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Francoise Hardy

Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles - 2024 Reissue

    Françoise Hardy auditioned for Vogue Records at 18 and went on to top charts with her very first release, a 1962 self-titled record now known as “Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles” based on its hit song. From there, the infamously timid Hardy became one of the few French pop stars of the era to cross over, jetting from England to France to record, serving as a muse to designers like Yves Saint Laurent, and inspiring Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. That debut showcases Hardy at her simplest, wringing rockabilly-tinged pop magic from modest jazz percussion and steel guitar. Hardy wrote most of her own material, setting her far apart from her peers, and on her debut she penned every song but two. Her lyrics would never be this close to yé-yé traditions again.

    Nina Simone

    At Town Hall - 2024 Reissue

      “Nina Simone at Town Hall” is the first live album by Nina Simone, originally released in 1959. It was her third album of that year and her first live album. The basis for the record was Simone’s performance at the Town Hall, New York, on 12 September 1959. All of the songs performed at the concert are on the album; however, three of the tracks are studio versions cut the following month. On this LP also two bonus tracks recorded during a concert at The Village Gate, New York in 1961.

      Johnny Cash

      The Rebel Sings - 2024 Reissue

        “The Rebel Sings” is a collection of Johnny Cash recordings as released on six U.S. EP’s in the late fifties. “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town”, Cash’s breakout single on Columbia; “Five Feet High And Rising”, “Frankie’s Man, Johnny” and “Rock Island Line” are among the hits here. The final four tracks show Cash’s penchant for “concept” albums. “The Rebel – Johnny Yuma” (the theme for the Western TV show “The Rebel”) was a hit single. With the addition of “Remember The Alamo”, “The Ballad Of Boot Hill” and “Lorena”, Cash presents four songs reminiscing on 19th century life in the West, something Cash would revisit frequently in his career.

        John Coltrane

        Birdland 1962 - 2024 Reissue

          This may be one of the pearls in the history of jazz recordings, the John Coltrane Quartet featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones with guest Eric Dolphy. It’s the John Coltrane Quartet at its peak with Elvin Jones confirming once again his rank as one of the all times greatest percussionists. The program on that fiery broadcast night in February 1962 on Symphony Sid’s (a long-time jazz disc jockey in the United States) radio program included three long selections: “Mr. PC,” “Miles’ Mode” (aka “Red Planet”), and a nearly 20-minute reading of “My Favorite Things,” which Trane always performed as an extended jam.

          Warsaw

          Warsaw - 2024 Reissue

            The highly acclaimed U.K. post-punk band Joy Division was originally called Warsaw. Formed in Manchester, England in the late 1970s, the group consisted of Ian Curtis on vocals, Bernard Albrecht (aka Sumner, aka Dicken) on guitar, Peter Hook on bass and Stephen Morris on drums. Hook, Albrecht and Curtis hooked up at a local concert and later formed the group Warsaw. The band’s name was taken from a David Bowie-Brian Eno composition, “Warszawa”. The 5 bonus tracks on this album are demos cut by the group at Pennine Studios in Manchester on July 18, 1977 with Steve Brotherdale on drums. The first eleven tracks presented here were the result of a recording session for that album that took place in early May of 1978. Rehearsals leading up to the session resulted in two new songs being added to the group’s existing repertoire: “Interzone” and “Transmission.” “Interzone” was based on the backing track of the song “Keep On Keepin’ On,” to which the band added their own lyrics.

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            Martin says: Joy Division were born The Stiff Kittens before changing their name to Warsaw, only finally becoming Joy Division to avoid a name clash with long forgotten London punk outfit Warsaw Pakt. Inspired by the legendary Sex Pistols gig that pretty much single handedly launched the Manchester music scene, they had always wanted a punkier sound and "Warsaw" was the 1978 debut intended to showcase that; a raw, aggressive salvo that really should have seen the light of day. It was Martin Hannett - somewhat against the band's wishes - who introduced the bleak beauty we associate with Joy Division, but there are still some pretty broad hints here of what was to come.

            Brigitte Bardot

            B.B. La Legende

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              1LP on Pink Vinyl / Gatefold sleeve. The gatefold sleeve opens to a stunning spread of a recclining Bardot! This RSD LP release opens with “Sidonie” sung by Brigitte Bardot and taken from the soundtrack to the 1962 movie ‘Vie Privée’, this song was her first ever single. Other highlights are songs from the original soundtrack to the classic 1956 Roger Vadim film ‘Et Dieu… Créa La Femme’ – better known as ‘And God Created Woman’ (In the USA with the tag line; “But The Devil Invented Brigitte Bardot”!). This was the film that catapulted B.B. to fame, launching her into the public spotlight and immediately creating her “Sex Kitten” persona. The album has a stunning picture on the inner gatefold sleeve, and is pressed on pink vinyl. Ooh La La 


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