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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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NEW RELEASES for November 3, 2017

 

Bob Dylan: Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition)

The next installment in the award-winning Bootleg Series, ‘Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981’, focuses on the albums ‘Slow Train Coming’ (1979), ‘Saved’ (1980) and ‘Shot of Love’ (1981) and the legendary live shows from that period.
8CD/1DVD Deluxe Edition box set
Premieres 100 previously unreleased live and studio recordings including 14 unreleased songs
Exclusive DVD of “Trouble No More: A Musical Film,” a new feature-length film incorporating never-before-seen footage from Dylan’s legendary 1980 tours
120 page photo book
Read review here

DISC LIST:

  • Disc 1: Live
  • Disc 2: Live
  • Disc 3: Rare and Unreleased
  • Disc 4: Rare and Unreleased
  • Disc 5 – Live in Toronto 1980
  • Disc 6 – Live in Toronto 1980
  • Disc 7 – Live in Earl’s Court, London June 27, 1981
  • Disc 8 – Live in Earl’s Court – London – June 27, 1981
  • Disc 9: Bonus DVD

Kid Rock: Sweet Southern Sugar

After finally admitting that he’s not actually running for U.S. Senate, Kid Rock has announced Sweet Southern Sugar – the new album his big political joke was created for. The record will arrive on November 3, and it will come with a big tour, to boot. – As a press release explains, Sweet Southern Sugar is Kid Rock’s first album recorded in Nashville and features such recently shared tracks as “Greatest Show On Earth,” “Po-Dunk” and “Tennessee Mountain Top.” It promises both country and classic rock, as well as of course some rap.


Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman: Pickin

An exuberant meeting of the musical minds and souls, Pickin’, with 10 Dawg compositions (five of which are newly written) is just the beginning of what promises to be an important, long-awaited and historic musical friendship. Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman had admired each other’s music for years but their paths had never crossed. That changed in January, 2014 when their mutual friend, the brilliant Scottish guitarist Martin Taylor, invited David to sit in at his concert with the world-‐renowned, Tommy Emmanuel. Going forward to 2016, Tommy invited David to participate in a recording project of his in Nashville, whereupon he asked him to teach him some “Dawg” tunes. Within the hour, they had recorded five of David’s tunes and the seeds of this recording were sown. An exuberant meeting of the musical minds and souls, Pickin’, with 10 Dawg compositions is just the beginning of what promises to be an important, long‐awaited and historic musical friendship.


Blitzen Trapper: Wild And Reckless

the ninth studio album from Portland’s Blitzen Trapper. The album Wild & Reckless was born from the stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock ‘n’ roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog. Following the success of the production, the band took seven original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the 12 songs that comprise the album Wild & Reckless.


Blake Shelton: Texoma Shore

from the country music vocalist. Shelton has been the recipient of nine Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, one CMT Artist of the Year award, and seven CMT Music Awards. He has also received eight American Country Awards, three People’s Choice Awards, two American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and one iHeart Radio Music Awards, among others. Shelton has won 23 BMI awards and 22 ASCAP awards. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2010, for his many accomplishments in country music, and into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014, attaining the highest honor one can receive from the state. In April 2013, Shelton was awarded the prestigious Gene Weed Special Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music for his unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music and television. For his work on The Voice as a television personality, Shelton received the NATPE Reality Breakthrough Award for Best Reality Personality in 2017. Shelton has garnered eight Grammy nominations throughout his career, including nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance, and Best Music Film.


Big Head Todd and the Monsters: New World Arisin’

the 11th album from Colorado band Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The first single is “Damaged One”. The album was written and produced by vocalist/guitarist Todd Park Mohr with original members Rob Squires on bass and Brian Nevin on drums and percussions. Plus, Jeremy Lawton on keyboards, lap and petal steel guitar and backing vocals. It was recorded at E-Town Studios in Boulder, Colorado and mixed by Mark Needham with engineering by James Tuttle.


Free CD’s to people who lost collections to the fires

Last Saturday, we were at the Peacetown Fire Benefit at Ives Park in Sebastopol. We distributed free bags of CD’s that had been donated by local musicians.
We have more bags of CD’s ready to hand out now, so if you have lost your collection, come by Last Record Store and just ask.

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NEW RELEASES up to October 27, 2017:

Weezer: Pacific Daydream

2017 release. Following the release of Weezer (The White Album), the band began working on what they called The Black Album, but as they worked, they found the songs they were writing felt more like reveries from a beach at the end of the world. Instead of forcing a different direction, they began an entirely new album; Pacific Daydream was born. – Pacific Daydream – an album full of the melodic mastery and craftsmanship for which Weezer are known – is a record that navigates the uncertainty between reality and dreams, blurring the line between the listener knowing if they are daydreaming the world of the album, or if the world of the album is daydreaming them. It’s a record about finding the gray area between the black and the white, about escaping the everyday into the fantasy of what may be just down the line, but also maybe isn’t. It’s an album that sounds like the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby.


Pink: Beautiful Trauma

the seventh studio album by Pop vocalist Pink. Includes the single “What About Us”. Pink arrived on the music scene with her debut solo album, Can’t Take Me Home (2000). Recognized for her strong signature vocals and acrobatic performances, Pink has sold over 47 million albums worldwide, including over 16 million albums in the United States. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and seven MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award). In 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s, behind Madonna. VH1ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013.


Beck: Colors

the 13th studio album from the singer, songwriter and musician. Colors is the follow up to Grammy Album of the Year winning Morning Phase. Colors was recorded at Greg Kurstin’s Los Angeles studio with Beck and Kurstin playing nearly every instrument themselves between 2013 and 2017. Beck described the recording process to music publication NME, saying “for the first year, we were experimenting and there was a lot of trial and error. I was touring constantly while making it, so I was attempting to bring some of that energy back to the studio, which isn’t always the easiest thing to do.”


Robert Plant: Carry Fire

from the former Led Zeppelin vocalist. Robert Plant’s eleventh studio album, Carry Fire, produced by Plant in the west of England and Wales, melds unusual rhythms with naturalism. As with his 2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the album features his band The Sensational Space Shifters. They are also joined here by special guests, including Chrissie Hynde. A powerful and wide vocal range (particularly evident in his high-pitched vocals) has given Robert Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock ‘n’ roll; he has influenced fellow rock singer-songwriters such as Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose and Chris Cornell.


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice

KURT VILE: We ran into each other on the road in various continents and talked about the recordings. I guess it wasn’t till i had another tour booked for the following summer in Australia that we thought we should record as much as we can, no major goal to make it a full length but it came together that way because the vibe was so strong. I love working with Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with less pressure. COURTNEY BARNETT: Now we finished the album, we dreamt up an amazing band which we’ve called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella Mozgawa beach-side-story) and me n Kurt will be standing there out front with our guitars singing songs together. Songs from this album we did, a handful of our own songs from previous albums, maybe some old folk songs n what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore. Very collaborative. Lotta Sea Lice is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time.


Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy & Single(s)

2017 collection from Lydia Loveless containing her summery five-song EP Boy Crazy plus six non-album singles and B-sides, including original songs in addition to inventive and bare-bones covers of Prince, Elvis Costello, and Kesha. The recordings span from 2012 to 2015 and are appearing on a full length release for the first time. Lydia Loveless is an alternative country singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. Her music combines pop music, classic country, honky tonk, and punk rock.


Willie And The Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2

Following in the musical footsteps of 2014’s December Day, Willie Nelson and the Boys is another family collaboration, this time showcasing Willie and sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by Hank Williams Sr. Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the 2011 sessions for Heroes, Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2) is produced by Willie’s longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Cannon and recorded at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas. Includes “Move It On Over’, ‘Healing Hands Of Time’, ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ and many others.


Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn: Echo In The Valley on CD

from the king and queen of the banjo. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player. Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from it’s most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Bela & Abigail meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.


Gregory Porter: Nat King Cole & Me

Two-time Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter’s third Blue Note album, Nat King Cole & Me, is a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol recording artist Nat King Cole. With the help of six-time Grammy-winning arranger Vince Mendoza, the London Studio Orchestra, a core band featuring pianist Christian Sands, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Ulysses Owens, and special guest trumpeter Terence Blanchard on two tracks, Porter revisits some of Cole s most cherished classics such as ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘L-O-V-E’, ‘Nature Boy’ and ‘The Christmas Song’. Porter won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley.


The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson (Various Artists)

Own the music from the Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson concert event on CD/DVD! This CD/DVD set captures performances from the historic, one-night concert event that honored the music of Kris Kristofferson, one of the most beloved songwriters of our time. – The two-and-a-half-hour concert film and available audio recordings feature over 20 once-in-a-lifetime performances from this momentous event by Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. And Lee Ann Womack. – Captured and presented in stunning HD quality with true Dolby 5.1 surround stereo, the full-length concert film and available CD include Kris classics, like “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Why Me.” 2CD/1DVD.


Lee Ann Womack: The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone on CD

Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, releases her debut for ATO Records. The album mixes the country, soul, gospel and blues of her native East Texas. Produced by Womack’s husband and fellow Texan Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings), and featuring songs mostly co-written by Womack, ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,’ is her most personal album to date.


Nick Lowe: Party of One on CD & LP

For 1990’s Party of One, the personnel was drawn from Nick’s bandmates on 1987’s John Hiatt masterpiece, Bring the Family (Lowe on bass, Jim Keltner on drums and Ry Cooder on guitar) combined with the twin heads of the band The Moonlighters (Austin DeLone – ex of Eggs Over Easy and Bill Kirchen – original Lost Planet Airman and twang kingpin). Nick brought in Dave Edmunds to produce and play even more guitar. They rip through a fantastic batch of original songs highlighted by “All Men Are Liars” and “What’s Shakin’ on the Hill” which are still staples of Nick’s live show. This strong effort led into the Little Village project and can be considered the final chapter in the first half of Nick’s career. It’s a staff pick!

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