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Old, but prolific: Neil Young released 2 albums in 2017.
Hitchhiker is a solo acoustic studio album recorded on August 11, 1976 in Malibu.
Visitor is an album of new material recorded with Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real
They are both very cool.

Old, but prolific (Part 2): Van Morrison released 2 albums in 2017.
Versatile (his 38th solo album) came out in November 3 months after Roll With The Punches.
Both contain original songs, Versatile leans more toward pre-rock standards,
while Roll leans more toward a R&B and Blues sound.
They are both very cool.

New Archival Classic Rock:
Rolling Stones On Air is 32 classic tracks, recorded LIVE from performances on the BBC.
Yardbirds ’68 is 18 LIVE tracks that Jimmy Page recently discovered in his studio closet.
The 2nd disc is “studio sketches” of songs from that era. Jimmy has cleaned them up, and has fully endorsed the release.
They are both very cool.

Here are some more 2017 releases that we are fond of:
Bruce Cockburn Bone on Bone.
His last album was in 2011.
In that time, he wrote an autobiography, and moved to San Francisco with his wife and young daughter.

Another wisenheimer who felt it necessary to release 2 albums in 2017 is
Chris Stapleton. From A Room Volumes 1 & 2 are chocked full of great songs, very soulful and
beautifully recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.

Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black

Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings: Soul of a Woman

Valerie June: The Order Of Time

GIFT IDEA
Tee Shirt !
Everybody likes our LRS Tee Shirts.
Whether you choose the classic Rick Griffin design, or one of our fancy new models, you can’t go wrong.

GIFT IDEA #2
LRS Gift Certificate

Folks 9 to 90 like our Gift Certificates. It says, “I have no clue what music to get you, so pick it yourself!”

GIFT IDEA #3
Your Favorite Album !
This gift says, “I don’t care if you are a Hip-Hop guy. You’re getting MY favorite album!”
This insures when you visit that person, they always have at least one album in their collection that YOU like….laugh

GIFT IDEA #4
Shop local !

Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain
(almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.
Remember when our store was green?

GIFT IDEA # 5
Ask us!

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is eager to help you find the exact gift for that special someone.
Even if it’s a Gift Certificate !

FREE David Arkenstone’s Winter Fantasy Tickets and Gift Ideas

With an impressive career that includes more than 45 albums, 20 Billboard hits, film & TV soundtracks,
commercials and game scores, three-time GRAMMY®-nominee David Arkenstone has established
himself as one of the best contemporary instrumental musicians and composers of our time.
This visionary continues to create distinctive tracks that inspire the imagination.
A musical storyteller, David is passionate about taking his listeners on a journey, creating sonic tapestries that evoke every emotion.
I met David when he visited KRCB Radio 91 last week. He was impressed that Sonoma County supported an NPR radio station,
and an independent record store.
David Arkenstone and our friends at The Mystic Theater in Petaluma have generously offered 5 pairs of tickets to their special
Winter Solstice Concert, FREE to our Last Record Store friends, family and customers.
If you can attend this family friendly (and trippy) show, call us and claim your free tickets.
(707) 525-1963 to the first 5 callers. You will also get a copy of David’s latest CD at the show.
Happy Holidays !

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GIFT IDEA # 1
Tee Shirt !
Everybody likes our LRS Tee Shirts.
Whether you choose the classic Rick Griffin design, or one of our fancy new models, you can’t go wrong.

GIFT IDEA #2
LRS Gift Certificate

Folks 9 to 90 like our Gift Certificates. It says, “I have no clue what music to get you, so pick it yourself!”

GIFT IDEA #3
Your Favorite Album !
This gift says, “I don’t care if you are a Hip-Hop guy. You’re getting MY favorite album!”
This insures when you visit that person, they always have at least one album in their collection that YOU like….laugh

GIFT IDEA #4
Shop local !

Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain
(almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.
Remember when our store was green?

GIFT IDEA # 5
Ask us!

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is eager to help you find the exact gift for that special someone.
Even if it’s a Gift Certificate !

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It’s December, Man!

NEW RELEASES for December 1, 2017 include:

Gillan Welch: Harrow & The Harvest on LP is a thing of beauty

Limited vinyl LP pressing of Gillian Welch’s The Harrow & The Harvest was mastered direct from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to a Neumann VMS-80 cutting system and plated and pressed on standard-weight audiophile-quality vinyl at Quality Record Pressings. Grammy-nominated for Best Engineered Album (Non Classical) and Best Folk Album, this deluxe package includes new full color cover art by John Dyer Baizley and full lyric insert. 2011 release from the critically adored Americana singer/songwriter. The Harrow & The Harvest, Gillian’s first album in eight years, is an all acoustic affair containing 10 new songs. The album was produced by David Rawlings and recorded at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN.


Björk: Utopia

the ninth studio album from the Icelandic singer/songwriter. Björk began working on Utopia almost immediately after releasing Vulnicura in 2015. The first news of the album came from Björk herself during her pre-taped acceptance speech for International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards, held on 24 February 2016. She stated that her reason for not attending was that she was busy recording her new album. The artwork was created by Jesse Kanda. Includes “The Gate”. Bjork is best known for her work as vocalist in The Sugarcubes as well as her phenomenally successful and influential solo career.


Chris Stapleton: From A Room: Volume 2

From A Room: Volume 2 is the third studio album from award-winning country music singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton. Like it’s predecessor, the album takes it’s name from Nashville’s RCA Studio A, where the recording sessions took place. The album tracks “Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind”, “Hard Livin'” and “Midnight Train to Memphis” have been featured in his All-American Road Show Tour prior to the release. The latter song was also featured in his live sets with his former band The SteelDrivers. The album opens with a cover of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire”, and closes with a cover of Homer Banks and Lester Snell’s “Friendship,” previously recorded by Pops Staples.


(I had a Rough Night and I Hate The Fucking Eagles, Man) Hotel California: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition

Two CD pressing. Disc One contains the digitally remastered edition of the classic 1976 album Hotel California. Disc Two contains the previously unreleased Live at The Forum Oct 19 – 22, 1976. Housed in a six-panel softpak. Digitally remastered and expanded 40th Anniversary edition. Hotel California is the fifth studio album by The Eagles, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching high in the Billboard Hot 100: “New Kid in Town” (#1), “Hotel California” (#1), and “Life in the Fast Lane” (#11). The album became the band’s best-selling album after Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), with over 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and over 32 million copies sold worldwide.


Neil Young + Promise Of The Real: The Visitor

When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he’d seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. “I’m a Canadian by the way and I love the USA,” he sings on the first song “Already Great.” The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of “Already Great” where Young insists, “Already great, you’re already great. You’re the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. Whose Street? Our Street.” From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his album The Visitor like he had never taken before. It was one where he’d even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he’d made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn’t blink then, and he is not blinking now.


The Rolling Stones: On Air

Deluxe two CD edition including 32 classic tracks. 2017 archive release from the rock ‘n’ roll legends. On Air is a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from the Stones formative years. The songs including eight tracks the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK shows such as Saturday Club, and Rhythm and Blues between 1963 and 1965. The tapes have gone through a process called “audio source separation”, making tracks like ‘Come On’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, and many more sound better than before. Scream along with those rabid young Jagger worshippers as he leads the lads through some of rock’s most electrifying songs!


U2: Songs Of Experience

It’s the 14th studio album from the Irish quartet. Songs of Experience was produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow, and Jolyon Thomas. The album is intended to be a companion piece to U2’s previous record, Songs of Innocence (2014). Whereas it’s predecessor explored the group members’ adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically is a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart. The personal nature of the lyrics reflects a “brush with mortality” that he had during the album’s recording. Includes the single “You’re the Best Thing About Me”.


Van Morrison: Versatile

The second 2017 release from the veteran singer/songwriter. Across Versatile’s sixteen tracks, Van Morrison interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. As well as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Sinatra, the Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, Versatile features six stunning new Van compositions, including ‘Broken Record’, a timeless piece of late-night swing. Morrison has received several major music awards in his career, including two Grammy Awards, with five additional nominations (1982-2004); inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (January 1993), the Songwriters Hall of Fame (June 2003), and the Irish Music Hall of Fame (September 1999); and a Brit Award (February 1994). In addition he has received civil awards: an OBE (June 1996) and an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1996). He has honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster (1992) and from Queen’s University Belfast (July 2001).


Yardbirds ’68 [Import]

Two CD archive release. Yardbirds ’68 presents an 18-track double album produced by legendary guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. This special album features remixed live recordings from the Anderson Theater in March 1968 alongside studio sketches recorded in the same era and the album features music from The Yardbirds members Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Jimmy Page and Keith Relf. “We thought this might be lost forever, but we’ve rediscovered it, remixed it. It’s of great historical importance. We’re delighted to see the release.”


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Decent Criminal and Brown Bags

The Last Record Store is proud to have two bands perform on Saturday!
___Decent Criminal and Brown Bags
November 18 at 2:05 pm

NEW RELEASES for November 17, 2017 include:

 

Bob Seger: I Knew You When

the 18th studio album by rock singer/songwriter Bob Seger. The album was recorded in Nashville and Detroit and produced by Seger himself. A cover version of Lou Reed’s “Busload of Faith” was released as the first single taken from the album. The song was originally released by Reed on his 1989 album New York. Besides Reed’s “Busload of Faith,” Seger included another cover song in the album, namely “Democracy,” which was written by Leonard Cohen and originally released on his 1992 album The Future. A number of Seger’s own compositions for the album were written and originally recorded many years or even decades ago but remained unreleased at the time.


Jimmy Buffett: Buried Treasure

archive release from the beloved singer/songwriter. Buried Treasure Vol. One is a very special collection of Jimmy Buffett songs, recorded in 1969 in Mobile and Nashville, Discovered hidden in a recording studio closet. When legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio to John and Martina McBride, there was some cleaning up to do. That is when Jimmy learned that they had found a sizeable collection of ¼-inch tapes that were the demos of songs Jimmy had written and recorded for Buzz when he was writing for his publishing company. It turned out that there were over 125 songs in that pile of tape boxes. Also discovered were the original first recordings Travis Turk had engineered in Mobile, and that is where the whole story of Buried Treasure starts.


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: The Rest Of Our Life

the first collaborative album between country music superstars and power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The album’s title track and single “Rest of Our Life” was written by Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid, and Steve Mac. This project has been a long time coming and eagerly anticipated by fans of both artists. In 1997, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released their first duet, which spent six weeks atop the country charts. They have collaborated a number of times since then, recording several duets and raising three daughters together. The Rest of Our Life features 11 songs.


Morrissey: Low In High School

the eleventh solo studio album from the former Smiths frontman. Low In High School is Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG. The album was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios. The record was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (who has worked with The Strokes, Beck and The White Stripes to name a few). Morrissey’s talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever On LOW IN HIGH SCHOOL, capturing the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world. Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all 10 of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including three entries at the #1 position.


Talib Kweli: Radio Silence

New release from the renowned artist and activist from Brooklyn, NY. Radio Silence features Rick Ross, Anderson. Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Waka Flocka, Jay Electronica, Robert Glasper, Bilal and others. Production from The Alchemist, Oh No, Kaytranada, J. Rhodes, Robert Glasper, and more. The majority of the album was mixed by Young Guru. Radioi Silence is the follow-up to 2015’s F*** The Money. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star. Kweli’s musical career continued with solo success including collaborations with producers Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pharrell Williams.


Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul Of A Woman

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ final studio album, Soul of a Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone’s fearless leader and one of the world’s greatest performers. In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones’ voice remained at full power until her final days. The songs on Soul Of A Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band’s sound. Side One showcases the grittier, bluesier material like Matter Of Time and Sail On giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess, creating a liveness that few studio albums possess. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like ‘When I Saw Your Face’ and ‘These Tears (No Longer For You)’, capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon’s vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she’s steering the ship. The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak.


Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples is an American Music legend. She was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, as singer for the legendary gospel group, The Staples Singers. Mavis, along with her father, Pops, and siblings marched and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on the fight for equality in this country. In December 2016, Mavis went to Washington, DC to receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honors from President Obama, with whom she has had a long standing friendship. Mavis invited Wilco frontman and dear friend, Jeff Tweedy as her guest for the weekend’s festivities. The two spent hours discussing the current events and how today’s fight for equality is very similar to those in the 60’s. Inspired by these events, Mavis and Jeff got together and wrote Mavis’ new album, If All I Was Was Black, produced by Jeff Tweedy. The new album is a perfect message for our time and is by far Mavis’ best work to date.


Green Day: Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band

2017 collection from the alt-rock trio. Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band chronicles the sonic journey of one of the most essential and dynamic rock bands in recent history. The playlist includes 20 hits spanning Green Day’s prolific 31 years as a band, plus a brand new song called “Back In The USA” and a new duet with award-winning Country Music superstar Miranda Lambert on “Ordinary World.” Green Day was formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band’s career, they have been a trio with drummer Tré Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990 prior to the recording of the band’s second studio album in 91.


Chasing Trane (Original Soundtrack)

This soundtrack features 11 tracks from the film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the time, it brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The CD booklet includes images from the film and an essay by John Coltrane author and film participant, Ashley Kahn. John Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension.

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