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Fizzy Fuzzy Big And BuzzyThe Refreshments' Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, is their first studio release & features their best known single,
Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy is the major label debut studio album by alternative rock band The Refreshments. Many of the songs are re-recordings from their previous effort, Wheelie, which saw a very limited release.1. Blue Collar Suicide
2. European Swallow
3. Down Together
5. Don't Wanna Know
12. Nada$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-THI-4152xRoger Clyne and the Peacemakers
The IndependentRoger Clyne & The Peacemakers proudly announce their seventh studio album, The Independent.
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have been musical beacons of the Southwest for the past fifteen years with more than a dozen studio and live albums all released independently and many reaching the top ten of Billboard's Internet Sales Chart. Known for their vivid lyrics, addictive guitar riffs, and full-bodied rhythm section, RCPM's The Independent raises a metaphorical glass to the road less traveled and champions the courageous.
The album features guitarist Jim Dalton, bassist Nick Scropos, drummer P.H. Naffah, and Roger Clyne on vocals and rhythm guitar. It was recorded in Naffah's own Somos Studios, which found the drummer in the double role of producer. Clyne and Naffah originally began playing together in the celebrated 90's alt-rock band The Refreshments, known for such hits as "Banditos," "Down Together" and the theme song for Fox TV's "King of the Hill."
The title track off The Independent is a representation of the group's Southwest influences, delivering an instrumental collaboration that evokes desperado imagery and draws inspiration from old west musical greats. "The Independent is a double entendre," says Clyne. "It represents the solo sojourner, but it also frames the idea of moving forward as a collective group in the name of independence."1. Once I Was a Thief
2. Ain't Got the Words
3. California Breakdown
4. Stick It to the Man
6. The Independent
8. Love Knows How
9. Right Where We Want 'Em$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take Pride In Your Long OddsBased in Denton, Texas, Centro-matic began in 1995 as a home recording
project for singer/songwriter and guitarist Will Johnson. Seventeen years and
10 albums later the band is getting ready to release their 11th studio album in 2014. Johnson and his compatriots-Scott Danbom (keyboards, violin, harmonies) Matt Pence (drummer, producer), Mark Hedman (bass, guitar)
have made yet another incredible album. Always approaching recording with
new ideas the band has done it again with Take Pride In Your Long Odds. Two
years since their last album Candidate Waltz, Take Pride In Your Long Odds
finds the band refreshed and excited to play again with their infectious exuberance and vigor.1. Take Pride In Your Long Odds
2. Every Mission
3. Salty Disciple
4. Cross Path
5. Anything Torn Out
6. Academy Of Lunkers
7. Calling You Glad
8. Cynthia Glass
9. Hey There, Straps
10. Relative Unto The Aces
11. On The Ride Back
12. Through The Fog, Then Down$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take The Kids Off BroadwayFoxygen is the young bi-coastal songwriting duo of vocalist Sam France of Washington state and guitarist/keyboardist Jonathan Rado of New York. They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. At the same time, they pull a very Anderson-type move wherein they paint an impressionistic and hyper-real (and instantly recognizable) portrait of specific places and times, and blurring the lines between time and place.
Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the freewheeling qualities of someone like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Jagjaguwar is proud to introduce you to Foxygen and their bedroom masterpiece Take the Kids Off Broadway mixed by Richard Swift. The album is an intriguing, bedroom-recorded prelude to their Swift-produced full-length planned for late 2012.1. Abandon My Toys
2. Make It Known
3. Take The Kids Off Broadway
4. Waitin' 4 U
5. Teenage Alien Blues
6. Why Did I Get Married?
7. Middle School Dance (Song For Richard Swift)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-KIR-7834xThe Polyphonic Spree
Yes It's TrueYes, It's True is the first proper studio album by The Polyphonic Spree since 2007s The Fragile Army.
"The songs here are from many different periods in the last few years," frontman Tim DeLaughter explains. "This record feels like a collection of "songs" rather than a long listening piece which we've done previously in the Spree stylistically. It's kind of refreshing."
The album was recorded in stages and produced by The Speekers alongside Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart) with mixing done by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2).1. You Don't Know Me
2. Popular by Design
3. Hold Yourself Up
4. Carefully Try
5. You're Golden
6. Heart Talk
7. Blurry Up the Lines
8. Let Them Be
9. Raise Your Head
10. What Would You Do?
11. Battlefield$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kinda Don't Care (Deluxe)KINDA DON'T CARE solidifies Moore's position as a continued force in the ever-changing landscape of Country music. He describes the album and its first single, "You Look Like I Need A Drink," as a return to "Country Country music." The deluxe album is a collection of 17 tracks that blend Moore's customary rockin' country style with more contemporary elements for a fresh new sound" (TASTE OF COUNTRY). CMT notes, "Justin Moore says in his liner notes that his new album Kinda Don't Care is meant to be a feel-good record. But it is so much more than that. When you listen, you will feel good. But you'll also feel regret, heartache, courage and nostalgia."
"While Kinda Don't Care's lead single 'You Look Like I Need a Drink' is more familiar territory for Moore with it's Stones-esque guitar riff, the album has a handful of other tracks that feature him trying out new sounds," surmises ROLLING STONE COUNTRY. Fans too are eagerly embracing the refreshing twists that never deviate from Moore's grounded sensibilities. As featured in USA Today, they exclaim " he has come to represent the best of a new generation in country music."1. Robbin' Trains
2. Put Me In A Box
3. Kinda Don't Care
4. Hell On A Highway
5. Goodbye Back
6. You Look Like I Need A Drink
7. Somebody Else Will
8. Between You And Me
9. Got It Good
10. Rebel Kids
11. More Middle Fingers (featuring Brantley Gilbert)
12. Life In The Livin'
13. Middle Class Money
14. Pick Up Lines
15. Spendin' The Night
16. When I Get Home
17. Amen$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Doomgrass"Nocturnal Poisoning is a return to first principles: elegantly constructed
instrumental guitar pieces that demonstrate many of the same beguiling
qualities that were so evident throughout his Xasthur output, infused
with the ghost spirit of traditional country / folk sources that is genuinely
surprising and refreshing." - The Quietus1. Slowly Passing Through
2. Prisoners Of Their Own Needs
4. Starstruck By Garbage
5. Bet It All
6. Source Of Survival
7. Fight For Another Life
8. Illusion Of Worth
9. Old Light
10. Closure In Reach
11. Vagrant, Seeker Of Empty Treasures
12. Can't Find The Sky
13. Running Out Of Highways
14. Question The Screen$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Whatever You Love, You AreAustralia's (though members now live in three different countries) guitar, drums and fiddle-wielding instrumental trio return with their fifth album of hella-burst wailing and heart-stopping emotional beauty. Six new songs that challenge, refresh and get right to the heart of the moment.1. Some Summers They Drop Like Flys
2. I Really Should've Gone Out Last Night
3. I Offered It Up to the Stars & the Night Sky
4. Some Things I Just Don't Want to Know
6. Lullabye for Christie$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Look AroundA Remastered, Double Album Anthology, Handpicked By The Band
Formed in the early '80s in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford, Beat Happening combined a primitive pop sound with a D.I.Y. attitude and inspired countless artists along the way. The community that arose around the band and their label, K Records, was in many ways, the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential. Look Around is a remastered, double album anthology, handpicked by the band. It's a great starting point for the uninitiated as well a refreshing reminder to those who caught the wave the first time around.1. Our Secret
2. Foggy Eyes
3. Bad Seeds
4. What's Important
5. Look Around
7. In Between
8. Indian Summer
9. Other Side
10. Black Candy
11. Cast A Shadow
12. Nancy Sin
13. Knock On Any Door$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LP Sealed Buy Now
MudhoneyWith only several singles to their credit (including their classic Touch Me I'm Sick), Mudhoney set out to record their first full-length album in 1989 for the Sub Pop label. With the late-'80s rock scene focusing on glam and thrash metal, Mudhoney and their ilk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, and the Melvins, etc.) were a refreshing break from the norm.
Mudhoney remains one of the band's finest albums, offering an abundance of stripped down, brash three chord rockers. For a taste of Seattle rock before it became copied and homogenized by the mid-'90s, just check out such cuts as This Gift, Flat Out Fucked, You Got It and the suicide tale By Her Own Hand.1. This Gift
2. Flat Out Fucked
3. Get Into Yours
4. You Got It
5. Magnolia Caboose Babyshit
6. Come to Mind
7. Here Comes Sickness
8. Running Loaded
9. The Farther I Go
10. By Her Own Hand
11. When Tomorrow Hits
12. Dead Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vince Guaraldi TrioThis San Francisco trio of the mid-1950s has a sparkling personality all its own, with a refreshing lack of
pretentiousness. With an ebullient swing on the up-tempos, and a subtle, unhackneyed approach to ballads such as Sweet and Lovely and jazz standards such as John Lewis's Django", this 1956 LP marks Guaraldi's triumphant first complete album as a leader. With Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly.1. Django
2. Fenwyck's Farfel
3. Never Never Land
4. Chelsea Bridge
5. Fascinating Rhythm
6. The Lady's In Love With You
7. Sweet And Lovely
9. Three Coins In A Fountain
10. It's De-Lovely$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Two For The ShowClear Vinyl
Freaks of Nature - the album that saved Kansas. After a seven-year dry spell of no new material, they hit with this thunderbolt in 1995! The bands 12th studio album. Amazing and refreshing, Freaks of Nature tantalizes all the senses, mainly due to the intensity of the music and the seriousness of the lyrics. All of its songs are strong, effective and fascinating. The darkness of this album is balanced by the pure emotion of the music. The frankness and honesty of the lyrics are a testament to the growth and healing that Steve Walsh was going through at the time. Ragsdale's intensity pulls the whole thing together.LP 1
1. Song for America
2. Point of Know Return
4. Icarus-Borne on Wings of Steel
5. Portrait (He Knew)
6. Carry on Wayward Son
7. Journey from Mariabronn
8. Dust in the Wind
9. Lonely Wind
10. Mysteries and Mayhem
11. Excerpt from Lamplight Symphony
12. The Wall
13. Magnum Opus
1. Hopelessly Human
2. Child of Innocence
4. Cheyenne Anthem
5. Lonely Street
6. Miracles out of Nowhere
7. Drum Solo/The Spider
8. Closet Chronicles
9. Down the Road
10. Sparks of the Tempest$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The MagicClear Purple Vinyl In Gatefold Jacket
After all the accolades from press and peers, what's a legendary
band to do? Forget the recording studio, rent out an abandoned
office space in the middle of the New Mexico desert, set up, plug
in and play REALLY LOUD. Starting with hardly a notion of the
outcome, by seven days later Deerhoof had found (you guessed it)
The Magic: a raw and refreshing 15-song wallop of an album about
what happens when you leave your comfort zone.1. The Devil and his Anarchic Surrealist Retinue
2. Kafe Mania!
3. That Ain't No Life To Me
4. Life is Suffering
5. Criminals of the Dream
6. Model Behavior
7. Learning to Apologize Effectively
9. I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire
10. Acceptance Speech
11. Patrasche Come Back
13. Plastic Thrills
14. Little Hollywood
15. Nurse Me$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
At Mount ZoomerRecorded and engineered by drummer Arlen Thompson, this is Wolf ParadeÆs second album for Sub Pop. Their first, Apologies to the Queen Mary, came out in the fall of 2005. For their sophomore release the band committed itself to a period of experimentation, recording long improvisational sessions in the Montreal church owned by The Arcade Fire. These tracks were then cut and pasted into discrete compositions. The result is a complex matrix of components and modules that, thanks to the collective efforts of each band member, never feels labored or fussy. From the nimble opening strains of ôSoldierÆs Grin,ö to the eleven-minute aggro dirge of ôKissing the Beehive,ö Wolf Parade displays a collective authority of the songs around them with a refreshing absence of ownership. Where Apologies to the Queen Mary could be read as a good-natured volleyball match between Dan Boeckner and singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug, the new album shows the band as a fully coordinated moving front, a good one at that.1. SoldierÆs Gun
2. Call it a Ritual
3. Language City
4. Bang Your Drum
5. California Dreamer
6. The Grey Estates
7. Fine Young Cannibals
8. An Animal in Your Care
9. Kissing the Beehive$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Mythomania (On Sale)Cryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment. The surefooted and richly nuanced vocal arabesques of Nedelle Torrisi, like a modern day Freddie Mercury or Ronnie Spector, strangely complement the guitar of Chris Cohen, which sounds like a maniacally sped-up a la Les Paul or staccato and funny like Roy Smeck or Adolph Jacobs of the Coasters. Syncopated drum corps rudiments and pit-orchestra rave-ups from Michael Carreira propel the songs with a refreshingly buoyant touch that never lapses into rock music clich?s. There are also widescreen cinematic moments that take on a mournful and otherworldly pathos, like Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini, but with vocals by Cambodian 60's pop legend Ros Serey Sothea or like Arabic diva Fairouz singing along to a psychedelic film score by Popol Vuh.1. Tail & Mane
2. What You Can't See Is
3. Blue Tears
5. The Loving Sun
6. Gotta Get Into That Feeling
7. One Block Wonders
8. The Cage
10. I'll Take the Long Way
11. New Spell$12.99 $10.26 Save $2.73 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lost In TransitionOriginally born out of lazy days that Chuck (singer of the Mad Caddies) and Todd (original drummer for the Mad Caddies) spent jamming together for fun, Ellwood organically matured into a full-fledged band with the addition of friends Dustin (Cherry Poppin' Daddies) on keys and Graham on bass.
The result of this collaboration is Lost In Transition, a nine song album that could aptly be described as a soundtrack to the long, slow, carefree days of the California summer. The synergy amongst the band members is palpable, as each track flows with a natural effortless and seamless harmony.
Lost In Transition takes the most flavorful bits of the Mad Caddies often frenetic sound and hones them into a fluid brand of reggae that immediately entrances the listener. It's a refreshingly honest album with no agenda other than to be exactly what it is: the product of four friends/musicians riding a groove and imparting their own unique perspective on the reggae/ska genre.1. The Deal
2. Walking Away
3. Sunshine Garden
4. There She Is
5. Mag Girl
6. Amsterdam Ray
7. Dancin' Girl
8. Wrong Night
9. Don't Look Back$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Without FeathersOn their second release, Montreal's The Stills are back with a refreshed outlook and bold new take on their unique sound. Songwriter and drummer Dave Hamelin dropped his drumsticks to share vocal and guitar duties with Tim Fletcher. Also, touring keyboardist Liam O'Neil is now a permanent member, adding classic Hammond organ and lush piano to the new sound. Re-invigorated, the band invited friends and fellow Canadians to plug in and contribute. The resulting album is fearless, filled with brutally honest songwriting and a big, organic rock sound. Neil Young might have called this the ragged glory of a pop-rock band. Gone are the boys. This album has stubble.In The Beginning
She's Walking Out
In The End
Halo The Harpoons
It Takes Time
The House We Live In$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
English OceansATO announces that Drive-By Truckers will be releasing English Oceans in 2014. Rolling Stone released the news exclusively today calling it a "return to simplicity."
English Oceans, the band's 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. "It can go from this chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff," says Mike Cooley.
English Oceans was recorded over 13 days at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on "Til He's Dead or Rises."
In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. "Pauline Hawkins," is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT's ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley's "Made Up English Oceans" and Hood's "The Part of Him." "It's about political assholery - there's someone new playing that role every few months," says Hood. "Grand Canyon," the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT's touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.
The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. "It's a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly," says Hood.1. Shit Shots Count
2. When He's Gone
3. Primer Coat
4. Pauline Hawkins
5. Made Up English Oceans
6. The Part of Him
7. Hearing Jimmy Loud
8. Til He's Dead or Rising
9. Hanging On
10. Natural Light
11. When Walter Went Crazy
12. First Air of Autumn
13. Grand Canyon
$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 RecordingsIn early 1974, after a three-year absence that followed Eric Clapton's major success with Derek and the Dominos' seminal album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, which sealed his stature as one of rock's most revered guitarists, a rejuvenated and musically refreshed Clapton stepped into the recording studio and staged a massive resurgence with his 1974/1975 trilogy of albums-461 Ocean Boulevard, which featured his first No. 1 hit single "I Shot The Sheriff," There's One In Every Crowd and the live E.C. Was Here-standing as one of the most remarkable rebirths in rock's history. Those albums decisively cemented the guitarist as both a musical and commercial force, while successfully staking out an entirely new set of creative challenges.LP 1 - 461 Ocean Boulevard
1. Mortherless Children
2. Give Me Some Strength
3. Willie And The Hand Jive
4. Get Ready
5. I Shot The Sheriff
6. I Can't Hold Out
7. Please Be With Me
8. Let It Grow
9. Steady Rollin' Man
10. Mainline Florida
LP 2 - There's One In Every Crowd
1. We've Been Told (Jesus Is Coming Soon)
2. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
3. Little Rachel
4. Don't Blame Me
5. The Sky Is Crying
6. Singin' the Blues
7. Better Make It Through Today
8. Pretty Blue Eyes
LP 3 - E.C. Was Here
1. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
2. Presence Of The Lord
3. Driftin' Blues
4. Can't Find My Way Home
5. Ramblin' On My Mind
6. Further On Up The Road$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
NodePurple Colored Vinyl
Despite going through major changes as a band, Northlane have proved that they
are only becoming stronger. They are one of the few bands that have been able to
constantly bring fresh ideas to the table and drive them home with full force.
Touring with acts such as Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men and Parkway
Drive, the band have successfully used their refreshing energy and positive messages
to develop a steadily increasing fan base around the world.
"Node" is a testament to Northlane's hard work and determination. These 11 songs
are heavier, hit harder and deliver everything that fans have been anticipating and
more. The band will be promoting the album on a North American headline run
this summer.1. Soma
11. Animate$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Automatic (Awaiting Repress)Automatic is diverse, refreshing and full of welcomed surprises. The boundary pushing album is a wide mix of genres, including rock, country, reggae, R&B, dub, island and 1980s sounding pop.The album features sixteen tracks, which feels really long-especially in these days of four-track EPs and iTunes singles. Similar to 2010s Timebomb, the album features continued collaboration with alt-rocker Lincoln Parish of Cage The Elephant. Along with members of Iration and JP Hesser of Castaway 7 Studios, Parish acted as a the album's co-producer.
Automatic starts off with the album's title track, which is a tribute to the band's dedicated fan base. The reggae-rock-dub tune is signature Iration and features a catchy chorus, along with an arrangement full of smooth baselines, keys and vocal affects. For longtime fans and reggae lovers, Automatic offers "One Way Track," "Go That Road," "Uptown" and "Mr. Operator." The latter is a roots reggae and R&B tune with an infectious chorus and hypnotizing layers of keys. "Go That Road" is a fun, country-reggae tune with a upbeat, catchy chorus, aptly-timed harmonies and relatable story.
Some of the album's strongest songs feature collaborator and co-producer Lincoln Parish. "Show Me" is a synthesized, 1980s-sounding dance tune with tempo changes and layered, echo-filled vocals. "Home" starts off with a country picking pattern and dust-bowl feel. The track then transitions into a bass heavy reggae-rock tune, before finishing with a alt-rock interlude/outro. The track is overflowing with sounds, which regrettably swallow-up the vocals during the song's chorus.
Finally, "Milk and Honey" is a reggae-funk-dance tune with shades of funk-soul phenom Robert Randolph. These songs might surprise some listeners and catch others completely off guard; however, these radio friendly tunes are a refreshing change from the often recycled sounds of the genre. The songs are welcomed editions to the album, and should help Iration expand to audiences outside the reggae-rock genre.
Automatic is hard to categorize. It's not really a reggae album or a rock album. And, it's not a pop album or R&B either. It's all the above. Automatic is an album for all listening moods. If you want some reggae, you got it; if you want to dance, you got it. If you want upbeat pop, you got that as well. The beauty of Iration's "all of the above" approach is that it is unique and refreshing, as well as unpredictable-which makes Automatic accessible to new fans while keeping the old ones satisfied.
- Kit Chalberg (The Pier)1. Automatic
2. Show Me
3. One Way Track
4. Back Around
5. Go That Road
7. This Old Song
9. Mr. Operator
12. Splintered Heart
13. High Flying
14. Milk and Honey
16. No Time$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Schubert - Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner)
In the summer of 1819, Franz Schubert stayed in the Austrian town of Steyr where he began work on the composition of the five-movement Piano Quintet in A major, op. 114 (D 667) which was commissioned by the cellist Sylvester Paumgartner. The work was completed in the autumn and soon achieved great popularity under the name of Trout Quintet, which it owes to the Andantino fourth movement - a set of variations on the song of the same name.
The work has remained highly popular right up to the present day and so it comes as no surprise to find this highly praised recording, made with such renowned artists as the pianist Clifford Curzon, the violinist Willi Boskovsky and other members of the Vienna Octet, being released once again.
The ensembles refreshing performance reflects the sparkling lightness and virtuosity of the work. The well-balanced recording with its full tone certainly deserves a place in every music lovers collection.
- Sir Clifford Curzon and Members of the Vienna Octet
Recording: October 1957 at Sofiensaal, Vienna by James Brown
Production: Erik Smith
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Shady Grove (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
A Natural, Acoustic Portrait of American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Standards by Two Virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove Filled with Endearing Joy and Spirited Playing
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 2LP Set Sounds Incredibly Realistic, Features Deluxe Booklet in Gatefold Jacket
Jerry Garcia began recording with longtime friend David Grisman at the beginning of the last decade of his life, the refreshing excursions marking a full-circle return to the roots fare the white-bearded virtuoso originally performed before co-founding the Grateful Dead. Garcia's dalliances with Grisman also served another equally important purpose given they provided a much-needed outlet from the demanding pressures, schedules, and business affairs associated with his main band. The endearing joy, contagious enthusiasm, and free-spirited playing on Shady Grove attest to the collection serving as not only the finest musical snapshot of Garcia's final years, but among the best of his storied career.
Mastered from the original master tapes, available on vinyl for the first time, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP set presents the 1996 collection in exquisite sound. Originally recorded at Dawg Studios between August 1990 and June 1993, Shady Grove bowed as the first release of Grisman-Garcia collaborations in the wake of the iconic guitarist's August 1995 death - and remains, by way of its genre-specific organization, a passionate albeit naturally relaxed portrait of folk, country, and bluegrass standards that provide the foundation of American songbook. To experience it all in such brilliant fidelity is to pull up a chair at the sessions themselves and enjoy a transparent view into lasting tradition and instrumental virtuosity.
Entirely unplugged, the material emerges in three-dimensional detail on this very special audiophile pressing, the wooden tones and organic textures unfolding with wondrous openness, ease, and realism. Nothing is forced, brittle, or exaggerated. What you hear is on par with the acoustics you'd encounter at a world-class hall. Garcia and Grisman's clean, rustic picking on guitar, banjo, mandola, and mandolin harbors a rare intimacy mirrored by an equally uncommon chemistry evident by the seamless interplay.
These traits remain in tact even when the soul mates are occasionally joined by pals such as Jim Kerwin (acoustic bass) and Joe Craven (fiddle and percussion). Garcia's singing, replete with the slight, graceful, dignified shakiness that forever defined his deliveries, comes across with utmost purity and transparency. Emotions and eagerness pour over every note. At the end of several tracks, Garcia and company exchange remarks and laughter - all indicative of the camaraderie, looseness, and spirit that carries through each tune here.
Mobile Fidelity's audiophile edition of Shady Grove also features the kind of deluxe packaging only the best physical media can provide. Sixteen 12-inch x 12-inch pages bound to the gatefold jacket provide extraordinary insight into the songs, atmosphere, and history. Images of artifacts and telling photos serve as a visual guide. New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen pens extensive liner notes that reveal the lasting importance and timelessness of the tunes herein. Among his observations:
Jerry and David's performances of these traditional folk songs and ballads reconnect us all - folk singers, Deadheads, university students, hillbillies, country and western musicians - with the America [poet Kenneth] Rexroth wrote about; that [Carl] Sandburg wrote about; that the cynicism of American wars and politics, culture wars and culture politics just couldn't destroy.
Indeed, the versions of barn-dance tunes (Shady Grove), jug-band standards (Stealin', also performed in the early days of the Grateful Dead), Delta ballads (Louis Collins), Civil War era fare (The Sweet Sunny South), and campfire songs (Down in the Valley) here astound with depth, soulfulness, and warmth. Deadheads will also find Garcia and Grisman putting a spin on two more tracks - Casey Jones and Jackaroo - long part of the iconic group's repertoire. In countless ways, Shady Grove is not to be missed, particularly on this unsurpassed pressing.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Shady Grove
3. Off to Sea Once More
4. The Sweet Sunny South
5. Louis Collins
6. Fair Ellender
8. The Ballad of Casey Jones
9. Dreadful Wind and Rain
10. I Truly Understand
11. The Handsome Cabin Boy
12. Whiskey in the Jar
13. Down in the Valley
14. Hesitation Blues$49.99 $44.99 Save $5.00 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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Better Days (Discontinued) (On Sale)MICKEY NEWBURY was a songwriters songwriter at the dawning of the era of the singer-songwriter, yet he was also an unknown name on the Billboard charts. Mickey Newbury found early writing success in Nashville, enabling him to pave the way for his friends and contemporaries like Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and David Allen Coe. Even to this day, Newbury continues to influence the most championed songwriters. His songs have been recorded nearly 1400 times by more than 1000 performers including Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, the Box Tops, Bonnie Prince Billy and Nick Cave. He is the only songwriter ever to have number one hits (with different songs) in the pop, country, R&B and easy listening charts within the space of one year (and three of those songs were in the charts simultaneously!). But Mickey Newbury himself was by far the best interpreter of his own songs.
Better Days collects MICKEY NEWBURY demo material, alternate versions of several favorites, and a radio session. Listeners will hear a crisp and clean version of Mickeys astonishing songwriting, singing and playing; refreshing to the ears after a swim through the powerfully concentrated sounds he created in the Cinderella garage.1. If You Want Me To I'll Go
3. Sad Satin Rhyme
4. Why You Been Gone So Long
5. I Don't Wanna Rock
6. Let Me Stay Awhile
7. Flower Man
8. Good Morning Dear
9. On Top Of Old Smokey
10. Interlude: How Many Times...
11. Better Days
12. How I Love Them Old Songs
13. I Don't Wanna Rock
14. I Don't Want Me No Big City Woman
15. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby
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