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Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl And Housed In A Hard Card Slipcase
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, released on May 21st, 1971, is regarded by many as one of the best soul albums of all time. Recorded in several locations, including the famous Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit and The Sound Factory in West Hollywood, it was also the first album to give a credit to Motown's legendary house band, the Funk Brothers.
The original album consisted of nine songs mainly focused on the suffering and injustice in the US in the late 1960s from the eyes of a US veteran who'd returned home after fighting in Vietnam. The 2xCD Deluxe Edition released in 2001 brought together the original LP, the Detroit Mix of the album (which was rejected at the time), plus a live recording from The Kennedy Center Washington from May 1st, 1972. The Kennedy Center date was Gaye's first live performance following the death of close friend and singing partner, Tammi Terrell.
Both versions of the album, the Kennedy Center recording, plus several other tracks - including mono versions of the singles taken from the LP - are all featured on this 4xLP deluxe vinyl edition of What's Going On.
About These Abbey Road Half-Speed Masters:
These releases will offer a superior vinyl experience with Half-Speed Mastering from Abbey Road. They have been exclusively re-mastered at Half Speed to bring you a new level of depth and clarity.
This limited edition range, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl, come in deluxe packaging. The initial releases are all iconic deluxe edition titles from great Universal artists - Amy Winehouse, The Who, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Mike Oldfield.
The albums were cut from high-resolution digital transfers from the best-known analogue tapes by Abbey Road mastering engineer Miles Showell, one of the foremost practitioners of this artisan process in the world today. Only minimal sympathetic equalization was applied to the transfers to keep everything as pure as possible. Also, as these are vinyl-only releases, Miles did not apply any digital limiting. This is added to almost all digital releases to make them appear to be loud and is responsible for the so-called "loudness war" and in almost every case is anything but natural and pure sounding.LP 1: Original LP Release
1. What's Going On
2. What's Happening Brother
3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
LP 2: Original Detroit Mix
1. What's Going On
2. What's Happening Brother
3. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
4. Save The Children
5. God Is Love
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
LP 3: Live At The Kennedy Center (May 1st, 1972)
1. Sixties Medley: That's The Way Love Is / You / I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Little Darling (I Need You) /
You're All I Need To Get By / Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing / Your Precious Love / Pride And Joy / Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
2. Right On
3. Wholy Holy
4. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
5. What's Going On
6. What's Happening Brother
LP 4: Additional Tracks
1. Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)
2. Save The Children
3. God Is Love
4. Stage Dialogue
5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Reprise)
6. What's Going On (Reprise)
7. What's Going On (Single version)
8. God Is Love (Single version)
9. Sad Tomorrows
10. Head Title (AKA Distant Lover)
11. What's Going On (Rhythm & Strings mix)$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What's Going OnRanked 6/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Marvin Gayes Whats Going On was a landmark recording and is considered one of the greatest albums ever made. Rolling Stone named it Album Of The Year when it came out and, in 2003, it was ranked number 6, the highest for a non-rock album, in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Originally, the title cut was recorded as a single, and Motown chief Berry Gordy refused to release it, citing that it was too personal and political. What's Going On became Motown's fastest-selling single at that point, going to the number one spot on the R&B charts for five weeks and number two for three weeks on the Pop listings, which lead Gordy to request a full album's worth of material.
What's Going On, the single, was recorded in June of 1970. The remainder of the album was recorded in March-May of 1971 and was released on May 21st of that year. It was produced entirely by Marvin Gaye.What's Going On
What's Happening Brother
Save the Children
God is Love
Mercy Mercy Me
Inner City Blues$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
What's Going On (10 Inch)
Contains Original Mono Single Versions
Two new versions of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" are featured on a four-track, 10-inch vinyl EP. The
10-inch contains a new duet version featuring Marvin Gaye and Motown artist BJ The Chicago Kid as well as an
unplugged "Coffeehouse" mix of the original Marvin Gaye version, using bare parts, particularly a formerly buried
acoustic guitar, from the original session. The top side of the 10-inch includes the original mono single versions of
"What's Going On."1.What's Going On
2.God Is Love
3.What's Going On
4.What's Going On$13.9910 Vinyl EP -Sealed Buy Now
SPCO-PUR-10178xThe Dirty Dozen Brass Band
What's Going On (Pure Pleasure)In 2006, exactly a year after Katrina, in the aftermath of a vicious natural disaster that displayed the incompetence of the Crescent City's infrastructure, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Government, they addressed the tragedy in the only way they know how, by re-creating the same kind of bewilderment and anger that Marvin Gaye felt and witnessed in 1971 by issuing their own take on Gaye's classic album What's Goin' On. This is a question that is proved all the more poignant given the efforts of an entire region trying not only to rebuild homes and businesses, but trying to preserve a culture as this recording was released. The Dirty Dozen recruit a number of vocalists to help out on the hinge tunes. The samples of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's voice in the aftermath of the hurricane usher in the brass slip-sliding along the dark funky overtones of Gaye's signature tune. Guitarists Doug Bossi and Ben Keeler dig into the groove, as does drummer Terence Higgins and keyboardist/producer Anthony Marinelli, as Chuck D raps the refrain in the context of modern history, the disaster, and the ineptitude and even hostility of a government who wages war and ignores domestic problems. It's a news report from the front lines as the horns cut the melody, the harmony, and the deep, steamy funk groove. What's Happening Brother, closes the funk from the inside, turning the groove back in on itself not only playing the rage, but echoing it in the grain of Bettye LaVette's vocal, which dares to spit out the truth with questions and observations in the pain of a first person narrative. The airy arrangement of Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) is nearly mournful, nostalgic for a more innocent time, but is all the more poignant for that longing. The deep tribal drums Mardi Gras Indian-style, with the skronky saxophones, tight guitar groove, and screaming narrative in Save The Children give way to the smoothness of Gaye's melody. It's a bewildered tune, sad with undercurrents of rage. Ivan Neville's arrangement for God Is Love is a stunner, full of deeply imaginative hues and colors and gospel grooves. G. Love helps out on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), where the musicality in Gaye's vocal disappears but is supercharged in the horn charts, and Love's vocal sounds confused, displaced, out of time against the instruments. Right On is both militant and celebratory. It's got the funk, but it's also got gospel, rock, and deep soul blaring from the trombones and the repetitive riff in the rest of the brass section. Guru from Gang Starr cuts out from the moody, spectral introduction of Inner City Blues, when Higgins drums play counter to Kirk Joseph's deep blues sousaphone on the bassline. Frustration is everywhere and the horns point fingers to this truth which Guru lays out: that today is the same and perhaps even more so than it was in Gaye's time. The desolation in Gaye's lyric isn't lost but it is fleshed out over the chart so that they are merely the ghosts from the past preaching and exhorting in this new generation. Never has party music sounded so poignant, so utterly damning and hopeful and unbowed. This is the next step in the Homecoming that was a funeral for a friend; this is the aftermath, the sound of angry resurrection coming out with the sun, one where the revolution may be televised but bursts out of the edges in the screen and makes itself known by the medium understood by the people who have to live its realization. With killer grooves that take no prisoners, What's Goin' On is the most fitting tribute yet to Gaye, because not only does it prove the timelessness of the music itself, it echoes that what is indeed goin' on (Gaye's dedication to Detroit as its decline became a reality with no onlookers interested in doing anything) is even more true today than it was in 1971.
About Pure Pleasure
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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. What's Going On feat. Chuck D
2. What's Happening Brother feat. Bettye Lavette
3. Flying High (In the Friendly Skies)
4. Save the Children
5. God is Love feat. Ivan Neville
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What's Going On: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970The core of "What's Going On" is the band's performance at the festival on August 28th but it is encapsulated by a documentary on the history and importance of Taste and setting the scene for their Isle Of Wight Festival
appearance.1. What's Going On
2. Sugar Mama
3. Morning Sun
4. Gambling Blues
5. Sinner Boy
6. I'll Remember
7. I Feel So Good
8. Catfish Blues
9. Same Old Story
10. Blister On The Moon$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What's Left To Let GoHailing from the United Kingdom, Goodtime Boys are one of Bridge Nine Records' newest signees. Signing to a hardcore label such as B9 carries with it an expectation that Goodtime Boys immediately buck. The band share more in common with La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth than other B9 bands like Foundation or Expire.
What's Left to Let Go starts off with Bloom, which has a chilling relaxed guitar intro. However when the full band come in, it kicks it up a notch with a melodic but upbeat rhythm. Then vocalist Alex Pennie comes in with his powerful vocals and really brings in the full sound of the band. I immediately noticed the accent on the vocalist, but it's a good thing as it makes the band sound different than most bands of this hard-to-name genre that has been gaining a lot of ground in the hardcore community. His lyrics are immediately at the forefront of everything, as well they should be, being powerful and emotional. The rest of the song keeps up this swing of going from relaxed to very powerful and back again like a lot of the songs on this record. However, it doesn't get monotonous or boring as the band have a good enough writing ability to keep the music interesting.
In the middle of the record the song Rest cools things off a bit coming in with a simple drum beat and an almost haunting guitar melody that fit the lyrics and vocal delivery perfectly. And that's the great simplicity of What's Left to Let Go; Goodtime Boys aren't afraid to use a pattern and vocal style that has been established, but do their own thing with it to try and keep it interesting. This album is technically a double EP and not a singular LP as the first five songs were previously released on the Are We Now, Or Have We Ever Been EP. However, if I had not known this I would not have figured it out from listening to the record as the songs flow so fluidly it sounds like one album. This is partially due to the band's cohesive writing and also partially due to those songs and the new songs being mixed by Defeater guitarist and Getaway Recordings engineer Jay Maas.1. Bloom
10. Sleep$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We're Not Going AnywhereAustin-based songwriter David Ramirez will release We're Not Going Anywhere, the follow up to his 2015 breakthrough record Fables and second in partnership with Thirty Tigers.
Most times, when a relationship ends, there is a season of mourning but then the clouds part, the sun rises, and we move on. What happens if and when the sun doesn't rise? What happens if, no matter how hard we try, we can't move on? Ramirez explained about the song.
On the 10 vividly imagined and passionately performed songs on We're Not Going Anywhere David Ramirez takes in the world from his unique perspective: Being half white and half Mexican has made this current political climate especially interesting. So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family have raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I've seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiraling out control.
For We're Not Going Anywhere, Ramirez partnered with producer Sam Kassirer, who has helmed albums by Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Bhi Bhiman, and many other artists. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer's studio.
It's very secluded, which was part of the appeal. We were able to get out of our touring headspace and stay completely involved with the record and what we were doing, explains Ramirez.
We're Not Going Anywhere turns that distance into a big-picture perspective- engaged and informed, compassionately political but not necessarily partisan. We'd take breaks during the day and watch the news and see all the rallies and marches and the disruption and the out-of-control feeling that was everywhere then-and, frankly, still is now. We were looking around and no one was around us. The closest house was a mile away, so it was just us. We were grateful just to retreat from that social tornado for a while and create something that we hoped would be very beautiful.1. Twins
2. Watching From A Distance
3. People Call Who They Wanna Talk To
5. Good Heart
6. Stone Age
7. Telephone Lovers
9. Eliza Jane
10. I'm Not Going Anywhere$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Going Out In StyleDKM come out swinging with their sixth studio album; a collection of tales about family, loyalty, and remembering where you came from. It contains all the best elements of the band's sound: a complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk, and American rock 'n' roll. It puts the band's diversity, intensity, and sincerity on full display. Consolidating strong sales history with digital single sales of 250,000 for I'm Shipping Up To Boston, which was the title track in Martin Scorcese's Academy Award winning film, The Departed. For fans of The Pogues, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen.
So what if I threw a party & all my friends were there? So goes a line from the title song of Dropkick Murphy's seventh studio album Going Out In Style. From the meanest of times to the best of times DKM want to lift your spirits during these tough times with the party to end all parties blasting from your speakers. The Murphy's know how to turn a wake in to a party.
Now in their 15th year; with a Scorsese soundtrack hit, a US top 20 album, a lifetime membership to every Boston sports team and a sound owing as much to Springsteen and The Pogues as to the Clash, DKM have come a long way from the days of Bostonâs Rathskeller.
Dropkick Murphys are not your typical punk band, they are Boston's biggest rock band, a band that plays Irish music with punk roots. A band with enormous families and armies of friends. They roll deep. DKM's music is so fierce and furious, their stage presence so explosive, and their commitment to their fans so ironclad, one can't help but be moved. They are the AC/DC of Celtic punk rock.1. Hang 'Em High
2. Going Out In Style
3. The Hardest Mile
5. Memorial Day
6. Sunday Hardcore Matinee
7. Broken Hymns
8. Deed Not Words
9. Take 'Em Down
10. Climbing A Chair To Bed
12. Peg O' My Heart (traditional)
13. The Irish Rover (traditional)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You're Going To Make ItMates of State's new self-produced EP, You''re Going To Make It, is nothing but choice cuts: five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the ear worms they are. This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies,shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.On "Beautiful Kids," the band speaks to how,even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: "We all just want to be seen, but we won't look up from our screens so that we can be seen." "Gonna Get It" and "I Want To Run" build off the same inspiring notion of the EP''s title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener "Staring Contest" speaks to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.1. Staring Contest
2. Beautiful Kids
3. I Want To Run
4. Gonna Get It
5. Sides Of Boxes$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-CAR-0213xToro Y Moi
What For?Opening to the scream of F1's speeding around a racetrack,
and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and
psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from
Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few
statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter,
is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is
obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful
experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics
just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something
unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty,
nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off
on your own.
A feeling of searching for something threads its way through
every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It
feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging
between waiting for something and not being able to wait
anymore. But the swinging isn't panicked or frustrated, it's just
a situation that he's reflecting on. The songs are heavy with
nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling
relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that "there
is no one to destroy your sweater" and, in another song, recalls
Big Star to declare that "rock and roll is here to stay." It feels
like he misses everything (even things he wasn't around for
yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next.
What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out
what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big
Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesn't
quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isn't trying to.
It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y
Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So
whatever message you take from the album, don't forget that
it's good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, "Good is good.
Good finds its own audience."1. What You Want
3. The Flight
4. Empty Nesters
7. Spell It Out
8. Half Dome
9. Run Baby Run
10. Yeah Right$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What About NowWhat About Now is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. Produced by John Shanks, the album was originally released on March 12, 2013 in the United States. The album was promoted throughout the band's 2013 Because We Can: The Tour. It marks the final Bon Jovi album to feature Richie Sambora before he left the band in 2013. The album debuted at #1 in the U.S., where it sold 101,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. What About Now became their third album in a row to hit #1 in US after The Circle and Lost Highway and their fifth #1 album during their career. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, going gold in Germany selling 100,000 copies.
Richie Sambora characterized the new material as a compilation of "different elements"; yet reassured old fans that they will be just as pleased with the new work as they have been with the old for over 30 years.1. Because We Can
2. I'm With You
3. What About Now
4. Pictures of You
6. Thats What the Water Made Me
7. Whats Left of Me
8. Army of One
9. Thick as Thieves
10. Beautiful World
11. Room at the End of the World
12. The Fighter$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Come What WillLA based Singer-Guitarist Patrick Park's fifth album Come What Will is his second for Badman and continues his on-going collaboration with producer Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Earlimart). Considered by the LA Times as one of the great heartbreaking voices working in the acoustic singer-songwriter world today, Park received national attention with Life Is a Song, which was featured as the last song on the series finale of the Fox teen drama The O.C..1. You'll Get Over
2. Lucky Ones, The
3. Blackbird Through the Dark
4. You're Enough
5. Come What Will
6. Silence and Storm
7. You Were Always the One
8. Starry Night
9. Time Won't Wait
10. Long Night, The$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
At What Cost
Blue Colored Vinyl
At What Cost is the debut studio album of Washington, D.C.-based hip-hop artist, GOLDLINK. The 14-track offering includes features appearances by KAYTRANADA, Wale, Shy Glizzy, and more.
On the inspiration behind the project, GoldLink says, "I made At What Cost as an ode to my hometown. It's about the essence of Go-Go and how it's shaped the city and where I am from, the people, the attitude. I don't want gentrification to overlook what Go-Go has done and how it's shaped the city."LP 1
1. Opening Credit
2. Same Clothes as Yesterday (feat. Ciscero)
3. Have You Seen that Girl?
4. Hands on Your Knees (feat. Kokayi)
5. Meditation (feat. Jazmine Sullivan & KAYTRANADA)
6. Herside Story (GoldLink x Hare Squead)
7. Summatime (feat. Wale & Radiant Children)
8. Roll Call feat. MYA
1. The Parable of the Rich Man (feat. April George)
2. Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy)
3. We Will Never Die (feat. Lil Dude)
4. Kokamoe Freestyle
5. Some Girl (feat. Steve Lacy)
6. Pray Everyday (Survivor's Guilt)$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Go For Your LifeAfter pursuing separate musical paths for almost a decade, Leslie West and Corky Laing reunited Mountain, with Mark Clarke on bass and recorded Go For Your Life in 1985. Leslie West has never received his proper place in the pantheon of great rock guitarists. Apart from incredible technique and imagination, he achieved what so few guitarists ever manage - his own voice with Mountain. The album was dedicated to Felix Pappalardi's memory.1. Hard Times
3. She Loves Her Rock (And She Loves It Hard)
4. Bardot Damage
5. Shimmy on the Footlights
6. I Love Young Girls
7. Makin' It in Your Car
8. Babe in the Woods
9. Little Bit of Insanity$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How I GoRecorded in Sausalito, Californias Studio D, and produced by both Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his longtime collaborator and producer Jerry Harrison (Trouble Is, Live On,10 Days Out, Blues From The Backroads, Live! In Chicago), How I Go signals the bands welcome return to the studio. With the help of co-writers Mark Selby and Tia Sellers (Blue on Black), as well as Zac Maloy and Danny Tate, the new album offers a bounty of new material as well as covers from Albert King, Bessie Smith and The Beatles.
Kenny and his band, which features Noah Hunt, Chris Layton, and Riley Osbourn along with special guest Tommy Shannon, have delivered a refreshing and inspiring take on guitar-driven rock n roll. How I Go offers a blues infused collection of music and more. Shepherd explains, We poured our hearts and souls into the recording of How I Go. My goal was to give longtime fans exactly what they want to hear on one of my records, while providing new fans an opportunity to experience my brand of blues based rock. Im certain music lovers will clearly hear our musical roots while experiencing the growth and emotion that this record represents.1. Never Lookin' Back
2. Come On Over
3. Yer Blues
4. Show Me the Way Back Home
6. Oh, Pretty Woman
7. Anywhere the Wind Blows
8. Dark Side of Love
9. Heat of the Sun
10. The Wire
11. Who's Gonna Catch You Now
12. Back Water Blues
13. Strut$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Go Back HomeWhen Jimmy Scott died in 2014, dozens of musicians, hundreds of journalists and thousands of fans mourned the passing of a jazz legend. Not only had a link back to the era of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Lionel Hampton been lost, but so had the chance to bring the fame and respect denied to him throughout his long and rich life.
Now, as if sent from some righteous deity, comes I Go Back Home, an album full of life recorded by Jimmy Scott years before his death. Created by German producer Ralf Kemper, Jimmy Scott and with mixes produced by Phil Ramone, no expense was spared in giving Scott the lushest musical backdrops possible, creating an album that, like Scott's inimitable vocal style, comes late but but right on time.
I Go Back Home manages to replicate that using the finest arrangers writing for the most experienced players, mixed by the most intuitive engineers in the the best studios available. Scott revisited his favourite songs, into which he invested his lived experience, letting the listener feel the story known by far too few.
The creation of I Go Back Home was the subject of an acclaimed documentary of the same name. It depicts producer Ralf Kemper's drive to work with Jimmy and provide him with the best album he can. The film captures the challenges and sacrifices that lead up to the recording sessions, a document that makes I Go Back Home an even richer record.
Hounding Jimmy Scott through the most of his recording career was an oppressive recording contract that prevented him from releasing albums. It wasn't until 1992 that Jimmy, aged 63, recorded the first album over which he had creative control, All The Way. Nominated for a Grammy and finally bringing him to the attention of an audience that wasn't entirely comprised of jazz fans and a few lucky passers-by, Scott began touring and regularly releasing albums. It's not until I Go Back Home that Scott was given the budget that allowed him unfettered control over song selection, personnel and orchestration.
As the album progresses, each song sees another musician or singer join Scott for a fresh interpretation of a beloved song. Long-time collaborators such as Kenny Barron and Joe Pesci, or new, such as actress and singer Reneè Olstead, trumpeter Till Brönner and harmonica player Gregoire Maret. All give Scott the room he needs to slide between phrases, telling his story and living out the world of each song.
As Jimmy explained: "The lyric is so important to me. I feel if you're singing a song or telling the story in a song it should mean something. That's why I protect what I have in it, because that's where I believe it should go. It should mean something. It should make sense."
Dave Nathan wrote on AllMusic that Scott's phrasing moves "beyond mere poignancy and close to reverence". This is truer than ever on I Go Back Home. Scott shifts from speak-singing in album-opener (Sometimes I Feel Like a) Motherless Child to lively bossa nova take on I Remember You to full-throated commitment on If I Ever Lost You.
Expertly interplaying with top tier collaborators I Go Back Home is ultimately a record of collaboration and companionship, and the sound of a singer going out on top. Scott commemorates his highest points, and spars with fresh new talent in a way that suggests that he would have had great albums in him yet. And while we can mourn the decades he didn't record, the tragedies and injustices that never defeated him, I Go Back Home succeeds in capturing the essence of a life that was ultimately triumphant.LP 1
1. Motherless Child FEATURING JOEY DE FRANCESCO
2. The Nearness of You DUET WITH JOE PESCI
3. Love Letters
4. Easy Living DUET WITH OSCAR CASTRO NEVES
5. Someone To Watch Over Me FEATURING RENEE OLSTEAD
6. How Deep Is The Ocean FEATURING KENNY BARRON
1. If I Ever Lost You FEATURING TILL BRÖNNER
2. For Once In My Life DUET WITH DEE DEE BRIDEWATER
3. I Remember You FEATURING MONICA MANCINI & ARTURO SANDOVAL
4. Everybody Is Somebody's Fool FEATURING JAMES MOODY
5. Folks Who Live On The Hill FEATURING JOE PESCI
6. Poor Butterfly FEATURING GREGOIRE MARET$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What Is The Meaning Of What (Awaiting Repress)What Is The Meaning Of What is the third album from New York City psych-dance-rock stalwarts, Turing Machine, their first since the critically acclaimed Zwei was released on Frenchkiss Records way back in 2004. The extended hiatus was largely due to its members other projects, most notably drummer Jerry Fuchs' relentless rotation in virtually every live band within stone's throw of the DFA orbit, including but not limited to LCD Soundsystem, Maserati, Holy Ghost!, The Juan Maclean, !!!, MSTRKRFT and Massive Attack.
Shortly after Turing Machine began to work on what would become What Is The Meaning Of What, Fuchs tragically passed away. In his absence, guitarist Justin Chearno and bassist Scott DeSimon spent the better part of a year completing the album, with a little help from a plethora of friends, including Disappears vocalist Brian Case, and a host of musicians from the DFA roster, including Andrew Raposo and Caito Sanchez (both of Midnight Magic), Abe Seiferth, DJ McNany, and Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem).
What Is The Meaning Of What boasts an increased focus on the dance floor while maintaining the adrenalin-fueled psychedelic post-punk fetishism that is the heart of Turing Machine. Propelled by Fuchs' unrelenting grooves and bubbling with layer upon layer of hypnotic riffs and driving synths, the album locks in and refuses to let go for its 40-minute duration.1. Yeah, C'mon!
2. Lazy Afternoon Of The Jaguar
3. Slave To The Algorithm
4. Sex Ghost
5. What Is The Meaning Of What
6. If It's Gone (It's On)
7. Bovina 2/23/08$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
What A Way To DieThe archetype for the '60s-era girl group was etched indelibly into stone, like a commandment: three pretty girls with matching outfits and bouffant hairdos would sing, with musical backing supplied by a bunch of guys standing in the shadows. The Quatro sisters shattered that archetype forever with the Pleasure Seekers, an all-girl teenage rock & roll group who played all the instruments themselves and were fully capable of wiping the stage with any male band that crossed their path.
The Quatro girls had been brought up in a musically-minded family, nurtured with classical piano and vocal lessons. As Patti recalls, "By 1964, I had been taking guitar lessons, hanging with musicians in the local music scene. We had seen a Beatles concert, and I was quite dazed and focused at the event, watching the audience cry and scream out of control. It was my epiphany moment, and I was determined to start an all-girl band."
Shortly thereafter, the first lineup of the Pleasure Seekers fell into place with Patti Quatro (lead guitar), Marylou Ball (rhythm guitar), Suzi Quatro (bass), Diane Baker (keyboards), Nan Ball (drums) and vocal duties shared by all. Around the fall of 1965 the girls dared local teen club manager Dave Leone to give them a slot at his popular Hideout Club, claiming they were better than most of the other live bands there. "You're on," responded Leone, "in two weeks. Three songs!"
The Pleasure Seekers were soon a popular feature at the club, honing their skills alongside the likes of the Rationals, the Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger & the Last Heard. "In the beginning, there was a lot of skepticism," remembers Patti, "especially the first night. The boys crowded the stage, the girlfriends pulled them away with laughter, as if 'Girls playing?! Yeah, right!' It was always satisfying to see them be silenced quickly when we began playing. We grew used to seeing slack jaws open in surprise." Next they were asked by Leone to record and release a single on his Hideout label.
That March 1966 release is now regarded as the greatest "girl garage" single of the era: "Never Thought You'd Leave Me" b/w "What a Way to Die." "Dave brought lyrics, and we put the songs together quickly," remembers Patti. "We felt very legit in making this record at a small local studio. Nan was the sexy voice on 'Never Thought You'd Leave Me,' and there was lots of laughter as Marylou added the screams on 'What a Way to Die.'" Suzi Quatro remembers the recording as "very important and memorable."
The Pleasure Seekers were soon in demand in the region, playing teen clubs, parties, colleges and local TV shows. After a series of lineup changes, the band brought in older Quatro sister Arlene (keyboards) and Darline Arnone (drums), the first female drummer sponsored by Slingerland Drums. A short time later, Pami Benford joined-up on guitar and bass (that lineup lasting through most of 1968). "It was a very versatile group," remembers Patti, "with Pami and Suzi sharing bass, and Pami and I sharing lead and rhythm guitars."
"The gender bias was my hot button," recalls Arlene, "along with confidence in our musical abilities. With women musicians dismissed as a novelty, I delighted in watching the audience go from skepticism/ridicule, to shock/cheers." For Suzi, though, this period was where she learned her craft: "I considered myself a musician, and didn't really think about gender too much." Two tracks recorded in 1967, but unissued at the time, "Elevator Express" and "Gotta Get Away," highlight the band's growing musical maturity since their Hideout debut. "Detroit was the best learning ground in the world for musicians," recalls Suzi, "with an amazing energy and creativity that is in every successful artist that has come out of the city." "We were actually one of the earliest Detroit bands traveling the country," adds Patti. "Everyone wanted this unusual all girl band who rocked an entire Motown revue (changing instruments and singers throughout) and an entire Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour revue, as well as covering English bands, acid rock and everything in between."
Signing up with Associated Booking Corporation, the group began making the transition from local to national act. Producer Dick Corby caught the Pleasure Seekers at Trude Heller's in New York's Greenwich Village and signed them to a Mercury Records deal in early 1968. To keep rein on their finances in NYC, Patti recalls, "We booked Arthur's nightclub for a month, staying at the infamous rock Gorham Hotel, recording by day-playing by night." Also in residence were the Who, the Blues Magoos and an assortment of other bands. "Hitting NYC as young teens, it was exciting, scary, fun-all emotions churning," she continues. "We felt we had hit the big time, going from the tiny local Hideout session to the huge Mercury professional studio facility, complete with session people adding strings and other elements."
A single pairing "Good Kind of Hurt" and "Light of Love" was released in April 1968, while a third song, "Locked in Your Love," remained in the can. The group then headed out to the Northwest for a lengthy tour. "The Northwest tour was awesome," remembers Patti. "We were billed with Canned Heat, Boyce & Hart and Merilee Rush, and were held over six weeks to tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals. The Mercury single was out, momentum was surging." Both sides of the single were getting airplay, but ultimately it failed to gain any traction. "Really neither song reflected our own sound," admits Patti. "We rearranged 'Light of Love' for live performance, feeling disconnected to the record, yet realizing we had to play ball with the executives to keep us rolling."
Ultimately Mercury's vision for the Pleasure Seekers clashed rather sharply with the band's vision. "The suits wanted tits and ass," recalls Darline, "wowing Vegas crowds, playing tinkly tunes in lavish costumes." "In that male-dominated music era, we were strictly a novelty, and a high-risk endeavor," adds Patti. "The record executives felt women musicians would fall in love or get pregnant so were not worth investing the time and money. We had to kick down many doors. We were serious musicians, and in it for the right reasons. In the end, we were not happy with a forced direction that Mercury Records had in mind, and ended up leaving the label to rock our music in our own fashion."
After a memorable 1968 Far East tour, playing for wounded returning American soldiers from Vietnam, the Pleasure Seekers (with new drummer Nancy Rogers) returned to a Detroit that was now, in Patti's words, "exploding with heavier sounds. That sparked us to change direction with new ideas we had been exploring. Arlene left the band and we brought in our youngest sister Nancy (vocals). With Suzi's Joplinesque vocals combined with Nancy's wailing 'female Robert Plant' style, we enjoyed a harder edged, 'double-punch' effect."
The last four songs on the album, "White Pig Blues," "Brain Confusion," "Where Have You Gone?" and the atmospheric psychedelic mover "Mr. Power," all date from this 1968-69 period when the Pleasure Seekers were playing the Grande Ballroom alongside the MC5, Alice Cooper, the Stooges, the Amboy Dukes and SRC. With this change in musical direction and the departure of Arlene and Pami, the band forged on as Cradle. Suzi Quatro departed for England in 1971, launching a successful solo career. Patti and Nancy continued with Cradle until 1973 when Patti joined another pioneering female rock group, Fanny.
The Pleasure Seekers reunited recently in April 2012 (minus Suzi) for a well-received show in their hometown, where they were inducted into Detroit's Hall of Fame. "I think all of us Quatro girls are extremely proud of our pioneering days" reflects Patti. "In a renaissance-era of music, we kicked down doors for women to rock heavy. There were key times in our lives of making decisions that may have turned us towards larger fame, but less happiness-depending on your philosophy of such things. The Pleasure Seekers could have been a Las Vegas show act bringing in buckets of money or on Motown, turned very formulaic girlie-soul. But we stayed true to our goals, and I don't think any of us have any regrets of staying our course and playing the music that moved us. It's all been a thrilling ride with great memories."
- Mike & Anja Stax (Ugly Things magazine)1. Intro By DJ The Lord
2. Gotta Get Away
3. Never Thought You'd Leave Me
4. Light Of Love
5. Good Kind Of Hurt
6. What A Way To Die
7. Elevator Express
8. Locked In Your Love
9. White Pig Blues
10. Brain Confusion
11. Where Have You Gone
12. Mr. Power$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Know What Love Isn'tTracey Thorn wrote a song that reached Jens Lekman in the early stages of his new album, I Know What Love Isn't. In her song she sang Oh Jens, oh Jens/your songs seem to look through a different lens/you're still so young, love ends just as easy as it's begun. A touching moment for the Swedish songwriter, having been a fan since his teens. But it came to him in a time when he found himself very confused and in doubt. He was changing and, subsequently, so were his songs. They weren't looking through that lens anymore.
I Know What Love Isn't came out of a break up, something Jens didn't see as worth writing about at first. The songs began more fleeting than the last go around, on his 2007 album Night Falls Over Kortedala. The songs began building from images and memories and soon began to take their own route, one that Lekman wasn't privy to their destination.
In The World Moves On he paints a picture of a sweltering summer in the city of Melbourne where he lived while writing and recording the album. The hot days that led up to the Black Saturday bushfires, but also more mundane images of feeding possums in a park or getting in trouble with some guy on a scooter. It seems to lead nowhere at first but the aimlessness in itself reaches heartbreaking conclusions later on, summed up by the soaring chorus and you don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully. Like Joan Didion once said that she writes entirely to find out what she's thinking, Jens wrote until he caught up with his thoughts. And of course they led him right back to the break up.
Musically, I Know What Love Isn't chooses an economic route. From the vast palette he created for Kortedala, he's only chosen a few somber colors this time around. There are strings but not a string section, an upright piano and not a grand, a single saxophone and gracenotes from a flute. The songs are lighter, almost aerodynamic, Jens explains, I wanted the songs to take off almost unnoticeably, where the chorus is separated from the verse only through a small detail like a tambourine or a harmony. Like when you're in an airplane taking off and you look out the window and realize you're already in the air.
A dry country piano makes Become Someone Else's lift high. Vocals from Melbourne singer Sophie Brous makes the chorus in Erica America soar. Strings pick up the title track and send it up to the sky without much effort or force. In the latter, Lekman once again points the way to distill essential truths from every day life vignettes while singing about a sham marriage. I thought of the Friday nights when I'd be cruising up and down the street with my best friend in her old crappy Holden, talking about getting married to get me into the country.
The idea was so appealing, that we would build this constructed relationship around a purpose rather than some vague feeling that could change at anytime. But in the end, the sham marriage is much too great a story to be kept secret. At least when you make a living from telling stories. And that's what I Know What Love Isn't is. A collection of songs that grew to a story that had to be told. A story that is not new, but essentially human. The story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.1. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
2. Erica America
3. Become Someone Else's
4. She Just Don't Want To Be With You Anymore
5. Some Dandruff On Your Shoulder
6. I Want A Pair Of Cowboy Boots
7. The World Moves On
8. The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love
9. I Know What Love Isn't
10. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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What I Became (Discontinued) (On Sale)If string theory is correct, this is approximately the thirteenth album Matt Valentine has released that definitely shouldnt be filed under a group name (Tower Recordings, Bummer Road, Golden Road, etc.). On the other hand, if string theory is correct, this might also be his 11,000th album. The truth, one suspects, is somewhere in between. Since bedding down in southern Vermont at the dawn of the century, MV has been as cussedly prolific as anyone. The gout of LPs, cassettes, CDRs, singles and 10-inches emerging from Maximum Arousal Farm has dwarfed the output of everyone cept maybe Sunburned or Thurston. Regardless, there can never be enough MV LPs in the world, and What I Became is a beaut. Most of it is as solo as Satan, apart from percussionist Jeremy Earl (of Woods fame), whose presence is sometimes felt more than heard. Erika EE Elder and Mike Muskox Smith also pop up on a track, but the general approach here is as naked-and-loaded as the soul of Icepick Slim.
As usual, MVs tunes and procedures beggar easy generification. Elements of deep forest psychedelia brush against Crazy Horse guitar / vocal flourishes that explode to reveal volk-based form mayhem at its hickiest. My particular fave here is PK Dick, a paean to nth dimensional logic in the form of a Swedish psych-folk readymade. My son prefers the haunted-Harvest-vibe (his words) of Ave. B. My wife goes for the Seventh Sons approach offered by Sweet Little Indian Girl (always a fave with the ladies). And my daughter nods in the direction of Continuing the Good Life for reasons she will not explain. I suspect its the hooty vocals, reminding her of teen pop giants like The Shins and Of Montreal, but she aint sayin. All this just goes to show that What I Became is a fun album for the whole family. It will soothe your savage breasts. It will turn your evil mother-in-law into a porpoise. It will wash yr dishes and darn yr socks. Darn them! Motherfucker, who else would do that? Nobody, Jack. Cept MV. This guy has the magic touch. And it has never been displayed better than here. Just get the fucking rec. Or prepare to go sockless. Kind of a no-brainer, eh?1. Continuing The Good Life
2. Hit The Trails
3. PK Dick
5. Ease My Eyes
6. Ave B
7. Sweet Little Indian Girl$16.99 $12.74 Save $4.25 (25%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Give A Glimpse Of What Yer NotLet's face facts - in 2016 it is remarkable that there's a new Dinosuar Jr album to go ape over. After all, the original line-up of the band (J Mascis, Lou Barlow & Murph) only recorded three full albums during their initial run in the 1980s. Everyone was gob-smacked when they reunited in 2005. Even more so when they opted to stay together, as they have for 11 years now (on and off). And with the release of Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not, this trio redivisus has released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th. It's enough to make a man take a long, thoughtful slug of maple-flavored bourbon and count some lucky stars.1. Goin Down
3. Be A Part
4. I Told Everyone
5. Love Is...
6. Good To Know
7. I Walk For Miles
8. Lost All Day
9. Knocked Around
11. Left/Right$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits180 Gram Anniversary Edition in First Time Gatefold Cover with Artwork Elements Not Seen in Years
Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Original Warner Brothers Tapes at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster
Known for their ability to churn out hit songs, chart-topping albums and sell-out shows across the globe, The Doobie Brothers continue to be a force in the music business, garnering them success now for over four decades. They were also leaders in creating excellent sounding recordings and utilizing their masterful skills in the studios. Their amazing catalog of albums has truly stood the test of time.
1974 was a banner year for the band as they took their Bay Area soul and rock driven sounds to a further dimension, thanks to the hits on their fourth smash LP What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. Produced by Ted Templeman, this multi-platinum event would go on to become one of the most successful albums by The Doobie Brothers, as the LP gave them a huge number-one single with Patrick Simmons' Black Water. Plus the hard rockin' session yielded more hits like the Memphis R&B sounds of Eyes Of Silver and Tom Johnston's classic summertime ballad Another Park, Another Sunday.
Fronted by dual lead vocalists and guitar mavens Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, Tiran Porter on bass, and the dual drummers John Hartman and the late great Michael Hossack, The Doobie Brothers continued their trek to the top of the music charts as the LP went even deeper on album radio with more amazing hits like the hard rocker Pursuit on 53rd Street, the funk/acoustic vibe of Daughters Of The Sea, and the tour de force masterpiece Road Angel.
Even superstar friends like future Doobie Brothers Jeff "Skunk Baxter" and the late Keith Knudsen, Billy Payne from Little Feat, the legendary Arlo Guthrie and The Memphis Horns are all featured on this once in a lifetime classic rocker.1. Song to See You Through
3. Pursuit on 53rd St
4. Black Water
5. Eyes of Silver
6. Road Angel
7. You Just Can't Stop It
8. Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)
9. Down in the Track
10. Another Park, Another Sunday
11. Daughters of the Sea
12. Flying Cloud$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
I Can Never Go Home Any MoreI Can Never Go Home Anymore is one of the most brilliant songs from the Red Bird archives with a neat and rare live version on a Murray the K Presents sampler. This essay of teen rebellion and running away -- written by eventual producer of the New York Dolls, George Shadow Morton -- is the ultimate in despondency; just listen to the gorgeous backing vocals of Hush little baby which lead up to the solitary cry of mama and the spoken-word verses; it's totally brilliant pop music that is sadly absent on oldies radio in the new millennium. This album is chock-full of consummate power pop, sublime confections with lots of minor keys sprinkled throughout. The Train From Kansas City is one of the five solid Barry/Greenwich tunes that make up almost half of the album -- those five produced by Jeff Barry and Morton. There are three different production credits on the 12 tracks and each is as compelling as What's a Girl Supposed to Do or Ike Turner's I'm Blue. A cover of the Shields' 1958 hit You Cheated, You Lied is a perfect selection; though credited to Levon Helm, the song was actually written by Don Burch, according to an excellent website for the Band. The girl group connoisseurs know that the Shangri-Las are among the greatest of the genre; this version of the album with the two hits is as listenable as the classic Phil Spector/Ronettes LP and just as underrated as this female quartet. Opening with the deliciously exquisite Right Now and Not Later, which is produced by two of that song's composers, Ronald Moseley and Robert Bateman, the album just keeps generating catchy melodies with songs about boys from the '60s, their street gangs, and the constant dilemma these four gals face when dating them. Notoriously wonderful.
- Joe Viglione (All Music Guide)1. Right Now and Not Later
2. Never Again
3. Give Us Your Blessings
4. Sophisticated Boom Boom
5. I'm Blue
6. Heaven Only Knows
7. I Can Never Go Home Anymore
8. The Train From Kansas City
9. Out in the Streets
10.What's a Girl Supposed to Do?
11. You Cheated, You Lied
12. The Boy$14.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Blunted On Reality180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Legendary Debut Album
Featuring The Hit Singles Nappy Heads, Vocab, And Boof Baf
Blunted On Reality is the 1994 debut album by Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, collectively known as The Fugees. The album contains less political lyrics than their second album The Score, but there definitively were political intentions.
As Wyclef Jean described the meaning of the title in an interview: When the cop is messing around with somebody for something that the person didn't do and they try to set 'em up, that makes me blunted on reality. When the government is taking money on arms and that money could be going back to the community it makes me blunted on reality. It's just awareness of what's going on that's what blunted on reality means
The album spawned 3 singles; Nappy Heads, Vocab and Boof Baf and started selling big quantities, eventually reaching gold and platinum status, after the release of their critically acclaimed album The Score in 1996.1. Introduction
2. Nappy Heads
3. Blunted Interlude
5. Freestyle Interlude
7. Special News Bulletin
8. Boof Baf
10. How Hard Is It
11. Harlem Chit Chat
12. Some Seek Stardom
14. Da Kid From Haiti
15. Rufugees On The Mic
16. Living Like There Ain't No Tomorrow
17. Shouts Out From The Block$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now