Monday, October 28, 2013

New Music Releases - October 29, 2013

65daysofstatic - Wild Light
A Lot Like Birds - No Place
ÆGES/Dust Moth - Bad Blood (7")
Alice Cooper - The Alice Cooper Show (vinyl)
Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy  (vinyl)
Andy Williams - Complete Christmas Recordings
Arcade Fire - Reflektor (2xLP)
Ásgeir - In The Silence (vinyl)
Audacity - Butter Knife (vinyl)
Autechre - L-Event (12")
Azari & III - Body Language 13
Bad Religion - Christmas Songs
Bardo Pond - Peace On Venus (vinyl)
Belfegore - Belfegore
Billy Bragg - Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (reissue) (vinyl)
Bobby Darin - 25th Day of December With Bobby Darin
Body Parts - Fire Dream (vinyl)
Boston Bun - Flasher (12")
Botany - Lava Diviner (vinyl)
Bottomless Pit - Shade Perennial
Boy and Bear - Harlequin Dream
Brad Laner - Nearest Suns (vinyl)
Bros - Push
Bryan and the Haggards feat. Dr. Eugene Chadbourne - Merles Just Want to Have Fun
Cheatahs - Cut the Grass / Kenworth (7")
Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel (vinyl)
Circuit Des Yeux - Overdue (vinyl)
Clara Hill - Walk the Distance (vinyl)
Close Your Eyes - Line In The Sand
Coppice - Big Wad Excisions
Correction House - Last City Zero
Cut Hands - Damballah 58 (12")
Cybotron - Enter
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Repent Replenish Repeat
Daniel Avery - Drone Logic (2xLP)
Dave Van Ronk - Down on Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
David Kanaga - DYAD OGST (vinyl)
Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire
Dean Wareham - Emancipated Hearts (10")
Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)(2xLP)
Deserters - Try To Feel
Dethklok - Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera
Devin Townsend - Retinal Circus (DVD/CD)
Diane Coffee - My Friend Fish (vinyl)
DJ Rashad - Double Cup
DMA - Pheel Phree (vinyl)
DOA - Welcome to Chinatown: DOA Live (2xLP)
Doris Duke - I'm a Loser (vinyl)
Dot Wiggin Band - Ready! Get! Go! (vinyl)
Dovetail - Mount Karma
DVA - Mad Hatter EP (12")
Eagles - The Studio Albums 1972-1979 (vinyl)
East of the Wall - Redaction Artifacts
Ed Kowalczyk - The Flood And The Mercy
Eden & John's East River String Band - Take A Look At That Baby (vinyl)
Egyptrixx - Water (12")
Emmylou Harris - Original Album Series (5xCD)
Enbilulugugal - Noizemongers for Goatserpent (2xCD)
Entombed - Back To The Front
ERRA - Augment
Far-out Fangtooth - Borrowed Time (vinyl)
Fink - RCO (2xLP)
From Indian Lakes - Able Bodies (vinyl)
Gardland - Syndrome Syndrome (vinyl)
Giant Squid - Monsters in the Creek (CD+DVD)
Gladys Knight & the Pips - Life
Glaxo Babies - Put Me on the Guest List
Gross Ghost - Public Housing (vinyl)
Group Rhoda - 12th House (vinyl)
Gyptian - Sex, Love & Reggae
Hail of Bullets - III The Rommel Chronicles
Harm Wulf - There's Honey In The Soil So We Wait For The Till
Hellogoodbye - Everything Is Debatable
Humble Pie - Complete Performance - Rockin' The Fillmore (4xCD)
Inquisition - Obscure Verses for the Multiverse (2xLP)
Jake Bellows - New Ocean (vinyl)
Jam City - Club Constructions Vol. 6 (12")
James Ferraro - NYC, Hell 3:00 AM
Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady (2xLP)
Jethro Tull - Benefit (2xCD+DVD)
John Davis - Spare Parts (2xLP)
John Fahey – Christmas Guitar Soli with John Fahey
John Talabot - DJ Kicks
John Tilbury and Oren Ambarchi - The Just Reproach (vinyl)
Jonwayne - Rap Album One
Juana Molina - Wed 21 (vinyl)
Julie Roberts - Good Wine And Bad Decisions
KaitO - Until the End of Time (2xLP)
Kataklysm - Waiting For The End To Come
Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red
Khanate - Capture & Release (vinyl)
Kid606 - Happiness (2xLP)
Kill Devil Hill - Revolution Rise
Labradford - Prazision (vinyl)
Laraaji - Celestial Music (2xCD)
Laraaji - Essence/Universe (vinyl)
Laraaji - Two Sides of Laraaji (2xCD)
Laurel Halo - Chance Of Rain
Leslie West - Still Climbing
Letha Rodman-Melchior - Handbook for Mortals (vinyl)
Lily and Madeleine - Lily and Madeleine (vinyl)
Lingua Mortis Orchestra - LMO
Linkin Park - Recharged
Lisa Alma - Lisa Alma
Lonnie Holley - Just Before Music (2xLP)
Lonnie Holley - Keeping a Record of It (vinyl)
Lords of the New Church - Is Nothing Sacred?
Lords of the New Church - The Lords of the New Church
Lords of the New Church - The Methods to Our Madness
Los Campesinos! - No Blues
Los Lobos - Disconnected In New York City (2CDs + DVD)
Loves It - All We Are
Lower Plenty - Strange Beast (7")
M.A.N.D.Y. - Get Physical on Ibiza
Machinedrum - Gunshotta (12")
Maria Taylor - Something About Knowing (vinyl)
Meanest Man Contest - Everything Worth Mentioning (vinyl)
Mick Hucknall - American Soul
Minor Alps - Get There (vinyl)
Miracle - Mercury (vinyl)
Monster Rally - Return to Paradise (vinyl)
Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On (vinyl)
Mount Kimbie - CSFLY Remixes (12")
Mutation - Error 500
Natural Snow Buildings - Daughter of Darkness (6xCD)
Necrophobic - Womb of Lilithu (vinyl)
Necrowretch - Bestial Rites 2009-2012
Neurotic November - Anunnaki
New Alchemy - On the Other Side of Lights (vinyl)
New Christy Minstrels - Merry Christmas! the Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
New Weather - New Weather (vinyl)
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left (vinyl)
Nick Lowe - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for the Whole Family (vinyl)
Nobunny - Secret Songs: Reflections from the Ear Mirror (vinyl)
Noctum - Final Sacrifice
Noctum - Temple Of The Living Dead
Otis Clay - Trying to Live My Life Without You (vinyl)
Our Solar System - Vart Solsystem (vinyl)
Painted Caves - Surveillance (vinyl)
Pampers - Pampers (vinyl)
Paradise Lost - Tragic Illusion 25
Patti Page - Christmas With Patti Page
Perma - Two of a Crime
Peter Broderick - Float 2013 (vinyl)
Pharaohs - Manhunter (12")
Philip Anselmo & The Illegals - 2-track EP
Phosphorescent - Muchacho De Lujo (Deluxe Edition)
Poco - Legend / Indian Summer
Protest the Hero - Violation (vinyl)
Purling Hiss - Paisley Montage (vinyl)
Pyrexia - Feast of Iniquity
Quasi - Mole City (2xLP)
Ramones - The Sire Years 1976-1981 (6xCD)
Richard Youngs - Calmont Breakdown
Rickolus - Troubadour (2xCD)
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous (reissue) (vinyl)
Rilo Kiley - Take Offs and Landings (reissue) (2xLP)
Robert Crumb and Jerry Zolten - Chimpin' the Blues (vinyl)
Robert Glasper - Black Radio, Volume 2 (2xLP)
Rory Gallagher - Kickback City (Deluxe Edition) (2xLP+CD)
Roy Harper - Man and Myth (vinyl)
Russian Circles - Memorial
Schneider TM - Guitar Sounds (vinyl)
Secret Pyramid - Movements of Night (vinyl)
Seeker - Unloved
Sensible Gray Cells - Postcard From Britain (vinyl)
Septicflesh - Ophidian Wheel (vinyl)
Sepultura - The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
Shook Ones | Death Is Not Glamorous - Split (7")
Sirens & Sailors - Skeletons
Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed (vinyl)
Skin Town - The Room (vinyl)
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
Son Volt - Lanterns (vinyl)
Stereolab - Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (2xLP)
Stereolab - Sound-Dust (2xLP)
Steve Goodman - Don't Blame Me (vinyl)
Stranger - Watching Dead Empires in Decay
Super Wild Horses - Crosswords (vinyl)
Survive This! - The Life That You’ve Chosen
Talulah Gosh - Was It Just A Dream? (2xLP)
Teeth of the Sea – Master (vinyl)
Testament - Dark Roots Of Thrash (DVD/CD)
The Book-Burners - People's Song (vinyl)
The Casualties - Die Hards (vinyl)
The Casualties - On the Front Line (vinyl)
The Casualties - Under Attack (vinyl)
The Chills - Somewhere Beautiful (3xLP)
The Devil Makes Three - I'm A Stranger Here
The Doomsayer - Fire.Everywhere.
The Fuzz - The Fuzz (vinyl)
The Grand Opening - Don't Look Back Into the Darkness (vinyl)
The Haxan Cloak - The Haxan Cloak (2xLP)
The Jealous Sound - Kill Them With Kindness (deluxe reissue) (2xLP)
The Knife - Deep Cuts (reissue) (2xLP)
The Knife - The Knife (reissue) (2xLP)
The Necks – Open
The So So Glos - Blowout
The Sounds - Weekend
The Spook School - Dress Up (vinyl)
The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors (vinyl)
The Weeknd - Kiss Land (vinyl)
Theo Parrish - Black Jazz Signature (2xLP)
This Will Destroy You - Live In Iceland (3xLP)
Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! - Forever Young
Toby Keith - Drinks After Work
Todd Rundgren - Todd (vinyl)
Toe - For Long Tomorrow (vinyl)
Toe - The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety (vinyl)
Tompall & the Glaser Brothers - Lovin' Her Was Easier / After All These Years
Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry of Consciousness (vinyl)
Trace Adkins - King's Gift
Twin Peaks - Sunken
U.S. Girls - Free Dvice Column (vinyl)
Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters - Tomorrow Is Another Day (vinyl)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Blue Record (vinyl)
Upset - She's Gone (vinyl)
Various Artists - Cosmic Machine: A Voyage Through French Cosmic & Electronic Avantegarde (1970-1980) (2xLP)
Various Artists - Last Vegas OST
Various Artists - SMM: Opiate (vinyl)
Various Artists - The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute (2xLP)
Vatican Shadow - Remember Your Black Day (vinyl)
Vaura - Missing
Vildhjarta - Thousands Of Evils
Warbringer - IV: Empires Collapse
Waxeater - Baltimore Record (vinyl)
Weird Owl - Healing (2x10")
White Denim - Corsicana Lemonade (yellow vinyl)
Whores - Clean
Widowspeak - The Swamps (vinyl)
Wild Child - The Runaround (vinyl)
Wildcat! Wildcat! - Wildcat! Wildcat! (vinyl)
William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor (3xLP)
Winds of Plague - Resistance (vinyl)
Wu-Tang Clan - Essential Wu-Tang Clan
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan - Uzu (vinyl)
Yuna - Nocturnal
Zodiac - A Hiding Place (vinyl)
ZZ Hill - The Brand New (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


Numbered, Limited Edition of Only 5,000 Copies!

180g LP Box Set, Housed in a Slipcase with a Gold Foil Stamp of the Band’s Logo!

Includes Hotel California - Ranked Among the 10 Best-Selling Albums Ever! Over 4 Hours of Music!

Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists - Rated 75/100! 

With five number one singles, fourteen Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of those albums -- Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) and Hotel California -- ranked among the ten best-selling albums ever. Though most of its members came from outside California, the group was closely identified with a country- and folk-tinged sound that initially found favor in Los Angeles during the late '60s, as championed by such bands as the Flying Burrito Brothers and Poco (both of which contributed members to the Eagles). But the band also drew upon traditional rock & roll styles and, in their later work, helped define the broadly popular rock sound that became known as classic rock. As a result, the Eagles achieved a perennial appeal among generations of music fans who continued to buy their records many years after they had split up, which helped inspire the Eagles' reunion in the mid-'90s.

In September 1971, Frey, Henley, Leadon, and Meisner signed with manager David Geffen, agreeing to record for his soon-to-be-launched label, Asylum Records; soon after, they adopted the name the Eagles. In February 1972, they flew to England and spent two weeks recording their debut album, Eagles, with producer Glyn Johns. It was released in June, reaching the Top 20 and going gold in a little over a year and a half on the strength of two Top Ten hits -- "Take It Easy" and "Witchy Woman" -- and one Top 20 hit, "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

The Eagles toured as an opening act throughout 1972 and into early 1973, when they returned to England to record their second LP, Desperado, a concept album about outlaws. Produced by Glyn Johns and released in April 1973, it reached the Top 40 and went gold in a little less than a year and a half, spawning the Top 40 single "Tequila Sunrise" in the process. The title track, though never released as a single, became one of the band's better-known songs and was included on the Eagles' first hits collection.

After touring to support Desperado's release, the Eagles again convened a recording session with Glyn Johns for their third album. Their desire to make harder rock music clashed with Johns' sense of them as a country-rock band, however, and they split from the producer after recording two tracks, "You Never Cry Like a Lover" and "The Best of My Love." After an early 1974 tour opened by singer/guitarist Joe Walsh, the band decided to hire Walsh's producer, Bill Szymczyk, who handled the rest of the sessions for On the Border. Szymczyk brought in a session guitarist, Don Felder (born in Gainesville, FL, on September 21, 1947), an old friend of Bernie Leadon's who so impressed the rest of the band that he was recruited to join the group.

On the Border was released in March 1974. It went gold and reached the Top Ten in June, the Eagles' fastest-selling album yet. The first single, "Already Gone," reached the Top 20 the same month. But the most successful song on the LP -- the one that broke them through to a much larger audience -- was "The Best of My Love," which was released as a single in November. It hit number one on the easy listening charts in February 1975 and topped the pop charts a month later.

The Eagles' fourth album, One of These Nights, was an out-of-the-box smash. Released in June 1975, it went gold the same month and hit number one in July. Moreover, it contains the chart-topping title song, "Lyin' Eyes," and "Take It to the Limit." "Lyin' Eyes" won the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus, and the Eagles also earned Grammy nominations for Album of the Year (One of These Nights) and Record of the Year ("Lyin' Eyes").

The group went on a headlining world tour, beginning with the U.S. and expanding into Europe. But on December 20, 1975, it was announced that Bernie Leadon had quit the band, and Joe Walsh (born in Wichita, KS, on November 20, 1947) was brought in as his replacement. He immediately joined the tour, which continued to the Far East in early 1976.

It took the Eagles 18 months to follow One of These Nights with their fifth album, Hotel California. Released in December 1976, the record was certified platinum in one week, hit number one in January 1977, and eventually sold over 10,000,000 copies. The singles "New Kid in Town" and "Hotel California" hit number one, and "Life in the Fast Lane" made the Top 20. Meanwhile, "Hotel California" won the 1977 Grammy for Record of the Year and was nominated for Song of the Year; the album itself was nominated for Album of the Year and for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus.

The Eagles embarked on a world tour in March 1977 that began with a month in the U.S., followed by a month in Europe and the Far East, then returned to the U.S. in May for stadium dates. At the end of the tour in September, Randy Meisner left the band; he was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit (born in Sacramento, CA, November 20, 1947), formerly of Poco, in which he also had replaced Meisner.

The Eagles began working on a new album in March 1978 and took nearly a year and a half to complete it. The Long Run was released in September 1979. It hit number one and was certified platinum after four months, eventually earning multi-platinum certifications. "Heartache Tonight," its lead-off single, hit number one, and "I Can't Tell You Why" and "The Long Run" became Top Ten hits. "Heartache Tonight" won the 1979 Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

There's no denying the Eagles helped define the 1970s with insanely catchy tracks like "Hotel California," "Life In The Fast Lane," and "Take It To The Limit." Get back that peaceful, easy Southern California feeling with their 6-LP set, THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS, featuring EAGLES, DESPERADO, ON THE BORDER, ONE OF THESE NIGHTS, HOTEL CALIFORNIA, and THE LONG RUN.

The Self-Titled "Eagles" Album will include the Original Fold-Out Gatefold Design. "Hotel California" will include the poster that was included in the original release as a washed out black and white, but will now be in full vibrant color as the photographer intended!

 • Individually Numbered Slip Case
 • Limited to ONLY 5000 Numbered Copies!
 • 6 LP Box Set
 • Studio Albums from 1972-1979
 • Over 4 Hours of Music
 • Housed in a Slipcase with a Gold Foil Stamp of the Band’s Logo
 • Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering

 1. Take It Easy
 2. Witchy Woman
 3. Chug All Night
 4. Most Of Us Are Sad
 5. Nightingale
 6. Train Leaves Here This Morning
 7. Take The Devil
 8. Earlybird
 9. Peaceful Easy Feeling
 10. Tryin'

 1. Doolin-Dalton
 2. Twenty-One
 3. Out Of Control
 4. Tequila Sunrise
 5. Desperado
 6. Certain Kind Of Fool
 7. Doolin-Dalton (Instrumental)
 8. Outlaw Man
 9. Saturday Night
 10. Bitter Creek
 11. Doolin-Dalton/Desperado (Reprise)

On The Border
 1. Already Gone
 2. You Never Cry Like A Lover
 3. Midnight Flyer
 4. My Man
 5. On The Border
 6. James Dean
 7. Ol' 55
 8. Is It True?
 9. Good Day In Hell
 10. The Best Of My Love

One Of These Nights
 1. One Of These Nights
 2. Too Many Hands
 3. Hollywood Waltz
 4. Journey Of The Sorcerer
 5. Lyin' Eyes
 6. Take It To The Limit
 7. Visions
 8. After The Thrill Is Gone
 9. I Wish You Peace

Hotel California
 1. Hotel California
 2. New Kid In Town
 3. Life In The Fast Lane
 4. Wasted Time
 5. Wasted Time (Reprise)
 6. Victim Of Love
 7. Pretty Maids All In A Row
 8. Try And Love Again
 9. The Last Resort

The Long Run
 1. The Long Run
 2. I Can't Tell You Why
 3. In The City
 4. The Disco Strangler
 5. King Of Hollywood
 6. Heartache Tonight
 7. Those Shoes
 8. Teenage Jail
 9. The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks
 10. The Sad Cafe

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The fourteenth album from modern rock's most acclaimed band - a 2007 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - is R.E.M.'s first live album. Presented here on three vinyl LPs are performances in February 2005 at The Point indoor venue in Dublin, Ireland, a city that has become a second home to the band. With a set list which spans the band's entire career, R.E.M. Live offers the "greatest hits" on stage.

 • 150g Vinyl
 • Triple LP 
 • Bonus DVD Video of the entire album - all 22 songs!

Selections: (LP & DVD)
 1. I Took Your Name
 2. So Fast, So Numb
 3. Boy in the Well
 4. Cuyahoga
 5. Everybody Hurts
 6. Electron Blue
 7. Bad Day
 8. The Ascent of Man
 9. The Great Beyond
 10. Leaving New York
 11. Orange Crush
 12. I Wanted to Be Wrong
 13. Final Straw
 14. Imitation of Life
 15. The One I Love
 16. Walk Unafraid
 17. Losing My Religion
 18. What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
 19. Drive
 20. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
 21. I'm Gonna DJ
 22. Man on the Moon 

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180g Vinyl Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Mastering Lab! 

Although the tracks for "Coltrane's Sound" were recorded in 1960, the album was not actually released until 1964. Since the selections here came from the same series of sessions as "My Favorite Things" and "Coltrane Plays the Blues", it features the quartet including Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Steve Davis.

"This is one of the most highly underrated entries in Coltrane's voluminous catalog...these recordings remain among Trane's finest." - All Music Guide

 • Premium 180g Vinyl Pressing
 • Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Mastering Lab
 • Lacquers cut by Bernie Grundman
 • LPs cut from the original analog masters
 • Packages replicated to the finest detail manufactured with more care than ever

 1. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
 2. Central Park West
 3. Liberia
 4. Body and Soul
 5. Equinox
 6. Satellite

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About Elusive Disc, Inc.

We are a small, family owned company established in 1989 located in Anderson Indiana. When we first began, we basically specialized in out of print, hard to find (elusive) vinyl. Over the years, we have expanded to also include Audiophile CDs, XRCDs, DVDs, SACDs, In-Print Vinyl, Gear and Accessories. We continue to grow on a daily basis, adding the newest and most exciting music and Hi-Fi. We look forward to being your best Audiophile source for years to come.


Tout Croche - Super Silent 

Super Silent is the debut album from Tout Croche. Known for their loud and noisy live improvs, the duo has released this recording in collaboration with The Silent Howl label. The result is an 8 track LP collection of a series of eclectic pieces ranging from chanson française to power electronics, including a  remarkable interpretation of Neil Young's Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) in which the song is transformed into a dark, slow and heavy rock 'n' roll monster. With the track Dead or Fade Away, the duo mix punk anger with drum and bass rhythms in an energised frenzy that takes noise to a new level whilst The Silent Howl ventures into Hecker-esque ambient soundscapes  . Taken as a whole, the work is reminiscent of the playful sonic explorations of the legendary German band Faust, incorporating a musique concrète vocabulary and a noise/rock aesthetic that is provided by their gutsy  improvisation. Guest appearances from Nicolas Bernier and Rodrigo Constanzo increases the scale and sonic openess of the project. The release is available as a limited edition 180g vinyl and as a digital download.

Hear it and purchase it on The Silent Howl Bandcamp!

Tout Croche is Stephen Harvey and Dominic Thibault making electronic music. A haven of post-genre sonic experimentation, music making that marvels at noise from beautiful ambience to digital distortion. Coming from different musical backgrounds, they found commonality in improvisation and noise. Since October 2011, the duo have been actively developing a live set-up around the use and mis-use of the electric guitar and a rack of digital FXs routed together to create surprising sonic textures. Tout Croche enjoy playing live where their energy and intensity can be perceived by the audience.

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 'Pershing' on 180-Gram Clear Gold Vinyl

'Pershing,' the sophomore release from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, has gone gold! Clear Gold that is.

While 'Broom' introduced SSLYBY as a promising young act on the rise, 'Pershing' acts as its mission statement, finding the band working out its adventurous streak by way of quirky chord changes amid massive hooks and addictive melodies.

Now available on 180-gram Clear Gold vinyl, Pershing features fan favorites such as "Modern Mystery" and "Think I Wanna Die" along with an 11" x 17" poster.

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Dexter Gordon – Daddy Plays the Horn – Bethlehem Records/ PurePleasure vinyl

Prime bop from Dexter Gordon…

Dexter Gordon – Daddy Plays the Horn – Bethlehem Records/PurePleasure BCP36 – mono audiophile vinyl reissue,  (1955)  ***½:

(Dexter Gordon – tenor sax; Kenny Drew – piano; Leroy Vinnegar – bass; Lawrence Marable – drums)

Before Dexter Gordon became more known as a mainstream tenor saxophonist with a strong blues influence, as well as a master balladeer; in the early ’50s he held his own with beboppers like Wardell Gray in bop sax duels.

For a 1955 Hollywood session, Gordon was recorded on Bethlehem Records with a rhythm section of pianist Kenny Drew, walking bassist extraordinaire Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Lawrence Marable. Song selection was a mixture of standard ballads and tunes written by Charlie Parker and Dexter himself.

This session has been re-released by the English audiophile LP label, PurePleasure, and remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering in London. It has also been put out on CD by Verse Records (not to be mistaken for Verve Records).

On the title track, a twelve-bar blues taken at a mid-tempo, Dexter sets a comfortable mood strongly supported by Drew, who gets an extended soulful solo. “Confirmation,” a Bird bop staple has Dex blowing a little less frenetic than the standard for that time period. Again Kenny Drew gets to have several full choruses, almost getting equal time with Gordon, making the tune as much his as the leader. I dug Leroy’s walking bass lines here. Dexter’s strongest work is on the ballads “Darn that Dream” as well as on “Autumn in New York.” Gordon has few tenor peers who could match him for the lyricism that these ballads deserve. Only Ben Webster comes to mind.

Other highlights can be found on “Number Four” and “You Can Depend on Me,” with the former a medium tempo tune, and the latter having a little more heat. Both show Dex fully in command and a true master of the tenor, which he would continue to demonstrate for another three decades. The time given to Kenny Drew for some extended solos is a nice bonus on this LP. The remastering is first rate as each musician is warmly presented in the sound mix.

 Side A: Daddy Plays the Horn, Confirmation, Darn That Dream
 Side B: Number Four, Autumn in New York, You Can Depend on Me
—Jeff Krow

I want to thank John over at for the exclusive rights to reprint this great review!

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