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  • I'm A Stranger Here I'm A Stranger Here Quick View

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    I'm A Stranger Here

    "There's a road that goes out of every town. All you've got to do is
    get on it," Pete Bernhard says.


    The Devil Makes Three's travels and travails serve as inspiration for their
    fourth album and their New West Records debut, I'm a Stranger Here,
    produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach's (Black Keys)
    Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville.


    With upright bassist Lucia Turino and guitarist Cooper McBean, guitarist/
    singer Pete Bernhard crafted a dozen tunes, part road songs, part
    heartbreak songs and part barnburners. While most bands are propelled
    from behind by a drummer, TDM3 builds exuberant rhythms from the
    inside out, wrapping finger-picked strings and upsurging harmonies
    around chugging acoustic guitar and bass, playing an ever-growing
    audience onto its feet to jump, shake and waltz.

    1. Stranger
    2. Worse Or Better
    3. Forty Days
    4. A Moment's Rest
    5. Dead Body Moving
    6. Hallelu
    7. Hand Back Down
    8. Spinning Like A Top
    9. Mr. Midnight
    10. Goodbye Old Friend
    Devil Makes Three
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    Electrically Recorded: High Water Everywhere

    Import


    One step further into the life and music of this true superstar of early blues, this compilation features the two-part High Water Everywhere, considered to be one of the greatest blues songs of all time, along with other pearls like Devil Sent The Rain Blues, making this second episode of Monk's retrospective on Charley Patton, another must have. Patton's ability to put the harsh everyday struggle of the Delta dwellers into music makes him one of the most enduring and soulful musicians in the entire history of Blues.

    1. Hammer Blues [Take 1]
    2. I Shall Not Be Moved (Alt. take)
    3. High Water Everywhere, Pt. 1
    4. High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2
    5. I Shall Not Be Moved
    6. Rattlesnake Blues
    7. Going To Move To Alabama
    8. Hammer Blues [Take 2]
    9. Joe Kirby
    10. Frankie And Albert
    11. Magnolia Blues
    12. Devil Sent The Rain Blues
    13. Runnin Wild Blues
    14. Some Happy Day
    15. Mean Black Moan
    16. Green River Blues
    Charley Patton
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    I'm Not The Devil

    Cody Jinks was raised on country music but he cut his teeth on metal. "Metallica was king. They set the tone for me and I spent a good part of my youth wanting to be James Hetfield." After a dedicated stint as a frontman in a thrash metal band, Jinks willingly found himself back to where it all began. "My dad loved the outlaw country icons, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. That never ending consistency of incredible music growing up laid some very deep seeds. I'm mean, come on nothing better than mentally diving into 'The Hag' and metal when it comes time for me to write songs."


    Always avoiding trends and ferociously choosing his direction was the only option from day one, even though that very path could have prevented success. "What is success if you can't wake up everyday being who you really are. In the end, that will catch up with you." Jinks has been tested countless times by his career choices. The better part of the last 15 years have included numerous empty bar rooms and a never ending financial loss. "Yeah, I've been pretty good at losing money. Not the greatest feeling in the world to be gone from home for long stretches of time, only to walk in the door broke. Luckily I've got a damn good woman in my life. She has stood by me with unmeasurable strength to say the least and it is an absolute fact that I seriously overplayed my hand when landing her."


    His long, dark beard and endless array of tattoos are no fad. They unquestionably define Cody Jinks. His prototypical metal/hard rock band frontman look is not a well orchestrated image, but again, define Cody Jinks. Diving into to his album, I'm Not the Devil is the perpetual truth of who he is and where he has found himself at this point in his career. "I'm just glad that I ended up where I am now," Jinks said. "It makes complete sense that I'm at this place in my life. Country music found me when I was young and chased me down as I grew older"


    Jinks' latest project is his deepest, darkest and most provocative album to date, with a metal common denominator, the apocalypse, running throughout the record. "It's a pretty scary time," Jinks said. "There are some evil people running things in the world. It hits me since I have a six and three-year old."
    There's not a weightier song than the aptly titled "Heavy Load." It's the most apocalyptic song on the album but the dense cut, with a pretty violin break, is a gorgeous tune. The vocal hook grabs ears when Jinks croons "Train Jumps Tracks Some Time Ago/You Can't Root That Heavy Load." "That was the last song I wrote on the record," Jinks said. "I couldn't be happier how that one turned out."


    "All You Can" features a pretty piano line and sobering wordplay. When Jinks belts out 'What Are You Living For," you can't help but think about the serious question posed in what is becoming an increasingly shallow existence. "I was really tired when I wrote that song," Jinks said. "We had been on the road for awhile. The bottom line is that if you're not helping people, you're not doing your job as a human being. It's time to quit feeling sorry for yourself and do something."
    One of Jinks' favorite songs on the album is "The Way I Am," a cover of a Merle Haggard classic. "I love that song," Jinks says. "I wrapped it up just before Merle died. The song always resonated with me. I relate to that one since there are times I would rather be out fishing."


    "No Words" is a stunner of a gritty, autobiographical love song, which is a throwback to how songs used to be written. It is a tuneful gem, inspired by reality. Jinks starts out dark as night. "My Whole View of the World has Changed/ I Guess that Comes with Age/I Don't Believe there is Good in Every Man Like I Did Back Then/I May Drink More Than I Should/You've Seen Me on the Floor/I Spent my Lifetime in this Cage I Built Around Me." But the song is actually a tip of the hat to his beloved wife of 19 years. "There Aint' No Words/ To Say How Much I Need You/With You Here/ You Make This Life I Lead Worth Living." "It's about my wife," Jinks says. "But the funny thing is that she doesn't like it. She thinks it sounds too sad."


    With the title track "I'm Not the Devil," Jinks wakes us all up to the realities of mistakes and the heartfelt desire to be forgiven. "We are all guilty of mistakes and very guilty of pointing out the mistakes of others. Forgiveness feels so much better or so I think."


    It's impressive how Jinks is getting his message across. Jinks utilizes space well in his songs. Notes aren't crammed in. Jinks lets his songs breathe. "After all I've experienced, I think I've matured," Jinks says. "I think you can hear it in the music. I've grown up."


    Even though he still looks the part of the headbanger he was back in the day, he has moved on. "It's all for the best, Jinks says. "I'm where I was meant to be."


    It's all about the music and the fans, who are the fuel that drives Jinks. "They come out night after night giving up hard earned money and precious time to see me play," Jinks says. " It's truly is amazing when you really think about it. The best way I can say thanks is by giving back with effort and gratitude."

    1. The Same
    2. I'm Not the Devil
    3. No Guarantees
    4. No Words
    5. Give All You Can
    6. She's All Mine
    7. The Way I Am
    8. Chase That Song
    9. Heavy Load
    10. Grey
    11. Church at Gaylor Creek
    12. Vampires
    13. Hand Me Down
    Cody Jinks
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  • III: Tabula Rasa Or Death And The Seven Pillars III: Tabula Rasa Or Death And The Seven Pillars Quick View

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    III: Tabula Rasa Or Death And The Seven Pillars

    THE DEVIL'S BLOOD announced at the beginning of 2013 that they have returned to nothingness. At the same time, they announced that plans had already been put into motion to release new material.


    SL comments on the release: Prior to our disbanding on the 22nd of January 2013, we had been active with the pre-production of what was to be our third album. Seven songs, the complete outline of the album, had been, in humble form, recorded in my home recording studio and these demos were supposed to be the template for our studio recordings. Obviously, we would never make it that far and the initial shock of that fact saddened us greatly. After but a few days we listened to this material again and decided that even though the audio quality might not be what people have come to expect from a THE DEVIL'S BLOOD release, the song material was and is the best we have ever done. We came to the conclusion that these songs deserve to become a part of The Canon and that we would release them as is.


    I spent a few days gathering all the demo material together, made a very simple mix and gave the material to our friend and mentor Pieter G. Kloos to master in his studio. Here we present you with the titles of the material and the artwork which was done by Manuel Tinnemans.


    The song we have chosen to release now is 'White Storm Of Teeth'. More so than the other material, this song speaks to the completion and transubstantiation that always follows an Occult path. Not the end of a journey but the start of a completely new one. Built around thirteen stanzas in the first part and thirteen stanzas in the second part the process of inner enlightenment through confusion and entropy and the initiation through the Death of the lower self is illustrated. This theme is rampant throughout the record and its lyrics but here it culminates and completely devours itself. After this work no words are needed and, on the album, none are offered.


    THE DEVIL'S BLOOD has always been an entity that defied any fealty or thankfulness towards any earthly influence. But we as people need not hold to this paradigm any longer. We therefore wish to express our sincere thankfulness to all those who have supported this weird quest and have made the earthly woes to not work against us. You most definitely know who you are.

    1. I Was Promised A Hunt
    2. The Lullaby Of The Burning Boy
    3. If Not A Vessel
    4. In The Loving Arms Of Lunacy's Secret Demons
    5. Dance Of The Elements
    6. White Storm Of Teeth
    7. Tabula Rasa
    The Devil's Blood
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  • Songs Of Anarchy Volume 2 & 3 (Clear Vinyl) Songs Of Anarchy Volume 2 & 3 (Clear Vinyl) Quick View

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    Songs Of Anarchy Volume 2 & 3 (Clear Vinyl)

    180 Gram Clear Vinyl


    Songs of Anarchy Volumes 2 & 3 - Music from Seasons 5-6 features a stunning collection of 25 revered performances from the hard-hitting and award-winning Fox television show. To celebrate one of the most captivating biker drama series ever, Friday Music once again enhances your music pleasure with the first time ever audiophile vinyl release of these stellar soundtrack albums. This limited edition double album combines both Volumes 2 & 3 SOA soundtracks and features a plethora of classic tunes and fan favorites. Jane's Addiction's take of The Rolling Stones' classic Sympathy For The Devil, Leonard Cohen's brilliant Come Healing, of course Curtis Stigers' rocking rendition of CCR's Travelin' Band all add to the excitement of this trail blazing television series that continues to thrill its millions of fans worldwide. As with our previous audiophile vinyl edition SOA Volume 1-4 (FRM-91432), this collection features the Golden Globe® Award winning actress/singer Katey Sagal. Performing with The Forest Rangers, three stellar interpretations include a standout performance of the classic 60's Lulu anthem To Sir With Love and an emotional reading of Jackson Browne's epic For A Dancer. More classic rockers like Herman's Hermits No Milk Today receives a brilliant reading from Joshua James. Plus classic material reimagined from the words and music of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder & The Rolling Stones truly make this a memorable soundtrack of our times.

    LP 1
    1. Sympathy For The Devil
    2. The Lost Boy
    3. The Passenger
    4. He Got Away
    5. To Sir With Love
    6. Higher Ground
    7. Lights
    8. The Unclouded Day
    9. Coal War
    10. Time
    11. Travelin' Band
    12. Family
    13. No Milk Today


    LP 2
    1. Sitting On Top Of The World
    2. Running Blues
    3. Come Healing
    4. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
    5. Love Is My Religion
    6. As Tears Go By
    7. I See Through You (Free Your Mind)
    8. Day Is Gone
    9. Everyday People
    10. For A Dancer

    Various Artists
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    Automaton

    Gossamer is Evan Reiner-the producer, guitarist, synthesizer scientist and
    urban-spelunking field recorder whose full-length debut Automaton dissolves
    the genre-breaking electronica of Autechre and Boards of Canada into a
    bottomless sea of found sound and ambient atmosphere. It's less an album than
    an environment all its own, or a journey into the unexplored. And whether it's
    inspiring a trip deep into the discography of Steve Reich or into California's
    beautifully desolate Ansel Adams Wilderness, it's that fearless spirit of
    exploration that brought Automaton to life.


    Reiner grew up in the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock with a father telling war
    stories about seeing Black Flag and the Germs play and with a set of cousins
    who'd get him started listening to hip-hop. (Especially instrumentals by
    iconoclastic producers like Premier, RZA and New York's crushing DITC crew,
    Reiner remembers.) As he turned 16, he was playing guitar "religiously," he says,
    as well as listening intently to Slayer and Cannibal Corpse on the way to
    ferocious hardcore shows on the fringes of Los Angeles.


    By the time he graduated high school, he was a hardcore kid with a heavy
    grounding in hip-hop who'd developed so tremendously as a guitarist that he
    was practicing notoriously formidable Django Reinhardt songs for fun. The
    connection might not seem obvious, but it was there nonetheless-these were
    three distinct musical forms equally dedicated to passion, individual technique
    and total commitment to expression.


    He won admission to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where
    his first semesters in the fall of 2009 were everything he'd hoped. But the more
    he studied, the clearer it became that he'd need to strike out on his own: "So
    many professors would tell their students what the right thing to do was in a
    creative setting," he says now. "There is no right way."


    He'd once used his computer just to help with his composition homework, but
    now he was restless. So he began to focus on the potential of electronic music:
    "I realized it was like having every component of a band at your fingertips," he
    says. "It felt free and genuine with no distractions." He'd begun to make his own
    field recordings, too, capturing the sounds of Boston at sunrise and stirring
    them into his beat experiments. Intense study of movie sound and foley artistry,
    like pouring sand across drum cymbals or using spent shells from a gun range
    for percussion, gave him a whole new vocabulary, and he found further
    inspiration in artists from Ai Weiwei to Maya Duren to Stanley Kubrick to Delia
    Derbyshire-people who blew open the boundaries of their own disciplines.
    Then in July 2013, he began to make what would become his first full-length
    album as Gossamer. He'd rent an armful of microphones and hike to the tunnels
    under Pasadena's eerie Devil's Gate Dam, site of suicides and barely-thwarted
    summonings in the tradition of Aleister Crowley. ("The echo is crazy," he says.)
    During a month in Japan, he recorded "terrifying trains" and cicadas and the
    squeals of a rusting bicycle. He'd record himself smashing trash under a bridge
    in downtown L.A., or knocking rebar against rotting wood 8,000 feet above sea
    level in California's Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. Then he'd come
    home-whether "home" at that particular moment was his own studio, a capsule
    hotel in Japan, a friend's place in Boston or a temporary space in New York-and
    "make accidents happen," he says, with recorders and samplers and guitar and
    (this time) a stable of analog synthesizers.


    The result was Gossamer's Automaton, a precise and gentle dreamscape of
    experimental electronica, where the ambient atmosphere of Gas drifts across
    the fractured beats of Autechre or Boards of Canada. It starts with its own
    sunrise on "Thoughtform," where birdsong melts into ghostly vocals and waves
    of synthesizer, and then shifts into the haunting "Print," which transplants the
    sci-fi sensibilities of Vangelis to some desolate and wild new world. His "Okuma"
    is like a Tortoise song that never touches solid ground, while tracks like [3] and
    [5] recall the Brian Eno of Fourth World, somehow ancient and futuristic at
    once. When the crickets start chirping on closer "-;- ", it's a signal that the
    day-and the journey-are both coming to an end. It's might be his first album,
    but it's also a first step towards something new.


    "Automaton is me," Reiner explains. "It's my process. It's a symbol of having
    accepted that there is a difference between being alone and being lonely. It's a
    coping mechanism for the struggle to realize and balance what I am and am not
    in control of in my life. It reminds me of playing Bioshock and watching Blade
    Runner at the same time while naked in the jungle on another planet. It makes
    me think of watching an old home video of myself and seeing Neptune right
    outside my window. The list goes on and on-I could go forever."

    1. Thoughtform
    2. Print
    3. 3d Relief
    4. Okuma
    5. J - Cruise
    6. Off World
    7. Truax
    8. For Sleep
    Gossamer
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  • Bolivar Soloists: Musica De Astor Piazzolla Bolivar Soloists: Musica De Astor Piazzolla Quick View

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    Bolivar Soloists: Musica De Astor Piazzolla

    Rainer Maillard (Producer of the direct-to-disc recording):



    I met the five members of the Bolivar Soloists during a recording session with Rolando Villazon and was immediately thrilled by their passion, joy in music-making, musicality, virtuosity and temperament. Everything just gushed out of them in profusion. I asked them if they would like to make a direct-to-disc recording with me. Well, actually I had to first explain to them what was meant by the term. They had no idea what it was - and how should they? After all, these days all recordings are made using the most advanced technology available. We, on the other hand, would have a completely analogue recording and reproducing chain, but that was not the crucial factor. I explained to them that they would not only have to play a complete work but a whole LP side in a single take, and that not even one note could be corrected later; the recording sessions would be far more intensive, their pulse rate would rocket during the recording, they would have a quite different feeling when listening to the recording on LP rather than CD, and the musicians and recording team would work together very closely. Ultimately, a direct-to-disc recording would definitely sound quite different to a CD production. That was what I told them. The Bolivar Soloists accepted the offer and it was immediately clear to them that for such a unique project they would record works by their revered Astor Piazzolla.
    Time passed, but at last we arrived at a date for the recording of seven tangos. The whole process of making a direct-to-disc recording is completely different from a usual recording. During our four days together the first day was given over completely to rehearsing, without a single microphone in the recording studio. The reason is simple: the musicians simply cannot depend on the technical refinement and possibilities of modern sound manipulation. No overdubbing or editing is possible. What one played was exactly what would be heard later - nothing more and nothing less. There were no compromises - preparation is everything. On day three we concerned ourselves with the sound check. The positioning of the musicians, the microphones to be used and their positioning, the level ratio, the echoes, everything was checked and re-checked again and again (we used an analogue tape recorder for this) and then optimized, because of course the same thing was applicable to both the recording team and the musicians: once the recording has taken place, nothing can be done to alter the sound.



    On the evening of the third day we all felt confident enough to be able to make the real recording the next day. And we even ventured to make a further experiment in that we invited friends and colleagues to attend the recording session.
    On 17 January 2012 our direct-to-disc recording finally took place. The musicians stood in a circle, surrounded by a small audience. The timing of the beginning of the actual recording had to be discussed briefly because the musicians can only begin with the recording when the lead-in groove of the lacquer disc has been cut. And then we were off; there was no second chance. The Bolivar Soloists played like the devil (or like angels, depending on how you look at it). We cut five lacquers in all, three times the A side, and twice the B side. In between the recordings we took a short break during which intensive discussions took place. After the last take (in this case this was equivalent to the cutting of an LP side) the tension subsided, and we all hugged one another. Juan Manuel, the violinist, even asserted that he had never played so well in all his life. What a statement! And what better reason could one have for using this particular recording technique. Now all we had to do was write the numbers of the recordings on the lacquer discs and cross our fingers that nothing disastrous would happen to them during transport or at the pressing plant. You see, during the pressing procedure of a direct-to-disc recording the adage still holds good: a re-do or undo is just not on.



    Recording: January 2012 at Meistersaal, Emil Berliner Studio, Berlin, by Tim Tautorat and Maarten de Boer

    Production: Rainer Maillard & Stephan Flock



    Musicians:



    • Efrain Oscher (flute, arranger, conductor)

    • Rhodri Clarke (piano)

    • Juan Manual Gonzàles (vocal)

    • Pablo Bercellini (cello)

    • Johane Gonzáles (bass)



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    1. Decarisimo
    2. Fuga Y Misterio
    3. Allegro Tangabile
    4. Tema de Maria
    5. Adios Nonino
    6. La Muerte del Angel
    7. Oblivion
    Bolivar Soloists
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    Porcupine Meat

    Naming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."


    Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
    Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.


    Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.


    Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."


    Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.


    During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
    Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.


    Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."


    Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."


    Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."


    The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.


    For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.


    Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."


    Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.

    1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
    2. Porcupine Meat
    3. Got Me Accused
    4. Snake in the Grass
    5. Funk O' De Funk
    6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
    7. Catfish Stew
    8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
    9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
    10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
    11. Standing on Shaky Ground
    12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)
    Bobby Rush
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    Broken People

    American music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.


    The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.


    With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.


    North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.


    "To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.


    Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.


    She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.


    "I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.


    "The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.


    "The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.


    "We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."


    "We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.


    As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.


    Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.


    "Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."


    "It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."


    "Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."


    "We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.


    And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.

    1. Broken People
    2. Brother, What Happened?
    3. Got It Goin' On
    4. Why Don't You Stay
    5. Take Me Home
    6. Shine On!
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. I Need A Man
    9. Devil's Teeth
    10. Train
    11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)
    Muddy Magnolias
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    Let Them Fall In Love

    The 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
    6. Lowly
    7. Never Have To Be Alone
    8. Dancing In The Spirit (feat. Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Choir)
    9. Marvelous
    10. Let Them Fall In Love
    Cece Winans
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    For Earth Below


    The Robin Trower/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues


    Procol Harum's Legendary Guitarist Celebrating His Legendary 3rd Solo Smash!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Release!


    Mastered From The Original Chrysalis Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso


    Whenever Robin Trower releases an album, it's always a musical event.
    As the third in a perfect hat trick of multifaceted career defining albums, the
    legendary British guitarist (co-founder of Procol Harum) unleashed one of the
    most popular albums in his ever enduring catalog in 1975, For Earth Below.


    This masterwork unites the guitar hero again with his powerful team
    of world class musicians, the late great James Dewar on simmering lead
    vocals & bass, and the powerful drum work of Bill Lordan. The brilliant guitar
    shredder and his amazing band truly throw down some of his classiest and
    hardest driving, best known repertoire for this Robin Trower and Procol
    Harum band mate production by Matthew Fisher.


    arum band mate production by Matthew Fisher.
    The album begins with his hard rocker Shame The Devil. The tune finds
    Robin Trower blazing on some very solid power riffs making this the ultimate
    opening track for the listener.


    The soulful hypnotic blues of It's Only Money has the tremendous voicing
    of Robin's guitar with Bill Lordan's fine percussive elements and James'
    signature vocal work throughout, truly making this one of the finest songs in
    Trower's four decade career as a solo artist.


    Always an astute bluesman, Robin Trower's Confessin' Midnight retains
    a solid groove which allows the progressive guitarist to power away with
    some very intricate fret work, making this album the classic that it is.


    Hard rock fusion continues with more classics like his powerful funk
    infused Alethea, the hard rock champion, Gonna Be More Suspicious, and
    the ultimate Trower title smash For Earth Below, truly rewarding his fans with
    another masterpiece album in his gold and platinum career!


    It is with much honor to announce the first time limited Anniversary Edition
    180 Gram Audiophile release of Robin Trower's classic, For Earth Below.
    As a continuation of our highly regarded Robin Trower/Friday Music 180
    Gram Audiophile Series, this fine recording is mastered from the original
    Chrysalis Records' tapes by Joe Reagoso (Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Deep
    Purple, Yes) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA.


    Also for this rare anniversary edition, we will be presenting the original
    LP cover artwork, not seen in decades, featuring all of the art elements you
    remember from this incredible 1975 smash album for Robin Trower.


    Robin Trower ..For Earth Below; A 180 Gram Audiophile Dream
    Release exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.

    1. Shame The Devil
    2. It's Only Money
    3. Confessin' Midnight
    4. Fine Day
    5. Alethea
    6. A Tale Untold
    7. Gonna Be More Suspicious
    8. For Earth Below
    Robin Trower
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (On Sale) Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (On Sale)


    Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Contemporary Interest in Roots Music Kick-Started by Stellar Grammy-Nominated 1991 Collaboration


    Recording Now As Realistic, Natural, Close-Up, Intimate, and Enveloping as Any Acoustic Record Released: 1st Time-Ever on LP


    Garcia and Grisman Put on Virtuosic Performance, Make Way Through Pop Standards, Blues Classics, Folk Staples, Bluegrass Jaunts, and More


    Jerry Garcia achieved monumental accomplishments over a prolific career, yet the guitarist never sounded better than on his first official collaboration with longtime friend and fellow instrumental maestro David Grisman. Indeed, contemporary interest in roots music can be directly traced to this stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration. Putting distinctive rustic spins on pop standards, blues classics, and folk staples, the kindred musical spirits' earnest authenticity and relaxed intimacy are matched only by virtuosic playing and superb production. As realistic, warm, close-up, and immersive as any acoustic album, Mobile Fidelity's reissue raises the bar on the meaning of reference-standard.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP of Garcia/Grisman takes a record forever renowned for breathtaking sonics to another level. Originally released on Grisman's fabled Acoustic Disc label and recorded at his plush studios, the album now sounds even more realistic-with distinctive tones, palpable air, smooth vocals, three-dimensional soundstaging, balanced imaging, and timbral extension that mirror the feeling and experience of hearing live music in a small space.


    Unadorned with any post-production tricks or overdubs, Garcia/Grisman breathes with naturalism and presence. You will effortlessly detect the full body of the instruments, witness the woody grain textures, and get lost in the surprisingly velvety qualities of Garcia's lullaby-like singing. Mobile Fidelity's meticulous pressing also marks the first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued in analog form. You will never hear a better-sounding Americana-styled recording.


    Pals since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for traditional folk and bluegrass. The two teamed up amidst what became a gold rush of top-notch productivity and creativity for Garcia. Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe Craven, the pair approaches every passage with innate ease, as if either musician could finish the others sentence. The affable chemistry and soothing interplay wash over a selection of songs as notable for their diversity as the way Garcia and "Dawg" turn them into the equivalent of old friends you haven't seen in years.


    Exquisite melodies and jewel-shaped notes decorate the simple, convivial structures of tunes that hop, jump, skip, skitter, and bop. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the legendary gypsy-jazz exchanges between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and equally sharp. Swirling with Middle Eastern modality, the closing 16-minute-plus rendition of Grisman's rippling "Arabia"-complete with a section based on a Cuban fold theme-is alone enough worth the price of admission to this sensational session. But there's so much more.


    The quartet delves into Celtic themes ("Two Soldiers"), jazz-grass ("Grateful Dawg"), old-world ballads ("Russian Lullaby"), and Appalachian flavors ("Walkin' Boss") with nonpareil skill and soulfulness. Garcia and Grisman's tandem picking throughout epitomize sublime. And for many listeners, the duo's revised version of the Grateful Dead staple "Friend of the Devil" ranks as the finest-ever recorded, the pace patient, the narrative vocals heartfelt, and the synchronous solos tailor-made for the enveloping progression. Better yet, it's all captured in astonishing fidelity.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. The Thrill Is Gone
    2. Grateful Dawg
    3. Two Soldiers
    4. Friend of the Devil
    5. Russian Lullaby
    6. Dawg's Waltz
    7. Walkin' Boss
    8. Rockin' Chair
    9. Arabia
    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
    $49.99 $44.99 Save $5.00 (10%)
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Swim (Out of Stock)

    Blue Colored Vinyl


    Blue Cranes are a key player in the Portland, Oregon creative music/DIY scene and are a microcosm of what "post-jazz" has become at the regional level as a result of bands like The Bad Plus, The Claudia Quintet, Happy Apple, Dave Douglas and others.


    Swim, produced by The Decemberists' bassist Nate Query, highlights the band's song-centered esthetic.
    This is the band's fourth full length release, and first to come out on vinyl. The vinyl pressing includes a digital download card and is on blue vinyl.


    This record will receive full service to all jazz, college and freeform radio stations and key regional and national press in the US by Cuneiform, Groov Marketing & Fully Altered Media. The individual members of the band bring a unique array of experiences to the group, including work with The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, AU, Rebecca Gates, Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose, Black Prairie, and Spoon.
    Guest performances by violist Eyvind kang (Bill Frisell, Laura Veirs) and members of tUnE-yArDs, Los Lobos, the Devil Makes three, Portland Cello Project, Radiation City, and Au. Blue Cranes have toured regularly up and down the West Coast since 2007 and in 2011 they embarked on acrowd-sourced 30-day national tour by Amtrak train. More touring will commence with the release of this long awaited album!


    Blue Cranes are: reed Wallsmith (alto saxophone),
    Joe Cunningham (tenor saxophone), rebecca
    Sanborn(keyboards), keith Brush (bass), and Ji Tanzer (drums) and this the band's fourth full length release.

    1. Beautiful Winners
    2. Everything Is Going To Be Okay
    3. Cass Corridor
    4. Polarnatt
    5. Great Dane Small Horse
    6. Soldier
    7. For Chris
    8. Painted Birds
    9. Goldfinches
    Blue Cranes
    $23.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    Battering Ram (Out Of Stock)

    With Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term 'shredding' with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter's bass and Nigel Glockler's drums, the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten songs collection which will instantly be hailed as a Saxon classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album's commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as "Destroyer" and "Stand Your Ground", but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love. "This one's a natural progression from Sacrifice," says Byford, "There's a bit less rock'n'roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much." Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, Saxon were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let Battering Ram's riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early '80s without for one moment sounding dated. "Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he's done a great job and we're both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership." Lyrically, Battering Ram covers a variety of social situations, from the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers ("Battering Ram") to the inequalities of taxation ("Tax 'Till You Drop"), as well as engaging in some good old fashioned myth ("The Devil's Footprint" - a 200 year old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain). "When I'm writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock'n'roll," says Byford, "I thought the whole folklore behind "The Devil's Footprint" made it great material for a metal song, being that it's both historic and mythical. "With "Queen of Hearts" I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like "Destroyer" and "Hard and Fast" which are '80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I'm a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with "Hard and Fast" it's as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it's going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!" There is also the album's closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, "The Kingdom of The Cross", where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. "This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band Hell, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn't want it to be typical Saxon, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave." Wonderfully uncompromising, with Battering Ram Saxon have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music.
    LP1
    1. Battering Ram
    2. The Devil's Footprint
    3. Queen Of Hearts
    4. Destroyer
    5. Hard and Fast
    6. Eye of The Storm
    7. Stand Your Ground
    8. Top Of The World
    9. To The End
    10. Kingdom Of The Cross
    Bonus Track: Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song)
    Saxon
    $26.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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