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NEW RELEASES for February 23, 2018

NEW RELEASES for February 23, 2018 include:

GarciaLIVE VOLUME 10 – May 20th, 1990 Hilo Civic Auditorium on CD

Two CD set. GarciaLive Volume Ten documents the Jerry Garcia Band’s May 20, 1990 performance at the Hilo Civic Auditorium in Hawaii. In this relaxed setting, it’s no wonder that the music from this show shines so brightly both in Garcia’s strong vocals and guitar playing but also the joyful setlist spanning some of Jerry’s favorite corners of music Dylan, Motown, reggae, and rock ‘n’ roll. Spurred on by the ever-steady rhythm section of Dave Kemper and John Kahn, complete with the celestial sounds of Melvin Seals’ organ and background vocals of Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch.

Disc 1 –

  • 1 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [Live] 6:20
  • 2 They Love Each Other (Live) 7:09
  • 3 Tough Mama (Live) 5:16
  • 4 Like a Road Leading Home (Live) 8:14
  • 5 Run for the Roses (Live) 5:39
  • 6 The Way You Do the Things You Do (Live) 10:06
  • 7 My Sisters and Brothers (Live) 4:13
  • 8 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Live) 10:07
  • 9 Deal (Live) 8:21

Disc 2 –

  • 1 The Harder They Come (Live) 10:55
  • 2 Forever Young (Live) 8:24
  • 3 Stop That Train (Live) 7:10
  • 4 Tore Up Over You (Live) 7:25
  • 5 Tears of Rage (Live) 7:47
  • 6 Evangeline (Live) 4:01
  • 7 Waiting for a Miracle (Live) 6:18
  • 8 That Lucky Old Sun (Live) 9:38
  • 9 Tangled Up in Blue (Live) 9:40

Janiva Magness: Love Is An Army

After Janiva Magness added a 2016 Grammy nomination to her 27 Blues Music Award nominations – with seven wins, including Entertainer of the Year – she might have taken at least a short rest on her laurels. Instead, one of the preeminent voices in contemporary American roots music has raised the bar for herself. Magness’ fourteenth album, Love Is an Army, is a brilliantly crafted bridge between the past and present, blending the echoes of classic soul and country music with timeless themes of love and the very contemporary sound of protest. Love Is an Army’s dozen songs reverberate with the timeless character of the Memphis rhythm & blues patented by the Stax and Hi Records studios, especially in tracks like “Back to Blue,” which opens the album and sets it’s tone, and “Hammer,” which features Grammy Winner and multiple Blues Music Awards winner Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. Another Tennessee music city, Nashville, is the geographic touchstone for the title number, a duet with Texas singer / songwriter Bryan Stephens, and for “On and On,” with Poco frontman Rusty Young on pedal steel guitar. Like Magness, both Stephens and Young are on Blue Elan Records. Other guest artists include the legendary R&B singer Delbert McClinton, Mississippi hill country blues torchbearer Cedric Burnside, bluegrass guitar and banjo virtuoso Courtney Hartman of the band Della Mae.


John Mayall: Three For The Road

2018 release featuring songs recorded live in Germany, 2017 with his trio featuring Greg Rzab & Jay Davenport. Includes recent tunes mixed with old classics. That title refers to the UK blues doyen’s great trio (John with bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport) who toured Europe in 2017, resulting in this new live album drawn from two shows in Germany. The guys dig into material both recent and vintage: “Big Town Playboy,” “I Feel So Bad,” “Streamline,” “Lonely Feeling,” “Congo Square,” “Don’t Deny Me” and more.


Caroline Rose: Loner

The songs and narrative’s on LONER reflect my life over the last couple years-I joined Tinder, I got my first apartment and painted it teal, I went to parties, I discussed politics, I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. I learned, for better or worse, how to be a member of the modern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying. Tired of the bottomless pit of sad songs, I decided to put a spin on my greatest songwriting inspirations-misogyny, unplanned pregnancy, Capitalism, anxiety, loneliness and death-and wrap such depressing subject matter in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito… Because it’s hard being serious all the time and sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail. Loner reflects the styles of music I love-pop, folk, punk, electronic, and surf music-all thrown into a blender with a ladle full of cheeky satire. I call it Schizodrift. It sounds like Blondie drunk on mai tais. Loner was co-produced by myself and the wonderful Paul Butler (Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul & The Broken Bones) and recorded in freezing Northern California, in addition to my parent’s attic and my last apartment. It was mixed by sound guru Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Show Me The Body) in Brooklyn, NY. – C. Rose


Al Di Meola: Opus

Al Di Meola is a pioneer of blending world music, rock and jazz. His ongoing fascination for complex rhythmic syncopation, combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony, has been the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned over four decades. The Grammy award winner achieved worldwide fame as both a solo artist and for his collaborations with Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Santana, Steve Winwood, Herbie Hancock, and many more. He has also earned the highest amount of Guitar awards in different categories from Guitar Player magazine.

NEW RELEASES for January, 2018 include:

Black Label Society: Grimmest Hits

Black Label Society bandleader Zakk Wylde wields his guitar like a Viking weapon, bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does. Charismatic beast and consummate showman, Wylde puts his massive heart and earnest soul on display with unbridled, unchained, animalistic passion in Black Label Society, whether it’s a crushingly heavy blues-rock barnstormer or a piano-driven ode to a fallen brother. Each Black Label Society album is another opportunity to top the one before it, but like AC/DC or The Rolling Stones, BLS isn’t here to reinvent the wheel. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s a brand we can trust. Grimmest Hits, the band’s tenth full-length studio album and follow-up to Billboard Top 5 entries Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010), Black Label Society submit new anthems like radio single “Room of Nightmares,” the bluesy “Seasons of Falter,” and Southern-fried “The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away” to the BLS faithful; 12 unstoppable tracks to add to that lifestyle soundtrack.


Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Wrong Creatures

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Wrong Creatures Vagrant Records Recorded in Los Angeles, Wrong Creatures takes a journey throughout rock’s history, taking unlikely twists and turns, both peppered with historic influences but also having one foot firmly in the present. Yet their focus still firmly set on returning to edge of the stage, never resting on their laurels and bringing people further into their live experience. – Wrong Creatures returns to the core of BRMC’s alchemy, yet plunges the knife in even further. From the Cave-esque murder balladry of “Haunt” to the garage punk of “Little Thing Gone Wild,” it runs the gamut allowing the band to flex every muscle in their armor. They remain opaque about the songs’ greater meanings, fearful of past misunderstandings. – Ultimately, the band are survivors during an era where rock’n’roll can often be overshadowed by garish pop and domineering hip-hop. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have learned how to cut out all the noise and concentrate on what matters. Robert Levon Been: “We are truly an island – come hell or high water, so it’s usually best to dress accordingly. Though i’m not sure what the proper attire is when drowning in fire. But leather usually goes with everything.”


Calexico: Thread That Keeps Us

The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings-not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber-and dubbed The Phantom Ship by the band-the grandiose house and it’s edge-of-the-world-like ambience soon made their way into the songs. The specter of California also had a powerful effect: as both dream state and nightmare, it’s infinite duality is mirrored in the music, giving Calexico a new direction and new edge. With less Polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’s confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.


Camila

Camila Cabello releases her first solo album, one of the most awaited of the year, titled “Camila”. According to the artist, the album composes the soundtrack of her last year, of much work and conquests. Camila was released as a solo artist in 2017, with the single “Crying in The Club”. The track accumulates more than 15 million streams in the world, has reached the Top 50 of Spotify in 40 countries and has achieved Platinum certification in Brazil. His second single (and hit) “Havana”, released in August of that year, surpasses 400 million streams, reaching the Top 5 of Spotify in 37 countries (including Brazil, where it remains as international # 1 on the platform) and Spotify’s Top 50 in 57 countries. The track hit # 2 on the Billboard / World. In Brazil the single won the 3x Platinum certification and reached # 1 on radio, iTunes, Apple Music and Deezer. Camila Cabello is a Cuban singer and songwriter, residing in the United States. She began her career as a member of the girl band Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The X Factor USA. He began his solo career in 2017, in which he has received several awards, including that of Artista Revelação by Billboard. Self-titled full-length debut album. Certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA! Camila is the first debut female artist of 2017 to score a #1 position at Top 40 radio, “Havana” being her second after “Bad Things,” her single with Machine Gun Kelly, which hit #1 in February 2017, Cabello is additionally just the fifth artist to post multiple Pop Songs No. 1s as a soloist while also having ruled the ranking with a group. She joins Beyoncé, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake,” Billboard. New songs include – Never Be the Same 3:47, Havana (feat. Young Thug) 3:37, Real Friends 3:34, Never Be the Same (Radio Edit) 3:47


Corrosion of Conformity: No Cross No Crown

Whenever Corrosion of Conformity releases a new album, folks take notice. But their latest is a true event. It’s been a dozen years since C.O.C. recorded new material with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan at the helm. In that time, there have been rumors, whispers and outright allegations that the legendary Southern rock outfit would reunite to blow the doors off the whole damn scene again. In 2014, after nearly a straight decade traversing the globe as a guitarist with New Orleans supergroup Down, Keenan reconnected with the core C.O.C. trio of Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin to hit the road hard and write & record “No Cross No Crown”


Fall Out Boy: M A N I A

the seventh album from alt-rock band Fall Out Boy. The album features “Young And Menace” and “Champion”. M A N I A is the follow-up album to the band’s platinum-certified American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Hailing from Chicago, Grammy-nominated Fall Out Boy consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley. The band originated from Chicago’s hardcore punk scene, with which all members were involved at one point. The group was formed by Wentz and Trohman as a pop punk side project of the members’ respective hardcore bands, and Stump joined shortly thereafter. The group went through a succession of drummers before landing Hurley.


First Aid Kit: Ruins

Ruins is the eagerly awaited album from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. This album finds First Aid Kit as you’ve never heard them before: wounded and biting back hard. While Ruins follows the traditions of the classic folk-rock sound that First Aid Kit revived via their breakthrough album Stay Gold (2014) and previous releases The Big Black And The Blue (2010) and The Lion’s Roar (2012), the difference is that this time they’ve lived, and the results are intense. Tracks such as “Rebel Heart” the album’s opener documents a love doomed from the start. “It’s A Shame” the lead single is a plea to live in the moment because everyone disposes of each other eventually. On “Postcard” and To Live A Life,” you feel the breath-stealing weight of despair when a shattered love leaves you bereft of hope. “Fireworks” introverts the blame with self-loathing. Ruins was made with one target in mind: make it sound more real a result the Söderberg sisters clearly achieved.


Glen Hansard: Between Two Shores

Following up 2015’s Grammy-nominated Didn’t He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, this 10-track collection was produced by Hansard himself for the first time. The culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, Between Two Shores came together in only a matter of weeks. The aptly titled “Setting Forth” became the catalyst for the direction Hansard hoped to achieve with Between Two Shores. Recorded with drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade and members of his Fellowship Band the song tackles themes of self-doubt in a time when it’s impossible not to be riddled with uncertainty. The album’s lead track “Time Will be the Healer” is a hopeful plea to a forlorn lover that also speaks to the way for-ward in the current social climate. Indeed, it would be impossible not to in some way address the politics of the day, which Hansard does in “Wheels on Fire” and it’s refrain of “We will overcome!”


Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart: Black Coffee

It’s been four years since the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and #1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since they have both been on fire, riding creative tidal waves live in the studio. They have reunited for another collection of 10 soul gems that pair Hart’s breathtaking vocals and Joe’s masterful expressive playing. Featuring songs by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucinda Williams and more. The first studio album released by this magical duo was Don’t Explain in 2011, followed by the Grammy nominated album Seesaw in 2013. In 2014, they released their first live album and DVD Live in Amsterdam, recorded during their mini tour in Europe.


Joe Perry: Sweetzerland Manifesto

from the legendary Aerosmith guitarist. Sweetzerland Manifesto features 11 hard-rocking original songs from the legendary Aerosmith guitarist. Joining Perry is a Murderers Row of some of the baddest names in rock, including Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), who sings on the single “Aye, Aye, Aye”, David Johansen (New York Dolls), and Terry Reid. Even world-famous actor Johnny Depp gets in on the action, playing drums on “Eve Of Destruction”. Joe Perry was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Aerosmith, and in 2013, Perry and his songwriting partner Steven Tyler were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Machine Head: Catharsis

If heavy music stands for anything, it’s freedom. Formed in Oakland, California in 1991, Machine Head have forged a formidable reputation and huge global fan base by never surrendering their artistic liberty or compromising their belief in the power of heaviness. Exploding into the consciousness of metalheads worldwide with their seminal 1994 debut album ‘Burn My Eyes’, the band led by singer/guitarist Robb Flynn have consistently raged against the grain, producing a steady stream of lead-heavy but fiendishly inventive modern metal records that have both defined and redefined the sound of metal in the 21st century. Over the span of 20 years, Machine Head have sold over 800,000 records in the US alone, garnered a Grammy nomination, toured the globe with Metallica and are truly force to be reckoned with overseas. As with any band that stands strong through a near twenty-year career, there are always ups and downs, but as the beginning of the new millennium would prove, more than ever Machine Head would bow down to no one when it came to their musical output. Machine Head created the blueprint for the modern metal masterpiece.


Mary Gauthier: Rifles And Rosary Beads

the 10th album from the folk singer/songwriter. Rifles and Rosary Beads is a collection of songs by Mary Gauthier, co-written with U.S. veterans and their families, through Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit organization that pairs US veterans with professional songwriters. These songs are a glimpse inside the hearts and souls of both male and female soldiers, and their spouses. The eleven deeply personal songs on this album reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans deal with abroad and after returning home. Each song on Rifles and Rosary Beads is a gut punch: deceptively simple and emotionally complex. From the opening “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/Can kill you at home”) to “Bullet Holes in the Sky” (“They thank me for my service/And wave their little flags/They genuflect on Sundays/And yes, they’d send us back”), to the abject horror of “Iraq,” and it’s quiet depiction of a female mechanic’s rape, each song tells the story of a deeply wounded veteran



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Joe Satriani: What Happens Next

What Happens Next is the sixteenth studio album by the acclaimed guitarist. Joe Satriani consciously went in a more simplistic direction than on his previous album, Shockwave Supernova. As opposed to an alien alter ego, this time he wrote songs “about a human being, two feet on the ground, heart pumping, with emotions, dreams, and hopes. That seemed to be the direction I really was yearning for”. He referred to it as an ‘internal artistic rebirth’ and collaborated with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes and producer Mike Fraser. It was recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with Satriani abandoning progressive elements of his last two albums and utilizing a more straightforward, accessible sound he termed “pure rock and soul”.


The Shins: Worms Heart

2018 release. The Worms Heart is a complete re-work of The Shins critically acclaimed March, 2017 album Heartworms. The album offers new reworked versions of the Heartworms album original tracks, and the sequence is flipped as well. When James Mercer wrote, produced, and recorded the Heartworms album, he had this desire for an alternate version, an opposite version. The album’s slow songs would be flipped and re-recorded as fast songs, and vice versa. The reasoning was to showcase the versatility and strength of his songwriting, and the result is The Worm’s Heart. This ‘flipped’ collection is produced by Yuuki Matthews, Jon Sortland, and James Mercer; and is a must for any fan of The Shins.


Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James / Various

Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James brings together a group of amazing artists to pay tribute to the legendary Elmore James in this 13-song collection of his classic blues standards. Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, and Mickey Raphael feature on a rendition of ‘Mean Mistreatin’ Mama’. Crooner Tom Jones lends his voice to ‘Done Somebody Wrong’. Keb Mo’ performs ‘Look On Yonder Wall’ and Bettye LaVette sings ‘Person To Person’. Also featured are Rodney Crowell, Jamey Johnson, Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Chuck E. Weiss, and many others. Proceeds benefit Musicares and Edible Schoolyard NYC. Elmore James was known as King of the Slide Guitar and was noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice.



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They Might Be Giants: I Like Fun

They Might Be Giants is back! The Brooklyn originals can’t stop and won’t stop, with 2018 already destined to be one of their most magnificent and productive years to date. Thirty-five years deep into their epic career, they release I Like Fun. The fifteen-track album was produced with and mixed by Patrick Dillett (St. Vincent, David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, The National, Donald Fagen) and recorded at Reservoir Studios (the former Skyline Studios where TMBG recorded their platinum album Flood). The lead track, ‘I Left My Body’, is a prime slice of the power They Might Be Giants commands. Hyper-melodic, fresh, and ever rocking, They Might Be Giants formidable live lineup enjoys a reputation for delivering one of the best shows around, and this album is a real showcase for that musical energy. I Like Fun jumps with surprises, vitality, and the startling, singular point of view TMBG always delivers.


Tommy Emmanuel: Accomplice One

Accomplice One is a testament to Tommy Emmanuel’s musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and new originals from Tommy and his collaborators. The artists who stepped forward to join Tommy in the studio are an impressive list of some of today’s most respected performers, from across the musical spectrum – a lineup including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many others.


tUnE-yArDs: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

tUnE-yArDs’ magnum opus will arrive in the form of their new album I can feel you creep into my private life. Thematically, the 12 new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as tUnE-yArDs’ most immediate and upbeat music yet- this is tUnE-yArDs’ music to dance to. On I can feel you creep into my private life, tUnE-yArDs is officially a duo. Garbus is joined by longtime collaborator Nate Brenner who produced and wrote the album together with lyrics by Garbus. tUnE-yArDs worked with mixer Mikaelin “Blue” BlueSpruce (Solange, Kendrick Lamar).


Ty Segall: Freedom’s Goblin

Ty Segall goes all the way, flipping the Freedom coin to find passion, laughter and savagery on both sides. A head-spinning compendium of stompers, weepers, ballads, screamers, bangers and funker-uppers, all marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning on contact, in the name of life and loathing and the pursuit of what you love. Ty Segall is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career. Segall is also a member of the bands Fuzz, Broken Bat and GØGGS, and is a former member of The Traditional Fools, Epsilons, Party Fowl, Sic Alps, and The Perverts.


 

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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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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NEW RELEASES for November 10, 2017

Metallica: Master Of Puppets (remastered Expanded Edition) on CD

Deluxe three CD edition includes previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. Master of Puppets was originally released on March 3rd, 1986, on Elektra Records and went on to become the first Metallica album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album has been certified six-times Platinum in the United States and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. In 2016, the album became the first metal album to be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, an honor granted to works deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Time to upgrade your Master of Puppets…


Taylor Swift: Reputation

the sixth studio album from the pop singer/songwriter. Reputation is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2014 album 1989. The album’s lead single, “Look What You Made Me Do”, was released on August 25, 2017. One of the leading contemporary recording artists, Taylor is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. As a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was included in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015. She is also the recipient of 10 Grammy Awards, five Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, 21 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award. Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums-including 27.8 million in the US-and 130 million single downloads.


Seal: Standards

Deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks. 2017 release. Over the course of his astounding career, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Seal, has sold over 50 million albums globally. Now this iconic voice is tackling timeless songs with a collection of stunning versions of standards. Includes “Luck Be A Lady” and “It Was A Very Good Year”. Seal has won multiple awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992, as well as four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award, for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, in consecutive years (1990 and 1991).


Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats: Live At Red Rocks

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have played Red Rocks once or twice a year since 2015. But what if you want to listen to Denver’s favorite rock-and-soul band play the venue every other day of the year? Well, you’re in luck! Live at Red Rocks is their first-ever live album. The 18-song live album was recorded at the band’s Aug. 21, 2016, show, a year after the band’s debut album was released. The band was joined for six tracks by New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which is no stranger to guest spots at Red Rocks.


Angel Olsen: Phases

Phases is a collection of Olsen’s work culled from the past several years, including a number of never-before-released tracks. “Fly On Your Wall,” previously contributed to the Bandcamp-only, anti-Trump fundraiser Our First 100 Days, opens Phases, before seamlessly slipping into “Special,” a brand new song from the My Woman recording sessions. Both “How Many Disasters” and “Sans” are first-time listens: home-recorded demos that have never been released, leaning heavily on Olsen’s arresting croon and lonesome guitar.


Project Mama Earth

Preparation is overrated. Impulse is everything. Such was the rebellious wisdom that drove the sessions for Project Mama Earth’s astonishing debut EP. In June 2017, 5 world-renowned musicians met in Devon England for a high-wire act unique in modern music. They had no songs. No chord charts. No game plan. No safety net. Nothing, in fact, but a plan to play and catch the sparks. Where a lesser band would have stumbled, the gauntlet was readily seized by the all-star lineup of Joss Stone (vocals), Nitin Sawhney (guitar), Jonathan Joseph (drums), Étienne M’Bappé (bass/guitar) and Jonathan Shorten (keyboards). Just 10 days later – and following a powerful co-production from all 5 bandmembers – the Mama Earth sessions were over. And yet, you sense that the story of this fascinating band is only just beginning. Impulsive, dynamic and sometimes downright dangerous, this is an album unlike anything else in the quartet’s respective CVs, unprecedented in the clinical modern music scene – and sure to make waves upon it’s release!


Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Body And Shadow

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band marks it’s 20th anniversary with the release of their sublime fifth album, Body and Shadow, a succinct nine-track meditation on lightness/darkness that arrives like a balm for the soul, ebbing and flowing with grace, subtlety and no shortness of beauty. Blade and Cowherd wrote, arranged and produced the songs for Body and Shadow, which was recorded at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. The experience reminded Blade of recording the band’s debut with producer Daniel Lanois at the Teatro, a former movie theater in Oxnard, California.

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