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Digable Planets - Blowout Comb Black Vinyl Edition.
Digable Planets
Blowout Comb Black Vinyl Edition.
2LP | 1994 | US | Reissue (Modern Classics)
31,99 €*
Release:1994 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
The album is named for the combs used to maintain an Afro hairstyle, and that’s significant. The group’s Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler said it summed up what they wanted to do with it: ""It means the utilization of the natural, a natural style,” he has said.Like with 1993’s debut Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), ‘utilizing the natural’ meant creating hip hop that blended jazz with the formidable rap skills of the aforementioned Butterfly, Craig ‘Doodlebug’ Irving and Mary Ann ‘Ladybug Mecca’ Vieira. Unlike that debut, it meant broadening to include guests such as Gang Starr’s Guru, Jeru the Damaja, and Jazzy Joyce.Following the gold-selling commercial success of their debut, they here set out to prove their artistic prowess. This is intelligent, alternative hip hop that sounded like party music. Its lyrics are dense with wit, social commentary and politics – and its original inner sleeve was modeled on the newspaper of the Black Panther movement.Its instrumentation includes sax, vibraphone and flute. Its samples – gathered from global cratedigging trips while touring the first album around the world – included Grant Green, Eddie Harris, Shuggie Otis and jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers (whose “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” became “Borough Check” here). And yet at the same time its beats are infectious and its spirit undeniable.This is an album firmly rooted in Brooklyn. “Growing up hearing and cherishing this album, it created a textured soundscape of a mythical world of rhymes, jazz, breakbeats, culture, art and urban ambiance,” says DJ and fan Mick Boogie in the liner notes. “When I moved to Brooklyn years later, I found that the world I imagined while listening to this classic LP actually really existed…”Though Digable Planets have reunited on occasion since – and though their influence endures in every top-shelf rap act with a jazzy sensibility – the trio parted ways after Blowout Comb, citing that old favorite ""creative differences”. Sometimes, the most volatile combinations create the best art.
Digable Planets - Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - 25th Anniversary Edition
Digable Planets
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - 25th Anniversary Edition
2LP | 2018 | US | Original (Modern Classics)
32,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited 25th Anniversary Edition on double vinyl!At a time when hip-hop was determined to snap your neck, a young, hip trio from Brooklyn (by way of Seattle, Philly, and Brazil) conspired on an uncommonly smooth new sound and freaky way of speak, a titanically chill expression of Black bohemia loaded with jazz idiom and a subversive Marxist bent—and pushed it worldwide via an undeniable crossover hit.Digable Planets’ 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), unexpected to all involved, produced a massive radio hit in “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”, which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group. Unduly lumped into an “alternative rap” subgenre they chafed at, the Dig Plans were dismissed by some as one-hit wonders, coming out of nowhere; but the Digable Planets concept, and what became Reachin’, had been in the works for close to five years, as group leader Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler wrote music and soaked up game in multiple cities, navigating the industry of hip-hop’s golden age.In the end, Butler, Mary Anne “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving came together to create a seamlessly articulated vision of urbane hiphop cool with an uncommonly literary bent that subtly pushed the hip-hop genre’s frames of reference and added breadth to rap music’s burgeoning political philosophy. Drawing on inspiration from Butler’s jazzbo father, the Black Panthers, Jose Luis-Borges, the Last Poets, and Jimi Hendrix, Reachin’ posited a theory of “universal beats”, narrated by three unearthly MC’s that had “split to Earth to resurrect the funk”, assuming curious, arthropodic aliases—a nod to the natural collective action of the insect world. In just four years the crew would record two beloved and ambitious LPs before disbanding.Out of print on wax domestically since 1993, Reachin’ captures one of the last gasps of rap music’s jazzy, upbeat adolescence in the early 90’s—those warm, blissed-out grooves every bit as slick as when they were laid way back when. Put this on, roll up with your crew and bug out again with the insect tribe.This first vinyl reissue comes as an expanded double LP for improved sound including deep liner notes by Larry Mizell Jr. interviewing Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler.The 2LP is housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with booklet, printed inner sleeves and lyrics included for the first time!
This Heat - Repeat / Metal
This Heat
Repeat / Metal
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Modern Classics)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Aufgenommen von 1979 –1980 ist ,Repeat / Metal" im Wesentlichen das dritte richtige Album von This Heat, obwohl es erst 1993 posthum veröffentlicht wurde. Ihre wohl radikalste Arbeit beinhaltet zwei Tape-Experimente, jeweils in Länge einer LP-Seite.
This Heat - Live 80 - 81
This Heat
Live 80 - 81
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Modern Classics)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Bisher gab es kein offizielles Dokument über die Live-Auftritte der Gruppe. Zusammengestellt von Charles Hayward und Charles Bullen aus Kassettenaufnahmen europäischer Gigs in Tilburg, Nijmegen, Ärhus, Apeldoorn, Wien und Reims zwischen April 1980 und Juni 1981, ist Live 80-81 ein wesentliches Dokument der kraftvollen Live-Auftritte von This Heat.
Camberwell Now - The EP Collection Colored Vinyl Edition
Camberwell Now
The EP Collection Colored Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Modern Classics)
30,59 €* 33,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Camberwell Now is an experimental rock band formed 1982 by Charles Hayward after the breakup of This Heat. Although they only made one album before dissolving, they did many live gigs showcasing their highly original 'analog sampling' techniques, developed by Stephen Rickard. Taking inspiration from seafaring and imperialism, and the fact that the music was created within close proximity to the meridian line in Greenwich, the Meridian EP was originally intended to be a project for This Heat. The group’s departing member Charles Bullen plays on the opening track, “Cutty Sark”, named for the famed British clipper ship. The second EP, 1987’s Greenfingers, was their final recorded work and, according to Hayward, “it’s possible to hear the group atomising and preparing to go its separate ways” within its grooves. The only This Heat or Camberwell Now recording not to have been produced at Brixton’s Cold Storage studios, it was recorded as a DIY exercise and – unusually for either of the groups – was not pored over laboriously for a great deal of time. The EP also saw the addition of a new member, Maria Lamburn, primarily on sax, whose “Element Unknown” was inspired by her experiences in the nuclear protest camp at Greenham Common. Comprising tracks that overlapped between This Heat and Camberwell Now, the EPs concerned themselves with information technology, surveillance, propaganda and what Hayward describes as “day-to-day, hand-to-mouth survival” – all pertinent concerns in a fractured Britain under the rule of right-wing “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher, and perhaps still as pertinent today in fractured, recession-hit, isolationist Britain. The whole recordings have been re-mastered from original analog tapes. The record is housed in an expanded gatefold tip-on jacket with restored art, 8 page booklet with track notes by the artists, lyrics and archival photos and a download card.
Camberwell Now - The Ghost Trade Black Vinyl Edition
Camberwell Now
The Ghost Trade Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Modern Classics)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Camberwell Now is an experimental rock band formed 1982 by Charles Hayward after the breakup of This Heat. Although they only made one album before dissolving, they did many live gigs showcasing their highly original 'analog sampling' techniques, developed by Stephen Rickard. Arriving in 1986, The Ghost Trade, the group's sole full-length LP, was what existed at the confluence of live performance and studio experimentation. Similar to This Heat’s process, the group spent two years in Cold Storage experimenting with the studio and assembling finished songs from vast quantities of tapes. The tracks that eventually formed “The Ghost Trade” were songs forged in the bleak beauty of Thatcher's London. "To me, the sounds invoked humanity trapped behind and inside a world constructed of glass, steel, and concrete, frozen inside the textures like prisoners of the twilight zone, humanity haunting a landscape it had made for itself," says Hayward. This is the first ever official vinyl re-issue in collaboration with original members, that includes the bonus track “Daddy Needs A Throne". The whole recordings have been re-mastered from original analog tapes. The record is housed in an expanded gatefold tip-on jacket with restored art, 8 page booklet with track notes by the artists, lyrics and archival photos and a download card.
Camberwell Now - The EP Collection Black Vinyl Edition
Camberwell Now
The EP Collection Black Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Modern Classics)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Camberwell Now is an experimental rock band formed 1982 by Charles Hayward after the breakup of This Heat. Although they only made one album before dissolving, they did many live gigs showcasing their highly original 'analog sampling' techniques, developed by Stephen Rickard. Taking inspiration from seafaring and imperialism, and the fact that the music was created within close proximity to the meridian line in Greenwich, the Meridian EP was originally intended to be a project for This Heat. The group’s departing member Charles Bullen plays on the opening track, “Cutty Sark”, named for the famed British clipper ship. The second EP, 1987’s Greenfingers, was their final recorded work and, according to Hayward, “it’s possible to hear the group atomising and preparing to go its separate ways” within its grooves. The only This Heat or Camberwell Now recording not to have been produced at Brixton’s Cold Storage studios, it was recorded as a DIY exercise and – unusually for either of the groups – was not pored over laboriously for a great deal of time. The EP also saw the addition of a new member, Maria Lamburn, primarily on sax, whose “Element Unknown” was inspired by her experiences in the nuclear protest camp at Greenham Common. Comprising tracks that overlapped between This Heat and Camberwell Now, the EPs concerned themselves with information technology, surveillance, propaganda and what Hayward describes as “day-to-day, hand-to-mouth survival” – all pertinent concerns in a fractured Britain under the rule of right-wing “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher, and perhaps still as pertinent today in fractured, recession-hit, isolationist Britain. The whole recordings have been re-mastered from original analog tapes. The record is housed in an expanded gatefold tip-on jacket with restored art, 8 page booklet with track notes by the artists, lyrics and archival photos and a download card.
Stone Roses, The - The Stone Roses
Stone Roses, The
The Stone Roses
2LP | 1989 | US | Reissue (Modern Classics)
35,99 €*
Release:1989 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Some albums hold the blueprint for something bigger than can be contained on twelve inches of vinyl; the self-titled debut album by The Stone Roses is one of them. Despite clocking in at less than fifty minutes long, it’s a record that shaped the next two-and-a-half decades of British music.Released in 1989, The Stone Roses was a fusion of rock music and the nascent rave scene in the group’s native Manchester. For a period of a few years, the industrial English city that gave us Joy Division, The Fall, and The Smiths was home to a drug-fuelled, club-based scene that earned the town a new nickname–Madchester. Falling squarely in that point of transition, The Stone Roses created guitar music that made people dance, fostering the baggy scene that paved the way to Britpop and Manchester’s next mega band, Oasis.The Stone Roses were the full package: they had the tough demeanor and insular mentality of any group of friends from a rugged city, they had a unique look comprised of bucket hats, Adidas sportswear, baggy jeans, and oversized T-shirts, and they talked a mean fight in interviews. But musically they were groaning with talent–Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfied (bass) and Alan ‘Reni’ Wren (drums) made complex rhythms seem effortless, guitarist John Squire could give his beloved Jimmy Page a run for his money, and frontman Ian Brown balanced punk sensibility and hippy mentality.In the UK, the album is the stuff of legend, its cover still seen on T-shirts in any given gig venue. Around the world, its influence was less tangible, most likely due to the fact that the group was hamstrung by a legal wrangle with the Silvertone label following the album’s release.Musically, it’s a mix of the grandiose and the intimate, containing songs so forceful and emotive they’ve become terrace anthems (“This Is The One” is Manchester United’s walk-on music) alongside introspective tracks like the anti-monarchy madrigal "Elizabeth My Dear.” In “Waterfall,” there are cascading guitar lines that describe its title like musical onomatopoeia, and in “Made Of Stone” and “She Bangs The Drum,” there are perfect pop songs too. Most significantly, there are songs in which the band etch their own myth in earth-rumbling basslines and grandiose statements: “I Wanna Be Adored,” which opens the album, and “I Am The Resurrection,” which closes.Reissued on Light In The Attic on deluxe double-vinyl, this is your chance to discover the album for the first time or to own it in its most beautiful presentation yet.
Tinariwen - Amassakoul
Tinariwen
Amassakoul
2LP | 2004 | US | Reissue (Modern Classics)
31,99 €*
Release:2004 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Even for a band hailing from the nomadic Tuareg population, roaming the deserts of Mali, Africa, the members of the Grammy winning band Tinariwen have travelled further than most. Since breaking through to a global audience, their music has taken them around the world and been championed by artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke and TV On The Radio.By the time the west caught on, the 5 to 7-piece group had a two-decade career behind them. Formed in and around the Algerian town of Tamanrasset by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib in 1979, they were initially a traditional group playing weddings, baptisms and parties–until they heard Bob Marley and Bob Dylan during military training in Libya and duly went electric. Their early music–banned in Mali–spoke of ethnic pride, drought, political struggle, and rebellion. Members of the band fought in the Touareg rebellion that broke out in Mali and Niger in the 1980s, leading to the popular image of the group with a guitar on one shoulder and a machine gun on the other. Returning to Mali after a 1994 ceasefire when the ban on their music was lifted, Tinariwen continued to document the changing lifestyle of their persecuted people. “For the Tuareg community, music and poetry are everything,” bassist Eyadou Ag Leche has said. “Music is politics. Music is “maux de vie,” it’s the news and the current affairs. I think we play music to give out information, project our ideas, and convey feelings.”The last decade saw major changes for the band: they toured Europe for the first time in 2000, and the following year’s The Radio Tisdas Sessions became their first widely distributed album–and the first to be not solely released on cassette. Line-up changes followed, with frontman Ibrahim welcoming the first of several younger members to the group. Their global travels brought new influences to the band. “For a long time we didn’t know what music like blues, rock, or pop sounded like,” said Eyadou.Amassakoul, released in 2004, was made by a band in which four of the six players were newcomers and represented a shift to a more produced, intricate sound. It preserved the loose, camelback rhythms, call-and-response vocals, lively guitars, and handclaps of Tinariwen’s unique sound but added a vocal drone to “Assoul” and influences from Jamaican toasting on Tamashek rap track “Arawan” and on “Oualahila Ar Tesninam,” the group’s hardest rock track yet. The album’s name tellingly translates from Tamashek to “The Traveler.”Issued on vinyl for the first time ever by Modern Classics Recordings, this is your chance to discover Tinariwen at the point when their travels to Europe and beyond created a cultural exchange beneficial for the band, for western music, and, ultimately, for the listener.rded live at Mali’s Festival of the Desert in January 2001. Showcasing the band’s ferocious performance skills, it created an appetite for their live show around the world. Soon, western audiences who thought they’d seen everything discovered a new, hybrid form of music that was quite unlike anything they’d heard before. Issued on vinyl for the first time by Modern Classics Recordings and presented in a deluxe edition, this is your chance to discover Tinariwen at the pivotal moment of their career.
Tinariwen - Radio Tisdas Sessions
Tinariwen
Radio Tisdas Sessions
2LP | 2001 | US | Reissue (Modern Classics)
28,99 €*
Release:2001 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Even for a band hailing from the nomadic Tuareg population, roaming the deserts of Mali, Africa, the members of the Grammy winning band Tinariwen have traveled further than most. Since breaking through to a global audience, their music has taken them around the world and been championed by artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, and TV On The Radio. By the time the west caught on, the group had a three-decade career behind them. Formed in and around the Algerian town of Tamanrasset in 1979, they were initially a traditional group playing weddings, baptisms and parties–until they heard snippets of rock music and duly went electric. Their early music spoke of ethnic pride, nomadic rights, political struggle and rebellion; members of the band fought in the Touareg rebellion that broke out in Mali and Niger in the 1980s, leading to the popular image of the group with a guitar on one shoulder and a machine gun on the other. Returning to Mali after a 1994 ceasefire, Tinariwen continued to document the changing lifestyle of their persecuted people. 2001’s The Radio Tisdas Sessions marks the point at which the band first made strides to global acclaim. Where previous albums had been issued only on cassette for regional markets, The Radio Tisdas Sessions was released on CD and distributed worldwide. It saw the group working with British producer Justin Adams and French collective Lo’Jo, but despite the outside influence, there was no softening of their sound: hard guitar licks and wild rhythms color their spare, dust-beaten music. “It was amazing slowly getting to meet them,” Adams has said. “The attitude’s nothing like, ‘Here we are, you’re the band, let’s record an album.’ Many cups of tea were drunk and there were many misunderstandings.” Recorded at the titular studios in Kidal, capital of the stark Iforas region of Mali, the album was made in difficult conditions. They were able to work only between 7pm and midnight, as those were the sole hours when electricity was available. The desert is an overwhelming presence throughout the album–you can hear the vast expanse of the landscape in the very grooves. Concluding the album is a live track “Tin-Essako,” recorded live at Mali’s Festival of the Desert in January 2001. Showcasing the band’s ferocious performance skills, it created an appetite for their live show around the world. Soon, western audiences who thought they’d seen everything discovered a new, hybrid form of music that was quite unlike anything they’d heard before. Issued on vinyl for the first time by Modern Classics Recordings and presented in a deluxe edition, this is your chance to discover Tinariwen at the pivotal moment of their career.
Big Boys - No Matter How Long The Line At The Cafeteria, There's Always A Seat
Big Boys
No Matter How Long The Line At The Cafeteria, There's Always A Seat
Tape | 1985 | US | Reissue (Modern Classics)
14,99 €*
Release:1985 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Released at the time of their split in 1985 and now reissued by Modern Classics Recordings, the group’s final album, No Matter How Long the Line Is At the Cafeteria, There’s Always a Seat finds Big Boys continuing to innovate, even including the sound of turntable scratching on Common Beat, a sound rarely heard outside of hip-hop at the time. Songs like “Which Way To Go” and “Narrow View” echo their boredom and anger with the changing hardcore scene, while “I Do Care” and “What’s The Word” illustrate the band’s positive outlook for things to come.
Built To Spill - Ultimate Alternative Wavers Gold Vinyl Edition
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