When you love yourself, anything becomes possible. Channeling boundless self-confidence through a downright earth-quaking voice, colorful persona, and undeniable star power,Lizzostruts into the spotlight and steps up with a whole lot of sass, spirit, and soul. Embracing her vocal range like never before and celebrating herself to the fullest, she speaks her mind, censors nothing, and delivers an enviable level of honesty, pure passion, and fresh fire. She's worked towards this moment since the release of her 2016 EP, Coconut Oil, which delivered such hits as "Good As Hell," "Phone," "Water Me," and "Truth Hurts." Building on enthusiastic critical acclaim and a rapidly growing fan base, 2018 represented a high watermark for the Detroit-born and Houston-raised songstress. A string of singles hit maximum velocity as "Boys" took the culture by storm. A definitive and inescapable anthem for 2018, it closed out the year on many a Best Of list. Lizzo hit the studio in late 2018 to record her highly anticipated third full-length, Cuz I Love You. For the first time, she enlisted the production talents of X Ambassadors' Sam Harris. Recording in a "haunted ass studio," the producer encouraged her to break out of her comfort zone. "He reached inside of me and brought out a vulnerability I didn't realize I had," she says. "He called out my lyrics by name and pulled them out of my life experiences." Galvanized by those sessions, she also reteamed with an old friendOak Felder [Rihanna, Alessia Cara, Kehlani] as well as longtime collaborator Ricky Reed [Meghan Trainor, Halsey]. She introduced this chapter with "Juice." Eighties-style synths slink hand-in-hand with a steady beat before climaxing on funky guitar and boisterous horns as Lizzo drops eyebrow-raising lines. Whether it's the emotionally charged "Jerome" or dynamically delicate "Crybaby," she clings to an overarching message on Cuz I Love You intimated by the title.
"I want people to know this process is all because I love them – and because I love me,"Lizzosays. "It's a double-sided statement. You can say Cuz I Love You to millions of people, or you can say it to yourself in the mirror. It's about what you go through when you're trying to love yourself in a world that makes it so hard. You can persevere and come out stronger on the other side though." In the end,Lizzo'smessage of empowerment and love rings true because it comes straight from the heart. "When you listen to this, I want you to know you're not alone," she leaves off. "I want you to hear my songs and feel a connection to me. I hope you can apply what I'm saying to your own life and maybe have a better day. Share this experience with me. Celebrate who you are. If I can change the world for the better one song at a time, I'm cool."
With her debut LP, Isolation, Kali Uchis stakes a very convincing claim at being the hot new crossover act of 2018. Hop scotching effortlessly between myriad genres, her mellifluous vocals shifting from sassy to angry, sultry to stinging, it's the sound of a musician coming fully, and gloriously, into her own. Shaped with a perfectionist's touch over two years, Isolation is an "open journal" of an album, one that maps moments of self-discovery in song. It builds on the classic pop and doo-wop blueprint of her Por VidaEP, to fully realize Uchis's sound, aided by an impressive cast of guests. Bookended by the airy, flute-laced "Body Language," and the immaculately orchestrated soul of "Killer," it turns through R&B, on the stuttering beats and skanking guitar of "Miami," and the "post-apocalyptic love song" "Tyrant," by way of popping funk on "Just A Stranger." Taken as a whole, the record doubles as both sleek, immaculate soul and Uchis' battlecry against the small-town cynicism she encountered growing up in Virginia.
Triple vinyl LP pressing. Ultimate Aaliyah is the second and final compilation album by legendary R&B singer Aaliyah. Originally released by Blackground Records in the UK, Australia, and Japan, and only available on CD, the 2005 compilation features three discs of Aaliyah's greatest hits and material from soundtracks and featured work with labelmate Timbaland. This is the first time the compilation is available on vinyl.
Formed in Atlanta, GeorgiaTLCoriginally consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. The best-selling female group in music history, the trio greatly influenced the landscape of popular music during the final act of the 20th century, captivating audiences with their signature blend of pop, R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk, and new jack swing.
TLCshot to superstardom in the '90s thanks to a series of best-selling albums, including 1992's quadruple platinumOoooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, 1994's Diamond-certifiedCrazySexyCool(which has sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album by a girl group in the U.S.), and 1999'sFanMail, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and has been certified 7x-platinum in the US and has sold 14 million copies worldwide.
Regarded asTLC'smasterpiece,CrazySexyCoolwas nominated for six Grammy Awards winning for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Creep." All four of the album's singles ("Creep," "Red Light Special," "Waterfalls," "Diggin' on You") reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts with both "Creep" and "Waterfalls" hitting #1. Rolling Stone rates the album at #379 on their '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' list, noting that withCrazySexyCool,TLC"emerged with the most effervescent and soulful girl-group R&B anyone had seen since the Supremes."
Double vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Rated R, Rihanna's fourth studio album, was released November 20, 2009 on Def Jam Recordings, and produced six singles, including the international hits 'Russian Roulette', 'Rude Boy' and 'Te Amo.' 'Hard' reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, her 13th Top 10, re-tying her with Beyoncé as the female artist with the most Top 10 singles in the U.S. Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for it's then-president, hip hop producer and rapper Jay Z.
Multi-Grammy-winning megastar Bruno Mars returns with his highly-anticipated third studio album, 24K Magic, his first piece of solo music in nearly four years. Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, lead single "24K Magic" sees Bruno bringing back his signature bounce with the singer proclaiming, "You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party." The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and musician scored his first five "Hot 100" No. 1's faster than any male since Elvis Presley. Mars most recently dominated the charts with hit single "Uptown Funk." The worldwide smash is the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 single of the 2010s, and is only the tenth single in the Hot 100's 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at No. 1. "Uptown Funk" took home 3 Grammy Awards this past year, including the coveted Record of the Year award.
UK only vinyl pressing! With each successive release, Funkadelic was streamlining it's sound, a process culminating in such early '70s classics as Cosmic Slop. The group's acid rock-heavy early work had metamorphosed into straight-up, party hearty funk, with lyrics that alternate between the serious (the title track) and the humorous 'No Compute'. It may not be as awe-inspiring as their masterpiece, Maggot Brain, but, more than any other Funkadelic album, Cosmic Slop stresses the importance of the almighty groove. The album opens with one of Funkadelic's funkiest tracks ever, the largely instrumental 'Nappy Dugout'. It's clear from the start that Funkadelic, despite a revolving cast of characters, is one of the tightest bands around. Westbound. 2006.
Double vinyl LP pressing. Thirtieth Anniversary edition that restores the album's previously missing interludes and unedited tracks. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is the fourth studio album by Janet Jackson, originally released on September 19, 1989. Although label executives wanted material similar to her previous album, Control (1986), Jackson insisted on creating a concept album addressing social issues. Collaborating with songwriters and record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she drew inspiration from various tragedies reported through news media, exploring racism, poverty, and substance abuse, in addition to themes of romance. Although it's primary concept was met with mixed reactions, it's composition received critical acclaim. Jackson came to be considered a role model for youth because of her socially conscious lyrics.
Deluxe Edition Colored Vinyl 2LP+7"-Set with Original Album Plus 11 Bonus Tracks including 3 New Songs, 4 Covers and Unreleased Live Material!
Black Pumasis led by the creative partnership between Grammy Award-winning guitarist/producerAdrian Quesadaand songwriterEric 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 thatBlack 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 Grammy-nominated eponymous 2019 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.
ThisDeluxe Editionreissueof their debut features theoriginal album plus eleven bonus tracks, three new original songs and four covers, plus unreleased live material. Thecolored vinyl 2LP-setcomes complete with abonus 7" single,new artwork and unpublished studio and live photographs.
AVCO Records was a record label started in 1968 by music producers/composers Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore together with film and TV producer Joseph E. Levine as Avco Embassy Records. Many of the artists on their roster, including Donnie Elbert, the Softones, Chocolate Syrup, Limmie & the Family Cookin' and Della Reese, recorded their soulful takes of popular songs including Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man”, The Supremes’ “Reflections” and “Love Is Here & Now You’re Gone”.
This RSD Black Friday vinyl collection also contains Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” which has not been released since 1972. The package is 140g black vinyl in an old-style tip-on full color jacket, with full color labels, wrap and RSD Black Friday sticker.
RENAISSANCE is the highly anticipated new album from global icon Beyoncé. Packed with rousing anthems that resonate with everybody, RENAISSANCE is a culmination of freedom and escape that encourages unimaginable jubilation, agency, and movement with abandon. The singular intent of RENAISSANCE, a reinvention of four on the floor, is to showcase music that stirs you from the soul and encourages your dancing feet. It is a celebration of a club era when anyone who felt like an outsider sought each other and fo
2 BLACK vinyl LPs, 180 Gram, in printed jackets w/ printed inner sleeves
36 Page Booklet
Folded Collectable 24”x 36” poster (1 of 3 randomized), in a hard slipcase
This double LP from 1976 spent 14 of its impressive 80 week chart run at the Top of the U.S. Billboard 200, where it debuted in October that year, also reaching #2 in the U.K. Featuring a huge ensemble supporting cast, including George Bensen, Herbie Hancock and Michael Sembello, Songs In The Key of Life produced no less than six hit singles, with "Another Star," the frequently sampled "Sir Duke," "I Wish," "Isn’t She Lovely," "As" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet." The highly ambitious and experimental album became the best-selling and most critically acclaimed of Stevie's career and it went on to win Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal and Album of the Year. This vinyl version from Universal Records also includes A Something Extra 7" EP.
Key's follow-up to her 2001 debut album, 'Songs in A Minor', 'Diary of Alicia Keys' is a musically seamless piece of work, a sultry slow groove that emphasizes her breathy, seductive voice and lush soulfulness. This is ideal late night romantic music, even when the tempos are kicked up a notch.
1. Harlem's Nocturne 2. Karma 3. Heartburn 4. Medley: If I Was Your Woman/Walk on By 5. You Don't Know My Name 6. If I Ain't Got You 7. Diary 8. Dragon Days 9. Wake Up 10. So Simple 11. When You Really Love Someone 12. Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude) 13. Slow Down 14. Samsonite Man 15. Nobody Not Really (Interlude)
Alicia Key's most innovative album to date is a collection of music with no boundaries. Influenced by everything from hip-hop to soul to rock to classical music,As I Amis every bit a sense of rebellion and empowerment. The new album features collaborations with some of the biggest hit makers in music and includes the smash hit single "No One."
Alicia KeysAs I AmTrack Listing
As I Am (Intro) Go Ahead Superwoman No One (Main) Like You'll Never See Me Again Lesson Learned Wreckless Love The Thing About Love Teenage Love Affair I Need You Where Do We Go From Here Prelude To A Kiss Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise) Sure Looks Good To Me
Double vinyl LP pressing. One In A Million is the second studio album by Aaliyah. First released in 1996 by Blackground Records, the album features production from a variety of producers including Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Carl-So-Lowe, J. Dibbs, Jermaine Dupri, Kay Gee, Vincent Herbert, Rodney Jenkins, Craig King, Darren Lighty and Darryl Simmons. With countless accolades, One In A Million remains one of the most influential albums in Hip-Hop & R&B and proved to be a major breakthrough in Aaliyah's career. Welcome to the new world of funk.
Vinyl LP pressing. Archive collection from the soul great. The 12-song Dock Of The Bay Sessions collection was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family's full endorsement. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been. In the liner notes, musician-journalist Bob Stanley writes: "This album is the first indication of a new Otis Redding, one that has slayed audiences in Europe, one which won him a whole new crowd at the Monterey International Pop Festival."
Along with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone virtually invented 1970's funk. Their fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid. The impact of Sly's music has proven widespread and long-lasting. This 2LP set is a great introduction and an invitation to dig deeper into Sly & The Family Stone's catalogue. This 20 track compilation covers all the hits & fan favourites from the 1968-1974 period.
Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on transparent pink vinyl
1. DANCE TO THE MUSIC 2. I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER 3. FAMILY AFFAIR 4. THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN) 5. I GET HIGH ON YOU
1. STAND! 2. M'LADY 3. SKIN I'M IN 4. EVERYDAY PEOPLE 5. SING A SIMPLE SONG
1. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME 2. DON'T CALL ME NIGGER, WHITEY 3. BRAVE & STRONG 4. LIFE 5. EVERYBODY IS A STAR
1. IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY 2. (YOU CAUGHT ME) SMILIN' 3. QUE SERA, SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE) 4. RUNNIN' AWAY 5. FAMILY AFFAIR (REMIX)
Vinyl LP pressing. Jamila Woods's cultural lineage - from her love of Lucille Clifton's poetry to letters from her grandmother and the late '80s post-punk of The Cure - helped structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album. HEAVN was originally released in the summer of 2016 on Closed Sessions and is now set for a re-release by Jagjaguwar and Closed Sessions in October 2017.
Split in two volumes, here is the sum of James Brown's early five-year period 1956-1960, when JB (and his Famous Flames) was obsessively searching for his own sound. Selected from a bunch of 19 two-sided singles, and including super hits such as "Please, Please, Please", "Try Me", and "I'll Go Crazy", this collection represents James Brown's fundamental groundwork for the coming soul music revolution.