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Congregation1992's Congregation, The Afghan Whigs' third album, finds the Whigs' soul and psychedelic influences shining through, and helped define the band's sound for years to come. Until now, Congregation was out of print on vinyl since its original pressing sold out many years ago.LP 1
1. Her Against Me
2. I'm Her Slave
3. Turn on the Water
4. Conjure Me
5. Kiss The Floor
1. This Is My Confession
2. Dedicate It
3. The Temple
4. Let Me Lie To You
6. Miles Iz Dead$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The CongregationThe great tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin is heard in top form on this near-classic quartet set. Assisted by pianist Sonny Clark, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Kenny Dennis, Griffin is exuberant on The Congregation (which is reminiscent of Horace Silver's The Preacher), thoughtful on the ballads, and swinging throughout. It's recommended for bop collectors.
1. THE CONGREGATION
2. LATIN QUARTER
3. I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU
4. MAIN SPRING
5. IT'S YOU OR NO ONE$15.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Congregation (Limited Edition)This album is not eligible for any discounts
Johnny Griffin is one of the fastest, sharpest tenor saxophonists to emerge in the fertile 1950s. His third and final Blue Note recording is one of a handful that sported a cover illustration by the then struggling artist Andy Warhol. The quartet date with Sonny Clark and Paul Chambers is a relaxed, mature affair that ranges from the gospel-flavored title tune to a beautiful I'm Glad There Is You and an up-tempo It's You or No One. Added to the original album is I Remember You, a bonus track from the session. Better than ever on this Limited Edition 180g Japanese Import LP!1. The Congregation
2. Latin Quarter
3. I'm Glad There Is You
4. Main Spring
5. It's You Or No One
6. I Remember You$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition LP JAPANESE IMPORT RELEASE DATE JUNE 2008 - Sealed Buy Now
Long LiveAfter a 3 year hiatus, embers started to glow again for Southern California metal trailblazers Atreyu. They hit the studio w/ producer Fred Archambault [Avenged Sevenfold] & began cutting what would be their 6th album, Long Live & 1st since 2009's Congregation of the Damned.
They have moved 3 million records worldwide, sold out shows & garnered critical acclaim influencing everyone from Hollywood Undead to Of Mice & Men.
The title sums up Atreyu's mindset, & this fire is only starting to burn.1. Long Live
2. Live To Labor
3. I Would Kill / Lie / Die (For You)
4. Cut Off The Head
5. A Bitter Broken Memory
6. Do You Know Who You Are?
8. Heartbeats And Flatlines
9. Brass Balls
10. Moments Before Dawn
11. Start To Break
12. Reckless$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Uptown AvondaleUptown Avondale, released shortly after Congregation, features The Afghan Whigs paying tribute to their soul-music influences by performing covers of Stax and Motown classics. This LP pressing is the first time Uptown Avondale has been released on vinyl in the US (its only previous vinyl pressing was a short European run in 1992).1. Band Of Gold
2. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
3. Come See About Me
5. Rebirth Of The Cool$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Medicine For BirdsSinger and songwriter Angelica Garcia's journey down the rabbit hole began when she moved to Accomac, Virginia. Graduating from Los Angeles School for the Arts, the 17-year-old native Angeleno found herself living in a 200-year-old gothic brick home encircled by magnolia trees and under a blanket of bright stars. Her stepfather traded a career in the music industry for Episcopalian priesthood, and an Eastern Shore church would serve as his (and the family's) first congregation. Isolated and alone, Angelica locked herself in the parish house and fashioned a musical world that veers between ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana. With a childlike whimsy, quirky sense of humor, and dynamic delivery, it could easily soundtrack an apparitions' ball in some Faulknerian mansion. Upon first listen, it entranced Warner Bros. Records. Recorded by Charlie Peacock [The Civil Wars, Switchfoot] in Nashville, her full-length debut Medicine For Birds unlocks this world for everyone in 2016.1. Little Bird
2. Bridge on Fire
3. Magnolia Is Medicine
4. Woman I'm Hollerin'
5. Orange Flower
8. The Devil Can Get In
9. Loretta Lynn
10. Red Moon Rising
11. Call Me Later
12. Twenty$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard Times And Nursery RhymesLegendary Punk Rock Band's 1st Studio Record Since 2004
Group Embraces Gritty, Soulful Currents on Can't-Miss Set
Social Distortion's first new studio record in nearly six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes builds on singer Mike Ness twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of Exile On Main Streetâ€era Rolling Stones. While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortions anthemic songs, on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful albums of Ness career.
From opener California (Hustle and Flow), a song with enough attitude to redline a 40 Merc, to the dark rockin cover of Hank Williams' Alone and Forsaken, longtime fans will find the trademark punk roar they love. New fans, too, will be drawn to Ness maturing songwriting and vocals with an eye to his rock and roll legacy. Ness also produced Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (his first time at the production helm).
Cigar-puffing hoodlums, sleazy pimps, staggering winos, down-and-out blue-collar stiffs, on-the-run hustlers, wounded romantics, and spurned lovers are among the crowds that congregate on the street corners of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, one of the most consistent, complete, soulful, and tunefully gritty records of Social Distortions career. The set reflects the groups progressive embrace of organ into arrangements. As such, subtle spiritual undercurrents coarse through several tunes.
--Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 341. Road Zombie
2. California (Hustle and Flow)
3. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown
4. Diamond In The Rough
5. Machine Gun Blues
7. Far Side Of Nowhere
8. Alone And Forsaken
9. Writing On The Wall
10. Can't Take it with You
11. Still Alive$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Epic (Awaiting Repress)Features Volumes 1, 2 & 3
The band are all from Los Angeles, mostly South Central, and
its members - who call themselves variously "The Next Step" and the "The West
Coast Get Down" - have been congregating since they were barely teenagers in a backyard
shack in Inglewood. Washington, 32, has known Bruner since he was two. The rest
met, at various stages, by the time they were in high school.
The hours they have put into the music, playing together and practicing alone, total cumulatively
in the tens of thousands."Nothing compares to these guys," says Barbara Sealy,
the former West Coast director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jass, who
has championed Kamasi and his compatriots from the beginning. "I challenge any
group to go out on stage with them and see if they can keep up with it...
Kamasi is at the top of his game, and only getting better." " These young
guys," the rapper Common says, "remind me of why I love music."And the story
The Epic tells, without words but rather through some combination of magic,
mastery, and sheer force of imagination, is the story of Kamasi Washington and the
Next Step and their collective mission: to remove jazz from the shelf of relics
and make it new, unexpected, and dangerous again.LP1
1. Change Of The Guard
3. Final Thought
4. The Next Step
1. The Rhythm Changes
2. Leroy And Lanisha
3. Re Run
4. Miss Understanding
5. Henrietta Our Hero
6. Seven Prayers
1. The Magnificent 7
2. Re Run Home
3. Malcolm's Theme
4. Clair De Lune
5. The Message$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Diunna GreenleafDiunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy returned to Blue Heaven Studios in 2009 for the 12th annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads and to make this D2D recording. She'd closed the 2006 Blues Masters and absolutely floored the Blue Heaven Studios congregation. So powerful and dynamic and soul-stirring was her performance that many concert regulars have commented that Greenleaf remains their favorite act through all the years. To say she was back in 2009 by popular demand is a wild understatement.
Greenleaf, of Houston, Texas, has a background steeped in both blues and gospel. She's been influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke and Charles Brown, and she includes intricate patches of jazz and soul in her performances.
Greenleaf came to the life of professional performing quite late, considering how much talent she has to offer. She worked as a school counselor and occasionally sang rather informally for children's and educational benefits. She and her band played a small show at a hospice in celebration of Houston blues legend Teddy Cry Cry Reynolds' birthday. Afterwards, Reynolds told Greenleaf of how he'd known her parents, both gospel musicians, and how she was not only very talented but also had a duty to continue the family legacy of performing. So insistent was Reynolds that he solicited the opinion of his old friend Katie Webster, the Swamp Boogie Queen. Webster confirmed Reynolds' assessment and encouraged Greenleaf to seriously pursue a life in music, even giving her newfound protÉgÉ rules for forming and leading a band.
In 2005, Greenleaf and Blue Mercy represented Houston in the International Blues Challenge, an annual contest in Memphis that features the world's best-unsigned blues bands. Greenleaf and Blue Mercy finished first out of 84 bands from 32 states and eight countries. What's more, Blue Mercy's guitarist, John Richardson, earned the Albert King award for Most Promising Guitarist. From there, the gigs came steadily, and the group's been booked solid ever since.
Greenleaf also served for three years as president of the Houston Blues Society, becoming the first woman elected to that post. As president, she produced the Willie Mae Thorton Blues Festival, bringing in such talent as Texas Johnny Brown, I.J. Gosey, Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison, Mel Waiters and others.1. Crazy
2. Love Treasure
3. Double Dealing
4. The Backdoor Man (You Want To Be)
5. Resolutions$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
Let Them Fall In LoveThe best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. It'd be easy to look back and rest on such illustrious laurels, but Winans has always had her eyes fixed firmly on the future, so it should come as little surprise that she jumped at the opportunity when her son, Alvin Love III, proposed she record the generation-bridging new album 'Let Them Fall In Love.' Her first in nearly a decade, the record finds Winans returning to the studio with gusto, working for roughly three years to craft her most confident, adventurous collection yet.
Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, CeCe has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career. Her mantel today holds a staggering 10 GRAMMY Awards, 20 Dove Awards, and 7 Stellar Awards. She's been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. She's sold in excess of 5 million albums in the US, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with smashes like "Count On Me," her stunning duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum 'Waiting To Exhale' soundtrack, which sold 2 million copies and cracked the Top 10 on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts. She touched millions more with inspirational performances everywhere from Oprah to The White House, and even showed off her acting chops on television series like '7th Heaven' and 'Doc.'
While collaborating with family is nothing new for Winans, the recording sessions for 'Let Them Fall In Love" found the Detroit native working for the very first time with her son in the producer's chair.
"Alvin shared with me a vision that he had of a record that was bold and a little different than anything I'd ever done before," remembers Winans. "When I heard the songs he'd been writing, I got so excited. He has great ears and great style and a unique way of writing and thinking things through. It made it extra special that two generations of family were able to come together on this record."
Bringing together generations is Winans' specialty, and she drew inspiration for the album from her extensive work with the young men and women who attend the church she and her husband founded in Nashville.
"It's really important to me to share where I've been and to encourage young people to understand that they can go even further," reflects Winans. "I wanted to make an album that ties us together, something that young people would be able to learn from and be inspired by."
Written primarily by Alvin and co-produced by Alvin along with Winans' long-time collaborator Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt), 'Let Them Fall In Love' was mixed by Dae Bennett (Tony Bennett, Amy Whinehouse, Olivia Newton John) and Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell Williams, Micheal Buble). The album, recorded both in Nashville and New York City, finds Winans more confident than ever before, merging eras and genres in a glorious blend of past and present that simultaneously recalls the heyday of Motown and still sounds undeniably modern. Big band horns meet strings from the Nashville String Machine as Winans' soaring voice hits new heights, fueled in part by the encouragement and motivation of her son.
"Alvin was hard on me in the studio," remembers Winans. "He'd really work me during the songs, and I knew that was a good thing because it meant he was pressing me to get the best performances possible. Now I listen back and I know he was right. It was so important to get the right interpretation of each song."
Winans is able to inhabit each song on the record so fully in part because she's lived their stories. She describes album opener "He's Never Failed Me Yet" as "my personal testimony," "Run To Him" as her frequent act of refuge, and "Marvelous" as a musical embodiment of the black church. On "Hey Devil!," she's joined by fellow gospel powerhouses The Clark Sisters for a playful rebuke of temptation, while "Peace From God" is a prayer for light in an increasingly dark world, and "Lowly" is a lesson about pride and humility aimed at the young men who might need it most. Winans' eclectic ability shines through on the pedal steel country waltz of "Why Me," a song she discovered when she was invited to perform it live with its writer, Kris Kristofferson.
"I ended up getting sick and I couldn't perform it with him at the show, but my son heard it and knew it would be perfect for the album," explains Winans. "It's so different for me in this whole new field of country music, but it spoke to my heart and I felt like it was written just for me."
On the album's other cover, "Dancing in The Spirit," Winans is joined by Hezekiah Walker and his choir for a jubilant celebration, while "Never Have To Be Alone" finds her taking a far more somber approach, singing to the young members of her congregation. It's the album's closer and title track, though, that seems to light Winans up more than any other.
"That was the first song for this album and I knew right away that I wanted the record to be named 'Let Them Fall In Love,'" she explains. "I told my son that it had to be the heartbeat of the album. There's a lot of different styles and a lot of strong messages on there, but all of them are to bring us to this point. It's why I came back and recorded another album, to express my heart and my desire that people young and old can listen and fall in love with the higher power, fall in love with love, and fall in love with faith and joy and peace."1. He's Never Failed Me Yet
2. Run To Him
3. Hey Devil! (feat. The Clark Sisters)
4. Peace From God
5. Why Me
7. Never Have To Be Alone
8. Dancing In The Spirit (feat. Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Choir)
10. Let Them Fall In Love$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PilgrimEric Clapton has metamorphosed from tie-dyed guitar god for a mostly male congregation to Armani-clad crooner and chart-certified ladies' man, yet it misses the point to focus on that transition without considering '90s forays into blues (on From The Cradle, his brilliant 1994 live-in-the-studio homage), techno, and the silky contemporary R&B of Change The World. Pilgrim, his first studio album of new songs since Journeyman, reflects all these facets in his most ambitious, and certainly darkest solo project. Its title isn't casual: These are elliptical meditations on the ravages of time, as preoccupied with matters of the spirit as affairs of the heart. My Father's Eyes opens the song cycle with allusions to the traumatic death of toddler son Conor (the inspiration for '92's poignant Tears In Heaven), while the title song adopts the fevered, falsetto vocal style of Curtis Mayfield to riveting effect. Coproducer Simon Climie sculpts electronic orchestrations and favors clipped synth rhythms, while Clapton himself largely eschews his once dominant, climactic electric solos for restrained but potent acoustic filigree, staccato riffs, and fluid rhythm work, letting loose with a rougher, more biting edge on the squalling She's Gone. --Sam SurtherlandLP 1
1. My Father's Eyes
2. River Of Tears
4. Broken Hearted
5. One Chance
1. Going Down Slow
2. Fall Like Rain
3. Born In Time
4. Sick & Tired
5. Needs His Woman
6. She's Gone
7. You Were There
8. Inside Of Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bigfoot (Awaiting Repress)Cayucas: Pronounced "ky-yook-us", is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County,California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s,the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then,the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again.The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, the man behind the name, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.
Cayucas' debut album bears little resemblance to the sound of modern California that's been so omnipresent over the past few years. Instead, Bigfoot posesses flirty rhythmic sensibilities both snappy and sparkling, a rosy, near-tropical warmth, and a loose and conversational feel that position you right in the line of Yudin's wry gaze.
Having moved to Japan for a yearto teach,he became inspired by the country'slove of electronic music. He started writing Daft Punk-style material while he was out there, and experimenting with the vinyl sampling that would form a crucial component of Cayucas' early sound-old rock albums by bands like the Beach Boys,theTornadoes, and the Animals. Although he has since set aside the synthesizer, this braiding together of proto-pop group classicsfed directly into the album.
Bigfoot was recorded up in the chilly Pacific Northwest-in Oregon, with Secretly's Richard Swift in charge of production. It's the result of Swift and Yudin's symbiotic working relationship, and positivity one of its brightest qualities, even when recalling missed opportunities-there's no space for downcast vibes here. "High School Lover" is perhaps Bigfoot most quintessential song; centered around a chiming rhythm ripe for shimmying, and a tale that sums up Yudin'staste for his own personal nostalgia.
After working at a local independent jazz label for a couple of years, he's now making music full-time, rehearsing with his new band for Cayucas' first live shows, running along theVenice Beach boardwalk, and hitting a certain bar each night to play pool, hang out, and listen to the Beach Boys. Some places don't change.1. Cayucos
2. High School Lover
3. Will The Thrill
4. A Summer Thing
5. East Coast Girl
6. Deep Sea
7. Ayawa 'kya
8. Bigfoot$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now