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Release Date: April 8th

Nine Inch Nails presents Ghosts I – IV, a brand new 36 track instrumental collection available April 8th on Vinyl LP. Almost two hours of new music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I – IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain. Trent Reznor explains, "I've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. I hope you enjoy the first four volumes of Ghosts." 




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Letting their firmly-planted roots grow wildly deeper down into the firmament of rock and pop, Wilco had such a buzz surrounding YHF that it went from being the stuff of rock legend to part of the rock cannon almost immediately upon its Spring 2002 initial release. Now, the racket will be raised another few notches with the debut of this exquisite album on double-LP, High-Definition vinyl, pressed in a very limited edition.
  

 

  

180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP
German Import
Miles Davis's famous mid-1960s quintet, featuring saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Herbie Hancock, was intact until just a few weeks before his new, electric ensemble recorded In a Silent Way. Legendary as a kind of line in the sand challenging jazz fans during the ascendance of electric, psychedelic rock, In a Silent Way hinted at the repetitive polyrhythms Davis would employ throughout the early 1970s. It also partook generously of electric piano and bass and rekindled the tonal palette that Davis had explored famously with Kind of Blue. But In a Silent Way remains a clearly electric jazz record, part ambient color exploration, part rock-inflected energy and vibe, and part outright maverick creativity. Davis takes many long, breathy solos, and they glisten in a burnished blue against his new group's strange admixture of musical moods. In a Silent Way is a one of kind record that mixed the late-'60s pop and underground movement into the jazz realm. On this record Miles began to hook into the late '60s sounds that flowed from the bands in San Francisco. They would never make a record like it again, an absolutely timeless work that proves that Miles Davis and crew were some of the most innovative thinkers in modern music.



180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP
German Import 

Keyboardist Herbie Hancock's remarkable career took a surprising turn with this funk album–one of the first jazz albums to be certified gold. Hancock's already-storied career had included an extended tenure with Miles Davis as a member of both the classic quintet of the '60s and the trumpeter's groundbreaking electric dates. As a leader, the pianist had followed a similar course, cutting both outstanding acoustic dates (Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles) and experimental electric sessions (Sextant, Crossings). Head Hunters, however, was something different: a stripped-down date featuring reedman Bennie Maupin as the only horn player, and a funk-oriented rhythm section made up of Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, and Bill Summers. Hancock traded in his sophisticated piano performances and complex compositions for simple melodies, slow-burn funk grooves, and light electric keyboard splashes. The results, particularly on the tracks "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man," had a profound impact on other musicians. The album has stood the test of time–something neither the wealth of Hancock's imitators nor his own subsequent albums in this vein have been able to do.

 


180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP
German Import 
As you play through this LP it's clear that Cash was not only a gifted singer, songwriter and performer, but a talented showman, skillfully weaving himself into the exchanges with his troupe. Though he's clearly the focal point, he gives his fellow performers plenty of limelight. He sings seven songs on his own, a pair of duets with June, and then trades solo spots with the Carters, Perkins and the Statlers. Cash joins the Carters for June's "Ring of Fire," and brings the Statlers and Perkins up for a trio of songs. The show closes with a rousing medley of "Folsom Prison Blues" "I Walk the Line" "Ring of Fire" and "The Rebel – Johnny Yuma."


Here is The Smashing Pumpkins' full-length debut album from 1991. The Pumpkins' sound here displays what we would come to expect from the gang: heavy, searing, multi-tracked guitars, melancholic, dreamy soundscapes and lyrics, contrasts from heavy sounds to soft sounds. However, these are the beginning stages of what would fully blossom on later efforts like 1993's Siamese Dream, and 1995's Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. While the heavy tracks feature the ethereal wall-of-sound that the Pumpkins are known for, this heaviness is not as full, lush, and oceanic as it would become on aforementioned following discs, but you can hear where the band was headed.


180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP
German Import 

Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five," Time Out captures the celebrated jazz quartet at the height of both its popularity and its powers. Recorded in 1959, the album combines superb performances by pianist Dave Brubeck, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morrello and bassist Gene Wright. Along with "Take Five," the album features another one of the group's signature compositions, "Blue Rondo a la Turk." Though influenced by the West Coast-cool school, Brubeck's greatest interest and contribution to jazz was the use of irregular meters in composition, which he did with great flair. Much of the band's appeal is due to Desmond, whose airy tone and fluid attack often carried the band's already strong performances to another level. Together, he and Brubeck proved one of the most potent pairings of the era.


180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP
German Import 

This could be one of the best LP's of the last decade. The songs are just beautiful and rich. Each track has lush textural arrangements and wonderful melodies. It can rock at times, ("Eternal Life, Grace") but its the slower more personal numbers that pull the listener in. Songs like "Lover, You Should of Come Over" paint a picture in your head so vivid you can hear the rain drops. The painfully powerful, "So Real" puts you in the relationship of the lovers in the song. It all comes down to Jeff being an amazing storyteller. His roots suggest a more folk approach to songs, but he leaves that behind, leaning more toward the MC5 and Leonard Cohen, than to Peter, Paul and Mary.
  


  Blue Note Reissue


 Lonnie Smith's drive, as the album title recognizes is the cardinal factor in the five performances that compose this set. A lot of adjective and likenesses come to mind, but as always in attempts to describe the intangibles of music, they lack precision. They derive, after all, from subjective ijmpressions, and to say that Lonnie plays with furious energy, or that he alwasy manages to set the pot boiling- and keep it boiling – is not necessary to dsecribe the effect of the music on the record buyer. 
  

 

  Blue Note Reissue


This is Herbie Hancock's second album as a leader for Blue Note. The title of his first, Takin Off, was certainly prophetic. With that album he achieved success on several levels. His talent, immediately recognizable in his debut with Donald Byrd really was brought into focus, for in the role of leader, Herbie not only was thrust more into the solo spotlight, but all six compositions were written by him. These ranged in style from an arresting, pretty ballad Alone and I, to a number with a section of free improvisation, The Maze. In between, there were some blues, among others. One of them, Watermelon Man, reached the ears of a public that usually does not buy jazz. When it reached their eats they reached into their pockets. Herbie Hancock had a "hit".


180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP
German Import 

Keyboardist Herbie Hancock's remarkable career took a surprising turn with this funk album–one of the first jazz albums to be certified gold. Hancock's already-storied career had included an extended tenure with Miles Davis as a member of both the classic quintet of the '60s and the trumpeter's groundbreaking electric dates. As a leader, the pianist had followed a similar course, cutting both outstanding acoustic dates (Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles) and experimental electric sessions (Sextant, Crossings). Head Hunters, however, was something different: a stripped-down date featuring reedman Bennie Maupin as the only horn player, and a funk-oriented rhythm section made up of Paul Jackson, Harvey Mason, and Bill Summers. Hancock traded in his sophisticated piano performances and complex compositions for simple melodies, slow-burn funk grooves, and light electric keyboard splashes. The results, particularly on the tracks "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man," had a profound impact on other musicians. The album has stood the test of time–something neither the wealth of Hancock's imitators nor his own subsequent albums in this vein have been able to do.


  

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Propelled by the timeless hit 'Roundabout,' Yes' fourth album, Fragile, became an instant classic and is undoubtedly one of prog-rock's finest moments. It was the first Yes record to feature Rick Wakeman on keyboards and the first to display the inimitable artwork of Roger Dean. And it's now been remastered by the incomparable team of Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering. Typical of Kevin and Steve's work, this version of Fragile is warmer, richer and airier than the 1971 original. Rediscover a classic. By far the most successful and enduring progressive rock group ever, Yes have been navigating the sonic stratosphere for more than three decades. Weathering myriad personnel changes and as many musical trends, their popularity has endured like granite. As Q Magazine put it, Yes are 'the long haired dads of Radiohead.'

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Blue Note Reissue
When this recording was first released as an LP, the tune "Una Mas" occupied the entire first side of the LP. A first? It marks the beginning of Joe Henderson's recording career, and also catches Herbie Hancock and Anthony Williams at very near the beginnings of their careers. And the tune "Una Mas" is (probably) the first recording of 'Latin funk jazz'. A short while after this recording, Lee Morgan headed a date for the same label, using many of the same players including Joe Henderson, and including a tune that sounds remarkably like "Una Mas", and came up with "Sidewinder", which became one of the biggest selling jazz records of all time. 
  New West Records
"Working Man's Cafe" is a strong follow up to his superb, meticulous first true solo effort "Other Peoples Lives" released in 2006. The music on this collection feels quite visceral and spontaneous. It would be well suited for live performances. The sound is clearly 21st century, yet there are scattered shards within that make one reminiscent of the classic Kinks albums such as "Arthur" and "Something Else". This LP is smooth listening from start to finish and your favorites are likely to shift with time. Vocally Ray Davies is as strong as ever and much attention has been given to the sound quality and arrangements. The title cut along with: "Imaginary Man", Vietnam Cowboys and especially "In a Moment" get honorable mention but all the songs are memorable in their own way. Uninitiated listeners not familiar with this performer's body of work should find this collection very enjoyable even if they lack the proclivity to ruminate over the lyrics like some of us might.


Finally a real rock LP from some real rock vets. Thanks to Motley Cru bassist Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns of LA Guns, this album emerges as a real grinder. Metal fans have been waiting for an album like this for years.

  Gatefold Cover/Picture Disc

  Includes 7" Single w/ Bonus Tracks  
It's Been 7 years, but we finally have some actual "New" Black Crowes material. Not alternate takes, cutting room floor scraps, or rejected songs from previous album projects. Ten All new Black Crowes songs (one cover). Warpaint is a good mix of what these guys do best: bluesy, country, southern rock music. You can definitely hear the influences of their predecessor's that they have been compared to: early Stones, the Faces, Allman Brothers, and even a little bit of those laid-back southern-California Eagles of the 70's. 

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  180 Gram LP
 
Released in 1980, "Back In Black" featured new lead singer Brian Johnson who replaced former singer Bonn Scott who died months earlier. With the death of Scott, there were skeptics that thought this was the end of the hard rocking Aussie band. But to their surprise "Back In Black" was a huge success with absolutely no filler tracks. The album produced a number of hits with the title "Back In Black", "Hells Bells" and "You Shook Me All Night Long".

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Released as a tribute to his departed friend, David Gilmour's "Arnold Layne" features two performances of the title track (composed by the late Syd Barrett) and one of Barrett's "Dark Globe". The former comes in a full band arrangement, the latter in a solo acoustic guitar performance reminiscent of the original.

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Import

2 LP set. Better known as the "White Album," this was meant to be the record that brought them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon in particular growing into one of rock's towering figures. But even McCartney could still rock, and the amazement on "Helter Skelter" was that he had vocal cords at the end. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this has it all. Some records have legend written all over them; this is one. EMI. 2005.

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Blue Note Reissue
When this recording was first released as an LP, the tune "Una Mas" occupied the entire first side of the LP. A first? It marks the beginning of Joe Henderson's recording career, and also catches Herbie Hancock and Anthony Williams at very near the beginnings of their careers. And the tune "Una Mas" is (probably) the first recording of 'Latin funk jazz'. A short while after this recording, Lee Morgan headed a date for the same label, using many of the same players including Joe Henderson, and including a tune that sounds remarkably like "Una Mas", and came up with "Sidewinder", which became one of the biggest selling jazz records of all time. 

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