Mar 2020

Stand Up! (CD)

San Diego blues singer/songwriter Whitney Shay presents a new album of high energy rhythm-and-blues steeped in smoky vocals. On ten originals and two covers, her rich voice alternates between sultry and sexy, and she is always in command of the music. The album’s title, Stand Up!, doubles as an order for listeners and the world in general to take note of this emerging talent.

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Pictures From Life's Other Side: The Man & His Music In Rare Recordings & Photos [Box Set] (CD)

Pictures From Life's Other Side is a true hybrid project consisting of six CDs of live in-studio performances known as the “Mother’s Best” radio shows, newly restored and remastered, along with the first-ever large format hardbound photo book dedicated to the life and career of the country music icon. The 272-page book was carefully curated by leading music historian and Hank biographer Colin Escott and features 200+ images of Hank, including dozens of rare and unseen photos.

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The Neon Skyline (CD)

On his new concept album, The Neon Skyline, Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf wanted to explore the ashes of a past relationship through the story of a man who goes to his neighborhood dive bar, finds out his ex is back in town, and she eventually shows up. Shauf wrote, performed, arranged, and produced every song on The Neon Skyline, but this time he chose to start each composition on guitar instead of his usual piano. These songs ultimately take solace in accepting that life goes on and things will be okay.

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The Vagabond (CD)

Pianist Aaron Diehl’s new album, The Vagabond, is a jazz recording rooted in precedents set by his forbearers such as Art Tatum, Mary Lou Williams, Ahmad Jamal, Roland Hanna and John Lewis, but it will come as no surprise to his fans that there are clear references to his background in classical music. The Vagabond also features Diehl’s interpretation of works “March from Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12” written by Russian great Sergei Prokofiev and “Piano Etude No. 16” by Philip Glass.

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Step Up (CD)

Bay Area horn section/funk collective Tower of Power forges on into the next decade of the 21st century on Step Up. Recorded during the same sessions that produced 2018's Soul Side of Town, Step Up features some new talent, including the phenomenal young lead vocalist, Marcus Scott, who replaced TOP’s longtime lead singer, Ray Greene. 

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Send I A Lion: A Nighthawk Reggae Joint (CD)

Nighthawk Records producer Leroy Jodie Pierson has curated a collection of his favorite tracks from the label’s acclaimed albums, ranging from classic tracks by Justin Hinds And The Dominoes, Culture, Gladiators and more, with some choice rarities from the label, including a previously unissued hotel room audition recording of "4000 Years" by The Mighty Diamonds. Essential roots reggae listening!

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The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital Of The West 1940-1974 [Box Set] (CD)

The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital Of The West 1940-1974 is 10 CD box set that tells the story of how a country music cottage industry transformed Bakersfield and became a serious challenge to Nashville's commercial country dominance. This first sprawling multi-disc anthology begins with 1940s field recordings of migrants who fled the ravages of dust and economic depression in search of a better life in California. It traces the development of the music they brought with them all the way through 1974, the last full year Merle Haggard made his home in Bakersfield, the year of Buck Owens' final Top 10 hit as a solo artist, and the year Bakersfield guitar hero Don Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident. This collection also features a large number of previously unreleased studio and live recordings, radio recordings, and demos, plus a full-color illustrated 224-page hardcover book with a plethora of photos, many shown here for the first time, and track-by-track commentary.

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It's Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers (CD)

It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers is a collection of 23 songs from the beloved broadcaster (backed by long-time collaborator and pianist Johnny Costa, Carl McViker on bass, and percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne). Containing classics like “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “You Are Special,” and the title track, this release also features five previously unissued tracks including the show’s original closer, “Tomorrow.”

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The Strange Ones: 1994-2008 [Box Set] (LP)

The Strange Ones: 1994-2008 is career-spanning box set containing all six Supergrass albums on picture disc vinyl and on CD, along with four additional CDs of live material, a 2-CD set of remixes, B-sides and rarities, and a final CD of unreleased demos, outtakes and oddities. Also includes a deluxe book featuring the story behind each album, quotes from the band, unseen photos, memorabilia and more.

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Feeling Is Believing (CD)

Recorded at the tail end of 1969 with a cast of new collaborators, Feeling Is Believing is a prime showcase of Erroll Garner’s two greatest strengths: his ability to completely reinvent well known songs, and his endlessly creative facility as a composer of original music. From his sultry “The Loving Touch” to the Afrofuturistic “Mood Island,” Garner’s originality again proves boundless.

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