Friday, March 29, 2013

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Camel - Moonmadness

One year after the massive success of Camel's previous album The Snow Goose [MOVLP382] the Progressive Rock band from England released Moonmadness in 1976.  This concept album proved to be their stepping stone to US soil, gaining their highest Billboard Album Chart position to date. 

Its inspiration was derived from the band members' personalities; each one features as subject for the songs "Chord Change", "Air Born", "Lunar Sea" and "Another Night".  Intricate layers of guitar and keyboards set a mood that can be vaguely compared to any Pink Floyd concept album from the same era.  Moonmadness provides a beautiful and interesting journey, with new details coming to light with every listen along the way.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve 
Side A 
1  Aristillus 
2  Song Within A Song 
3  Chord Change  
4  Spirit Of The Water
Side B
1  Another Night
2  Air Born
3  Lunar Sea


America - Hearts  

 America, the band that gave the world the Classic Rock evergreen "A Horse With No Name" in 1972 released their fifth album Hearts three years later to great public and critical acclaim.  Hearts was produced by famed Beatles producer George Martin, as was the case for their previous album Holiday.
The album was a big hit in the US reaching number 4 on the Billboard album charts, certified Gold by the RIAA.  Hearts yielded three hit singles: "Sister Golden Hair", "Daisy Jane" and "Woman Tonight" proving the sheer quality of core band members Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley.  Collectively they know how to craft excellent Folk Rock songs which is highly apparent on Hearts – a strong album of near legendary proportions.
  • 180 gram audiophile
  • vinyl Insert
  • Produced by George Martin
  • Includes hit single "Sister Golden Hair"
Side 1 
1.  Daisy Jane     
2.  Half A Man    
3.  Midnight     
4.  Bell Tree    
5.  Old Virginia   
6.  People In The Valley 
Side 2   
1.  Company     
2.  Woman Tonight     
3.  The Story Of A Teenager     
4.  Sister Golden Hair   
5.  Tomorrow 
6.  Seasons
Eagles 6-CD Box Set Available for Pre-Order
Now available for pre-order, EAGLES: THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1972-1979 contains all six of the Eagles' Asylum studio albums from 1972 - 1979: EAGLES * DESPERADO * ON THE BORDER * ONE OF THESE NIGHTS * HOTEL CALIFORNIA * THE LONG RUN.
Packaged in a sleek, black clamshell box, EAGLES: THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1972-1979 showcases each of the six studio albums that helped the band define an era, including the No. 1 albums ONE OF THESE NIGHTS, HOTEL CALIFORNIA and THE LONG RUN.

THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1972-1979 kicks off with the band’s 1972 debut, EAGLES, the first of several of the band’s albums produced by the acclaimed Glyn Johns. The disc spawned the hits “Witchy Woman,” “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and is followed by DESPERADO, which quickly went gold after its release in 1973, thanks to the title track and “Tequila Sunrise.”

Remembered for the faves “Already Gone” and the smash “Best Of My Love,” 1974’s ON THE BORDER follows. That disc was the precursor to the Eagles’ first No. 1 album, 1975’s Grammy®-decorated ONE OF THESE NIGHTS, a quick and huge hit that is home to “Take It To The Limit,” the title track and “Lyin’ Eyes.”

Additionally, THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1972-1979 includes 1976’s HOTEL CALIFORNIA, the album that immortalized the band with the unforgettable title song as well as the Top 20 hits “Life In The Fast Lane” and “New Kid In Town.” HOTEL CALIFORNIA was followed up in 1979 by the band’s third consecutive No. 1, THE LONG RUN, yet another multi-platinum effort made famous for the title track, “I Can’t Tell You Why” and the No. 1 hit “Heartache Tonight.”

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Stephen Stills - Carry On 4-CD Box Set
Stephen Stills' CARRY ON is in stores today! The 4-CD boxed set features classic cuts from the legendary singer-songwriter's Buffalo Springfield, CSN and solo years, and includes 25 previously unreleased recordings.
Legendary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Stills has released more than 250 songs since 1966, some solo, others with iconic bands including Buffalo Springfield, Manassas and, most famously, with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young. On the new four-CD set CARRY ON, producers Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein—in collaboration with Stills—outline the remarkable 50-year scope of Stills' career with 82 tracks, 25 of them previously unreleased. In retracing the musical paths he’s explored, it’s clear that Stills is more than a prolific hit-maker (“Love The One You’re With,” “Southern Cross”)—he is also a songwriter who speaks his mind (“For What It’s Worth”) and his heart (“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”) equally well, and is comfortable playing diverse genres including folk, rock, blues, jazz, country, and Latin.

The tracks unfold mostly in chronological order, and the anthology leads off with its oldest entry: “Travelin’”—a previously unreleased recording that Stills made at age 17 in Costa Rica (one of the many places he lived growing up in a military family). The youngest track, recorded only a few months ago, features CSN performing “Girl From The North Country” in New York City during a sold-out five-night run at the Beacon Theater that closed the group’s acclaimed 2012 world tour. CARRY ON, which features a 113-page booklet with rare photos and extensive liner notes by Michael O’Hara Garcia, David Bender, and NY Times Best Selling author Daniel Levitin, will be available as a 4-CD boxed set on March 26 from Rhino for a suggested price of $54.98. A digital version of the set will also be available.

In addition to essential studio and live recordings, CARRY ON covers new ground with more than an hour’s worth of previously unreleased material including “No-Name Jam,” a 1970 recording of Stills in London trading guitar licks with his friend Jimi Hendrix. Other previously unissued highlights include the songs “Welfare Blues” (1984), “Little Miss Bright Eyes” (1973), and “Who Ran Away?” (1968), and early demo versions of “Forty-Nine Reasons” and “The Lee Shore,” and “Black Coral,” a song Stills and Young released as a duo in 1976—the version here features all four members of CSNY. “The Treasure” offers a peek into Stills’ process—originally released in 1972 on Manassas’s self-titled debut, this version was recorded by Stills three years earlier with bassist Calvin Samuels and drummer Conrad Isidore during sessions for Stephen Stills 2.

CARRY ON also features a number of classic songs newly remixed by Nash and Stanley Tajima Johnston, including “Everydays,” “To A Flame,” “See The Changes,” “4+20” and “Change Partners,” the latter with Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar. There is also a newly edited version of Stills performing “Cuba Al Fin” at the Havana Jam in 1979.

Several songs make their CD-debut with CARRY ON, including “Uno Mundo,” “War Games” and the single mix of “Love The One You’re With.” Stills’ time on stage is represented as well with a number of previously released performances, including several from his acclaimed 2005 album Man Alive. The collection boasts new live tracks, including CSN singing “No Tears Left” in 1997 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and CSNY on stage in 2002 at Madison Square Garden with Memphis Horns Booker T. Jones and Donald “Duck” Dunn covering Otis Redding’s “Ole Man Trouble.” Other famous players turn up on CARRY ON’s wealth of material as well, including Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Baretto, Willie Bobo, and Larry Harlow.

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Tortoise - Tortoise
We are quite proud to bring back the very first Tortoise album from 1994 to vinyl!
Sold out on vinyl for many years this new edition has been remastered to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering and pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI. The packaging emulates the original, with an insert and a chipboard jacket that was custom silk-screened by Dan Macadam at Crosshair in Chicago.
Tortoise's self-titled debut incorporates many musical styles and influences and combines them into one very distince sound. So distinct that sometime after the release of this record they became recognized as the leaders of a new musical movement. Tortoise exploits the recording studio, in that they utilize the recording process as a compostional tool or "sixth member", thus creating a boundless parameter in which to create music. Recorded at Idful Studios by John McEntire.
For this record Tortoise is
Douglas McCombs
John Herndon
Dan Bitney
John McEntire
Bundy K. Brown
01. Magnet Pulls Through
02. Night Air
03. Ry Cooder
04. Onions Wrapped In Rubber
05. Tin Cans & Twine
06. Spiderwebbed
07. His Second Story Island
08. On Noble
09. Flyrod
10. Cornpone Brunch
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For Immediate Release

Seattle Vinyl Imprint Tsurumi Records Joins Frenchkiss Label Group For Digital Distribution

(Seattle, WA) – March 28, 2013 Seattle-based indie punk and garage rock record label Tsurumi Records joins NYC-based Frenchkiss Label Group for their digital distribution.
Tsurumi will issue their first ever soundtrack for the underground indie horror flick "The Revenant" this Spring. "The Revenant" marks their first release through Frenchkiss as well.  It will be available online beginning April 16.

Tsurumi Records is a label that also focuses on vinyl productions. Their titles are independently distributed at local and regional record shops throughout the country. They are home to garage punks the Beautiful Mothers, indie rockers Fonzarelli, experimental Japanese rock band Golden, the Second Academy, the Mustang Jerx and DJ Macky Ramone (find out more from label head Jeff Davis on how he got “knighted” by Marky many years ago).

"My attitudes and tastes about music mirror that of FrenchKiss and therefore many of my creative values and professional goals are being met. I couldn't be more thrilled,” comments Tsurumi Records owner and founder Jeff Davis.

Frenchkiss Label Group is a hands-on boutique distributor focused on growing visibility for independent labels as their bottom line. For more information on Frenchkiss Label Group, visit For more information on Tsurumi Records, visit

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