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Hall Of Fame: Class Of 2015Of the people, by the people, for the people
You've cast your ballots, we've counted the votes and the Class of 2015 is in. The annual Hall of Fame series features the best of best of the year as determined by the UM faithful. We've taken your top picks and turned them into a two-set show that encapsulates the essence of live UM: raw, energetic and inspired. Heavy on improvisation and stylistically diverse, it's what you've come to expect from Umphrey's McGee.
This year's offering features classic UM staples alongside a stand out cover of Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond as well as an appearance by Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret Horns.LP 1
1. 1348 (Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY - 2/20/15)
2. Wife Soup (with the Chicago Mass Choir) (Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL - 8/14/15)
3. Night Nurse (The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC - 8/20/15)
1. Rocker Part 2 (Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN - 2/6/15)
2. Cut the Cable (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO - 7/3/15)
3. Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO - 7/3/15)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ZonkeyUmphrey's McGee has been arranging and performing original mashups live for over eight years. It was only a matter of when, not if, some of those innovative concoctions would find their way into a studio. And that when has arrived.
UM is pleased to announce ZONKEY, an album of 12 unique mashups, conceived, arranged & executed by the band. ZONKEY is as seamless as it bizarre, playful as it is razor sharp. Bits and pieces of classic songs are culled from 40+ years of popular music from 70's Reggae to 80's Pop to 90's Metal and everywhere in between. From Radiohead mashed with Beck, The Weeknd with Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads with Bob Marley, Metallica with Gorillaz .nothing is off limits.
ZONKEY clearly pays homage to some of our favorite artists & songs. While we've tried to reproduce the spirit of the original compositions & recordings, we've also tried to have some fun with the structure as we've often combined seemingly dissimilar musical elements to create a new vibe altogether," notes keyboardist Joel Cummins.1. National Loser Anthem
2. Life During Exodus
3. Can't Rock My Dream Face
4. Sad Clint Eastwood
5. Electric Avenue to Hell (feat. Jennifer Hartswick)
6. Ace of Long Nights
7. Sweet Sunglasses
9. Come As Your Kids
10. Frankie Zombie
11. Bulls On the Bus
12. Bittersweet Haj$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hall of Fame: Class of 2016
Double LP 180 Gram Bright ORANGE Vinyl
For the first time in Umphrey's McGee history, the people and the band have made their collective voices heard to bring you the best of the best of 2016. The wait is over, Hall of Fame: Class of 2016 is here in all its glory, an immersive collection of live Umphrey's McGee improvisational heavy rock, as chosen by the fans and augmented by the band. As such, the collaborative track listing contains the most righteous elements of the year 2016, determined by both the governor and governed.
This year's bounty features a Double LP 180 gram bright orange vinyl, including music from the all improv show with saxophone virtuoso Joshua Redman as well as the high energy debut of Sturgill Simpson's "Call To Arms" with Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret.LP 1
1. Phil's Farm (10.20 The Fillmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
2. Chapter 5 > Chapter 9 (01.28 The Orpheum Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin) featuring Joshua Redman
1, Front Porch (01.02 The Fillmore, Denver, Colorado)
2. Resolution > (10.27 Suwanee Hulaween, Live Oak, Florida)
3. Call To Arms (12.31 The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois) featuring Mad Dog's Filthy Little Secret$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mantis (Pre-Order)Chicago's Umphrey's McGee entered its second decade together with their most progressive, melodic and artistically cohesive album to date. The album originally hit the streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis cast another Windy City family into the limelight. Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushed the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay. In an Umphrey?s McGee first, the album offered 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi was to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.
*More info coming soon!1. Made to Measure
4. Cemetery Walk
5. Cemetery Walk II
6. Turn & Run
8. Prophecy Now
9. Red Tape
10. 1348$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Similar Skin (Awaiting Repress)Similar Skin features 11 tracks getting the studio treatment for the first time, including 4 never-before-heard songs.
The Linear, Cut The Cable, Hourglass, No Diablo and Puppet String are among the tunes on Similar Skin which UM has performed live. A studio version of Bridgeless, which has been a staple of Umphrey's repertoire for over a decade, has also made the cut. When you're a young band in the studio, at first you think it's about just playing the right notes and playing them in time and making something that sounds better than what you can do as a live band, keyboardist Joel Cummins told Rolling Stone about the band's process in a recent interview. Now it's about getting [the album,] emotionally, exactly where it needs to be. According to Rolling Stone, the band will self-release the album and have financed it themselves. I think there's definitely a few tracks on this that will help make us some new fans, Cummins also told Rolling Stone in the January interview. I really hope this is something people are going to spend a lot of time listening to with headphones.1. The Linear
2. Cut the Cable
4. No Diablo
5. Similar Skin
6. Puppet String
7. Little Gift
8. Educated Guess
9. Loose Ends
12. Morning Song (Bonus Track)
13. Room To Breathe (Bonus Track)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hall Of Fame: Class Of 2014 (Awaiting Repress)The people have spoken! Behold the Hall of Fame: Class of 2014, a monster collection of the year's best as determined by the UM faithful. Clocking in at 22 tracks, unfolding over four and half hours, it's the deepest HOF offering to date.
We've taken more of your top picks than ever and turned them into a two-set show (and a behemoth of an encore) that encapsulates the essence of live UM: raw, energetic and inspired. Heavy on improvisation and stylistically diverse, it's what you've come to expect from Umphrey's McGee.LP 1
August (04/19/14) Stubb's BBQ Austin, TX
Blue Echo (12/30/14) The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Ringo (10/25/14) The Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
Stanton (10/30/14) The F.M. Kirby Center For The Performing Arts Wilkes-Barre, PA
Front Porch (11/08/14) The Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Safety In NumbersUmphrey's McGee have announced they will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2006 album, Safety In Numbers, by offering a remastered reissue vinyl edition of the record. The album, which the band says they were "tired of watching vinyl copies sell for a few hundred bucks on eBay", features several UM live staples, along with the band's first studio collaborations with Huey Lewis and Joshua Redman.1. Believe The Lie
6. Women Wine and Song
7. Intentions Clear
8. End of the Road
10. Ocean Billy
11. The Weight Around$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Easy Star's ThrillahFollowing up on the hugely successful reggae tribute albums of Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006) and Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009) comes the reggae adaptation of the greatest selling record of all time - Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album, titled Easy Star's Thrillah will be released August 28, 2012 (a day before the 53rd anniversary of Jackson's birth). Easy Star's Thrillah brings back several of the reggae stars from previous albums, such as vocalists Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Steel Pulse, Luciano, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), alongside the diverse playing of guests Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Stanley Jordan), Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu), Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee), and horn tracks courtesy of Israel's highly-acclaimed funk/hip-hop band Hadag Nachash. The album will be preceded by the July 10th digital release of the Billie Jean EP, which includes two album tracks, along with non-album remixes and a dub version.
In selecting Thriller, Easy Star Records co-founder Lem Oppenheimer says, We've always tackled the greats - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead - but while we wanted to take on another huge album, we also wanted to blaze new trails. In Thriller we found those new trails in a number of firsts for the series: the first album by an American artist, the first non-concept album, the first R&B/soul record, as well as the first release from the 80s.
For me, I was most excited for Thriller, says producer/arranger/guitarist Michael Goldwasser. I was always more of an R&B/soul and reggae kid growing up and I have an intense personal connection to Michael Jackson's music. As usual, the process initially involved Goldwasser spending a few months on arranging the songs. Writing the arrangements for this album was a cool challenge. I didn't have to try to make non-dance music into dance music as on our previous albums because the original Thriller is so danceable already, but I needed to find ways to make each song groove in a different way from the original version. I didn't want any of the arrangements to be obvious in that regard. In the end, Goldwasser's arrangements are some of the most interesting in his career.
Now that the hard work in the studio is done, the band is looking forward to bringing this music on the road, adding some dance/pop songs to their already varied sets. The band's live show, which was nominated for a UK Festy Award in 2009, already features tracks from the band's previous three tribute albums, along with original material. An extensive fall tour of the US and UK is already set up (US dates listed below), with more to come over the next year. As the original Thriller album comes up on its 30-year anniversary in November, what better way to celebrate this timeless album than to catch the Easy Star All-Stars perform their reggae-infused versions of this pop masterpiece.1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. Baby Be Mine
3. Girl Is Mine
5. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
7. Human Nature
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9. Lady In My Life
10. Dub It
11. Close to Midnight$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mantis (Awaiting Repress)Umphrey's McGee's new studio release, Mantis, is an exponential evolution in the band's composition, arrangements and group interplay. In a band first, the album offers 100% new material; this is a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions. Mantis is already creating plenty of anticipation and chatter among fans and the music industry alike.1. Made to Measure
4. Cemetery Walk
5. Cemetery Walk II
6. Turn & Run
8. Prophecy Now
9. Red Tape
10. 1348$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Death By StereoThe dynamic Chicago-based sextet Umphreys McGee, already regarded as one of todays most progressive and innovative live acts, are set to unleash Death By Stereo, an album that cements their status as one of rocks most audacious forces in the studio.1. Miami Virtue
2. Domino Theory
3. Search 4
4. Booth Love
5. The Floor
7. Dim Sun
10. Hajimemashite$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The London SessionLess than ten months after the release of Similar Skin, Umphrey's is pleased to unveil their latest studio album straight from the world's most famous recording mecca. The stealth recording operation yielded ten tracks, from a single day, in Abbey Road's legendary Studio 2. Titanium-strength rockers fit jigsaw-like among earworm acoustic arrangements on a record that checks all the boxes.
What exactly do you do with a mere 12 hours in this iconic studio? You make the most of it. With few expectations of what the session might actually yield, a handful of tracks quickly turned into an album's worth of material. Acoustic arrangements, new versions of setlist regulars, and the first cover ever to grace a UM studio record are all infused with the spirit of Abbey Road.Bad Friday
Rocker Part 2
Cut the Cable
Out of Order
I Want You (She's So Heavy)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now