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  • The Queen Is Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order) The Queen Is Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Queen Is Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order)

    Ranked 216/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Widely considered to be both The Smiths' finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, 'The Queen Is Dead' has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986. Now Warner Bros. Records can confirms the details of a newly mastered and expanded version of the album.

    The album features several of the band's finest moments including the title track and 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out', as well as the iconic singles 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' and 'Bigmouth Strikes Again'.

    You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve, says Morrissey. You progress only when you wonder if an abnormally scientific genius would approve - and this is the leap The Smiths took with The Queen Is Dead.

    Johnny Marr adds, The Queen Is Dead was epic to make and epic to live.

    5LP Vinyl Boxset - featuring the 2017 master of the album, additional recordings and the 'Live In Boston' recording. Housed in lift off box with 2 double gatefolds and 1 single.

    Original Album - 2017 Remaster
    1. The Queen Is Dead
    2. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
    3. I Know It's Over
    4. Never Had No One Ever
    5. Cemetry Gates
    6. Bigmouth Strikes Again
    7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    8. Vicar In A Tutu
    9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others


    Additional Recordings
    1. The Queen Is Dead (Full Version)
    2. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (Demo)
    3. I Know It's Over (Demo)
    4. Never Had No One Ever (Demo)
    5. Cemetry Gates (Demo)
    6. Bigmouth Strikes Again (Demo)
    7. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Demo)
    8. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Demo Mix)
    9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1)
    10. Rubber Ring (B-side)
    11. Asleep (B-side)
    12. Money Changes Everything (B-side)
    13. Unloveable (B-side)


    Live In Boston (Previously Unreleased)
    1. How Soon Is Now?
    2. Hand In Glove
    3. I Want The One I Can't Have
    4. Never Had No One Ever
    5. Stretch Out And Wait
    6. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    7. Cemetry Gates
    8. Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring
    9. Is It Really So Strange?
    10. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    12. The Queen Is Dead
    13. I Know It's Over

    The Smiths
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  • Louder Than Bombs Louder Than Bombs Quick View

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    Louder Than Bombs

    Ranked 365/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Originally released as a U.S.-only compilation in 1987, the expansive 24-track Louder Than Bombs collects The Smiths' stray early singles, B-Sides, John Peel sessions and cuts from the 1984 U.K.-only compilation Hatful of Hollow. Featuring a wealth of material like the non-album singles Sheila Take a Bow, Shoplifters of the World Unite, Panic, Shakespeare's Sister and Ask as well as B-sides that are virtually unavailable elsewhere in Half a Person, Stretch Out and Wait, Unloveable and Asleep, Louder Than Bombs is an essential and revelatory Smiths document now reissued on double 180 Gram audiophile vinyl!

    LP 1
    1. Is It Really So Strange? (B-Side, John Peel Session)
    2. Sheila Takes a Bow (Non-Album Single)
    3. Shoplifters of the World Unite (Non-Album Single)
    4. Sweet and Tender Hooligan (B-Side, John Peel Session)
    5. Half a Person (B-Side)
    6. London (B-Side)
    7. Panic (Non-Album Single)
    8. Girl Afraid (B-Side)
    9. Shakespeare's Sister (Non-Album Single)
    10. William, It Was Really Nothing (Non-Album Single)
    11. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (B-Side)
    12. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Non-Album Single)


    LP 2
    1. Ask (Non-Album Single)
    2. Golden Lights (B-Side)
    3. Oscillate Wildly (B-Side)
    4. These Things Take Time (B-Side)
    5. Rubber Ring (B-Side)
    6. Back to the Old House (B-Side)
    7. Hand in Glove (Single Version)
    8. Stretch Out and Wait (B-Side)
    9. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (B-Side)
    10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (John Peel Session)
    11. Unloveable (B-Side)
    12. Asleep (B-Side)

    The Smiths
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    Meat Is Murder

    Ranked 295/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Import


    Remastered 180 Gram Vinyl


    The Smiths' eclectic 1985 release finds the band branching out into rockabilly, post-punk and flashes of funk, all while refining the guitar pop of their debut. Produced by Morrissey and Johnny Marr, Meat Is Murder is the band's sole studio album to reach #1 on the U.K. charts. The Headmaster Ritual and I Want the One I Can't Have are fine elaborations on the formula the band introduced on their debut, while Rusholme Ruffians is an infectious take on rockabilly. There was no other British group making music quite like this in 1985.

    1. The Headmaster Ritual
    2. Rusholme Ruffians
    3. I Want the One I Can't Have
    4. What She Said
    5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    6. Nowhere Fast
    7. Well I Wonder
    8. Barbarism Begins at Home
    9. Meat Is Murder
    The Smiths
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    Rank

    Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Recorded live in front of a feverish audience at The National Ballroom in Kilburn, London on Octorber 23, 1986 just six months before the band's demise and released a year after, Rank is most likely the closest many Smiths' fans will ever come to hearing them in concert. Engineered and produced by Grant Showbiz, the thrilling 14-song set finds Morrissey, Marr and company in rock star mode at their absolute creative peak tearing through definitive live versions of Smiths' classics like Panic, Ask, Cemetry Gates, I Know It's Over and Bigmouth Strikes Again. An essential and rewarding live document from the best band of the '80s!

    LP 1
    1. The Queen Is Dead
    2. Panic
    3. Vicar In A Tutu
    4. Ask
    5. His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians (Medley)
    6. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    7. Rubber Ring/What She Said (Medley)


    LP 2
    1. Is It Really So Strange?
    2. Cemetry Gates
    3. London
    4. I Know It's Over
    5. The Draize Train
    6. Still Ill
    7. Bigmouth Strikes Again

    The Smiths
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Queen Is Dead The Queen Is Dead Quick View

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    The Queen Is Dead

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    Remastered 180 Gram Vinyl


    Ranked 216/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    1. The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty)
    2. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
    3. I Know It's Over
    4. Never Had No One Ever
    5. Cemetry Gate
    6. Bigmouth Strikes Again
    7. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
    8. Vicar in a Tutu
    9. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
    10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
    The Smiths
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  • The Smiths The Smiths Quick View

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    The Smiths

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    Remastered 180 Gram Vinyl


    Ranked 481/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    1. Reel Around the Fountain
    2. You've Got Everything Now
    3. Miserable Lie
    4. Pretty Girls Make Graves
    5. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
    6. Still Ill
    7. Hand in Glove
    8. What Difference Does It Make?
    9. I Don't Owe You Anything
    10. Suffer Little Children
    The Smiths
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  • Elliott Smith Elliott Smith Quick View

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    Elliott Smith

    Includes free MP3 download


    Elliott Smith's self-titled sophomore album and Kill Rock Stars debut is pure, intimate, and graceful, finding the acclaimed and late singer-songwriter weaving folk magic from his soft voice and finger-picked guitar. Extraordinary melodies, amazing songwriting, and uncontested devotion make this a modern-day classic.

    1. Needle In The Hay

    2. Christian Brothers

    3. Clementine

    4. Southern Belle

    5. Single File

    6. Coming Up Roses

    7. Satellite

    8. Alphabet Town

    9. St. Ides Heaven

    10. Good To Go

    11. The White Lady Loves You More

    12. The Biggest Lie

    Elliott Smith
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  • Louder Than Bombs Louder Than Bombs Quick View

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    Louder Than Bombs

    Ranked 365/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Import


    Originally released as a U.S.-only compilation in 1987, the expansive 24-track Louder Than Bombs collects The Smiths' stray early singles, B-Sides, John Peel sessions and cuts from the 1984 U.K.-only compilation Hatful of Hollow. Featuring a wealth of material like the non-album singles Sheila Take a Bow, Shoplifters of the World Unite, Panic, Shakespeare's Sister and Ask as well as B-sides that are virtually unavailable elsewhere in Half a Person, Stretch Out and Wait, Unloveable and Asleep, Louder Than Bombs is an essential and revelatory Smiths document now reissued on double 180g audiophile vinyl!

    LP1
    1. Is It Really So Strange? (B-Side, John Peel Session)
    2. Sheila Takes a Bow (Non-Album Single)
    3. Shoplifters of the World Unite (Non-Album Single)
    4. Sweet and Tender Hooligan (B-Side, John Peel Session)
    5. Half a Person (B-Side)
    6. London (B-Side)
    7. Panic (Non-Album Single)
    8. Girl Afraid (B-Side)
    9. Shakespeare's Sister (Non-Album Single)
    10. William, It Was Really Nothing (Non-Album Single)
    11. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (B-Side)
    12. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Non-Album Single)


    LP2
    1. Ask (Non-Album Single)
    2. Golden Lights (B-Side)
    3. Oscillate Wildly (B-Side)
    4. These Things Take Time (B-Side)
    5. Rubber Ring (B-Side)
    6. Back to the Old House (B-Side)
    7. Hand in Glove (Single Version)
    8. Stretch Out and Wait (B-Side)
    9. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (B-Side)
    10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (John Peel Session)
    11. Unloveable (B-Side)
    12. Asleep (B-Side)

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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The World Won't Listen The World Won't Listen Quick View

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    The World Won't Listen

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    Rough Trade released two compilations of early singles and B-sides from The Smiths in 1987, the 24-track U.S.-only Louder Than Bombs and the 16-track U.K.-only The World Won't Listen. The two collections share 12-tracks, however, The World Won't Listen features four additional cuts in the singles The Boy With the Thorn in His Side and That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore as well as The Queen is Dead songs Bigmouth Strikes Again and There Is a Light That Never Goes Out. Reissued here on double 180g audiophile vinyl.

    LP1
    1. Panic (single)
    2. Ask (single)
    3. London (B-side)
    4. Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Queen Is Dead)
    5. Shakespeare's Sister (single)
    6. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Queen Is Dead)
    7. Shoplifters of the World Unite (single)
    8. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (single)


    LP2
    1. Asleep (B-side)
    2. Unloveable (B-side)
    3. Half a Person (B-side)
    4. Stretch Out and Wait (B-side)
    5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (single)
    6. Oscillate Wildly (B-side)
    7. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (remix)
    8. Rubber Ring (B-side)

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  • The World Won't Listen The World Won't Listen Quick View

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    The World Won't Listen

    Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Rough Trade released two compilations of early singles and B-sides from The Smiths in 1987, the 24-track U.S.-only Louder Than Bombs and the 16-track U.K.-only The World Won't Listen. The two collections share 12-tracks, however, The World Won't Listen features four additional cuts in the singles The Boy With the Thorn in His Side and That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore as well as The Queen is Dead songs Bigmouth Strikes Again and There Is a Light That Never Goes Out. Reissued here on double 180 Gram audiophile vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. Panic (single)
    2. Ask (single)
    3. London (B-side)
    4. Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Queen Is Dead)
    5. Shakespeare's Sister (single)
    6. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Queen Is Dead)
    7. Shoplifters of the World Unite (single)
    8. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (single)


    LP 2
    1. Asleep (B-side)
    2. Unloveable (B-side)
    3. Half a Person (B-side)
    4. Stretch Out and Wait (B-side)
    5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (single)
    6. Oscillate Wildly (B-side)
    7. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (remix)
    8. Rubber Ring (B-side)

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  • The Top The Top Quick View

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    The Top

    The Top is the fifth studio album by English band The Cure, originally released on April 30th, 1984 by Fiction Records, on Polydor. After recording a psychedelic album Blue Sunshine for the one-off project The Glove during the summer 1983, Robert Smith finished off the year composing and working on two other studio albums at the same time: The Top for the Cure and Hyæna for Siouxsie and the Banshees. Smith was still the official guitarist of Siouxsie and the Banshees while he wrote The Top. The album was eclectic and saw Smith using all kinds of instruments, including violin and flute. Bird Mad Girl is in a Spanish style while The Wailing Wall contains Middle-Eastern undertones.


    For The Top, Smith teamed up with another Cure founding member Lol Tolhurst who had given up drums for keyboards, and new member drummer Andy Anderson who had previously performed on the UK top 10 single The Lovecats. Porl Thompson was credited for playing saxophone on Give Me It. All the songs are credited by Smith bar three tracks co-written with Tolhurst, The Caterpillar, Bird Mad Girl and Piggy in the Mirror.

    1. Shake Dog Shake
    2. Birdmad Girl
    3. Wailing Wall
    4. Give Me It
    5. Dressing Up
    6. The Caterpillar
    7. Piggy In The Mirror
    8. The Empty World
    9. Bananafishbones
    10. The Top
    The Cure
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  • Combat Rock Combat Rock Quick View

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    Combat Rock


    Newly Remastered By The Clash From Original Tapes To Audiophile Quality


    All Artwork Recreated From Original Release Including Replicated Fully Printed Inner Sleeves With An Exclusive Pennie Smith Photo Print


    On the surface of things, Combat Rock appears to be a retreat from the sprawling stylistic explorations of London Calling and Sandinista! The pounding arena rock of Should I Stay or Should I Go makes the Clash sound like an arena rock band, and much of the album boasts a muscular, heavy sound courtesy of producer Glyn Johns. But things aren't quite that simple. Combat Rock contains heavy flirtations with rap, funk, and reggae, and it even has a cameo by poet Allen Ginsberg -- if this album is, as it has often been claimed, the Clash's sellout effort, it's a very strange way to sell out. Even with the infectious, dance-inflected new wave pop of Rock the Casbah leading the way, there aren't many overt attempts at crossover success, mainly because the group is tearing in two separate directions. Mick Jones wants the Clash to inherit the Who's righteous arena rock stance, and Joe Strummer wants to forge ahead into black music. The result is an album that is nearly as inconsistent as Sandinista!, even though its finest moments -- Should I Stay or Should I Go, Rock the Casbah, Straight to Hell -- illustrate why the Clash were able to reach a larger audience than ever before with the record.
    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. Know Your Rights

    2. Car Jamming
    3. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

    4. Rock The Casbah
    5. Red Angel Dragnet
    6. Straight To Hell
    7. Overpowered By Funk
    8. Atom Tan
    9. Sean Flynn
    10. Ghetto Defendant
    11. Inoculated City
    12. Death Is A Star
    The Clash
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  • Mr. Smith Mr. Smith Quick View

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    Mr. Smith

    Mr. Smith was viewed as a comeback for LL Cool J when it was released in 1995. It includes the hits "Make It Hot", "Hey Lover" and "Doin' It" proving that LL is at his best when he concentrates on his seductive, romantic side.
    1. The Intro [Skit]
    2. Make It Hot

    3. Hip Hop
    4. Hey Lover
    5. Doin' It
    6. Life As...
    7. I Shot Ya
    8. Mr. Smith
    9. No Airplay
    10. Loungin
    11. Hollis To Hollywood
    12. God Bless

    13. Get The Drop On Em

    14. Prelude
    15. I Shot Ya [Remix]
    LL Cool J
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  • Seventeen Seconds Seventeen Seconds Quick View

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    Seventeen Seconds

    Originally released in 1980, Seventeen Seconds is the second album from the influential English rock outfit, The Cure. The album introduced the darker, emotionally weighted sound for which the band would become renowned in large part due to the evolution of Robert Smith's songwriting and a line-up change that saw bassist Michael Dempsey replaced by Simon Gallup as well as the addition of keyboardist Mathieu Hartley.
    1. Reflection
    2. Play for Today
    3. Secrets
    4. In Your House
    5. Three
    6. The Final Sound
    7. A Forest
    8. M
    9. At Night
    10. Seventeen Seconds
    The Cure
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  • Sing Elliott Smith Sing Elliott Smith Quick View

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    Sing Elliott Smith

    The title is about as self-explanatory as could be: 'Seth Avett & Jessica Lea
    Mayfield sing Elliott Smith.' 12 songs originally written by the acclaimed and wellloved
    Smith, performed by 2 artists, currently known for their contributions to the
    indie folk rock landscape. The recordings are, in many cases, defined by bare
    instrumentation, driven by a simple yet bold vocal delivery, the depth of feeling
    complimenting that of the subject matter. This album is an obvious labor of love;
    a comment based on the genuine reverence which Avett and Mayfield clearly
    hold for Smith. At times, the songs feel light as a feather, while in others, thematically
    leaden with heartache, they are given a deep breath, a different dimension,
    a new color. In modern fashion, melodies intensely whispered by Elliott Smith
    are sung in a harmonious way, akin to the folk aesthetic of Gillian Welch and
    David Rawlings
    1. Between the Bars
    2. Baby Britain
    3. Fond Farewell
    4. Somebody That I Used to Know
    5. Let's Get Lost
    6. Twilight
    7. Ballad of Big Nothing
    8. Angel in the Snow
    9. Pitseleh
    10. Angeles
    11. Roman Candle
    12. Memory Lane
    Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield
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  • Your Arsenal Your Arsenal Quick View

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    Your Arsenal

    His fourth and finest solo album is, as the cover shot suggests, Morrisey's idea of hard rock. There's a gritty, glam feel to Mick Ronson's production (check the Ziggy Stardust cop on I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday), while the loud'n'rude riffs of new guitarist Boz Boorer banish memories of the Smiths. Best news: for once the songs focus on adult life, not the man's well-documented adolescence. --Jeff Bateman
    1. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
    2. Glamorous Glue
    3. We'll Let You Know
    4. The National Front Disco
    5. Certain People I Know
    6. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
    7. You're The One For Me, Fatty
    8. Seasick, Yet Still Docked
    9. I Know It's Going To Happen Someday
    10. Tomorrow
    Morrissey
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  • Rank (Live) Rank (Live) Quick View

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    Rank (Live)

    Import


    Recorded live in front of a feverish audience at The National Ballroom in Kilburn, London on Octorber 23, 1986 just six months before the band's demise and released a year after, Rank is most likely the closest many Smiths' fans will ever come to hearing them in concert. Engineered and produced by Grant Showbiz, the thrilling 14-song set finds Morrissey, Marr and company in rock star mode at their absolute creative peak tearing through definitive live versions of Smiths' classics like Panic, Ask, Cemetry Gates, I Know It's Over and Bigmouth Strikes Again. An essential and rewarding live document from the best band of the '80s!

    LP1
    1. The Queen Is Dead
    2. Panic
    3. Vicar In A Tutu
    4. Ask
    5. His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians (Medley)
    6. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    7. Rubber Ring/What She Said (Medley)


    LP2
    1. Is It Really So Strange?
    2. Cemetry Gates
    3. London
    4. I Know It's Over
    5. The Draize Train
    6. Still Ill
    7. Bigmouth Strikes Again

    The Smiths
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  • Blank Generation (Colored Vinyl) Blank Generation (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Blank Generation (Colored Vinyl)

    Richard Hell was one of the first men on the scene when punk rock first began to emerge in New York City as an early member of both Television and the Heartbreakers (he left both groups before they could record), but his own version of punk wasn't much like anyone else's, and while Hell's debut album, Blank Generation, remains one of the most powerful to come from punk's first wave, anyone expecting a Ramones/Dead Boys-style frontal assault from this set had better readjust their expectations.


    Love Comes in Spurts and Liar's Beware proved the Voidoids could play fast and loud when they wanted to, but for the most part this group's formula was much more complicated than that; guitarists Robert Quine and Ivan Julian bounced sharp, edgy patterns off each other that were more about psychological tension than brute force (though Quine's solos suggest a fragile grace beneath the surface of their neo-Beefheart chaos), and while most punk nihilism was of the simplistic Everything Sucks variety, Hell was (with the exception of Patti Smith) the most literate and consciously poetic figure in the New York punk scene.


    While there's little on the album that's friendly or life-affirming, there's a crackling intelligence to songs like New Pleasure, Betrayal Takes Two, and Another World that confirmed Hell has a truly unique lyrical voice, at once supremely self-confident and dismissive of nearly everything around him (sometimes including himself). Brittle and troubling, but brimming with ideas and musical intelligence, Blank Generation was groundbreaking punk rock that followed no one's template, and today it sounds just as fresh -- and nearly as abrasive -- as it did when it first hit the racks.

    Love Comes In Spurts
    Liars Beware
    New Pleasure
    Betrayal Takes Two
    Down At the Rock and Roll Club
    Who Says?
    Blank Generation
    Walking On the Water
    The Plan
    Another World
    Richard Hell and the Voidoids
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  • Turnstiles (On Sale) Turnstiles (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Turnstiles (On Sale)

    By 1976, Billy Joel had proven his merit as an auteur of California-based singer-songwriter pop-rock. On Turnstiles, the legend focuses his attention on more ambitious matters: Making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major proportions.



    Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original master tapes to present Joels encompassing music the way it was always intended to be experienced: Intimate, detailed, expressive, warm. The records widescreen sonics are at last properly cinematic, flush with colors, textures, and atmosphere.



    Progressing away from sensitivity, Joel casts his eye towards broader horizons. For him, that meant moving from the West Coast back to his native New York and embracing the citys doo-wop, Broadway, and R&B heritage. Joels diversity comes through in a spectacle of memorable tunes, including the infectious All You Wanna Do Is Dance, acerbic Angry Young Man, and gorgeous Ive Loved These Days.



    Still, no song better illustrates the allureand breadthof Turnstiles more than Say Goodbye to Hollywood, bathed in the sort of fabulous Phil Spector sound, huge drum echoes, and Brill Building orchestral sweep that Joel grew up on. Similarly, the sprawling ballad New York State of Mind clearly states the singers vision and mood. On the definitive track, Joel luxuriates in full string accompaniment and soulful saxophone playing that gives the pop standard its foundation. Not for nothing did Joel insist on keeping his touring band for the album, a decision that resulted in the firing of the records original producer.



    Supported by talents such as arranger Kenny Ascher, guitarist James Herb Smith, and percussionist Mingo Lewis, Joel succeeds in wrapping his head around a rich swath of American pop music, stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, and other cities on his way from California back to the Garden State. While lacking the fame of the subsequent The Stranger and 52nd Street, Turnstiles is in every way their equal.



    Finally, the delicate nuances of Joels phrasing, pregnant pauses, and introspective emotion can be experienced in three-dimensional fidelity. In addition, the spectrum of the orchestras power and finesse, ravishing poignancy of the lyrics, and bittersweet qualities of the melodies bloom with unforced immediacy. The previous veiled sonic character and stultifying dryness have been corrected, presenting Joel and his crack band with illuminating precision and feeling.



    Turnstiles has never sounded betterand it never will.



    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
    2. Summer, Highland Falls
    3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
    4. New York State of Mind
    5. James
    6. Prelude/Angry Young Man
    7. I've Loved These Days

    8. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
    Billy Joel
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    Doolittle

    Ranked 226/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    For the follow up to their classic 1988 debut Surfer Rosa, the Pixies brought in producer Gil Norton (Echo & The Bunnyment, Patty Smith, Foo Fighters) and the results were equally as brilliant if not superior to its predecessor. Doolittle boasted a cleaner sound and received excellent reviews, which led to greater exposure in America. Both a benchmark and a timeless monument, the album brazenly mixes
    surf-pop and grunge, with schizophrenic pacing and head banging jolts. Cited as one of the quintessential alternative rock albums of the '80s by Rolling Stone, Doolittle is undoubtedly one of the most epic and influential indie rock albums of all time. Highlights include Monkey Gone To Heaven, Wave Of Mutilation, Here Comes Your Man, Debaser and Hey among others.

    1. Debaser
    2. Tame
    3. Wave of Mutilation
    4. I Bleed
    5. Here Comes Your Man
    6. Dead
    7. Monkey Gone to Heaven
    8. Mr. Grieves
    9. Crackity Jones
    10. La La Love You
    11. No. 13 Baby
    12. There Goes My Gun
    13. Hey
    14. Silver
    15. Gouge Away
    Pixies
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    Horses (Speakers Corner)

    Ranked 44/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Patti Smith, the first published poet to move her poetry completely into rock 'n' roll and to entice experimental rock fans into the forbidden cinema of her hallucinatory fantasy (New York Times), began her musical career unconventionally. It took off at a poetry reading where she was backed by Lenny Kaye on guitar; later star photographer Robert Mapplethorpe financed her punk-rock cult single Hey Joe. In 1975, encouraged by her success, Patti Smith released Horses, an album in which she fused rock riffs and spoken rhythms to create a punk-trash sound. The rock scene was electrified, raging about the best garage sound of the 70s (Creem Magazine) and conjectured that Smith had drawn up material from Rimbaud, Burroughs, Dylan and Velvet Underground into a hot needle and injected it under the skin (Sounds Magazine). Later productions were dismissed as sentimental and self-loving outpourings, since the rock-poet didn't continue in the same vein as Horses, with its metallic harshness and raw language. That's why this recording remains an impressive unique production by a visionary rock 'n' roll singer.



    Musicians:



    • Patti Smith (guitar, vocals)

    • Richard Sohl (piano)

    • Lenny Kaye (bass, guitar, vocal)

    • Tom Verlaine, Allen Lanier (guitar)

    • Ivan Kral (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals)

    • Jay Dee Daugherty (drums)




    Recording: January 1975 at Electric Ladyland Studios, New York City, by Bernie Kirsh

    Production: John Cale




    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Gloria
    2. Redondo Beach
    3. Birdland
    4. Free Money
    5. Kimberly
    6. Break it Up
    7. Land
    8. Elegie
    Patti Smith
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  • Aida Cartridge Aida Cartridge Quick View

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    Aida Cartridge

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    "The Aida" cartridge by The Soundsmith (formerly SMMC1) is a Stereophile A RATED cartridge. That is the price is no object range. Where are we in the price range of those cartridges? At the bottom. There isn't anyone even close to our price. Did Michael Fremer take some flack for doing that? You bet. How did he respond?? he said - I put it in that group - because it deserved to BE in that group.


    We build it with love and respect for your hard earned dollars.


    Here is the micro-manufacturing reality:


    All top end cartridges from all manufacturers are hand made. The real issue is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, that all of them are NOT the same. If you don't see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a secret they don't want to share, and quite understandably so.


    So... what does Soundsmith do??


    We carefully hand build each and every cartridge, test them, and keep accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that don't measure well. What do we do with them? We don't sell them. We break them down and re-use some parts that can be used again. Does this cost real money ? You bet. But what it does do is this.....the ones that DO pass our stringent testing out-perform many cartridges selling for two, three, four, or even five times the price. Are we unabashedly proud of our hand-made cartridges??


    YES.


    Some ask:


    Moving Iron Cartridges better?? I thought that moving COIL types are the best??


    Our cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted "advantage" of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, we've got less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system mass, it's easier to control. If it's easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That's good, because if you can't stay in contact with the groove walls, you can't hear what's on the record.


    Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. Aida" is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No step-up transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.


    Once you've heard your new Aida cartridge, you'll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, "less is more" applies here too... $1800.00


    Phono Cartridge Rebuilding and Stylus Retipping Services Available - Please inquire.

    Sound-Smith
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  • Smith Westerns Smith Westerns Quick View

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    Smith Westerns

    Rummaging through 1970s glam, Phil Spector teen-pop, and Nuggets garage-punk with the youthful abandon of kids finding new toys in the attic, the Smith Westerns' self-titled debut exudes an earnestness almost as pure as its recording levels are deafening. Their simple, sweet choruses about boys and girls in love could spike the punch at a 1970s TV show school dance.


    When singing guitarist Cullen Omori, his bassist brother Cameron, second guitarist Max Kakacek, and a drummer known as Hal have the tunes to make themselves heard over their vintage aesthetic, The Smith Westerns' teenage kicks are hard to beat. Take string-swept glam ballad Be My Girl. which softly punctuates one of the year's most wrenchingly innocent hooks with somewhat risque pick-up lines. There's less lyrical subtext, but no less raunchy production, on the glam-rock boogie of Girl in Love, a come-on cursorily addressing the fleetingness of youth. It's only fitting that the Smith Westerns both look and sound like the Black Lips' good-bad not-evil twins.


    These guys are sort of literally true to their school, garage-rocker Miss Alex White is a fellow Northside College Prep magnet-school alum, and their time on the road with the likes of Jay Reatard and Nobunny is evident on fine 60s-style frat-rocker Gimme Some Time. With fuzzed-out xylophone, frenetic opener Dreams suggests the group's most recent tour with Girls and Los Campesinos! might serve them better for a follow-up. Diamond Boys almost earns its piano on the strength of its adolescent grandiosity, but We Stay Out lets lo-fi become the end rather than the means, with a guitar line that sounds like a bee buzzing underwater.

    1. Dreams
    2. Boys Are Fine
    3. Gimme Some Time
    4. Girl In Love
    5. We Stay Out
    6. Tonight
    7. Be My Girl
    8. The Glam Goddess
    9. Diamond Boys
    10. My Heart
    Smith Westerns
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  • An Introduction To Elliott Smith An Introduction To Elliott Smith Quick View

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    An Introduction To Elliott Smith

    An Introduction to...Elliott Smith features fourteen tracks compiled from all seven of Elliott Smith's albums: Roman Candle, Elliott Smith, Either/Or, XO, Figure 8, From A Basement on the Hill and New Moon. As the title suggests, the collection is intended as an introduction to one of the greatest songwriters of our era. The album generously offers new generations the opportunity to delve more deeply into the late artist's immensely satisfying catalog.
    1. Ballad of Big Nothing (Either/Or)
    2. Waltz, No. 2 (XO)
    3. Pictures of Me (Either/Or)
    4. The Biggest Lie (Elliott Smith)
    5. Alameda (Either/Or)
    6. Between the Bars (Either/Or)
    7. Needle in the Hay (Elliott Smith)
    8. Last Call (Roman Candle)
    9. Angeles (Either/Or)
    10. Twilight (From A Basement On The Hill)
    11. Pretty (Ugly Before) (From A Basement On The Hill)
    12. Angel in the Snow (New Moon)
    13. Miss Misery (Early Version) (New Moon)
    14. Happiness (Single Version) (Figure 8)
    Elliott Smith
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