The crew here at Audio Advisors are extremely dedicated and embedded in the vinyl culture which is obvious when you see our inventory of record albums from some of the all-time greats. Each day during the week we will feature another amazing piece of work by musical artists from around the world. Each of these albums we display are in stock at our retail store and available to add to your collection. Stop by anytime to demo some of these amazing albums on the finest turntables our industry has to offer.

1-19-17

The Wall

Pink Floyd

The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released as a double album on 30 November 1979 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records in the United States. Considered one of the most famous concept albums by any artist, The Wall features the band’s only single to top various charts, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”, followed by “Run Like Hell” and “Comfortably Numb”. In 1982, the album was adapted into a feature film: Pink Floyd – The Wall.

Bass guitarist and lyricist Roger Waters conceived The Wall as a rock opera during Pink Floyd’s 1977 In the Flesh Tour, when his frustration with the audience became so acute that he spat on them. The story, which explores themes of abandonment and personal isolation, follows Pink, a character whom Waters modeled after himself and the band’s original leader, Syd Barrett. Pink’s life begins with the loss of his father during the Second World War and continues with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage; all contribute to his eventual self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a metaphorical wall.

The band, who were then struggling with various personal and financial difficulties, supported the idea. Waters enlisted an outside collaborator, Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, due to his need for somebody who he felt was “musically and intellectually” similar to himself, as well as a helping hand for the cumbersome amount of material that was written. Recording lasted from December 1978 to November 1979. Keyboardist Richard Wright was unceremoniously fired from the band by Waters during its production but remained as a salaried musician, performing with Pink Floyd during the subsequent tour. The performances, which were later released as a live album, featured elaborate theatrical effects. Some of the album’s themes would be continued in the band’s next album, The Final Cut (1983), which contained some outtakes from The Wall.

The album was one of the best selling of 1980 and by 1999 it had sold over 23 million RIAA-certified units (11.5 million albums) making it the third-highest certified album in the United States. Rolling Stone placed The Wall at number 87 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. It is the last studio album released with the 11-year-spanning line-up of Waters, Wright, guitarist David Gilmour, and drummer Nick Mason.

Track List

Side one
1. “In the Flesh?”
2. “The Thin Ice”
3. “Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)”
4. “The Happiest Days of Our Lives”
5. “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)”
6. “Mother”

Side two
1. “Goodbye Blue Sky”
2. “Empty Spaces”
3. “Young Lust”
4. “One of My Turns”
5. “Don’t Leave Me Now”
6. “Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)”
7. “Goodbye Cruel World

Side three
1. “Hey You”
2. “Is There Anybody Out There?”
3. “Nobody Home”
4. “Vera”
5. “Bring the Boys Back Home”
6. “Comfortably Numb”

Side four
1. “The Show Must Go On”
2. “In the Flesh”
3. “Run Like Hell”
4. “Waiting for the Worms”
5. “Stop”
6. “The Trial
7. “Outside the Wall”


1-19-17

Roy Orbison at the Rock House

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison at the Rock House is the first album by Roy Orbison. It was released in 1961 by Sun Records at a time when Orbison had already moved to the Monument label but had not yet put out an album. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips had a collection of songs Orbison had recorded at Sun between 1956 and ’58. Phillips capitalized on the national recognition Orbison had achieved at Monument through three major hit singles in 1960 and ’61 that had gone to the top of the Billboard charts.

Most of the songs on Roy Orbison at the Rock House were written by Orbison but the songwriting credits were assigned to Sam Phillips, and are in the traditional rockabilly style the Sun label was known for. Notable exceptions are compositions by other Sun artists Harold Jenkins (better known as “Conway Twitty”) and Johnny Cash. “Rock House” was written by Orbison and Twitty.

For this release, all tracks except “Devil Doll” have been overdubbed with background vocals and/or additional instruments.

Track List

1- “This Kind of Love”
2- “Devil Doll”
3- “You’re My Baby” (Johnny Cash)
4- “Trying to Get to You”
5- “It’s Too Late” (Chuck Willis)
6- “Rock House” (Phillips, Harold Jenkins)

7-  “You’re Gonna Cry”
8- “I Never Knew”
9- “Sweet and Easy to Love”
10- “Mean Little Mama”
11- “Ooby Dooby” (Wade Moore, Dick Penner)
12- “Problem Child” (Roy Orbison)


1-19-17

Totally Stripped

Rolling Stones

Stripped is an album by The Rolling Stones released in November 1995 after the Voodoo Lounge Tour. It is a mixture of small-venue live performances and acoustic studio re-recordings of songs from their previous catalogue, the exceptions being new covers of Willie Dixon’s “Little Baby” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. Totally Stripped, an expanded and reconceived edition of Stripped, featuring a documentary film about the original project, was released on 3 June 2016 in multiple formats. These included DVD or Blu-ray documentary-only editions, as well as DVD/Blu-ray & CD and DVD/Blu-ray & LP editions adding a single disc or double-LP of concert highlights (distinct from the tracks that comprised the original album) to the film. A limited edition five-disc version of the expanded album added films of the three complete concerts.

Track List

1- Not Fade Away
2- Honky Tonk Woman
3- Dead Flowers
4- Faraway Eyes
5- Shine A Light
6- I Go Wild
7- Miss You
8- Like A Rolling Stone

9- Brown Sugar
10- Midnight Rambler
11- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
12- Gimme Shelter
13- Rip This Joint
14- Street Fighting Man
15- Totally Stripped


1-19-17

Love and Theft

Bob Dylan

“Love And Theft” (generally referred to as Love and Theft) is the thirty-first studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on September 11, 2001; by Columbia Records. It featured backing by his touring band of the time, with keyboardist Augie Meyers added for the sessions. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified with a gold album by the RIAA.[1] A limited edition release included two bonus tracks on a separate disc recorded in the early 1960s, and two years later, on September 16, 2003, this album was one of fifteen Dylan titles reissued and remastered for SACD hybrid playback.

Track List

1- Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
2- Mississippi
3- Summer Days
4- Bye and Bye
5- Lonesome Day Blues
6- Floater (Too Much to Ask)

7- High Water (For Charley Patton)
8- Moonlight
9- Honest with Me
10- Po’ Boy
11- Cry a While
12- Sugar Baby


1-13-17

Beethoven Symphonies No 1-9

Beethoven

This Numbered, Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set features 9 LPs pressed on 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl! Cut by Hendrik Pauler and Pressed at Pallas in Germany! Exceptional Acoustic Brilliance!

This is really like the good old days a new complete Beethoven cycle on vinyl LP! Of course, Andreas Spreer also had several Beethoven symphonies pressed on vinyl for Tacet (each of which is also worth recommending), but now all nine are available in a high-quality box with a sturdy plastic slipcase. Inside are LPs which have been impeccably pressed by Pallas on 180-gram vinyl and a lavish, large-format 32-page booklet.

In other respects as well, everything is of the very best quality. The distinguished Polyhymnia team around Jean-Marie Geijsen did the original high-resolution digital multichannel recordings and the editing. The stereo SACD mix outstanding, by the way was not simply used for the analog master, however. Instead, Ralf Koschnicke of the Duisberg audiophile label Acousence remixed the multitracks on the analog level. The press matrices were made by none other than Hendrik Pauler at Pauler Acoustics, in the studios of his father, Günter, also committed to absolutely superb sound. It was worth the expenditure. The award-winning recordings, dating from 2004 to 2008, sound overwhelmingly good.

Anyone who has heard them in the concert hall will not soon forget this experience. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is an orchestra that reacts with incredible alertness, carries out the conductor’s directions with lightning speed and passion characteristics which are sadly lacking with a good many municipal symphony orchestras. Perhaps it is because the musicians are partners in their own orchestra, which means that they decide all matters democratically but also bear the business risks themselves, whereas in a “normal” orchestra the musicians generally enjoy civil service status. The fact that the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie was the first orchestra ever to receive the German Record Critics’ Certificate of Special Merit in 2009 is justified, as demonstrated by this Beethoven cycle, which was recorded from 2004 to 2008 and, after its release on SACD, is now available for a limited time as an 9LP box set!

There are countless recordings on the market of this most important symphony cycle in musical history. Whereas Wilhelm Furtwängler emphasized the solemn dimension of the music with relatively measured tempos, a tradition continued by such disciples as Barenboim, many contemporary conductors, like Herreweghe, Vänskä, Manze, etc., adopt an approach influenced by the principles of historical performance practice with a lean sound in the strings and winds, brisk tempos, and sharper accents.

The Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Järvi also follow the latter path. Although they use modern instruments except for natural trumpets and timpani compared to the traditional symphony orchestra, their reduced forces come close to the performance practice of Beethoven’s day. The result is a relatively bright, transparent sound in which even seasoned Beethoven listeners can discover previously hidden musical details.

With a good many modern conductors, the emancipation from tradition sometimes seems “contrived” Beethoven brushed the wrong way. With Paavo Järvi, however, everything flows organically. Although he does not shape the Andante cantabile con moto from the First Symphony as an expansive stream of sound, with a brisk tempo he gives it a supple, elegant character, and its charming melody is not lost. During the first movement of the Fifth Symphony, with its famous “fate” motif, he does not emphasize its dramatic weight but takes the movement briskly and jauntily. With sharp accents, abrupt dynamic changes, and a driving tempo, the subsequent climaxes ultimately seem no less explosive than with the “old greats.”

Track List

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Record 1 – A Side:
Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21
I. Adagio molta – Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace
Record 1 – B Side:
Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36
I. Adaio molto – Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto

Record 2 – A Side:
Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36 (cont.)
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro molto
Record 2 – B Side:
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major op. 55 “Eroica”
I. Allegro con brio

Record 3 – A Side:
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major op. 55 “Eroica” (cont.)
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
Record 3 – B Side:
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major op. 55 “Eroica” (cont.)
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Record 4 – A Side:
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major op. 60
I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
Record 4 – B Side:
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major op. 60
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Record 5 – A Side:
Symphony No. 5 in C minor op. 67
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
Record 5 – B Side:
Symphony No. 5 in C minor op. 67 (cont.)
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro – Presto

Record 6 – A Side:
Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastorale”
I. Erwachen heiterer Gefuhle bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Szene am Bach: Andante molto moto
Record 6 – B Side:
Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastorale” (cont.)
III. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landieute: Allegro
IV. Gewitter, Sturm: Allegro
V. Hirtengesang – Frohe und dankbare Gefuhle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto

Record 7 – A Side:
Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92
I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
II. Allegretto
Record 7 – B Side:
Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92 (cont.)
III. Presto – assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio

Record 8 – A Side:
Symphony No. 8 in F major op. 93
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di Menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
Record 8 – B Side:
Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125
I. Allegro ma non troppo un poco maestoso

Record 9 – A Side:
Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125 (cont.)
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile
Record 9 – B Side:
Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125 (cont.)
IV. Presto – Allegro assai


1-15-17

Autobahn

Kraftwerk

Autobahn is the fourth studio album by German electronic band Kraftwerk, released in November 1974. The 22-minute title track “Autobahn” was edited to 3:27 for single release and reached number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 30 in the Australian chart, and performed even higher around Europe, reaching number 11 in the UK and number 12 in the Netherlands. This commercial success came after the band had released three experimental and purely instrumental albums.

Track List

1- Autobahn
2- Kometenmelodie 1
3- Kometenmelodie 2

4- Mitternacht
5- Morgenspaziergang


12-09-16

Crosseyed Heart

Keith Richards

Crosseyed Heart is the third solo album by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Released on 18 September 2015, it is Richards’ first studio album in 23 years since Main Offender. As with his first two albums, it was recorded with his band the X-Pensive Winos. The first single from the album, “Trouble”, was released on 17 July 2015, prior to the album’s release.

Track List

1- Crosseyed Heart
2- Heartstopper
3- Amnesia
4- Robbed Blind
5- Trouble
6- Love Overdue
7- Nothing On Me
8- Suspicious

9- Blues In the Morning
10- Something For Nothing
11- Illusion
12- Just a Gift
13- Goodnight Irene
14- Substantial Damage
15- Lover’s Plea


11-22-16

Dameronia With Strings

Ferit Odman

Jazz drummer Ferit Odman’s third album, ‘Dameronia With Strings’ is a tribute to Tadd Dameron and is now available on CD. The remarkably sensitive played session by Ferit Odman, Terell Stafford, Peter Washington and Danny Grissett both as a band and ace soloists lets us dream up high above the sky together with a well-balanced, swinging string sextet and beautiful arrangements by David O’Rourke. This is a tribute to Tadd Dameron and gives us the chance to remember Dameron’s influential approach to jazz as an orchestrator too. Just like Philly Joe Jones did with his Dameronia project, Odman takes us on a beautiful journey around the fantastic music composed by Tadd Dameron, this time with the addition of strings on an audiophile all analog recording. Recorded, mixed and mastered all analog in New York and available for the 1st time on digital CD. The cover art and design was done by Japanese artist Takao Fujioka.

Track List

1- On A Misty Night
2- If You Could See Me Now
3- Just Plain Talkin’
4- Smooth As The Wind

5- Look, Stop & Listen
6- You’re A Joy
7- Our Delight
8- Soultrane


11-15-16

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Warriors

Shot on location in and around New York City’s grimy nighttime subways and flaunting a virile cast of unknowns, The Warriors remains a ’70s cult favorite, featuring violent gang warfare and a perfectly matched movie score. Barry de Vorzon’s bone-chilling compositions envelop hard rock and sub-disco funk with a gritty apocalyptic urge. Conjuring strange film images, “Theme from The Warriors,” “The Fight,” and “Baseball Furies Chase” are testosterone-laden instrumentals, combining sinister guitars and plodding drum work peppered with creepy-sounding keyboards. Adding laid-back soul texture is a smooth Mandrill rarity, “Echoes in My Mind,” highlighting solid basslines popping over funky horns and catchy vocals. “In Havana,” performed by Kenny Vance with Ismael Miranda, boasts deep-cut ethnic spicing and seamy horn work dressed in easy rhythms.

Memorable audio clips from the mysterious female DJ informing rival gang factions of brutal clashes are placed between tracks, as well as the infamous battle cry “Warriors…come out to play-aay!” complete with clacking beer bottles. The film’s exhausting conclusion is forever cemented to Joe Walsh’s desperate survival anthem “In the City,” as our heroes walk triumphantly into a dreary Coney Island sunrise. This dark slice of pop culture was available only on vinyl sources until 1995, when Polygram International released an import version on compact disc.

Track List

1- Theme from ‘The Warriors’
2- Nowhere to Run
3- In Havana
4- Echoes in My Mind
5- The Fight

6- In the City
7- Love Is a Fire
8- Baseball Furies Chase
9- You’re Movin’ Too Slow
10- Last of an ancient Breed


11-10-16

Heifetz/Munch

Boston Symphony

Heifetz*, Munch*, Boston Symphony* ‎– Mendelssohn – Concerto In E Minor, Prokofieff – Concerto In G Minor
Label: RCA Red Seal ‎– LSC-2314
Series: Living Stereo
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1959
Genre: Classical
Composed By – Mendelssohn* (tracks: A), Prokofieff* (tracks: B)
Conductor – Munch*
Directed By – John Pfeiffer
Engineer – John Crawford (2)
Liner Notes – Joseph Wechsberg
Violin – Heifetz*

Track List

Side A: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Opus 64

Side B: Violin Concerto In G Minor, Opus 63


11-3-16

American III: Solitary Man

Johnny Cash

American III: Solitary Man is the third album in the American series by Johnny Cash released in 2000 (and his 85th overall album). The album was notable for being Cash’s highest charting (#11 Country) solo studio LP since his 1976 One Piece at a Time, an album that reached No. 2 Country based on the title cut. To the present day, Cash’s studio albums for the American series have continued to sell and chart extremely well, as evidenced by the platinum #22 POP, #2 C&W American IV: The Man Comes Around (released one year before his death) and the gold, #1 on both charts, American V: A Hundred Highways.

Between Unchained and Solitary Man, Cash’s health declined due to various ailments, and he was even hospitalized for pneumonia, and the illness forced him to curtail his touring. The album American III: Solitary Man contained Cash’s response to his illness, typified by a version of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”, as well as a version of U2’s “One”. Changes to Cash’s voice due to his health problems are noticeable on most tracks when compared to his most recent preceding albums.

American III: Solitary Man, just like Cash’s two previous albums produced by Rick Rubin, was a Grammy winner, taking home the award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Cash’s version of the Neil Diamond classic “Solitary Man”. Cash continued to receive critical appreciation for his American series of albums — on aggregate review site Metacritic.com the third album in Cash’s American series received a score of 80 (despite middling reviews from publications such as L.A. Weekly and Rolling Stone magazine).

Track List

1- I Won’t Back Down
2- Solitary Man
3- That Lucky Old Sun
4- One
5- Nobody
6- I See a Darkness
7- The Mercy Seat

8- Would You Lay with Me
9- Field of Diamonds
10- Before My Time
11- Country Trash
12- Mary of the Wild Moor
13- I’m Leavin’ Now
14- Wayfaring Stranger


10-27-16

Eat a Peach

Allman Brothers Band

Eat a Peach is the third studio album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released on February 12, 1972, in the United States by Capricorn Records. Following their artistic and commercial breakthrough with the release of the live album At Fillmore East (1971), the Allman Brothers Band got to work on their third studio album. Many in the band were struggling, however, with heroin addictions, and checked into rehab to confront these problems. Shortly after leaving rehab, group leader and founder Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in the band’s home of Macon, Georgia thus making it the final album to feature the guitarist.

Eat a Peach was a mix of studio recordings—both with and without Duane Allman—and recordings from the band’s famed 1971 Fillmore East performances. The album contains the extended, half-hour-long “Mountain Jam,” as well as vocalist Gregg Allman’s performance of his brother’s favorite song, “Melissa,” plus Dickey Betts’ “Blue Sky”, which became a radio staple. Album artwork was created by W. David Powell and J. F. Holmes at Wonder Graphics, and depicts the band’s name on a peach truck, in addition to a large gatefold mural of mushrooms and fairies. The album’s title came from a quote by Duane Allman: “You can’t help the revolution, because there’s just evolution … Every time I’m in Georgia, I eat a peach for peace … the two-legged Georgia variety.”

Issued as a double album in February 1972, Eat a Peach was an immediate success and peaked at number four on Billboard’s Top 200 Pop Albums chart. The album was later certified platinum and remains a top seller in the band’s discography.

Track List

Side one
1- Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
2- Les Brers in A Minor
3- Melissa

Side two
4- Mountain Jam

Side three
5- One Way Out
6- Trouble No More
7- Stand Back
8- Blue Sky
9- Little Martha

Side four
10- Mountain Jam


10-24-16

Dad Loves His Work

James Taylor

Dad Loves His Work is singer-songwriter James Taylor’s tenth studio album. Released in 1981, it is best remembered for the duet with J. D. Souther “Her Town Too”, which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Top 5 of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. “I Will Follow”, “London Town”, and the haunting “That Lonesome Road” are additional album tracks. This album was certified Platinum in the United States.

The album’s title was, in part, drawn from the reasons for Taylor’s divorce from Carly Simon. She gave him an ultimatum: cut back on his music and touring, and spend more time with her and their children, or the marriage was through. The album’s title was his answer, and the divorce took place soon after.

Track List

1- Hard Times
2- Her Town Too
3- Hour That the Morning Comes
4- I Will Follow
5- Believe It or Not
6- Stand and Fight

7- Only for Me
8- Summer’s Here
9- Sugar Trade
10- London Town
11- That Lonesome Road


10-20-16

Chet

Chet Baker

Chet, sometimes subtitled The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker, is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker (1929-1988). Chet features performances by Baker with flautist Herbie Mann, saxophonist Pepper Adams, pianist Bill Evans, guitarist Kenny Burrell, bassist Paul Chambers, and either Connie Kay or Philly Joe Jones on drums. It was recorded in December 1958 and January 1959 and released on the Riverside label.

Though Baker was by the late 1950s known as much for his singing as his trumpet playing, this album is entirely instrumental. It contains 9 ballads (additional bonus track on CD version) played in the styles of Hard Bop to Cool Jazz. The album is entirely devoted to explorations of the ballad mood, it includes considerable variety.

The Chambers-Evans-Jones rhythm section was known at the time for their work with trumpeter Miles Davis.

Track List

1- Alone Together
2- How High the Moon
3- It Never Entered My Mind
4- ‘Tis Autumn
5- If You Could See Me Now

6- September Song
7- You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
8- Time on My Hands
9- You and the Night and the Music
10- Early Morning Mood


10-13-16

Hunky Dory

David Bowie

Hunky Dory is the fourth album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, recorded in mid-1971 and released by RCA Records that December. It was his first release through RCA, which would be his label for the next decade. Hunky Dory has been described by AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having “a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class”.

The album has received critical acclaim since its release, and is regarded as one of Bowie’s best works. Time chose it as part of their “100 best albums of all time” list in January 2010, with journalist Josh Tyrangiel praising Bowie’s “earthbound ambition to be a boho poet with prodigal style”. The style of the album cover, designed by George Underwood, was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot.

Track List

1- Changes
2- Oh! You Pretty Things
3- Eight Line Poem
4- Life on Mars?
5- Kooks
6- Quicksand

7- Fill Your Heart
8- Andy Warhol
9- Song for Bob Dylan
10- Queen Bitch
11- The Bewlay Brothers


10-11-16

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Carmina Burana

André Previn’s

André Previn’s 1975 EMI recording of Carmina Burana sounds better than ever in this new transfer. The analog tape hiss has been tamed, yet there’s more “air” between the notes and a greater sense of dynamic and timbral definition. Engineering-wise, the mid-70s were golden years for EMI, and the rhythmic verve, dramatic momentum, and unbuttoned joy that Previn and his brilliant forces project still pack a sonic wallop. The soloists especially are outstanding. Thomas Allen navigates Orff’s cruelly high tessitura with no effort, and Sheila Armstrong wraps her warm, flexible pipes around “In trutina mentis dubia” to moving effect. Gerald English gives just the right character to the roasted swan’s lament, without overly exaggerating. In short, this performance surpasses Previn’s live Vienna Philharmonic remake for DG, and ranks with Shaw (Telarc), Dorati (Decca), Blomstedt (Decca), Ormandy (Sony), Muti (EMI), and Mata (RCA) among the best recordings on disc of Carl Orff’s pre-minimalist masterpiece.

Track List

1- I: O Fortuna
2- II: Fortune Plango Vulnera
3- III: Veris Leta Facies
4- IV: Omnia Sol Temperat
5- V: Ecce Gratum
6- VI: Tanz
7- VII: Floret Silva
8- VIII: Chramer, Gip Die Varwe Mir
9- IX: Reie – Swaz Hie Gat Umbe – Chume, Chum, Geselle Min – Swaz Hie Gat Umbe
10- X: Were Diu Werlt Alle Min
11- XI: Estuans Interius
12- XII: Olim Lacus Colueram
13- XIII: Ego Sum Abbas

14- XIV: In Taberna Quando Sumus
15- XV: Amor Volat Undique
16- XVI: Dies, Nox Et Omnia
17- XVII: Stetit Puella
18- XVIII: Circa Mea Pectora
19- XIX: Si Puer Cum Puellula
20- XX: Veni, Veni, Venias
21- XXI: In Trutina
22- XXII: Tempus Est Iocundum
23- XXIII: Dulcissime
24- XXIV: Ave Formosissima
25- XXV: O Fortuna


10-3-16

The Raven

Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca Pidgeon’s classic Chesky debut, featuring her stunning version of “Spanish Harlem”, reissued on 180g Vinyl!

Reflective yet contemporary, Rebecca’s lovely voice rings with honest, unpretentious confidence and vivid tenderness. While her Celtic melodies set the mood, her lyrics tell stories, full, rich, textured, and open-hearted. This amazing talent makes her U.S. debut with The Raven, a most striking, powerful and fully realized vocal record for Chesky Records.

Recorded February 12th, 14th & 15th 1994 at MasterSound Studios, Queens, NY. Recorded with minimalist miking techniques and without overdubbing or artificial enhancement to ensure the purest and most natural sound possible.

“…Pidgeon is a clever, surprising songwriter, with a strong command of melody…A major debut and superb recording…a real feast of creativity…” – Jazziz

Track List

1- Kalerka
2- The Witch
3- The Raven
4- You Need Me There
5- Grandmother
6- You Got Me

7- Heart and Mind
8- Her Man Leaves Town
9- Seven Hours
10- Wendy’s Style Shop
11- The Height of Land
12- Spanish Harlem
13- Remember Me


9-23-16

Beatles For Sale

The Beatles

Beatles for Sale is the fourth studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 4 December 1964 in the United Kingdom and produced by George Martin for Parlophone. The album marked a minor turning point in the evolution of the Lennon–McCartney partnership, John Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. “I’m a Loser” shows Lennon for the first time coming under the influence of Bob Dylan, whom he met in New York while on tour, on 28 August 1964.

Beatles for Sale did not produce a single for the UK – the non-album tracks “I Feel Fine” and “She’s a Woman” performed that role. Nevertheless, that coupling was followed up in the United States by “Eight Days a Week”, which became their seventh number one in March 1965. In Australia, the only-ever non-original Beatles single (either side) went to Number One: Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music” backed with Carl Perkins’ “Honey, Don’t”, which held the summit for four weeks.

The album hit the UK number one spot and retained that position for 11 of the 46 weeks that it spent in the Top 20. Beatles for Sale did not surface as a regular album in the US until 1987. In its place was Beatles ’65 which featured eight songs from Beatles for Sale, plus the A and B-side of “I Feel Fine” and “I’ll Be Back” from the UK’s A Hard Day’s Night album. Beatles ’65 enjoyed a nine-week run at the top of the US charts from January 1965.

Track List

1- No Reply
2- I’m a Loser
3- Baby’s in Black
4- Rock and Roll Music
5- I’ll Follow the Sun
6- Mr. Moonlight
7- Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey

8- Eight Days a Week
9- Words of Love
10- Honey Don’t
11- Every Little Thing
12- I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
13- What You’re Doing
14- Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby


9-21-16

Crime of the Century

Supertramp

Crime of the Century is the third album by the English rock band Supertramp, released in September 1974. Crime of the Century was Supertramp’s commercial breakthrough in both the US and UK, aided by the UK hit “Dreamer” and the U.S. hit “Bloody Well Right”. It was a UK Top 10 album and a U.S. Top 40 album, eventually being certified Gold in the U.S. in 1977 after the release of Even in the Quietest Moments…. The album was Supertramp’s first to feature drummer Bob Siebenberg (at the time credited as Bob C. Benberg), woodwinds player John Anthony Helliwell, bassist Dougie Thomson, and co-producer Ken Scott. The album has received critical acclaim, including its inclusion in Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time”.

The album’s dedication reads “To Sam”, which is a nickname for Stanley August Miesegaes, the Dutch millionaire who supported the band financially from 1969–72.

Track List

1- School
2- Bloody Well Right
3- Hide in Your Shell
4- Asylum

5- Dreamer
6- Rudy
7- If Everyone Was Listening
8- Crime of the Century


9-19-16

The Birds

Respighi

It was Respighi’s fascination with ancient dances and songs that inspired him to write his bird suite. His great love for such music makes itself felt in every single movement of this work. While Respighi imbued each of the bird portraits with his very own sound colouring typical of his time, there is an original masterpiece by a Renaissance or Baroque composer lurking in the background.

The marchlike ‘Intrada’, based on a piece by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710), is further refined by a gradual building-up of the instrumental apparatus and comes to a final climax full of pomp and glory in which the brass are given prominence. Ornithological elements are easily identified in the movements which follow: the dove’s cooing and billing is are underlined by a sighing, rhythmic base; the hen is heard clucking with a characteristic motif, and the song of the nightingale is brought to us by the flute over a mysterious murmuring on the low strings. The cuckoo is then heard, followed by a repeat of the initial theme, thus bringing to perfect completion ‘Gli Ucelli’ (‘The Birds’), a colourful bird show which knows no rival in modern music.

The ‘Impressioni brasiliano’ (‘Brazilian Impressions’) is also a seldom heard jewel in both the concert hall and on record. Although the three-movement work has a subtle rhythm which runs throughout the work, it is far removed from the well-known ‘Europeanised’ samba adaptations which are so often heard. The suite is remarkable for its tender, impressionistic colouring which demands to be heard time and time again.

Recording: July 1957 in Watford Town Hall, London, by C.R. Fine
Production: Wilma Cozart and Harold Lawrence

Track List

1- Prelude
2- The Dove
3- The Hen
4- The Nightingale

5- The Cuckoo
6- Tropical Night
7- Butantan
8- Song And Dance


9-14-16

The Family That Plays Together

Spirit

The Family That Plays Together, the second of four albums released by the original Spirit lineup, was marketed by Ode Records in February 1969. More than its predecessor, Spirit, their self-titled and surreal debut, The Family That Plays Together displays the band’s ability to play beyond the genre of psychedelic rock. Tracks such as “It Shall Be” and “Silky Sam” demonstrate the ease with which the ensemble can incorporate jazz into their idiosyncratic form of rock, while “Jewish” and “Aren’t You Glad” show the band’s competence in exploiting both world music and jam rock. “Poor Richard,” “Jewish,” and “All the Same” feature double track lead breaks by guitarist Randy California. The album’s title was inspired by the stepson-stepfather relationship between guitarist Randy California and percussionist Ed Cassidy. It alludes to the slogan “The family that prays together stays together,” created by ad-writer Al Scalpone for the Family Rosary Crusade and popular in American and British rhetoric beginning in the 1940s.

The album’s arrangements were created by Marty Paich, who also arranged and conducted Spirit’s eponymous debut album and their third album, Clear, as well as Model Shop (the soundtrack to a film of the same name, which was recorded after “Family” but not released until 2004).

At some point after “Family’s” first issue, the final mixes for the album were lost. Because of this, all subsequent CD releases by Sony, as well as the recent vinyl re-issue by Sundazed Records, are taken from new mixes made from the original multi-track tapes (the tracks that appeared on the Time Circle compilation were re-mixed as well, though the mixes differ) by Bob Irwin, Randy California and Ed Cassidy in 1996. Liner notes on the 1996 CD version state that it was “mixed and mastered by Vic Anesini, Sony Music Studios, New York.” There are substantial differences in some places between the original LP and the 1996 CD reissue.

The 1996 compact disc reissue also contains five bonus tracks. Two of these appeared on the 1991 Time Circle compilation, while the other three are previously unissued.

The album cover was shot at the Sunset Highland Motel, located at 6830 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, just across from Hollywood High School.

“Jewish” is performed with Hebrew lyrics that are taken from the traditional song “Hine Ma Tov”, based on King David’s Psalm 133.[3] California’s sole credit in this instance is problematic.

Ed Cassidy’s drum solo in “All the Same” is similar to Joe Morello’s solo in the Dave Brubeck Quartet song “Castilian Drums”.

Track List

1- I Got a Line on You
2- It Shall Be
3- Poor Richard
4- Silky Sam
5- The Drunkard
6- Darlin’ If
7- All the Same
8- Jewish

9- Dream within a Dream
10- She Smiled
11- Aren’t You Glad
12- Fog
13- So Little To Say
14- Mellow Fellow
15- Now Or Anywhere
16- Space Chile


9-9-16

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

Ella Fitzgerald

Another typically wonderful LP of Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Fitzgerald is joined by pianist Lou Levy, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Joe Mondragon, and drummer Stan Levey. Fitzgerald is in fine form on such numbers as “A Night in Tunisia,” an emotional “You’re My Thrill,” “Jersey Bounce,” and “Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie.” Although not reaching the heights of her live performances, this is an excellent (and somewhat underrated) set.

Track List

1- Night in Tunisia
2- You’re My Thrill
3- My Reverie
4- Stella by Starlight
5- ‘Round Midnight
6- Jersey Bounce
7- Signing Off

8- Cry Me a River
9- This Year’s Kisses
10- Good Morning Heartache
11- Born to Be Blue
12- Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
13- Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
14- Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round


9-7-16

For One To Love

Cecile Mclorin Salvant

A brilliantly realized follow-up to her Grammy-nominated 2013 effort, WomanChild, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant’s third album, 2015’s For One to Love, is at its core a small-group jazz album featuring a thoughtfully curated set of standards and originals. However, with Salvant at the mike, backed here with nuanced skill by pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie, and drummer Lawrence Leathers, it’s also a series of virtuoso performances, each one seemingly more engaging and emotionally resonant than the last.

Conceptually centered around notions of romantic love — from conflicted, melancholic expressions to more bawdy, sensual ones — the album finds Salvant further demonstrating the poetic compositional skills and feminist themes that helped make WomanChild so much more than just a solid album from an accomplished jazz vocalist.

Track List

1- Fog
2- Growlin’ Dan
3- Stepsister’s Lament
4- Look at Me
5- Wives and Lovers
6- Left Over

7- The Trolley Song
8- Monday
9- What’s the Matter Now?
10- Le Mal de Vivre
11- Something’s Coming
12- Underling


9-6-16

The Turn

Jerome Sabbagh

Saxophonist/composer Jerome Sabbagh has led his tremendous quartet for ten years, a rare display of stability in jazz today. Over the years, the band has developed a unique sound, which stems in no small part from the high level of musicianship involved.

Together with guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Ted Poor, Sabbagh has recorded his third album as a leader, The Turn: a terrific reminder of the incredible results that can be achieved by a group of dedicated and talented musicians in complete rapport.

The Turn was recorded live to analog tape by the acclaimed engineer James Farber (Brad Mehldau, John Scofield and Joshua Redman) and mastered by the legendary Doug Sax (Pink Floyd, Diana Krall, Ray Charles and Sonny Rollins), yielding a sound that is clear, natural and warm, highlighting the band’s sonic signature.

Track List

1- The Turn
2- Long Gone
3- Banshee
4- Ascent

5- The Rodeo
6- Cult 11:14
7- Once Around The Park
8- Electric Sun


9-1-16

Currency of Man

Melody Gardot

International best-selling singer, songwriter and musician, Melody Gardot, is back with her 4th studio album, Currency of Man .The highly-anticipated Currency of Man is an intensely creative milestone, transcending musical distinctions of jazz, blues and R&B, to offer a stirring social and musical statement. On the new album, Melody joins forces again with Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein (their last collaboration, 2009 s My One and Only Thrill , sell over 1.5 million copies).

Track List

1- Don’t Misunderstand
2- Don’t Talk
3- It Gonna Come
4- Bad News
5- She Don’t Know
6- Palmas Da Rua
7- Same To You
8- No Man’s Prize

9- March For Mingus
10- Preacherman
11- Morning Sun
12- If Ever I Recall Your Face
13- Once I Was Loved
14- After The Rain
15- Burying My Troubles


8-30-16

On The Corner

Miles Davis

On the Corner is a studio album by jazz musician Miles Davis, recorded in June and July 1972 and released later that year on Columbia Records. Drawing on funk and rock music, the work of Karlheinz Stockhausen, and electronic recording techniques, it was in part an attempt by Davis to reach a younger black audience. Instead, it became one of his worst-selling recordings and was scorned by establishment jazz critics at the time of its release. It was also his last studio album of the 1970s; for the remainder of the decade he recorded haphazardly and focused instead on live performance before temporarily retiring from music in 1975.

The critical standing of On the Corner has improved dramatically with the passage of time. The album has been recognized as a pivotal influence on subsequent funk, electric jazz, post-punk, electronica, and hip-hop music. In recent years, publications such as Fact and Pitchfork Media have named it among the best albums of the 1970s. In 2007, On the Corner was reissued as part of the 6-disc box set The Complete On the Corner Sessions, joining previous multi-disc Davis reissues.

Track List

1- On The Corner
2- New York Girl
3- Thinkin” One Thing And Doin” Another
4- Vote For Miles

5- Black Satin
6- One And One
7- Helen Butte
8- Mr. Freedom X


8-23-16

Little Stevie Wonder

Jazz Soul of Little Stevie

The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie is the 1962 debut album by Stevie Wonder (then billed as “Little Stevie Wonder”) on the Tamla (Motown) label. The LP showcases the twelve-year-old Wonder’s talents as a songwriter and instrumentalist. This is Wonder’s only studio album in which he does not sing; he is featured on percussion, the keyboard, and the harmonica. Wonder’s mentors Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby wrote and produced the material on The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Wonder, with young Wonder himself also co-writing two of the compositions. The original studio version of “Fingertips” is included on the album; a live version would become Wonder’s first hit single.

Track List

1- Fingertips
2- The Square
3- Soul Bongo
4- Manhattan at Six
5- Paulsby

6- Some Other Time
7- Wondering
8- Session Number 112
9- Bam


8-23-16

Mance Lipscomb

Texas Sharecropper and Songster

Arhoolie’s Texas Sharecropper & Songster is a recording made in 1960, during the blues revival. Prior to the blues revival, Mance Lipscomb was an unknown, and his discovery was one of the positive byproducts of the revival. He was a great country-blues man, and this is perhaps his greatest effort, capturing him running through a number of traditional songs. Most of the songs are augmented by his jackknife slide guitar, and all feature his raw, haunted vocals, which make these classic songs sound timeless.

Track List

1- Freddie
2- Sugar Babe, It’s All Over Now
3- Going Down Slow
4- Baby Please Don’t Go
5- Rock Me All Night Long
6- Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo
7- Jack O’Diamonds Is A Hard Card To Play

8- Shake, Shake, Mama
9- Ella Speed
10- One Thin Dime
11- Going To Louisiana
12- Mama Don’t Allow
13- Ain’t It Hard
14- Bout A Spoonful


8-19-16

The Amazing Nina Simone

Nina Simone

The Amazing Nina Simone is a 1959 studio album by Nina Simone. It was her first of eight albums for Colpix Records, which would quickly be followed by 8 albums on the same label, before signing with Philips Records in 1964. The album very much oozes the atmosphere of cool jazz, in accordance with the image she had on her debut album, Little Girl Blue (1958) for Bethlehem Records. It also has some gospel songs on it, for example “Children Go Where I Send You”.

Track List

1- Blue Prelude
2- Children Go Where I Send You
3- Tomorrow
4- Stompin’ at the Savoy
5- It Might as Well Be Spring
6- You’ve Been Gone Too Long

7- That’s Him Over There
8- Chilly Winds Don’t Blow
9- Theme From Middle of the Night
10- Can’t Get Out of This Mood
11- Willow Weep for Me
12- Solitaire


8-17-16

Workout

Hank Mobley

Workout is an album by jazz tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley released on the Blue Note label in 1962. It features performances by Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Grant Green and Philly Joe Jones. The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay “Hard Bop” as one of 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings. In October 2014, it was released in Japan on SHM-CD, featuring a previously unissued take of “Three Coins in the Fountain”.

Track List

1- Workout
2- Uh Huh
3- Smokin’
4- The Best Things in Life Are Free

4- Greasin’ Easy
5- Three Coins in the Fountain
6- Three Coins in the Fountain – Cahn, Styne


8-16-16

Gettin’ Around

Dexter Gordon

Of the many bebop greats who emerged in the mid-1940s, Dexter Gordon was one of the very few (along with Art Blakey and Kenny Dorham) to be a Blue Note artist two decades later. His large sound, ability to play long solos with creativity, and infectiously swinging style made Long Tall Dexter an irresistible force for many years. He fit into the hard bop world as effortlessly as he did in bop and swing settings, infusing the music with humorous song quotes, rousing ideas, and his wonderful tone. No one could out swing Gordon.

He had no difficulty keeping up with such younger players as Bobby Hutcherson, Barry Harris and Billy Higgins on 1965’s Getting’ Around. Dexter’s passionate sound the ballads “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and “Who Can I Turn To” and his drive on “Shiny Stockings” (one of the very few times that this Count Basie-associated song was recorded by a small group) makes Getting’ Around memorable from start to finish, demonstrating that Dexter Gordon and the Blue Note label were a magical combination.

Track List

1- Manhã de Carnaval
2- Who Can I Turn To
3- Heartaches
4- Shiny Stockings

5- Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
6- Le Coiffeur
7- Very Saxily Yours
8- Flick of a Trick


8-11-16

Our Man In Paris

Dexter Gordon

Our Man in Paris is a 1963 jazz album by saxophonist Dexter Gordon. The album’s title refers to where the recording was made, Gordon (who had moved to Copenhagen a year earlier) teaming up with fellow expatriates Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke, both Parisian residents, and native Parisian Pierre Michelot. Powell, Clarke and Michelot, under the name The Three Bosses, had played together often in Paris since Powell moved there in 1959.

Track List

1- Scrapple from the Apple
2- Willow Weep for Me
3- Broadway

4- Stairway to the Stars
5- A Night in Tunisia


8-11-16

Together For The First TIme

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington: The Great Summit/Complete Sessions is a 1961 jazz album by jazz giants Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. A limited edition double CD from 2000 not only contains the recordings from the two original LPs, but also a CD of alternate takes. They both lead a small band – Louis Armstrong’s All Stars, and play classic compositions by Ellington such as “Mood Indigo” and “Black And Tan Fantasy”.

Track List

1- Duke’s Place
2- I’m Just A Lucky So And So
3- Cotton Tail
4- Mood Indigo
5- Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me

6- The Beautiful American
7- Black And Tan Fantasy
8- Drop Me Off In Harlem
9- The Mooche
10- In A Mellowtone


8-10-16

Feel Good

Ike and Tina Turner

Feel Good, released in 1972, returns Ike & Tina to their R&B roots with a blistering mix of soul, R&B and early funk. It has only one cover with the Beatles, “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window“ and nine songs written by Tina Turner. In Japan it was originally released with a gatefold cover and a very nice booklet. The album was re-issued on a double CD together with Nutbush City Limits in 2006. For promotion, Ike & Tina performed the title song at several TV shows in America.

Billboard Review July 15, 1972

The Turners have another top flight album here especially in the driving numbers, such as “If You Can Hully Gully (l Can Hully Gully Too)” and Lennon-McCartney’s, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.” Nine of 10 tunes are Tina’s own compositions. Other cuts by this always exciting act include “Bolic,” “You Better Think of Something,” “Black Coffee” and the title single.

Track List

1- Chopper
2- Kay Got Laid
3- Feel Good
4- I Like It
5- If You Can Hully Gully

6- Black Coffee
7- She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
8- If I Knew Then
9- You Better Think Of Something
10- Bolic


8-9-16

Born In The U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen

Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released on June 4, 1984, by Columbia Records. It was written by Springsteen and recorded with his E Street Band and producers Chuck Plotkin and Jon Landau at The Power Station and The Hit Factory in New York City.

When Born in the U.S.A. was first released, it was met with positive reviews and massive commercial success. It produced seven top-10 hit singles and was promoted with a worldwide concert tour by Springsteen. Born in the U.S.A. became his most commercially successful album and one of the highest-selling records ever, having sold 30 million copies by 2012. It has also been cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Track List

1- Born in the U.S.A.
2- Cover Me
3- Darlington County
4- Working on the Highway
5- Downbound Train
6- I’m on Fire

7- No Surrender
8- Bobby Jea
9- I’m Goin’ Down
10- Glory Days
11- Dancing in the Dark
12- My Hometown


8-8-16

Ferguslie Park

Stealer’s Wheel

Hit Singles Include “Good Businessman,” and “Star.” It’s easy to see why many thought Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan’s Stealer’s Wheel would become the UK’s answer to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The duo’s songwriting prowess is in peak form on Ferguslie Park, marrying ultra-catchy hooks and melodies to gorgeous vocal harmonies. For those who would look at the apparent overnight success of Rafferty’s 1978 breakout City to City, Ferguslie Park is the record you can spin and hear where it all came from with great clarity, including those to-die-for saxophone interludes.

The short but legendary recording career of Stealers Wheel is defined by the pinnacle reached with its first two albums. While Ferguslie Park wouldn’t have a mega-hit smash single like “Stuck in the Middle” (#6, US), this sophomore LP is a more polished effort overall from song to song, beginning to end. By the time Ferguslie Park was recorded, the band was distilled down to the songwriting duo of Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan working with a backing band of session players. It would hardly matter as Rafferty and Egan were clearly the creative essence of Stealers Wheel.

Knowing the band’s history of battling themselves, their producers and their record label it’s easy to see where they were coming from with songs like “Good Businessman,” “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Mind,” “Who Cares” and “(Everyone’s Agreed That) Everything Will Turn Out Fine.” Ferguslie Park is a real district in Paisley, Scotland, where Rafferty and Egan first met in their teens. It’s a story as old as rock n’ roll itself that Stealers Wheel wasn’t long for the world as a band- only one more LP would follow. That doesn’t dim the brilliance of the gem that is Ferguslie Park.

Track List

1- Good Businessman
2- Star
3- Wheelin’
4- Waltz
5- What More Could You Want
6- Over My Head

7- Blind Faith
8- Nothing’s Gonna Change My Mind
9- Steamboat Row
10- Back On My Feet Again
11- Who Cares
12- Everything Will Turn Out Fine


8-5-16

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

CBGB

By the end of 1973, New York City was bankrupt, Watergate had compromised the credibility of the U.S. government, and the Carpenters were the best-selling young recording act in America. Rock ‘n’ roll was dead!

Enter Hilly Kristal, who dreamed of running a country & blues bar in the Bowery. Instead, the club he opened, CBGB (Country, Bluegrass, Blues) became the birthplace of punk and underground music. CBGB was the modern-day salon for the disenfranchised youth of New York City and Kristal gave these young local bands a stage. Artists such as the Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith, Ramones, Dead Boys and Television all started at this iconic club.

The story of Hilly Kristal and his legendary club will be coming to theaters this October when CBGB hits the big screen. The film has an all-star ensemble cast headed by Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter series, Die Hard) who plays Kristal. Co-starring with Rickman will be Malin Akerman (The Proposal, Suburgatory), Ryan Hurst (Sons Of Anarchy), Ashley Greene (The Twilight series), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Stana Katic (Castle) and Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter series).

Omnivore Recordings is proud to present CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ondouble-LP (with first pressing on translucent pink vinyl). An essential collection of songs that made the punk movement, CBGB presents twenty slices of original American music, many rarely compiled or unavailable for years. The soundtrack contains music from influential artists that informed the scene (The Velvet Underground, The Stooges and MC5), to acts that broke through with huge commercial acclaim (Talking Heads, Blondie and The Police). And there’s even music from bands whose legendary status will forever be linked to the club that gave them a voice (Dead Boys, Television. Wayne County, The Dictators and more).

PUNK IS HERE with CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Track List

1- Life During Wartime (Talking Heads)
2- Kick Out The Jams – Uncensored Version (MC5)
3- Chatterbox (New York Dolls)
4- Careful (Television)
5- Blank Generation (Richard Hell & The Voidoids)
6- Slow Death (Flamin’ Groovies)
7- I Can’t Stand It (The Velvet Underground)
8- Out Of Control (Wayne County & The Electric Chairs)
9- Psychotic Reaction (The Count Five)
10- All For The Love Of Rock N Roll (Tuff Darts)

11- All By Myself (Johnny Thunders & THe Heartbreakers)
12- California Sun – Original DEMO (The Dictators)
13- Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth (Dead Boys)
14- I Got Knocked Down But I’ll Get Up (Joey Ramone)
15- Get Outa My Way (The Laughing Dogs)
16- Sunday Girl – 2013 Version (Blondie)
17- I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges)
18- Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys)
19- Roxanne (The Police)
20- Birds And The Bees (Hilly Kristal)


8-4-16

Coney Island Baby

Lou Reed

Coney Island Baby is the sixth solo album by Lou Reed, released in January 1976. It is also the title of a song on that album. The name presumably refers to the Excellents’ 1962 doo wop song of the same name, and/or a 1924 Les Appleton barbershop music song of the same name. The album features the song “She’s My Best Friend”, a version of which was originally recorded by Reed’s band the Velvet Underground in 1969, and eventually released on the 1985 compilation album VU. 30th-anniversarysary re-issue of Coney Island Baby includes bonus tracks featuring Reed’s Velvet Underground bandmate Doug Yule.

Track List

1- Crazy Feeling
2- Charley’s Girl
3- She’s My Best Friend
4- Kicks

5- A Gift
6- Ooohhh Baby
7- Nobody’s Business
8- Coney Island Baby


8-3-16

Glad Rag Doll

Diana Krall

Glad Rag Doll is the 11th studio album by Canadian jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Diana Krall, released on October 2, 2012 by Verve Records. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett, and it covers mainly jazz tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, mostly from Krall’s father’s collection of 78-rpm records.

The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, selling 46,000 copies in its first week. It had sold 191,000 copies in the US by February 2015.

Track List

1- We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
2- There Ain’t No Sweet Man That’s Worth The Salt Of My Tears
3- Just Like A Butterfly That’s Caught In The Rain
4- You Know – I Know Ev’rything’s Made For Love
5- Glad Rag Doll
6- I’m A Little Mixed Up

7- Prairie Lullaby
8- Here Lies Love
9- I Used To Love You But It’s All Over Now
10- Let It Rain
11- Lonely Avenue
12- Wide River To Cross
13- When The Curtain Comes Down


8-2-16

Brilliant Corners

Thelonious Monk

Brilliant Corners is a studio album by American jazz musician Thelonious Monk. It was his third album for Riverside Records,[1] and the first, for this label, to include his own compositions. The complex title track required over a dozen takes in the studio, and is considered one of his most difficult compositions.

The album was recorded in three sessions in late 1956 with two different quintets. “Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-Are” and “Pannonica”, on which Monk played the celeste, were recorded on October 9 with saxophonists Ernie Henry and Sonny Rollins, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and drummer Max Roach. The former composition was titled as a phonetic rendering of Monk’s exaggerated pronunciation of “Blue Bolivar Blues”, which referred to the Hotel Bolívar where Pannonica de Koenigswarter resided; Monk had met her during his first trip to Europe in 1954.

On October 15, Monk attempted to record the title track with the same band during a four-hour session. The complexity of the title track became a challenge for Monk’s sidemen, who attempted twenty-five takes, and led to tension between him and Henry, who nearly broke down mentally, and Pettiford, who exchanged harsh words with Monk during the session. Monk tried to make it easier on Henry by not playing during his alto solo. During one of the takes, producer Orrin Keepnews and others in the control room could not hear Pettiford’s playing and checked his bass microphone for a malfunction, but ultimately realized that he was pantomiming his playing. Without a completed single take, Keepnews ultimately pieced together the album version from multiple takes.

On December 7, “Bemsha Swing” was recorded with Paul Chambers on bass and trumpeter Clark Terry, who replaced Henry, and Monk recorded a solo piano version of “I Surrender, Dear”.

Track List

1- Brilliant Corners
2- Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
3- Pannonica

4- I Surrender, Dear
5- Bemsha Swing


8-1-16

Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet

Miles Davis

Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album by Miles Davis, recorded in 1956 but not released until 1961 as PRLP 7200. Two sessions on May 11, 1956 and October 26 in the same year resulted in four albums: this one, Relaxin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet, Workin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. This album centers on the improvisations of the quintet as well as the interactions between the members of the quintet.

Track List

1- Surrey with the Fringe on Top
2- Salt Peanuts
3- Something I Dreamed Last Night

4- Diane
5- Well, You Needn’t
6- When I Fall in Love


7-28-16

American II: Unchained

Johnny Cash

The first four songs on Unchained come from the songbooks of Beck, Don Gibson, Soundgarden, and Jimmie Rodgers. What might look like absurdly unsupportable eclecticism in other artists, of course, is pretty much standard stuff for Cash.

Unchained is hardly standard, though; it’s more like the best album he’s made since his 1984 departure from Columbia Records. Not only is this a stack of songs perfectly and idiosyncratically suited to the man, they’re given door-rattling backing treatment by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who prove as fitting for Cash’s music as his own Tennessee Two was back in the day. –Rickey Wright

Two years on from his triumphant comeback album, American Recordings, 1996’s Unchained took the blueprint of it’s predecessor and added Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to the mix along with Marty Stuart, Lindsay Buckingham, Flea and many others. The results were just as fantastic, adding a different dimension and fullness to the overall sound, but maintaining the mood and atmosphere that made American Recordings such a treasure. Songs written by Petty, Chris Cornell and Beck rub shoulders with a handful of Johnny originals.

Track List

1- Nick of Time
2- Thing Called Love
3- Love Letter
4- Cry on My Shoulder
5- Real Man
6- Nobody’s Girl

7- Have a Heart
8- Too Soon to Tell
9- I Will Not Be Denied
10- I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again
11- The Road’s My Middle Name


7-27-16

Nick Of Time

Bonnie Raitt

Nick of Time is the 10th album by the American singer Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989.

Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, which was presented to its producer, Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 230 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track List

1- Nick of Time
2- Thing Called Love
3- Love Letter
4- Cry on My Shoulder
5- Real Man
6- Nobody’s Girl

7- Have a Heart
8- Too Soon to Tell
9- I Will Not Be Denied
10- I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again
11- The Road’s My Middle Name


7-26-16

Smack Up

Art Pepper

Smack Up is a 1960 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with Jack Sheldon, Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond and Frank Butler.

Leonard Feather’s sleeve notes include two quotes by Pepper which throw light on his approach to playing jazz:

“Knowing the relationships of chords to one another, how they fit into sequences and how you build on them, all reminds you that there’s an important relationship between mathematics and music.

The way a man walks, the way he talks, the timbre of his voice, the cadences of his speech, his little variations in phrasing a thought — all have so much to do with individuality. The same thing is true of a man’s playing in jazz… his tone, the way his sound moves, his feeling for time. That’s why jazz is consistently fascinating. You could ask six guys to play an identical solo, but when you heard the results, you’d hear six different solos.”

The album consists of compositions written by saxophonists.

Track List

1- Smack Up
2- Las Cuevas De Mario
3- A Bit of Basie
4- How Can You Lose

5- Maybe Next Year
6- Tears Inside
7- Solid Citizens
8- Solid Citizens (alternate take)


7-22-16

Farmers Market Barbeque

Count Basie Big Band

Musically, Farmers Market Barbeque is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way. This should not be surprising: many of his recordings for Pablo in the ’70s and early ’80s display the talents of The Count and his band of veterans at their best.

Sonically it’s another story. Based on our recent shootout for this title, in comparison to the other Basie titles we’ve done lately we would have to say that FMB is the best Basie big band title we’ve ever played. Since so many Basie big band recordings are so good, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves; after all, we haven’t done shootouts for all of his Pablo large group recordings. To be safe we’ll just call this one First Among Equals.

Track List

1- “Way Out Basie”
2- “St. Louis Blues”
3- “Beaver Junction”
4- “Lester Leaps In”

5- “Blues for the Barbecue”
6- “I Don’t Know Yet”
7- “Ain’t That Something”
8- “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”


7-21-16

Somethin’ Else

Cannonball Adderley

Somethin’ Else is a jazz album by saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, released on Blue Note Records in 1958. It is notable for the presence and prominent contributions of Miles Davis in one of his few recording dates for Blue Note. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested “Core Collection.” The album was recorded during Adderley’s membership in the Miles Davis Sextet of 1958, and is one of the few post-1955 appearances of Miles Davis as a sideman. Indeed, Davis plays several of the first solos, composed the bluesy title track and, according to the liner notes, chose most of the material. “Autumn Leaves” would remain in the Davis book, and “Love for Sale” would be recorded by the Davis Sextet a little over two months later.

The twelve-bar blues “One for Daddy-O” was written by Adderley’s brother Nat Adderley for Chicago radio DJ Holmes “Daddy-O” Daylie. At the end of that track, Davis can be heard addressing producer Alfred Lion, saying “is that what you wanted, Alfred?” Adderley and Davis would also be heard together on the 1958 Columbia Records release Milestones, as well as the 1959 landmark Kind of Blue, one of the most universally acclaimed jazz albums.

Track List

1- Autumn Leaves
2- Love For Sale
3- Somethin’ Else

4- One For Daddy-O
5- Dancing In The Dark
6- Bangoon (aka Alison’s Uncle)


7-20-16

Weather Report

Weather Report (1971 Album)

Originally released in May 1971, Weather Report was the debut album by the group of the same name. The album was reissued by Columbia Records in 1992. The album was digitally remastered by Vic Anesini in November 1991 at Sony Music Studios in New York City, and then released again under the Sony International label.

Writing on the back sleeve of the album, Clive Davis, the then president of Columbia Records opines: “There have always been two kinds of musicians-those who create and those who imitate. Weather Report creates. It is that rare thing in music, an original […] Together these gifted young musicians have created Weather Report, a soundtrack for the mind, the imagination, for opening up heads and hearts.”

Track List

1- Milky Way
2- Umbrellas
3- Seventh Arrow
4- Orange Lady

5- Morning Lake
6- Waterfall
7- Tears
8- Eurydice


7-19-16

Jazz Winds From A New Direction

Hank Garland

Lots of folks in the country music streets of Nashville and the jazz canyons of New York were shaken up by this release, for country supersession man Hank Garland demonstrated that he could be just as persuasive rattling off swift, sophisticated bebop as he was playing thousands of country licks on the jukeboxes. Nothing fazes him, not even the tricky “Move,” for Garland had technique to burn and a thoroughly modern harmonic approach. Not only that, a 17-year-old Boston kid named Gary Burtonmakes an astonishingly brash and assured recorded debut on vibes on this record, and bassist Joe Benjamin and the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s unquenchably swinging drummer Joe Morello (who had toured with Garland when Garland was a teenager) are on hand from New York.

This record seemed to promise great things ahead for Garland in the jazz world, a prospect cut sadly short later in 1961 by a crippling auto accident. Originally recorded in Nashville by Columbia and country & western producerDon Law (another shock to the purists’ systems), Jazz Winds has been in print in some form almost continuously.

Track List

1- All the Things You Are
2- Three-Four, the Blues
3- Move

4- Always
5- Riot-Vhous
6- Relaxing


7-18-16

Unity

Larry Young

Unity is an album by jazz organist Larry Young, released on the Blue Note label. While not free jazz, the album features innovative experimentation. The title was chosen by Young because “although everybody on the date was very much an individualist, they were all in the same frame of mood. It was evident from the start that everything was fitting together.” The album was Young’s second for Blue Note, following on from Into Somethin’.

Track List

1- “Zoltan”
2- “Monk’s Dream”
3- “If”
4- “The Moontrane”
5- “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise”

6- “Beyond All Limits”
7- “If” (Alternate Take 1)
8- “If” (Alternate Take 2)
9- “The Moontrane” (Alternate Take)
10- “Beyond All Limits” (Alternate Take)


7-15-16

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Island Life

Grace Jones

After the major commercial success Grace Jones achieved with her comeback album Slave to the Rhythm in 1985, Island Records decided to release a best-of compilation at the end of the same year. Island Life would feature songs from most of Jones’ Island Records albums: Portfolio, Fame, Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing, Living My Life, and Slave to the Rhythm. No tracks from Muse were included. Some of the songs appeared in edited forms, and a remix of “Love Is the Drug” was included. No new songs were recorded for the album. Island Life consists only of previously released material, produced by Tom Moulton, Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin and Trevor Horn. American writer and journalist Glenn O’Brien wrote an essay for the record sleeve.

The cover picture is one of the most famous images of Grace Jones and was created by her then-partner Jean-Paul Goude. The impossibly graceful arabesque is actually a montage of separate images, following Goude’s ideas on creating credible illusions with his cut-and-paint technique. The body position is “anatomically unlikely”.[6] The picture was originally published in New York magazine in 1978 and subsequently used in the music video for Jones’ hit single “La Vie en rose”. It has been since described as “one of pop culture’s most famous photographs”.[7] Also included in the album sleeve are other iconic images of Jones, among them the “twins” photograph, Grace Jones in a cage and wearing a “maternity” dress.

Track List

1- La vie en rose
2- I Need A Man
3- Do Or Die
4- Private Life
5- Love Is The Drug

6- I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
7- Pull Up To The Bumper
8- Walking In The Rain
9- My Jamaican Guy
10- Slave To The Rhythm


7-14-16

When the Levee Breaks

Vanessa Fernandez

Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin tunes in “unplugged” acoustic arrangements on the audiophile quality recordingWhen The Levee Breaks. Brilliant rhythm guitar and solos from arranger-guitarist Tim Pierce including an extended electric guitar solo on the rock version of “Whole Lotta Love” as well as killer vintage slide work on “When The Levee Breaks;” awesome drumming and majestic kick drum work from Jim Keltner on “Kashmir,” “Babe” and “Immigrant Song;” driving electric bass lines from Chris Chaney; memorable B3 and Wurlitzer fills and runs from keyboardist Jim Cox; audacious violin solos and fills from Charlie Bisharat on “Kashmir” and “Immigrant Song;” and, last but in no way least, stirring percussion backing from the great Luis Conte on “When The Levee Breaks,” “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” (acoustic).

And throughout every song the magnificent incomparable vocals of Vanessa Fernandez. Yes – the album was recorded all analogue multi-track but several of the vocal tracks are the complete original live track used without any overdubs or fixes. The vocal performance on “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” is gonna leave listeners breathless! Engineered by Michael C. Ross, mixing of the album was completed at United Recordings (formerly known as Oceanway Recordings). The mixing was done in the legendary studio A with it’s great sounding custom built mixing board. All the above elements combined to create memorable and immensely satisfying versions of several well-known Led Zeppelin songs and the results are in – an album of epic musical and spectacular sonic quality!

“Much of the album…is acoustic, but songs like “Kashmir” with Jim Keltner on drums, rocks out big time. These are fresh arrangements by guitarist Tim Pierce…The instrumental performances add new luster to the old chestnuts. Old fans will enjoy the new musical environment and some non-Led Zep fans will be won over. Most importantly, Ms. Fernandez, a long time Led Zep fan, has the vocal chops and the sensibility to wrap her cords tightly around the lyrics and wring new meaning from them.” – Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com

Track List

1- Immigrant Song
2- Black Dog
3- Kashmir
4- Trampled Underfoot
5- When the Levee Breaks (acoustic)

6- The Lemon Song
7- Ramble On
8- Whole Lotta Love
9- Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
10- Immigrant Song