Stunning Dynamics and Details: Audiophile 180g Vinyl LP of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the MoonMastered from the Original Master Tapes by Bernie Grundman, James Guthrie, and Joel Plante
No matter how many copies ofPink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moonyou may have owned over the years, you NEED to hear this incredible-sounding version. Teeming with stunning dynamics, an immense front-to-back soundstage, newly uncovered details, balanced transients, and tube-amplifier warmth, this dead-quiet 180g LP pressing ismastered from the original master tapes by Bernie Grundman, James Guthrie, and Joel Plante. It will have you truly hearing this all-time classic with fresh ears. An audiophile benchmark, the album has been improved on an analog version expressly created to stand the test of time. This audiophile LP doesn't disappoint.
Pink Floyd's 1973 commercial breakthrough album needs no introduction. Lush, immaculate production augments the slow, atmospheric soundscapes of neo-psychedelic rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock. There's no wonder why it stands as the album that anyone who has ever owned a decent stereo has in their collection, no matter their musical tastes. And now it's better.
Originally released in 1973,The Dark Side of The MoonbecamePink Floyd's first #1 album in the U.S., remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time,The Dark Side of The Moonalso introduced the simple and bold iconic album cover artwork by Hipgnosis, which features a prism representing the band's stage lighting.
Standard vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remixed 50th Anniversary edition of The Beatles' musical masterpiece. This Abbey Road release features the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles Martin working with Sam Okell, was guided by the album's original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin. It is time to experience Abbey Road again!
Limited double vinyl LP pressing. 2015 release, the highly anticipated third full length album from the much loved Australian band. Currents is the follow up to 2012's Lonerism. Kevin Parker, the musician behind Tame Impala, explained that Currents is about the process of personal transformation. He said, "It follows the progression of someone feeling like they are becoming something else. They're becoming the kind of person they thought they'd never become." The cover art for Currents was created by Kentucky-based artist and musician Robert Beatty. Parker has said Currents' designs are based on a diagram of vortex shedding he remembered while trying to visualize the album's themes. Includes the single 'Let It Happen'.
Tailor made for a band like Pearl Jam, MTV’s acoustic showcase ran as a regular feature on the channel between 1989 and 1999. In September 1992, Pearl Jam were invited to appear on the show, and provided a quite stunning performance, replete with stripped down versions of their finest numbers to date, alongside a couple of choice covers. Also featuring some fascinating and humorous between-song-rapport from main man Eddie, this previously unreleased recording finally makes it to vinyl, more than 25 years since the original broadcast.
Bonus cuts here feature further acoustic recordings, taken from the band’s appearance at Neil Young’s 1999 Bridge School Benefit Show.
Side A : Intro / Oceans / State Of Love And Trust / Porch / Alive Side B : Black / Tuning Jam / Jeremy / Porch Side C : Encore Intro / Even Flow / Rockin’ In The Free World Side D : Daughter /Wishlist / Lost Kiss / Yellow
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
David BowieThe Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Marson 180g Vinyl LP
2015 Remastered Vinyl LP Version of David Bowie's Breakthrough: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Broke Musical and Cultural Ground, Created a Legacy
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma’m!"David Bowie's The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Marserased borders, eliminated stereotypes, broke open cultural possibilities, and spawned a legacy like no other. More than four decades after its release, the record remains one of the most electrifying and brilliant works ever released.Again available on 180g vinyl LP, it is here presented in freshly remastered sound that does justice toBowie,Mick Ronson, and company's creative genius.
Ziggy Stardustis an album written by an aspirant rock star in the guise of a hugely successful one. This nifty deceit has led to it being dubbed the first post-modern pop record. Its songs obtusely referenced aspects of rock history, whilst at the same time tell a story of a future world of extraterrestrial intervention and space-age androgyny.Ziggy Stardustworks so well because it's a concept album with the ‘concept' taken out.
"We certainly didn't go into it thinking that the entire album would be a concept album," saysproducer Ken Scott. "It was a bunch of songs that worked together. Now yes, there is a story for a few of the tracks that hook them together, but, that's it, a few of the tracks." "I think the best thing I did was to leave him so open-ended,"Bowierightly pointed out. "It wasn't a specific story. There were specific incidences within the story, but it wasn't as roundly written as a usual narrative is. The only trouble about copying someone who is really well known is that you know all the facts about them, so you can't actually be that person. But, because Ziggy was kind of an empty vessel, you could put a lot of yourself into being your own version of him."
"Moonage Daydream" is simply stunning, the end-of-song solo byMick Ronson, which dissolves into spacey, phased high strings, makes it, even more so than "Space Oddity," the definitive space-rockBowieanthem. "Star," and, most importantly, "Hang On to Yourself" were precursors of punk rock. "Starman" is such a crafty steal from "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that it was bound to be huge. The title track’s closing salvo, 'Ziggy played guitar' is so famous now that its three words could beBowie’s tombstone epitaph.
"Suffragette City" became aBowieclassic: its powerhouse of a riff, booming ARP synthesizer, and "Wham Bam Thank You Ma’m!" are still ludicrously thrilling. "Soul Love" and "Lady Stardust" are beautiful little songs and surely two ofBowie’s most underrated. But it’s the astonishing opener and the killer of a closing number that take you intoBowie’s parallel universe. The scene of anarchy on the streets melded with a simple love story that is "Five Years" is surely one ofBowie’s greatest moments. Everything from the heartbeat drum figure which opens the song to the hysteria of the ending works perfectly. And "Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide" is as impassioned a performance as any on the record.
So much of pop music would have been unthinkable, unimaginable, without this record. In pop, you're always best remembered for your initial breakthrough.Bowie's career trajectory through soul, electronica and avant-garde pop is perhaps, in part, an attempt to free himself from this stereotyping circa 1972.
1. Five Years 2. Soul Love 3. Moonage Daydream 4. Starman 5. It Ain't Easy 6. Lady Stardust 7. Star 8. Hang On To Yourself 9. Ziggy Stardust 10. Suffragette City 11. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Phoebe Bridgers doesn't write love songs as much as songs about the impact love can have on our lives, personalities, and priorities. Punisher, her fourth release and second solo album, is concerned with that subject. To say she writes about heartbreak is to undersell her blue wisdom, to say she writes about pain erases all the strange joy her music emanates. Bridgers pulls together a formidable crew of guests, including the Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Christian Lee Hutson and Conor Oberst as well as Nathaniel Walcott (of Bright Eyes), Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Jenny Lee Lindberg (of Warpaint), Blake Mills and Jim Keltner as well as her longtime bandmates Marshall Vore (drums), Harrison Whitford (guitar), Emily Retsas (bass) and Nick White (keys). The album was mixed by Mike Mogis, who also mixed Stranger In The Alps.
Pink Floyd's Brilliant Rock Opera,The Wall, Reaches New Audiophile Heights: 180g 2LP Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante, and Bernie Grundman
Mastered from the original analog master tapes by James Guthrie,Joel Plante, andBernie Grundman, this pressing ofPink Floyd's The Wallbests any other you've heard. Teeming with stunning dynamics, an immense front-to-back soundstage, newly uncovered details, balanced transients, and tube-amplifier warmth, it will have you truly hearing this classicRolling Stonenames the 87th greatest album of all time with fresh ears. Whether you already haveThe Wallon an older analog pressing or on one of myriad CD versions, this is the vinyl copy you need to own.
Sourced From the Original Master Tapes Cut at Abbey Road Studios by a First-Rate Team of Producers and Engineers: Stringent Procedures and Safeguards Ensure Optimum Sound
When the dust settles amidst critical debates, fewer than ten albums compete for the title of the Best Album Ever Recorded.Revolveris one of the chosen few—and for good reason. Seemingly reflecting the music of theBeatles'biggest peers of the time but surpassing it all by leaps and bounds,Revolveroverturned conceptions of what music was and could be. Without any doubt,Revolveraltered how every band from then on made records. And as this stereo pressing proves, it still does.
Part of Capitol/Apple’s quintessentialBeatlescatalog masters series on LP,Revolverhas been remastered by a dedicated team of engineers that includesGuy Massey, Steve Rooke, and Sam OkellwithPaul HicksandSean Magee. Proper care and a painstaking series of steps were taken to ensure that music lovers would hear the Fab Four in all their stereo glory with unprecedented clarity and transparency.
Recorded before theBeatles’personalities began to clash and in advance of the fog brought on by drug use,Revolverencompasses practically every imaginable style and then some. Gentle harmonic pop (“I Want to Tell You”), stained-glass acid rock (“She Said She Said”), upbeat soul (“Got to Get You Into My Life”), Indian (“Love You To”), and what, at the time, and in some ways still is, the most cutting-edge pop composition ever devised (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), a song thatsingle-handedly reimagined and rewrote the rules of production.
Best yet, theBeatlessound cohesive, enthusiastic, and confident. There are no fractures in the chemistry, and the band amicably competes with itself in aiming for and achieving rock immortality. WithGeorge Emerickin the fold as the new engineer,the Beatles approached the studio as a chemistry lab. The biggest revelation? The potential of tape loops, as evidenced by “Tomorrow Never Knows,” where phasing, reversing, slowing, and sampling turned the composition into a piece of masterpiece theater.Ringo’s bass drum is also noticeably tighter, thanks to the addition of a sweater placed inside.All of the aspects are fully audible and amazingly preserved on this excellent LP pressing.
With EMI’s legendaryAbbey Road Studiosproviding the backdrop, the four-year restoration process combined veteran expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, vintage studio gear, and rigorous testing to net what is without doubt the highest fidelity possible and authentic, jaw-dropping sound guaranteed to rival the original LPs. There is no longer any need to pay hundreds of dollars for Japanese pressings.
At the start of the restoration process, engineers conducted extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes into the digital realm using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution and a Prism A-D converter. Dust build-ups were removed from tape machine heads after the completion of each title. Artifacts such as electrical clicks, microphone vocal pops, excessive sibilance, and poor edits were improved upon as long as it was determined that doing so didn’t at all damage the integrity of the songs. Similarly, de-noising technology was applied in only a few necessary spots and on a sum total of less than five of the entire 525 minutes ofBeatlesmusic.
In cutting the digital masters to vinyl, stringent safeguards and procedures were employed.After cutting to lacquer, determined to be warmer and consistent than cutting to DMM, the next step was to use the Neumann VMS80 cutting lathe at Abbey Road. Following thorough mechanical and electrical tests to ensure it was operating in peak condition, engineerSean Mageecut the LPs in chronological release order.He used the original 24-bit remasters rather than the 16-bit versions that were required for CD production.It was also decided to use the remasters that had not undergone ‘limiting,' a procedure to increase the sound level.
Having made initial test cuts,Mageepinpointed any sound problems that can occur during playback of vinyl records. To rectify them, changes were made to the remasters with a Digital Audio Workstation. For example, each vinyl album was listened to for any ‘sibilant episodes.' vocal distortion that can occur on consonant sounds such as S and T. These were corrected by reducing the level in the very small portion of sound causing the undesired effect.
Similarly, any likelihood of inner-groove distortion was addressed.As the stylus approaches the center of the record, it is liable to track the groove less accurately. This can affect the high-middle frequencies, producing a ‘mushy’ sound particularly noticeable on vocals. Using whatMageehas described as ‘surgical EQ,’ problem frequencies were identified and reduced in level to compensate for this.
The last phase of the vinyl mastering process began with the arrival of the first batches of test pressings made from master lacquers that had been sent to the two pressing plant factories. Stringent quality tests identified any noise or click appearing on more than one test pressing in the same place. If this happened, it was clear that the undesired sounds had been introduced either during the cutting or the pressing stage and so the test records were rejected. In the quest to achieve the highest quality possible, the Abbey Road team worked closely with the pressing factories and the manufacturers of the lacquer and cutting styli.
For this project, there was no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Yes, it took a village to get it right.
The BeatlesRevolverTrack Listing:
1. Taxman 2. Eleanor Rigby 3. I'm Only Sleeping 4. Love You To 5. Here, There And Everywhere 6. Yellow Submarine 7. She Said She Said 8. Good Day Sunshine 9. And Your Bird Can Sing 10. For No One 11. Doctor Robert 12. I Want To Tell You 13. Got To Get You Into My Life 14. Tomorrow Never Knows
Digitally remastered 20th Anniversary edition of the classic sophomore album from the Britpop band, Oasis. The follow-up to Oasis's 1994 debut album DEFINITELY MAYBE, (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? was recorded in Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. Released on October 2nd, 1995, it sold a record-breaking 347,000 copies in the first week. It spent 10 weeks at #1 in the UK, and is Oasis's most commercially successful with 22 million copies sold worldwide. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? features many of Oasis's biggest hit singles. Double vinyl LP pressing includes digital download.
Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Jimmy Page and Pressed at Pallas: Led Zeppelin's Physical GraffitiHas Never Sounded Better, Features Faithfully Replicated Packaging
"Kashmir," "Houses of the Holy," and the 13 other songs onLed Zeppelin's landmarkPhysical Graffitihave never sounded so alive. Painstakingly remastered from the original master tapes by guitarist Jimmy Page, and pressed at Pallas (Europe's best plant), this 180g 2LP ofPhysical Graffitiis amazing. Page spent years on this project with one goal in mind: Making these reissues the end-all-be-all definitive editions of his iconic band's records. He has succeeded, and then some. In addition to the reference-caliber audio, each LP features packaging that fully replicates the look of the first pressing of the original album.You won't believe how these records sound, look, and feel.
Certified 16x platinum in the U.S.,Physical Graffiti has commercial success equaled by its critical reception. Generally regarded as one of the greatest double albums of all time, the original 15 tracks represent a creativetour de forcethat explores the band’s dynamic musical range, from the driving rock of “Custard Pie” and acoustic arrangement of “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” to the Eastern raga of “Kashmir” and funky groove of “Trampled Under Foot.”
• 40th anniversary edition
• 180g 2LP set newly remastered by Jimmy Page from the original master tapes
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail
Tom Petty And The HeartbreakersGreatest Hitson 180g 2LP
It's been 40 years sinceTom Pettyand his extraordinary band,The Heartbreakers, unleashed their eponymous debut. In the subsequent decades, Petty - both as a solo artist and as leader of the band - has sold over 80 million records worldwide, earned 18 Grammy nods and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Petty's musical integrity and craft, not to mention his seemingly effortless flair for rapturous hooks, have remained constant despite ever-shifting musical trends, and his multi-generational fan base continues to swell. In the words ofRolling Stone'sAlan Light, "The man's consistency is pretty astounding."
That signature craft and consistency is on full display throughoutTom Petty And The Heartbreakers'generous 19-trackGreatest Hitscompilation which lingered on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for a staggering six years following its original release in 1993. Gathering definitive material fromTom Petty and the Heartbreakers(1976) through toInto the Great Wide Open(1991), Greatest Hitsis as true a can't miss as they come. The collection also included two new cuts with the hit single "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and an excellent cover of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air."
LP1 1. American Girl 2. Breakdown 3. Anything That's Rock & Roll 4. Listen To Her Heart 5. I Need To Know 6. Refugee 7. Don't Do Me Like That 8. Even The Losers 9. Here Comes My Girl 10. The Waiting 11. You Got Lucky
LP2 1. Don't Come Around Here No More 2. I Won't Back Down 3. Runnin' Down A Dream 4. Free Fallin' 5. Learning To Fly 6. Into The Great Wide Open 7. Mary Jane's Last Dance 8. Something In The Air
Double vinyl LP pressing of this newly-remastered 1996 album. Sublime is the eponymous third and final studio album by the ska punk band. The album was produced by Paul Leary and David Kahne. Sublime formed in 1988 in Long Beach, California by vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell, bassist Eric Wilson, and drummer Bud Gaugh. By the time it came to record this major label debut, Nowell had been struggling with a heroin addiction. Sublime was recorded over a period of three months in Austin, Texas. The album's musical style contains elements of punk rock, reggae, and ska, as well as dancehall, hip hop, and dub music, with tempos ranging wildly. Nowell's lyrical subject matter relates to relationships, prostitution, riots, and addiction.
LP1 1. Garden Grove 2. What I Got 3. Wrong Way 4. Same In The End 5. April 29th, 1992 (Miami) 6. Santeria 7. Seed 8. Jailhouse 9. Pawn Shop
LP2 1. Paddle Out 2. The Ballad Of Johnny Butt 3. Burritos 4. Under My Voodoo 5. Get Ready 6. Caress Me Down 7. What I Got (Reprise) 8. Doin' Time
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-50th Anniversary
Hear the Acclaimed 2017 BeatlesSgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club BandStereo Mix by Giles Martin and Sourced Directly from the Four-Track Session Tapes: 180g Vinyl LP Pressed at QRP
Produced byGiles Martinfor 2017's universally heraldedSgt. Pepper Anniversary Editionreleases, theSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's new stereo mix on this QRP-pressed 180g vinyl LP is sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles' father,George Martin. Praised by fans and music critics around the world,The Beatles'Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Editionis 2017's most celebrated historical music release and an ideal gift for Beatle people here, there, and everywhere!
It was just over 50 years ago whenThe Beatles'astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love withSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music's most universally acclaimed album. "It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art," saysPaul McCartney. "Sgt. Pepper seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it,"Ringo Starradds.
Features: • 180-gram vinyl LP pressed at QRP • 2017 stereo mix produced by Giles Martin for Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition • Sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles' father, George Martin
Black Pumas is led by the creative partnership between Grammy Award-winning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and songwriter Eric Burton. The latter is a relative newcomer who arrived in Austin in 2015 after busking his way across the country from Los Angeles, while Quesada has a storied reputation for playing in bands like Grupo Fantasma and Brownout. After the two connected via friends in the Austin scene, they began to collaborate on a new sound that transmutes soul into something idiosyncratically modern.
Reminiscent of Ghostface Killah and Motown in equal measure, this original sound ensured that Black Pumas'weekly residency at C-Boys quickly became "the hottest party in town" (Austin-American Statesman). Produced by Quesada in his home studio and colored by Burton's dark imagery and haunting vocals, their eponymous debut is equally as indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro. From the roiling, solar eclipse-inspired noir of "Black Moon Rising" to the ponderous yet epic "Oct 33," it's a stunner.
1. Black Moon Rising 2. Colors 3. Know You Better 4. Fire 5. OCT 33 6. Stay Gold 7. Old Man 8. Confines 9. Touch the Sky 10. Sweet Conversations