“Gospel Train” may have arrived late, but, we are so happy to add a Sister Rosetta Tharpe LP to our collection. Sister Rosetta was one of the foundations of Rock N Roll, combining her brilliant boogie guitar playing with Gospel, Blues and early Funk. She taught Little Richard and her influence can be heard in the works of everyone from Elvis to Chuck Berry to Aretha Franklin. Johnny Cash has said she was his favorite singer.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve. Remastered from the original tapes. If Lucio Battisti was Italy’s answer to France’s Serge Gainsbourg, then Amore E Non Amore is his own Histoire de Melody Nelson, a concept album that’s widely regarded as a formative artistic achievement (if far from the most hit packed album) of his respective career. Both albums were released in 1971. For Battisti, the concept came from that dichotomous title: there’s a rocky ‘non-love’ side of the album, which has songs about obsession and adultery, and a ‘love’ side of dreamy, prog-rock instrumentals. The album saw Battisti working with lyricist Giulio ‘Mogol’ Rapetti, with whom he’d collaborated closely since 1965. It was Mogol who first convinced Battisti to perform his own songs, and who conceived the idea for this record. Mogol supplied the inspiration, the title and the titles of it’s songs, many of them evocative sentences that flesh out the visual picture where lyrics are absent. Amore E Non Amore was to be a watershed moment for Battisti. His label considered it to be too experimental and advanced for the Italian audience, and refused to release it. They were wrong: it instead set Battisti on a liberating course of artistic freedom and widespread success, and gifted the world one of Italy’s greatest musical exports.
Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download with three bonus tracks. Pioneering electronic musician/DJ/producer Moby returns with his twelfth album These Systems Are Failing, as Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. As with much of Moby’s output during his nearly three-decade long career, it’s not surprising that a spiritual and political questioning underpins the nine songs comprising his latest full length outing. In characteristically iconoclastic fashion, the weighty themes explored throughout These Systems Are Failing find expression in the most direct and personal music Moby has ever created. “That quality of atmospheric sadness I’ve done so much of before isn’t here – there’s nothing quiet or ambient,” he notes. “Sonically, this record isn’t subtle: it’s big & loud, with huge kick drums & massive choral choruses.”
Cornbread Records present a reissue of Sun Ra & His Arkestra’s Super-Sonic Jazz, originally released in 1957. Recorded in 1956 in Chicago, Super-Sonic Jazz is one of the earliest and most sought after titles from the Arkestra. Featuring Arkestra mainstays like Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Julian Priester, the album is, like Ra always was, years ahead of it’s time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
Double vinyl LP housed in a gatefold sleeve, includes CD. Justice’s new album “Woman” is a journey that catapults you from the elastic R&B pop of “Pleasure” straight into the rush of “Alakazam!”. Twirls through a dazzling bout of thumping electronic piano and clavinet sparring during “Fire”‘s dancefloor peacocking, barely pausing for breath before it lands at “Stop” – a sparkling, bittersweet slice of disco pop that boasts one of the best chorus the pair have ever had on a track. “Randy” has a melody Michael McDonald would have killed a fellow Doobie Brother for (if Michael McDonald was into gut-shuddering electro that is). “Love S.O.S”, meanwhile, sounds like the greatest disco anthem you’ve never heard.
Last year UK psych-rock outfit TOY released a collaborative album with Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan and producer Dan Carey as Sexwitch, a project that grounded the band’s dreamier tendencies towards a more targeted rumble. Now that Khan is back at the helm of her other band, TOY have gotten around to providing a proper follow-up to 2013’s Join The Dots. Their new album, Clear Shot — the group’s third studio LP — is out later this fall and is led by “Fast Silver,” a playful mid-tempo trip that balances brooding overcast with punchy keyboard motifs. Vocalist Tom Dougall’s moan pushes through the band’s hazy atmospherics, punctuated by meandering guitar and flickering percussion. It’s deliriously delicious grunge-tinted acid-pop, loosely performed, yet impeccably assembled.
Vinyl LP pressing. A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. Stranger Things Vol. 2 features completely different music from Vol. 1, and is the second half of the whole Stranger Things soundtrack. Vol. 2 continues to wander through the 80’s world of Stranger Things, floating between the sweeter moments which temporarily blossom amidst the danger and decay as the series comes to an end. Michael Stein explained to Noisey: “We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn’t ’80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern as well – which is one of the qualities that drew them to our music in the first place. Having a familiarity with classic synths works but with an overall modern and forward thinking approach.”
Vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2016 release. A Little Something More From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats is a collection of B-sides and bonus material from the band’s debut album. This collection is something that Nathaniel and the band wanted the fans to have while they are working on their follow up album. Many of these songs have become fan favorites from the live shows. Rateliff is an American musician, singer and songwriter from Hermann, Missouri. Known for his folk-based, pensive songwriting, Rateliff has garnered attention with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the soulful R&B combo he formed in 2013. Prior to the Night Sweats, he recorded both as a solo artist and backed by The Wheel.
Limited double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Boys For Pele is the third studio album by Tori Amos. Preceded by the first single, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, by three weeks, the album was released on January 22, 1996. Despite the album being Amos’s least accessible radio material to date, Boys For Pele debuted at #2 on both the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart, making it her biggest simultaneous transatlantic debut, her first Billboard Top 10 debut, and the highest-charting US debut of her career to date. Boys for Pele was recorded in rural Ireland and Louisiana and features 18 songs that incorporate harpsichord, clavichord, harmonium, gospel choirs, brass bands and full orchestras. Amos wrote all of the tracks, and for the first time, she served as sole producer for her own album. For Amos, the album was a step into a different direction, in terms of singing, songwriting, and recording, and is experimental in comparison to her previous work.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing including booklet and digital download. Digitally remastered 25th Anniversary edition of this 1991 album by the alt-rock outfit. Out Of Time was the album that catapulted R.E.M. from an indie favorite to one of the biggest bands in the world. Topping charts in the US, UK and beyond, this three-time Grammy Award-winning album remains an iconic title in modern rock history, with hits like “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.” For the record, the album won three Grammy Awards in 1992: one as Best Alternative Music Album, and two for the first single, “Losing My Religion.” The album has sold over four and a half million copies in the U.S. and over 18 million copies worldwide.
Some things in life are just meant to be. The first time Chris Hazelton experienced a real Hammond B-3 organ, he knew instantly that it was the instrument he was destined to play. At the request of his college professor, the then-underage aspiring musician snuck into a dark Kansas City jazz club called Bobby’s Hangout to hear the man behind the console, jazz organ master Everette DeVan. After several weeks of coaxing, Mr. DeVan agreed to take Chris on a student, showing him the ins and outs of the complex machine. With a background in string bass and piano, Chris’ transfer to organ was a natural one.
Limited double vinyl LP pressing in a single jacket with two lavishly illustrated inner sleeves including extensive notes. Fame Records was an off shoot of the renowned Fame Studio, and this special vinyl-only compilation looks at the very best of the label’s work during it’s first four years. Helmed by owner Rick Hall, aided and abetted by his team who included Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and the Swampers house band, this LP collects together some of the very finest music from the birth of southern soul. The LP features hits by Clarence Carter and Jimmy Hughes, Northern soul classics from James Barnett and Art Freeman, recordings by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham as well as a plethora of cuts appearing on vinyl for the very first time.
This is one of the most obscure and beautiful collections of Italian library ever released. Originally conceived in the early eighties as a soundtrack for TV specials about space, aliens and other thrills, the songs included on this LP are true masterpieces of esoteric electronic music with heady hints of krautrock, electro-ambient and spacey suites a la Tangerine Dream. A must have for fans of Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Neu!
Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2016 release, the highly-anticipated third album from critically-acclaimed, multi-Grammy winning international megastar Bruno Mars. 24K Magic is Bruno’s first solo release in nearly four years. Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, the first single and title track, 24K Magic sees Bruno bringing the bounce to his adoring fans. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age and performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009.
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2016 release, the 11th studio album from the metal monarchs. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is the Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’ s first studio album since 2008′ s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic. Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan.
Dr. John’s Gumbo is the fifth album by New Orleans singer and pianist Dr. John, a tribute to the music of his native city. The album is a collection of covers of New Orleans classics, played by a major figure in the city’s music. – Dr John’s Gumbo was released in 1972 and is in many ways a tribute by Dr. John, aka the Night Tripper, to his hometown New Orleans. It features excellent interpretations of New Orleans traditionals (“Iko Iko”, “Tipitina”, “Junko Partner” and “Stack-O-Lee”) and contemporary R&B written or played by the likes of Huey Piano Smith (“Blow Wind Blow” and “Huey Smith Medley”) Earl King and Earl Gaines (“Big Chief”, “Let The Good Times Roll” and “Lonely Lonely Nights”). – Dr. John delivers a strong set of infectious songs drenched in good vibes and spiced with a pinch of voodoo. His eccentric (stage) appearance adds unique color to his stature as master of the ivories and as an entertainer. – This great album receives the full Analogue Productions reissue treatment here, starting with Kevin Gray’s remaster from the original analog tapes. Then we back that up with 200-gram plating and pressing on super-silent vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings. Finally it’s all housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing. Deluxe all the way; you’ll be ecstatic with the results!
180gm vinyl LP pressing. With a blend of 60s rocking, Britpop and Indian mysticism, K was born from the influences of George Harrison, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Deep Purple and the Doors. The album combined an onslaught of volume, overdriven guitars, and catchy melodies resulting in an album that remains an excellent blast of colourful neo-psychedelia. It produced four classic hit singles including “Grateful When You’re Dead,” “Tattva,” “Hey Dude” and “Govinda” and became the fastest selling British debut album of 1996, K hit the No.1 spot upon release and still features in Q Magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list.
180gm vinyl LP pressing. Rhode Island roots rock band John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band first found success with a self-released 1980 single which paired two of their now-classic songs “Wild Summer Nights” and Tender Years.” They then achieved an international breakthrough when producer Kenny Vance, offered them the score to a movie soundtrack he was producing based on a best-selling novel about a fictional legendary bar band, Eddie & The Cruisers. The Bruce Springsteen-inspired Boardwalk-esque soundtrack reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced the No. 1 hit single “On the Dark Side” eventually earning triple platinum certification. The album is also home to both of the aforementioned cuts “Wild Summer Nights” and Tender Years”.