Monday, February 22, 2016

Millie Jackson LIVE IN TOKYO

Manufactured by Polyder K.K. Japan. (Promotional Release Only)
Recorded live at Yubin Chokin Hall in Tokyo on December 2nd, 1975

This album was a promotional release in 1975 following Millie Jackson's tour in Japan.   It is a HIGH QUALITY vinyl pressing.   Copies of this record are extremely rare as well.  I've included some notes about the process involved with these types of vinyl pressings, but since that's boring except to audiophiles like myself I've kept it at the bottom of the page.    But onto the good stuff... I've had this record in my collection for a while and it's become clear that after 40 years chances are this album is never going to see an official release.  Since it's never been sold and is only a PROMO item Millie Jackson isn't losing any sales figures... however I'm hoping that by sharing this it "promotes" sales of her albums to new fans.   It was ripped direct from vinyl and is shared here in 320 kbs MP3 format.  Enjoy!!

1.  Introduction
2.  Ask Me What You Want/I Gotta Get Away/I Just Can't Stand It/I Miss You Baby/Ask Me What You Want Reprise  (This is a Medley)
3.  Love Doctor
4.  How Do You Feel (The Morning After)
5.  It's All Over (But The Shouting)
6.  My Man Is A Sweet Man
7.  Leftovers
8.  What Am I Waiting For
9.  I Still Love You (You Still Love Me)
10. Now That We Found Love
11. On & On
12. Lovin' Arms


Japanese vinyl releases are premium quality pressings, much sought after by audiophiles and collectors alike. In the 1960s Toshiba pioneered top quality red vinyl pressings using their trademark ‘Ever-Clean’ process this utilised a special ingredient intended to prevent the build-up of static electricity on the vinyl. Japanese pressings are synonymous with quality - the vinyl shines like no other vinyl everything about their releases feels special. When US audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab first released their series of high quality pressings the records were manufactured in Japan. The sonic quality of Japanese pressings is considered to be among the best in the world and, in addition, they are beautifully presented, their covers usually printed on better quality heavy stock paper and often including a bonus lyric insert with dual language Japanese & English text. As with most other countries, Japan produced promotional LPs in advance of the commercial release for marketing purposes. There are numerous different forms of promotional LP; these vary from plain white labels simply bearing a catalogue number to customised white labels similar in design to the finished label copy but without any of the colour or artwork - basically just a white label with black print. The most common forms of promotional LP are those that appear to be finished stock albums, but on closer inspection are designated promotional on the label. Whilst some actually state ‘Promo or Sample’ in English, most of these simply display the Japanese Kanji character set equivalent.

Nearly all Japanese LPs were issued with an ‘obi’ - literally translated this means ‘sash’ and is derived from the obi (sash) worn around the traditional kimono dress. This delicate paper strip, usually wrapped around the left side of the album cover, often contains marketing information and album content details, all printed in Japanese kanji and ~kana script. Obi designs can be as varied as the LPs they adorn, and some series’ of obi designs can be as collectable as the artists’ albums they decorate. However, not all promotional LPs were issued with the obi - the LP was often distributed before the obi was produced - it is rarer to find a promo with an obi than it is without one, especially on first pressings. They are more common on promo copies of reissue albums as the timing is not quite so important as for a brand new release so there was more time to put the whole package together. The rarest Japanese promotional LPs are those designed with exclusive custom picture sleeves, often compilations of previously released tracks issued to the media as a reminder of back catalogue success prior to the launch of new material, or an impending Japanese tour. These retrospective LPs can be the crowning glory of any collection and they rarely come up for sale. They are often some of the most expensive LPs to obtain, with prices ranging from £50 to £1500 for the extreme rarities...!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Calamity / Ain't Nobody 7" Vinyl Rip

Recently the legendary Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings put out a record called Give The People What They Want (which is amazing go buy it).  Part of the promotion for this album was an exclusive Pre-Order 7"  Vinyl 45 record with two unreleased tracks Calamity and Ain't Nobody as the b-side.  I'm loving both of these tracks and find it mind boggling how they could have been left off the record itself, or even the deluxe edition.  So far the tracks haven't made their way onto the internet as converted MP3s ... until now.  Enjoy!



Ain't Nobody

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Just BE Just BE Just BE!!

Paloma Faith Fall To Grace (iTunes Deluxe)
256CBR m4a

Here is the iTunes version to Paloma Faith’s 2nd album titled “Fall To Grace”. Deluxe edition includes 5 acoustic tracks.  Enjoy this one.

Description: The incredible Paloma Faith returns with her brand new album ‘Fall To Grace’, Paloma wrote and recorded ‘Fall To Grace’ in London in 2011/2012. The album is produced by Nellee Hooper (Bjork, No Doubt, Massive Attack, Madonna) along with Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran). ‘Fall To Grace’ is the follow up Paloma’s debut album ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’ which was released in 2009. Her first album sold over half a million copies and spawned the hit singles “Stone Cold Sober”, “New York”, “Do You Want the Truth Or Something Beautiful?” and “Upside Down”.

Track List:

1 Picking Up the Pieces
2 30 Minute Love Affair
3 Black & Blue
4 Just Be
5 Let Me Down Easy
6 Blood Sweat & Tears
7 Beauty of the End
8 When You’re Gone
9 Agony
10 Let Your Love Walk In
11 Freedom
12 Streets of Glory

13 Picking Up the Pieces (Acoustic Version)
14 30 Minute Love Affair (Acoustic Version)
15 Black & Blue (Acoustic Version)
16 Just Be (Acoustic Version)
17 Agony (Acoustic Version)


Melody Gardot - The Absence

The Absence

320kbs MP3

01 – Mira
02 – Amalia
03 – So Long
04 – So We Meet Again My Heartache
05 – Lisboa
06 – Impossible Love
07 – If I Tell You I Love You
08 – Goodbye
09 – Se Voce Me Ama
10 – My Heart Won’t Have It Any Other Way
11 – Yemanja
12 – Chegue Journeyman (Hidden Track)

Bonus:  Track By Track Commentary by Melody Gardot  (stunning!!!!!)


Anyone who reads this blog or knows me for any length of time knows I've been a fan of Melody Gardot's since she was a brunette and had to sit in a chair to perform because of her injuries.  I must admit this album is real music to its core.   She literally traveled all over the globe and has picked up a lot of music traits from many cultures and infused them with her own brand of Vocal Jazz. Hints of tango and bossa nova, morrocan drums, african song chanting, elements of Parisian jazz and more. This is her most stunning piece of work to date and I really didn't know how she was going to trump My One and Only Thrill.  Just wow.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hunger Games Soundtrack

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: OST - The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond
Year Of Release: 2012
Genre: Indie Rock/Indiepop/Alt. Rock/Folk
Bitrate: 320K/s 44100Hz Joint Stereo
Total Time: 58:19 (min:sec)
Total Size: 134,2 MB

Track Listing
1. Arcade Fire – Abraham`s Daughter [03:21]
2. Birdy – Just a Game [04:00]
3. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Daughter`s Lament [02:45]
4. Glen Hansard – Take the Heartland [02:44]
5. Jayme Dee – Rules [03:26]
6. Kid Cudi – The Ruler and the Killer [04:32]
7. Maroon 5 – Come Away to the Water (feat. Rozzi Crane) [05:12]
8. Pistol Annies – Run Daddy Run [02:44]
9. Neko Case – Nothing to Remember [02:57]
10. Punch Brothers – Dark Days [03:52]
11. Taylor Swift – Safe & Sound (feat. The Civil Wars) [03:58]
12. Taylor Swift – Eyes Open [04:03]
13. The Civil Wars – Kingdom Come [03:41]
14. The Decemberists – One Engine [03:00]
15. The Low Anthem – Lover Is Childlike [04:14]
16. The Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will Be Kinder [03:24]


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Melody Gardot singing in French. What a treat!!

As you can see in the video above Melody Gardot recorded a version of Sous Le Ponts de Paris with Juliette Gréco. A stunning old French classic also known in English as Under The Bridges of Paris (Eartha Kitt, Dean Martin, Dorcas Cochran).