTEL CALIFORNIA, throwing a totally new slant on the song as the last cocaine-addled stop on the country musician's road to oblivion, and THE THRILLS HAVE GONE, whose spoken word contribution from Birmingham 6 survivor Paddy Hill brings into focus exactly what the band mean when they talk about injustice.
LA PESTE (THE PLAGUE) may well be HIV, computer viruses or simply a global decline in justice and morality, but Alabama 3 are imploring us to come together and get loaded anyway. After all, we all have to die sometime. -PHASE9.tv1. Too Sick Too Pray
2. Mansion On The Hill
3. Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlife
4. Walking In My Sleep
5. Wade Into The Water
6. Hotel California
7. Cocaine (Killed My Community)
8. The Thrills Have Gone
12. Woke Up This Morning$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Gone Fishin' (On Sale)The second and final studio album for the original lineup of SF's Flipper was first released in 1984. Flipper took the punk tag to extremes, as no other band in the world was playing punk this slow, sludgy, dark and disturbed. Featuring the haunting Survivors Of The Plague and the public incrimination of Sacrifice, Gone Fishin' is an art-punk classic that holds up alongside their more heralded debut. 180 gram vinyl.1. The Light, The Sound
2. First the Heart
3. In Life My Friends
4. Survivors of the Plague
7. Talk's Cheap
8. You Nought Me
9. One By One$21.99 $17.37 Save $4.62 (21%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited First Pressing Of 1,000 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Clear Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Includes 4 Page Insert With Song Lyrics And Credits
Featuring The Hits Blurry, She Hates Me And Control
First Time On Vinyl!
Come Clean is the the highly succesfull major-label debut and second studio album by the American rock band Puddle of Mudd. Originally released in 2001, the album's music was responsible for breaking Puddle of Mudd into the mainstream music scene. The album reached the Billboard 200 Albums chart peaking at #9. It has sold over 5,000,000 copies and was certified 3 times platinum by the RIAA.
The lead single Control was also the theme song for WWE's Survivor Series 2001, which was critically acclaimed. The second single off the album, Blurry turned out to be Puddle of Mudd's most successful single, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart, and also winning an ASCAP song of the year award. Drift & Die was also released as a single spending six weeks at the No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. The fourth single, She Hates Me reached the No. 1 spot on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and won the ASCAP award for most played rock song of the year.
In support of the album the band embarked on a European and American tour as the opening act for Godsmack and Deftones, and were also a part of the Family Values 2001 tour, alongside Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots, and Staind.
Available on vinyl for the very first time, Come Clean is pressed on clear vinyl, limited to 1.000 numbered copies!1. Control
2. Drift & Die
3. Out Of My Head
4. Nobody Told Me
6. She Hates Me
7. Bring Me Down
8. Never Change
11. Piss It All Away$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beauty & Ruin"It's a song cycle. A narrative. It's nobody's story but my own I ran so
fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is
acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher."
Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss,
reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. It may very well
be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes.
Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Mould is as relevant,
ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals
with the passing of Mould's father in October 2012, Bob's struggle to come
to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions
of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living.
Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty-and may well be Bob
Mould's finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.
Bob Mould's journey as singer-songwriter, guitarist, author, DJ, and all-around
MVP began in 1979 with the formation of HÜsker DÜ. In 1988, Mould began
the first part of a solo career producing the aforementioned Workbook and the
heavy Black Sheets of Rain. In 1992, Bob gave the world Sugar, a reimagined
power trio that toured the globe and produced two albums and an EP: Copper
Blue, Beaster, and File Under: Easy Listening. From these releases came a cache
of songs-"Helpless," "Hoover Dam," "If I Can't Change Your Mind,"
"Your Favorite Thing"-that remain staples of Bob's live shows to this day.
In fall 2012, Bob gave the world Silver Age, his debut album for Merge
Records and the first to feature current bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon
Wurster. The subsequent touring covered four continents, ending in October
2013 in South America. Beauty & Ruin is in large part the sound of this band,
on the road relentlessly, congealing into the tightest unit to surround Bob
in his storied career. Two days after returning from South America, the trio
reconvened in Chicago to begin the recording of Beauty & Ruin. The
October 2013 session at Steve Albini's famed studio complex Electrical Audio
consisted of nine days of band tracking and five days of layering guitars. The
following month, Bob returned to Different Fur Studios in his hometown of
San Francisco to finish lyrics for six songs, add vocals, and mix the album.
Beauty & Ruin is a product of a survivor who refuses to give up, thrives
through his work, and subsequently embraces the many changes around and
within himself. Bob smartly declares the album as "yet another bonus round,
and I am very grateful."1. Low Season
2. Little Glass Pill
3. I Don't Know You Anymore
4. Kid With Crooked Face
5. Nemeses Are Laughing
6. The War
8. Hey Mr. Grey
9. Fire in the City
10. Tomorrow Morning
11. Let the Beauty Be
12. Fix It$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Generation Void3rd full length album by Iron Man.
Maryland-spawned doom titans Iron Man seemed to drop off the face of the earth after their first two albums, 1993's Black Night and 1994's The Passage, shook the heavy metal world by the scruff of its neck and forced it to bang any head that didn't already bang, as Metallica would have put it. With little rhyme or reason, all of five years would elapse until the group's return to activity via 1999's Generation Void LP, squandering any upward momentum Iron Man might have attained, but belatedly proving that they remained a force to be reckoned with when they actually showed up. So let's take it from the top: most fans and critics would agree that Iron Man's strengths always lay in energized doom templates, and the latest songs cut from that cloth on this album, such as On the Mountain, Boston Strangler, and As the Gods Have Spoken, definitely didn't disappoint this time around, either. At the same time, less orthodox new offerings like Forever Yours and Shadows of Darkness continued to broaden Iron Man's creative resources with leaner heavy metal styles (the N.W.O.B.H.M., for example) and rock-based qualities, revealing that the intervening years of inactivity didn't elapse without some sonic transformation. In fact, stately metal ballads like Winds of Change and the album's title track recalled classic mid-'70s efforts by Judas Priest like Beyond the Realms of Death (with the added benefit of Morris' transcendent soloing), and, alongside tougher numbers like Survivor and King of Kings, which could very well have passed for Stained Class outtakes, they qualified Generation Void as the first Iron Man album where the band's deep-seated Black Sabbath influences were dethroned by another band's. But, given the typically strong material that resulted, there was little cause for complaint, especially from Iron Man's long deprived fan base, which would amazingly have to put up with another Rip Van Winkle-like ten years before getting their gauntlets on the band's fourth studio album, 2010's I Have Returned.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. On the Mountain
2. Boston Strangler
4. King of Kings
5. Winds of Change
6. Generation Void
7. As the Gods Have Spoken
8. Ironica Blue
9. Forever Yours
10. Shadows of Darkness
11. Juggernaut$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tears Lies And AlibisTears, Lies, And Alibis, marks the first release on Shelby Lynne's own newly founded label, Everso Records. Coming on the heels of Just a Little Lovin', Lynne's critically acclaimed 2008 tribute to Dustry Springfield, Tears, Lies, And Alibis affirms her position as a visionary, iconoclastic artist who deftly weaves country, soul, rock, blues, pop and folk influences to forge her own unique style.
Like Identity Crisis (2003) and Suit Yourself (2005), this sparse, unquarded collection was produced by Lynne, who evokes a live-in-the-studio vibe from a stellar group of musicians. From the exuberant Rains Come and dreamy Something To Be Said, her ode to the iconic Airstream trailer, to the restless, bluesy Old Dog and poignant Alibi, her evocative imagery brings to life the scarred yet determined group of survivors whose stories are told in Tears, Lies, And Alibis.1. Rains Came
2. Why Didn't You Call Me
3. Like A Fool
5. Something To Be Said About Airstreams
6. Family Tree
7. Loser Dreamer
8. Old #7
9. Old Dog
10. Home Sweet Home$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
...Ya Know?BMG Rights Management presents Joey Ramone's second solo album, "...Ya Know?", eleven years after his life was cruelly cut short by lymphoma. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life.
His brother, musician Mickey Leigh, executive produced the project. It was of the utmost importance to me that these remaining songs of Joey's be finished properly, and made available for the world to hear, Leigh says of "...Ya Know?", which is comprised primarily of never-before-heard songs written and sung by his brother.
But this is no half-baked grab-bag of odds and ends. Rather, it's a riveting collection of first-rate songs that embody Joey's trademark intensity and wit, and that can stand proudly alongside his most beloved Ramones compositions. It's also a fitting, if belated, follow-up to Joey's first solo album Don't Worry About Me, which was recorded just prior to his death and released the following year.
"...Ya Know?", whose title refers to the phrase that was a ubiquitous staple of Joey's conversation, adds a significant new chapter to the seminal punk icon's hugely influential body of work. Among the many talented people Mickey Leigh and Joey's manager Dave Frey reached out to in bringing "...Ya Know?" to fruition was veteran producer Ed Stasium, who was behind the board for many of the Ramones' greatest albums, including their early classics Leave Home, Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin.
In addition to producing ten of the album's fifteen tracks, Stasium also contributed instrumentation and vocals to each. The swaggering album-opener Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer (co-written with Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts) will be released as a limited-edition 7" single for Record Store Day on April 21, 2012.
That song and the hometown shout-out New York City demonstrate Joey's knack for channeling his personal passions into bracing anthems. The playfully breezy Make Me Tremble (which Joey wrote and recorded with Dictators founder Andy Shernoff) and the bittersweet acoustic ballad Waiting for That Railroad find him exploring some of the more introspective territory that he'd been unable to visit within the format of his former band.
Elsewhere on "...Ya Know?", I Couldn't Sleep is a collaboration between brothers Joey and Mickey, who also teamed up to record a romantic alternate version of the Ramones' holiday classic Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) in Joey's apartment. Meanwhile, a previously unreleased reprise of Joey's late-period Ramones tune Life's A Gas ends the album on an appropriately uplifting note.
Also contributing to "...Ya Know?" is an assortment of musicians and producers whose prior relationships with Joey help to give the album an organic vibe that enhances its power and character. The cast of players includes Joan Jett, and Little Steven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on Party Line and wrote the album's poignant liner notes, along with such notables as former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Richie Stotts, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk survivor Holly Beth Vincent, members of the Ramones' punk-era contemporaries The Dictators, and producers Jean Beauvoir and Joe Blaney.
The resulting album is a brilliant encapsulation of the qualities that made Joey Ramone one of rock's most unlikely, yet most beloved, heroes. Leigh reflects "Over the past eight years I've been getting barrages of emails and Facebook messages from Joey's fans, wanting to know when this album would be coming out. So having it finally become a reality gives me a feeling of triumph, not for me, but for my brother, and for his fans. And there's not the slightest doubt in my mind that people are gonna be blown away by it.1. Rock 'n' Roll Is The Answer
2. Going Nowhere Fast
3. New York City
4. Waiting For That Railroad
5. I Couldn't Sleep
6. What Did I Do To Deserve You?
7. Seven Days of Gloom
8. Eyes of Green
9. Party Line
10. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
11. 21st Century Girl
12. There's Got To Be More To Life
13. Make Me Tremble
14. Cabin Fever
15. Life's A Gas$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now