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CRAFT RECORDINGS TO REISSUE FIVE SEMINAL HIP-HOP TITLES
ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON PIONEERING HIP-HOP LABEL DELICIOUS VINYL 

TONE-LŌC’s LŌC-ED AFTER DARK (1989)
YOUNG MC’s STONE COLD RHYMIN’ (1989)
MASTA ACE INCORPORATED’s SLAUGHTAHOUSE (1993) & SITTIN’ ON CHROME (1995)
THE PHARCYDE’s LABCABINCALIFORNIA (1995) 

ALL TITLES AVAILABLE ON VINYL JULY 20th WITH REMASTERED AUDIO CUT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF DAVE COOLEY AT ELYSIAN MASTERS
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This summer, Craft Recordings is set to relaunch a legendary group of hip-hop titles originally released between 1989 and 1995 on Delicious Vinyl, the Los Angeles-based classic label whose catalog of West Coast party rock and conscious rap still gets play on radio and at functions worldwide. Featuring audio remastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, these LPs represent some of the most lasting music of the genre.

The reissues include smash hits “Wild Thing” (on Tone-Lōc’s Lōc-ed After Dark) and “Bust A Move” (on Young MC’s Stone Cold Rhymin’), as well as groundbreaking albums by Masta Ace Incorporated, which married West Coast and East Coast sensibilities, and the sensational second album from the Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, which was responsible for launching the career of producer extraordinaire J Dilla, who contributed to six songs including the immortal “Runnin’.

This essential music paved the way for modern hip-hop. All five albums will be out on vinyl worldwide, with faithful replica packaging, on July 20th.

All titles are available for pre-order at the newly launched Craft Recordings web store. Use the special offer code “CLASSICWAX20” for a 20% discount off three or more of these titles.

About Tone-Lōc and Lōc-ed After Dark:
Tone-Lōc, born Anthony Smith, rose from relative obscurity to pop superstardom in 1989, when his collaboration with Young MC (Marvin Young), “Wild Thing,” borrowed a hook from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin’” and caught fire. It was the first Top 10 pop hit for a black rapper. With his hoarse delivery and unmistakable gift for storytelling, Tone-Lōc followed up the No. 1 smash with another Top 5 hit, “Funky Cold Medina.” Riding the popularity of these tunes, Lōc-ed After Dark would hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and receive a double-platinum certification by the RIAA.

Lōc-ed After Dark was only the second rap album to top the pop charts — the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill was the first — and while the hits have been practically ingrained in American culture over time (thanks to being featured in movies, TV shows, and at generations of parties), the album holds up as a whole. Other than Tone-Lōc’s voice, the calling card is a funky, sample-heavy production by Delicious cofounders Matt Dike and Mike Ross, and the Dust Brothers, the team behind the Beasties’ Paul’s Boutique. Later in 1989, the practice of sampling came under legal fire and eventually mostly tapered off. Lōc-ed After Dark is one of the last true examples of the art form that was allowed to flourish commercially.

Track list: A1. On Fire (Remix) A2. Wild Thing A3. Lōc-ed After Dark A4. I Got It Goin’ On A5. Cutting Rhythms – B1. Funky Cold Medina B2. Next Episode B3. Cheeba Cheeba B4. Don’t Get Close B5. Lōc’in On The Shaw B6. The Homies

Pre-order Lōc-ed After Dark on Amazon, via the Craft Recordings Web Store, or find a copy at your local indie record store.

About Young MC and Stone Cold Rhymin’:
Earning his stripes as a collaborator with Tone-Lōc on the hit “Wild Thing” and the follow-up smash “Funky Cold Medina,” Young MC was on a roll when he stepped out on his own later in 1989. The young star released a solo Top 10 single, “Bust A Move,” which won him a Grammy® Award for Best Rap Performance and helped his debut album, Stone Cold Rhymin’, achieve platinum status.

In many ways, Stone Cold Rhymin’ is a sister album to Lōc-ed After Dark. Both feature Delicious cofounders Matt Dike and Mike Ross producing with the Dust Brothers, chopping and arranging samples. And both were engineered by Mario Caldato, Jr.—“Mario C” as he is known to fans of the Beastie Boys, whose music he also recorded.

“Bust A Move” is still ubiquitous wherever people congregate and have a good time, and the

song “Know How” was featured prominently in the recent hit film Baby Driver. Stone Cold Rhymin’ remains a prime example of funky, sample-based hip-hop as the genre began to modernize. Fun fact: Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers plays bass on “Principal’s Office” and “Bust A Move.”

Track list: A1. I Come Off A2. Principal’s Office A3. Bust A Move A4. Non Stop A5. Fastest Rhyme A6. My Name Is Young – B1. Know How B2. Roll With The Punches B3. I Let ‘Em Know B4. Pick Up The Pace B5. Got More Rhymes B6. Stone Cold Buggin’ B7. Just Say No

Pre-order Stone Cold Rhymin’ on Amazon, via the Craft Recordings Web Store, or find a copy at your local indie record store.

About Masta Ace Incorporated’s SlaughtaHouse and Sittin’ On Chrome:
Formed by the famed lyricist and rapper Masta Ace — a key influence on Eminem — the group Masta Ace Incorporated, also known as the I.N.C., teamed up with Delicious to concoct a special mix of California-influenced funk beats and East Coast lyricism. It was a reverse version of what Ice Cube did a few years prior on AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted: Cali raps over East Coast beats. This time, the vibe was West Coast, but the whole group had a strong East Coast pedigree and was entirely based in Brooklyn: Masta Ace, Lord Digga, Paula Perry, R&B vocalist Leschea, and Eyceurokk (Eyce, Uneek, and Rokkdiesel).

Masta Ace was already hip-hop famous as part of New York’s legendary Juice Crew, with his claim to fame being the first verse on Marley Marl’s classic posse cut “The Symphony.” After he released a solo album in 1990 (Take A Look Around), which featured a guest spot by Eyceurokk, Ace expanded the collaboration in 1992 by forming Masta Ace Incorporated (the I.N.C.), and he began to build his career as a frontman and bandleader.

The group’s debut album, SlaughtaHouse, released in 1993, zeroed in on the idea of the fake gangsta. It was the beginning of the G-funk era, and everybody was switching their style all of a sudden. But where did all these supposed tough guys come from? Masta Ace had questions about who was really authentic and also about what gangsta rap meant for hip-hop as a whole. One year later, the rapper Common would pick up Masta Ace’s themes and voice similar concerns on his song “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Following Eyceurokk’s departure, the remaining four members of Masta Ace Incorporated released their second album, Sittin’ On Chrome, in 1995. The album included “Born To Roll,” a hit that broke the Top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, as well as two more Hot 100 singles: “The I.N.C. Ride” and the album’s title track. Ace has continued to release critically acclaimed work, make even more conceptual albums, and receive recognition from his peers as a “rapper’s rapper.”

SlaughtaHouse track list: A1. A Walk Through The Valley A2. SlaughtaHouse A3. Late Model Sedan A4. Jeep Ass Niguh – B1. The Big East B2. Jack B Nimble B3. Boom Bashin – C1. Mad Wunz C2. Style Wars C3. Who U Jackin (featuring Paula Perry) C4. Rollin Wit UmDada – D1. Aint U Da Masta D2. Crazy Drunken StyleD3. Saturday Nite Live

Sittin’ On Chrome track list: A1. Intro A2. The I.N.C. Ride A3. Eastbound A4. What’s Going On! – B1. The B-Side B2. Sittin’ On Chrome B3. People In My Hood B4. Turn It Up – C1. U Can’t Find Me C2. Ain’t No Game C3. Freestyle? C4. Terror – D1. Da Answer D2. 4 Da Mind D3. Born To Roll D4. The Phat Kat Ride

Pre-order SlaughtaHouse on Amazon, via the Craft Recordings Web Store, or find a copy at your local indie record store.

Pre-order Sittin’ On Chrome on Amazon, via the Craft Recordings Web Store, or find a copy at your local indie record store.

About The Pharcyde and Labcabincalifornia:
Composed of Trevant “Slimkid3″ Hardson, Derrick “Fatlip” Stewart, Emandu “Imani” Wilcox, and Romye “Bootie Brown” Robinson, the Pharcyde were a group of true originals from South Central Los Angeles. Hardson, Wilcox, and Robinson were all dancers and choreographers who met on the L.A. underground club circuit in the late ’80s, worked together for a while, and served a stint as dancers on the hit TV show In Living ColorStewart, meanwhile, performed at local clubs and eventually hooked up with the others in 1990. Under the tutelage of Reggie Andrews, a local high-school music teacher who has guided the careers of talents ranging from Patrice Rushen to Thundercat, the group learned about the music industry and the process of recording an album. They eventually landed a deal with Delicious Vinyl in 1991, and a year later released their eccentric debut album, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, which went gold. Opening slots ensued for acts like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and appearances at Lollapalooza earned them fans outside of hip-hop. The single “Passin’ Me By” landed in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and remains a hip-hop anthem and radio staple.

The follow-up album, Labcabincalifornia, was a sleeper classic that showcased the production talents of a then virtually unknown J Dilla. The first single from the album, the Dilla-produced “Drop,” was a hit, and the accompanying music video, performed backward and then played in reverse by director Spike Jonze, reinforced the group’s wildly creative reputation. The album would go on to produce two more successful singles: “Runnin,” which peaked at No. 55, and “She Said.”

Track list: A1. Bullshit A2. Pharcyde A3. Groupie Therapy – B1. Runnin’ B2. She Said B3. Splattitorium B4. Somethin’ That Means Somethin’ – C1. Drop C2. Hey You C3. Y? C4. It’s All Good! – D1. Moment In Time D2. The Hustle D3. Little D D4. Devil Music D5. The E.N.D.

Pre-order Labcabincalifornia on Amazon, via the Craft Recordings Web Store, or find a copy at your local indie record store.

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CRAFT RECORDINGS ANNOUNCE VINYL REISSUES OF
CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE AND UNDER THE INFLUENCES

SOLO TITLES FROM SOCIAL DISTORTION’S ICONIC FRONTMAN, MIKE NESS
AVAILABLE APRIL 6th

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Los Angeles, CA – Craft Recordings is proud to announce two vinyl reissues for Mike Nesssolo albums, Under The Influences and Cheating At Solitaire, both set for release on April 6th. Ness is most widely known as the frontman for Social Distortion — a band that would profoundly impact the American Punk Rock movement and go on to be one of the best-selling punk rock groups of all time. But long before he ever heard the Ramones, the Clash or the Sex Pistols, Ness grew up listening to early rock and roll.

His solo work represents the full spectrum of all these influences. Cheating At Solitaire and Under The Influences integrate punk, rockabilly, primitive rock and roll, country and blues while maintaining the energy that typifies Mike Ness.

About Cheating At Solitaire:
Cheating At Solitaire, the first solo release from Ness, was originally released in 1999 and has been long out of print on vinyl until this reissue. This 2-LP album incorporates the raw power and social relevance that has always marked Mike Ness’ music, while embracing many of the defining styles in American rock and roll history. Among the guest contributors are Brian Setzer and Bruce Springsteen, and featured cover songs include Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” and Hank Williams’ “You Win Again.” Bonus track “Company C” is exclusive to the vinyl configuration.

The album is available to pre-order now as a 2-LP vinyl set, and also on limited-edition blue vinyl (500 pieces), available exclusively via the Official Mike Ness Store (at the pre-order link below).

Cheating At Solitaire – Track Listing:
A1: The Devil In Miss Jones
A2: Don’t Think Twice
A3: Misery Loves Company (with Bruce Springsteen)
A4: Crimes Don’t Pay (with Brian Setzer)
B1: Rest Of Our Lives
B2: You Win Again
B3: Cheating At Solitaire
B4: No Man’s Friend
C1: Charmed Life
C2: Dope Fiend Blues (with Billy Zoom)
C3: Ballad Of A Lonely Man
C4: I’m In Love With My Car
D1: If You Leave Before Me
D2: Long Black Veil
D3: Send Her Back
D4: Company C

Pre-order on vinyl here: http://found.ee/MikeNess-Solitaire-LP-p
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About Under The Influences:
Under The Influences is an influences-driven collection of country, rock and bluegrass covers of songs that inspired Mike Ness. He was especially inspired by the roots of American music, and his earliest influences were the pioneers of rock and roll — musicians that were scandalous and rebellious in their day. Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Woody Guthrie and Creedence Clearwater Revival marked Ness’ early years. The musicianship of the bands and the revolutionary spirit at their core appealed to Ness. This radical essence would become his calling-card, but he would never lose the love of his roots.

“I have a great affection for roots music. Old blues, country, folk, rockabilly and primitive rock and roll in general.” Says Ness, “Without these roots, I wouldn’t have perspective. I love the music and feel it is as relevant as ’70s glitter and early punk. As a solo artist, I am able to cross the boundaries and integrate it all. I tried to bring these influences together and keep it honest.”

Under The Influences, first released in 1999, features songs as diverse as the Sonny Curtis-penned “I Fought The Law” and the Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower,” each with a unique Mike Ness spin. It also features a honky-tonk version of the Social Distortion classic, “Ball and Chain.”

The album is available to pre-order now as a standard vinyl, and also on limited-edition red vinyl (500 pieces), available exclusively via the Official Mike Ness Store (at the pre-order link below).

Under The Influences – Track Listing:
A1: All I Can Do Is Cry
A2: Gamblin’ Man
A3: Let The Jukebox Keep On Playing
A4: I Fought The Law
A5: Big Iron
A6: One More Time
A7: Six More Miles
B1: A Thief In The Night
B2: Once A Day
B3: Funnel Of Love
B4: House Of Gold
B5: Wildwood Flower
B6: Ball and Chain (Honky Tonk)

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OTIS REDDING’s LIVE AT THE WHISKY A GO GO: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS
RECEIVES GRAMMY® AWARD FOR BEST ALBUM NOTES

HONOR MARKS FIRST GRAMMY WIN FOR WRITER LYNELL GEORGE

Stax Records, along with Craft Recordings  ̶  the Catalog Division of Concord Music  ̶  are thrilled to announce a GRAMMY® win for Best Album Notes, awarded to Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist Lynell George for her work on the Otis Redding album, Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings. This GRAMMY® Award marks the first for Ms. George, as well as the first for the recently launched reissue imprint.

Released as a six-CD box set in October of 2016, Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings offers the entirety of Redding’s historic performances at the famed Sunset Strip venue. The seven sets, recorded Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th,, 1966, feature the singer’s popular songs of the time, including “Respect,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and his cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” as well as between-song banter. The critically acclaimed title, also available as an abridged version on vinyl, was praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Uncut, and American Songwriter and was featured on several year-end best-of and gift guide lists, including those of Paste and The New York Times.

George’s notes focus not only on Redding’s high-spirited performances that weekend, offering memories from attendees of the shows (audience members included Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and The Doors’ Robby Krieger), but also on the importance of these dates for Otis’ career, and the very deliberate choice of picking that particular venue. By the spring of 1966, 24-year-old Otis Redding was a bona-fide star on the R&B and soul radio waves, but had yet to be fully embraced by a white audience, and this gig in Hollywood  ̶  booked at a venue known for hosting hippies  ̶  was a shrewd move to introduce Redding to a new market. In fact, Redding would be the first major soul act to perform on the Whisky’s stage.

In her notes, Ms. George adds context: “The Strip, like much of 1960s Los Angeles, had invisible but tough to permeate dividing lines…Redding began to see this three-night run as just the right spark to help him jump over all those many lines–from star to superstar, from R&B/soul to pop, from all-black rooms to arenas.” In the end, these Whisky sets (with Otis’ nine-piece band) did prove to be an important step in Redding’s career. Just one year later, Otis would be the star act at the Monterey Pop Festival, sharing a lineup that included Jimi Hendrix and the Who. Tragically, just as his career was reaching its peak, Redding’s life would be cut short in a plane crash, in December 1967. Click here for a copy of the liner notes.

Lynell George is a Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist, who has previously penned liner notes for such releases as The Music of Aretha Franklin (Sony/Legacy), Nat King Cole: The Classic Singles (Capitol) and Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (Sony/Legacy). She has had a long career in L.A. journalism as a staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, where she focused on social issues, human behavior and identity politics as well as visual arts, music and literature. She is also an arts and culture columnist for KCET TV’s show Artbound. Her work has appeared in various essay collections including Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (Library of America); and Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature (Wiley), while she has also contributed features, reviews and profiles to such outlets as The Smithsonian, Vibe, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and Essence. Ms. George is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday), a collection of features and essays drawn from her reporting. A USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow (2013), she has taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University (2009 ̶ 2011). Ms. George is currently looking to the release of a new collection of her essays and photographs, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside of the Frame, due out in February 2018 via Angel City Press.

About Craft Recordings:
Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as R.E.M., Traveling Wilburys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, the Staple Singers, Thelonious Monk, Joan Baez, John Lee Hooker, Evanescence and Nine Inch Nails, to name just a few. Renowned label imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fantasy, Rounder, Stax, Milestone, Prestige, Riverside, Specialty, Sugar Hill, Vanguard and Vee-Jay Records, among many others.

Craft creates thoughtfully curated and comprehensive packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation, ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog division of Concord Music.

Click here to watch GRAMMY® winner Lynell George discuss Otis Redding’s historic 1966 performances, as captured in Live At The Whiskey A Go Go: The Complete Recordings, with box set co-producer Bill Bentley

Click here to purchase the 6-CD box set Live At The Whiskey A Go Go: The Complete Recordings
Click here to purchase the 2-LP version

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CRAFT RECORDINGS TO REISSUE LEGENDARY TRIO OF ISAAC HAYES ALBUMS ON VINYL 

HOT BUTTERED SOUL, SHAFT, AND BLACK MOSES SHOWCASE NEWLY REMASTERED AUDIO BY DAVE COOLEY AT ELYSIAN MASTERS, SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG TAPES 

180-GRAM VINYL PRESSINGS COME HOUSED IN OLD-SCHOOL STYLE TIP-ON JACKETS 

FAITHFULLY REPRODUCED PACKAGING AND ARTWORK INCLUDES THE LEGENDARY
CROSS-SHAPED BLACK MOSES FOLD-OUT 

AUDIO ALSO AVAILABLE AT ALL STREAMING PARTNERS AND IN HI-RES DIGITAL (192/24 and 96/24)


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On February 23rd, Craft Recordings will release newly remastered editions of three classic albums from soul icon Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, and Black Moses. Each LP boasts audio remastered by leading engineer Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters from the original analog tapes and comes housed in a faithfully reproduced package, complete with old-school style tip-on jacket, and in the case of Black Moses, a replica of the legendary, iconic four-foot cross-shaped fold-out image of Isaac as Black Moses.

The release comes on the heels of a year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Stax Records, and a historic look at the contributions made by Hayes to the success of the label as embodied in the lauded 2017 deluxe 4CD box set, Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), which celebrates the multi-faceted artist’s talents as a producer, writer, and performer.

About Hot Buttered Soul:
Reaching #1 on the Billboard Soul/R&B chart in the year of its release (1969), Hot Buttered Soul is a transformative genre-bending soul record that changed the shape of popular music forever. Featuring “Walk On By” and Hayes’ expansive, cinematic take on “By The I Get To Phoenix,” this new reissue from Craft Recordings showcases newly remastered audio cut at Elysian Masters under the supervision of Dave Cooley and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

Preorder Hot Buttered Soul on Amazon or locate it at your local independent record store.

Track list:
Side A

  1. Walk On By
  2. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic

Side B

  1. One Woman
  2. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

About Shaft:
Both a commercial and critical success, it remains Isaac Hayes’ best-known and best-selling LP released by Stax Records, winning Hayes multiple Grammy® Awards in 1972 and an Oscar® for “Best Original Song.” The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and spent 60 weeks on the chart. In 2014, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2014 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The album contains the ubiquitous #1 chart-topping hit “Theme From Shaft” and top-40 smash, “Do Your Thing.” This new 2-LP reissue from Craft Recordings showcases newly remastered audio cut at Elysian Masters under the supervision of Dave Cooley and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

Preorder Shaft on Amazon or locate it at your local independent record store.

Track list:
Side A

  1. Theme From Shaft (Vocal)
  2. Bumpy’s Lament
  3. Walk From Regio’s
  4. Ellie’s Love Theme
  5. Shaft’s Cab Ride

Side B

  1. Café Regio’s
  2. Early Sunday Morning
  3. Be Yourself
  4. A Friend’s Place

Side C

  1. Soulsville (Vocal)
  2. No Name Bar
  3. Bumpy’s Blues
  4. Shaft Strikes Again

Side D

  1. Do Your Thing (Vocal)
  2. The End Theme

About Black Moses:
The crucial, ambitiously artistic follow-up to Hayes’ Shaft, Black Moses reached #1 on the Billboard Soul/R&B chart in 1972 and remains relevant today as the result of prominent samples by the likes of Portishead (“Glory Box”) and Alesia Cara (“Here”) who both used elements from “Ike’s Rap II” as the basis of their compositions. Boasting an ambitious package, complete with two 180-gram vinyl LPs, deluxe fold-out packaging, and a replica of the original multi-panel four-foot cruciform image of Hayes as Black Moses, this reissue from Craft Recordings showcases newly remastered audio cut at Elysian Masters under the supervision of Dave Cooley and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

Preorder Black Moses on Amazon or locate it at your local independent record store.

Track listing:
Side A

  1. Never Can Say Goodbye
  2. (They Long To Be) Close To You
  3. Nothing Takes The Place Of You
  4. Man’s Temptation

Side B

  1. Never Gonna Give You Up
  2. Medley: Ike’s Rap II / Help Me Love
  3. Need To Belong To Someone
  4. Good Love 6-9-9-6-9

Side C

  1. Medley: Ike’s Rap III / Your Love Is So Doggone Good
  2. For The Good Times
  3. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

Side D

  1. Part-Time Love
  2. Medley: Ike’s Rap IV / A Brand New Me
  3. Going In Circles

About Isaac Hayes:
From his humble beginnings as an orphaned sharecropper to his rise as a session musician, house songwriter, and producer for Stax Records, to his arrival as a star in his own right, Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) became a symbol of what was possible for Black America. Dubbed “Black Moses” during the height of his popularity, Hayes revolutionized soul music, leading it out of the era of the three-minute single and into new territory: that of the fully-orchestrated concept album, complete with extended cuts that, in some cases, spanned nearly the entire side of an LP. The artist also broke barriers in the film industry, scoring the 1971 film Shaft. The soundtrack became Hayes’ fourth consecutive platinum LP, and also earned him an Academy Award® for Best Original Song (“Theme From Shaft”). The musician became the first African American to win the Oscar in a non-acting category, and was also the first recipient of the “Best Original Song” category to both write and perform the winning track. Hayes’ success opened the door for other artists and composers, like Curtis Mayfield and Norman Whitfield, to score music for the screen.

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Released in 2017, The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) chronicles the ascension of one of the greatest American musical talents the world has ever seen. From his humble beginnings as an orphaned sharecropper to his time as a session player, house songwriter, and producer for Stax Records, to his arrival as an artist in his own right as “Black Moses,” Hayes became a symbol for what was possible for Black America, perhaps best encapsulated by his barrier-busting Oscar-win for “Best Original Song” with “Theme From Shaft” in 1972. This four-CD set includes both songs written and produced by Hayes and performed by the other artists (Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” Carla Thomas’ “B-A-B-Y”), as well as a collection of Hayes’ best-loved hits (“Walk On By,” “Theme from Shaft”), plus a wealth of previously unreleased material. This essential collection examines the many facets of Hayes’ career and provides an essential survey of one of the most influential, genre-defining artists in American music history. Click here for press release announcing The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), released September 22, 2017 on Craft Recordings.

Purchase Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) on Amazon.

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CRAFT RECORDINGS TO REISSUE GROUNDBREAKING SOUL MASTERPIECE
 FROM THE STAX RECORDS FAMILY ON 180-GRAM VINYL 

24-CARAT BLACK – GHETTO: MISFORTUNE’S WEALTH,
ORCHESTRATED BY ISAAC HAYES COLLABORATOR DALE WARREN  

FEATURES THE ORIGINAL ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG TAPES, PRESSED ON 180-GRAM VINYL AND HOUSED IN AN OLD-SCHOOL STYLE TIP-ON JACKET 

PLUS LINER NOTES BY ROB BOWMAN, GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF
SOULSVILLE U.S.A.: THE STORY OF STAX RECORDS 

AUDIO ALSO AVAILABLE AT ALL STREAMING PARTNERS AND IN HI-RES DIGITAL (192/24 and 96/24)

 
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On February 23rd, Craft Recordings will reissue the definitive version of one of the most ambitious, groundbreaking records in the Stax catalog: 24-Carat Black – Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth. Composed, arranged, and produced almost entirely by longtime Isaac Hayes collaborator Dale Warren, the album draws marked comparisons to the lush, transformative arrangements penned by Warren for the seminal trio of Hayes albums, Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement, and …To Be Continued. Often cited as one of the first concept albums in the soul, funk and R&B genres at a time when such boldly artistic statements were reserved for progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, this ‘soul opera,’ featuring just eight tracks, is an entrancing mixture of lush, orchestral soul ballads and Blaxploitation-era funk grooves, split into vignettes dealing with aspects of everyday life in some of America’s poorest areas. Its unique blend of immaculately arranged grooves and socially conscious narrative launched the album into cult-classic status among DJs and producers who have sampled it for tracks, most recently by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Digable Planets, Dr. Dre, and many others.

This pressing, released as part of Craft Recordings“Made In Memphis Series, features 180-gram vinyl cut at Ardent studios on the original Stax lathe and pressed in Memphis at Memphis Record Pressing. The Old-school style tip-on jacket with printed inner sleeve contains new liner notes by Rob Bowman, Grammy® Award winning author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records.

Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth will also be available at streaming outlets, mastered for iTunes, and in Hi-Res digital (96/24 and 192/24) on street date. Preorder on Amazon.

Track Listing:

Side A
A1. Synopsis One: In The Ghetto / God Save The World
A2. Poverty’s Paradise
A3. Brown-Baggin’

Side B
B1. Synopsis Two: Mother’s Day
B2. Mother’s Day
B3. Foodstamps
B4. Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth
B5. 24-Carat Black (Theme)

More about The 24-Carat Black | Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth:
Composed of Larry Austin (bass); Tyrone Steels (percussion); Jerome Derrickson (saxophone); Ricky Foster (trumpet); James Talbert (electric piano); William Talbert (organ); and Princess Hearn, Kathleen Dent, and Valerie Malone (vocals), The 24-Carat Black was helmed by Dale Warren who famously orchestrated the strings for Isaac Hayes‘ albums Hot Buttered SoulThe Isaac Hayes Movement and …To Be Continued. This reissue of their lone studio album for the Enterprise label follows a 2009 archival compilation from the Numero Group entitled Gone: The Promises of Yesterday (2009), which collects previously unreleased material from the group.

More about “Made In Memphis” Series:
In connection with last year’s celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Stax Records, Craft Recordings paid tribute to the ambitious spirit of Memphis-based Stax Records by releasing a series of albums that embody the label’s diversity and inclusive nature. The series, composed of unique and historically underrepresented albums in the legendary Stax canon, celebrates some of the lesser-known stories from the label and the community that made it possible for the label to succeed and thrive as a distinctly American cultural institution. Featuring audio from the original analog tapes, remastered and cut at Ardent studios in Memphis on the original Stax Records lathe, each album in the series boasts 180-gram vinyl pressed at Memphis Record Pressing and new liner notes. Other releases in the series include John Gary Williams’ self-titled, soul-searching debut, Moloch’s blue-eyed psychedelic blues trip, and Melvin Van Peebles’ groundbreaking soundtrack to the Blaxploitation genre-buster, Sweet Sweetback’s Baaddasssss Song.

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CRAFT RECORDINGS TO RELEASE DELUXE EDITION PACKAGE CELEBRATING THE
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF SONNY ROLLINS’ ICONIC ALBUM, WAY OUT WEST 

TWO-LP SET FEATURES THE ORIGINAL STEREO ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL ANALOG TAPES, PLUS AN ENTIRE LP OF BONUS MATERIAL FROM THE SESSION INCLUDING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS 

LINER NOTES BY GRAMMY®-WINNING WRITER NEIL TESSER INCLUDE
NEW INTERVIEW WITH SONNY ROLLINS

AUDIO ALSO AVAILABLE AT ALL STREAMING PARTNERS AND IN HI-RES DIGITAL (192/24 and 96/24)


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On February 16, Craft Recordings will release a deluxe edition of one of the most iconic and enduring records in jazz. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2017, Way Out West, alongside Saxophone Colossus, cemented Sonny Rollins’ place as one of the top tenor saxophonists of all-time. This meticulously compiled package pays appropriate tribute to the importance of the landmark recording with an audiophile-quality pressing of the original album and a second LP of bonus material featuring rare and previously unreleased tracks from the legendary session. Both records are pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP) on 180-gram vinyl. Grammy® Award-winning writer Neil Tesser contributes liner notes, which include excerpts from a recent interview he conducted with Rollins especially for this release. Rare photos by famed jazz photographer William Claxton round out the collection, which comes housed in a handsome hinged box.  More info below on album and Rollins.

Way Out West (Deluxe Edition) will also be available at streaming outlets, mastered for iTunes, and in Hi-Res digital (96/24 and 192/24) on street date. Preorder Way Out West (Deluxe Edition) on Amazon.

Track Listing:
Disc One – Original Way Out West Album

Side A
A1. I’m an Old Cowhand
A2. Solitude
A3. Come, Gone

Side B
B1. Wagon Wheels
B2. There Is No Greater Love
B3. Way Out West

Disc Two – Bonus Tracks from the Way Out West Recording Session

Side A
A1. Monologue: You Gotta Dig the Lyrics (previously unreleased)
A2. I’m An Old Cowhand (alternate version)
A3. Dialogue: Titling “Come, Gone” (previously unreleased)
A4. Come Gone (alternate version)

Side B
B1. There Is No Greater Love (alternate version, previously unreleased)
B2. Way Out West (take 1, previously unreleased)
B3. Way Out West (alternate version)

More about Way Out West:
Over his long and distinguished career, Sonny Rollins has made many dozens of albums. Among those recorded during the 50’s — Prestige’s Saxophone Colossus, Blue Note’s A Night at the Village Vanguard, Riverside’s The Sound of Sonny, and especially Way Out West, originally recorded for the Contemporary label — qualify as all-time Rollins classics. The session for Way Out West, Rollins’s first ever in California, was called for at 3 a.m. to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules and included bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne. Sonny, who could never be accused of overstatement, announced after four hours of recording: “I’m hot now.” What transpired on the date was nothing less than magic with Brown and Manne effortlessly supporting Rollins and pushing him to new peaks on “I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande),” “Way out West,” “There Is No Greater Love,” and “Come, Gone,” a cookin’ take on the timeless ballad “After You’ve Gone.”  This deluxe edition celebrates this landmark album in Rollins’ career with a full second LP of rare and previously unreleased bonus material, deluxe packaging, new liner notes by Grammy®-winning writer Neil Tesser, and rare photos by famed jazz photographer William Claxton.

More about Sonny Rollins:
Theodore Walter Rollins was born on September 7, 1930 in New York City. He grew up in Harlem not far from the Savoy Ballroom, the Apollo Theatre, and the doorstep of his idol, Coleman Hawkins. After early discovery of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong, he started out on alto saxophone, inspired by Louis Jordan. At the age of sixteen, he switched to tenor and fell under the spell of the musical revolution that surrounded him, Bebop. He began to follow Charlie Parker, and soon came under the wing of Thelonious Monk, who became his musical mentor and guru. Sonny quickly separated himself from the pack, working and recording with Babs Gonzales, J.J. Johnson, Bud Powell and Miles Davis before he turned twenty. “Of course, these people are there to be called on because I think I represent them in a way,” Rollins said recently of his peers and mentors. “They’re not here now so I feel like I’m sort of representing all of them, all of the guys. Remember, I’m one of the last guys left, as I’m constantly being told, so I feel a holy obligation sometimes to evoke these people.”

Rollins throughout his long and decorated career released a series of landmark recordings, several of which would change the shape of jazz: “Valse Hot” introduced the practice, now common, of playing bop in 3/4 meter; “St. Thomas” initiated his explorations of calypso patterns; and “Blue 7 was hailed by Gunther Schuller as demonstrating a new manner of “thematic improvisation,” in which the soloist develops motifs extracted from his theme. Way Out West (1957), Rollins’s first album using a trio of saxophone, double bass, and drums, offered a solution to his longstanding difficulties with incompatible pianists. During the years 1956 to 1958, Rollins was widely regarded as the most talented and innovative tenor saxophonist in jazz.

He has since gone on to win numerous awards, including his first performance Grammy for This Is What I Do (2000), and his second for 2004’s Without a Song (The 9/11 Concert), in the Best Jazz Instrumental Solo category (for “Why Was I Born”). In addition, Sonny received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2004. His continued advocacy for jazz music has earned him recognition of the highest order throughout his exemplary career including, induction into the Academy of Achievement (2006), the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class (2009), membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010), the Edward MacDowell Medal (2010), and the Medal of Arts (2011), which was bestowed upon him by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. Rollins accepted the award, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, “on behalf of the gods of our music.”

On December 3, 2011 Sonny Rollins received Kennedy Center honors, alongside actress Meryl Streep, singer Barbara Cook, singer/songwriter Neil Diamond and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Rollins said of the honor, “I am deeply appreciative of this great honor. In honoring me, the Kennedy Center honors jazz, America’s classical music. For that, I am very grateful.”

For more info, follow @officialsonnyrollins on Facebook.

Also available from Craft Recordings:
Released earlier this year in celebration of Rollins’ landmark recording, Craft Recordings presents the legendary Saxophone Colossus, available now featuring 180-gram vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP) from lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original master tapes and housed in a single-pocket old-school style tip-on jacket with hi-gloss cover. This faithfully reproduced edition underscores the genius of what AllMusic.com hails as “one of the classic jazz albums of all time.”

Purchase Saxophone Colossus on Amazon.

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CRAFT RECORDINGS PRESENTS: 

THE PHARCYDE: BIZARRE RIDE II THE PHARCYDE
25th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE VINYL AND CD PACKAGES 

ORIGINAL ALBUM ALSO AVAILABLE
WITH REMASTERED AUDIO ON COLORED VINYL AND CASSETTE

INTERACTIVE ALBUM EXPERINECE POWERED BY WHOSAMPLED.COM
TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE GREATEST,
MOST INFLUENTIAL HIP-HOP RECORDS OF ALL TIME
 

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Out November 17 via Craft Recordings, comes one of the greatest and most celebrated hip-hop albums of all time, The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. The album will be available in Deluxe 25th Anniversary Vinyl (original album on 2LPs + 3 12” singles) and 2CD (original album, plus a full disc of bonus material) with audio remastered by Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Madvillain, Madlib) at Elysian Masters and will include non-album tracks, remixes, and rarities. New liner notes by leading music journalist and author Jeff Weiss (Passion of the Weiss, LA Weekly) to round out the package. Standard versions of the original album with remastered audio will also be available on vinyl (preorder here) and cassette (preorder here).   

Critically acclaimed as an absolute classic of the alternative hip-hop genre, it has shipped over a million units worldwide and garnered the group justifiable comparisons to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. The definition of a crossover record, outlets ranging from Pitchfork to The Source have hailed it as one of the greatest albums ever made. NME calls it “…a cartoon-strip of blunt-smoking antics, sexual innuendo and unashamed political incorrectness, crammed with infectious beats.” Listening to Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde 25 years after its release, its sense of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché. With classics like “Oh Shit, “Otha Fish,” “Ya’ Mama, and the now-ubiquitous #1 hit “Passin’ Me By, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde remains essential and enduringly unique – a rite of passage for any serious hip-hop head.

In support of the release, WhoSampled have teamed up with Craft Recordings to present an interactive album experience to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, to tell the story of this iconic group and showcase their lasting effect on popular music. Delve into the story of the album, check out archival photos and press material and explore the samples that compose the smash hit “Passin’ Me By” via infographics, interactive features, and a Spotify playlist.

Preorder Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 25th Anniversary Edition on Amazon.

TRACK LISTING:

25TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE (2LP + 3 12”)

LP 1
A1. 4 Better Or 4 Worse (Interlude)
A2. Oh Shit
A3. It’s Jigaboo Time (Skit)
A4. 4 Better Or 4 Worse

B1. I’m That Type Of Nigga
B2. If I Were President (Skit)
B3. Soul Flower (Remix)
B4. On The DL 

LP 2
A1. Pack The Pipe (Interlude)
A2. Officer
A3. Ya Mama
A4. Passin’ Me By

B1. Otha Fish
B2. Quinton’s On The Way (Skit)
B3. Pack The Pipe
B4. Return Of The B-Boy 

“YA MAMA” 12”
A1. Ya Mama (Murphy Mix)
A2. Ya Mama (Cosby Mix)

B1. I’m That Type Of Nigga
B2. Soul Flower (Remix)

“PASSIN’ ME BY” 12”
A1. Passin’ Me By (Video Remix)
A2. Passin’ Me By (Video Instrumental)
A3. Passin’ Me By (Acpella)

B1. Pork
B2. Pork (Cosby Edit)
B3. Pork (Instrumental) 

“OTHA FISH” 12”
A1. Video Edit
A2. L.A. Jay Remix
A3. Video Edit Inst.
B1. The Angel Remix
B2. Passin’ Me By (Fly As Pie Mix)

25TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE (2CD)

DISC 1

  1. 4 Better Or 4 Worse (Interlude)
  2. Oh Shit
  3. It’s Jigaboo Time (Skit)
  4. 4 Better Or 4 Worse
  5. I’m That Type Of Nigga
  6. If I Were President (Skit)
  7. Soul Flower (Remix)
  8. On The DL
  9. Pack The Pipe (Interlude)
  10. Officer
  11. Ya Mama
  12. Passin’ Me By
  13. Otha Fish
  14. Quinton’s On The Way (Skit)
  15. Pack The Pipe
  16. Return Of The B-Boy

BONUS TRACKS

DISC 2

  1. Pork
  2. Panty Raid
  3. Live @ Dodger Stadium
  4. Ya Mama (Murphy Mix)
  5. Ya Mama (J-Swift Mix)
  6. Passin’ Me By (Fly As Pie Mix)
  7. Passin’ Me By (Instrumental)
  8. Otha Fish (L.A. Jay Remix)
  9. Otha Fish (The Angel Remix)
  10. Soul Flower (Dogs Bollocks Remix)
  11. I’m That Type Of Nigga (Straight Up Faded Mix)
  12. Passin’ Me By (Acapella)
  13. Ya Mama (Acapella)
  14. Otha Fish (Acapella)
  15. Soul Flower (Remix) (Acapella)
  16. 4 Better or 4 Worse (Acapella)

About The Pharcyde:
The Pharcyde continues to record and perform around the world, keeping the spirit of free-flowing collaboration alive. In 2008, the Danger Mouse-produced Gorillaz smash hit “Dirty Harry,” for which Pharcyde MC Bootie Brown provided the centerpiece verse, received a Grammy® nomination for best Urban/Alternative Performance, launching a long-standing association with the group. Always on the road, they continue to perform at home and abroad, racking up festival appearances and International dates, traveling overseas multiple times a year to satisfy the demands of their Japanese fanbase. For more info, visit ThePharcyde.com, PharcydeTV.com and follow @thepharcyde on Instagram.

Upcoming tour dates:

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 17 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s
Saturday, Nov. 18 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s
Thursday, Dec. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo by Microsoft **
Saturday, Jan. 6 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s Jazz Club
** with Living Legends, Hieroglyphics, and Del the Funky Homosapien

 

About WhoSampled:
WhoSampled is the leading global resource for sample-based music, cover songs and remixes. It breaks down the ‘music DNA’ of nearly half a million songs, with continuous daily additions provided by a community of over 17,000 contributors. WhoSampled’s scope and depth highlight the fundamental role that sampling and covering play in modern music across genres. With its new ‘Album Experience’ product, WhoSampled partners with artists and labels to highlight the impact of their catalogs on modern music. Built on a rich, user friendly, cross device platform, these experiences tap into WhoSampled’s unique capabilities to tell the stories of those influential artists, albums and labels. WhoSampled is available at WhoSampled.com as well as iPhone and Android apps.

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THE COMPLETE PRESTIGE 10-INCH LP COLLECTION OF THELONIOUS MONK
CELEBRATES THE INFLUENTIAL JAZZ MUSICIAN’S EARLY RECORDINGS 

DELUXE VINYL BOX SET OFFERS FAITHFULLY REPRODUCED JACKETS AND LABELS

 
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Los Angeles, CA – Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is proud to announce the release of Thelonious Monk’s The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection. Due out December 15th, the limited-edition box set includes all five of the 10” vinyl LPs which the pianist recorded for the jazz label, spanning 1952 to 1954. Each album has been faithfully reproduced – from the jacket design to the LP labels – while the audio has been carefully restored and remastered by Joe Tarantino from the original analog tapes, with lacquer cutting by George Horn and Anne-Marie Seunram at Fantasy Studios. Rounding out the collection is a booklet with new liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection will also be released in high-res and standard audio formats across all streaming and digital platforms.

Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982), who would have turned 100 this year, remains one of the most highly regarded jazz artists in history, known for his unique style on and off the piano. Monk was a rule-breaker, pushing the limits of his genre, with his dissonant chords, unconventional melodies and progressive rhythms. Initially dismissed an eccentric by the musical elite, Monk stood his ground, and came to be celebrated for his complexities; considered by many to be a genius.

However, in the early ’50s, the artist was still struggling to find critical and commercial acceptance. In his liner notes, Robin D. G. Kelley refers to this era as the “golden years in terms of [Monk’s] creative output” but, he adds, “these were also dark times.” Following an unjust run-in with the law, the jazz musician’s cabaret card was revoked, preventing him from performing at New York clubs, and restricting his income. The artist’s fortune began to change, though, in 1952, when Prestige Recordsfounder Bob Weinstock offered Monk a recording contract. Weeks later, the Thelonious Monk Trio  ̶  consisting of Art Blakey (as well as Max Roach on select tracks) on drums and Gary Mapp on bass, went to work in the studio, with a young Ira Gitler as producer. The resulting 10-inch LP release was Thelonious. By the fall of 1953, Monk returned to the studio, this time with a quintet, for Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP, featuring Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone. Thelonious Monk Quintet and Thelonious Plays followed in 1954. In the final 10-inch LP in this collection, recorded in October of 1954, Monk was actually a last-minute replacement for Elmo Hope at a Sonny Rollins session. But he ultimately received co-billing on the resultant 10” LP release, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. Also produced by Gitler, the LP includes an 11-minute jam of Vincent Youmans“More Than You Know” which, as Kelley puts it, became “the session’s masterpiece, a sublime dialogue between two great masters of modern music.”

These early albums in The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection offer an intriguing look into this distinctive and resolute artist before he found full acclaim and acceptance, and feature an impressive collective personnel that includes some of jazz’s finest. “Listening to these tracks more than sixty years after they were recorded, it’s stunning how compelling, modern and original Monk’s music still sounds, even through the filter of 21st-century ears,” observes the collection’s producer, Nick Phillips. “That’s the mark of a true musical genius, indeed.”

Pre-order The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection on Amazon.

TRACK LISTING

Disc 1:
Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious

Side A

  1. Little Rootie Tootie
  2. Sweet And Lovely
  3. Bye-Ya
  4. Monk’s Dream

Side B

  1. Trinkle, Tinkle
  2. These Foolish Things
  3. Bemsha Swing
  4. Reflections

Personnel:
Thelonious Monk – piano
Gary Mapp – bass
Art Blakey – drums (A1 through A4)
Max Roach – drums (B1 through B4)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ; October 15, 1952 (A1 to A4) and December 18, 1952 (B1 to B4).

Disc 2:
Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP
Featuring Sonny Rollins

Side A

  1. Friday The Thirteenth

Side B

  1. Let’s Call This
  2. Think Of One

Personnel:
Thelonious Monk – piano
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Julius Watkins – French horn
Percy Heath – bass
Willie Jones – drums

Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City; November 13, 1953

Disc 3:
Thelonious Monk Quintet

Side A

  1. We See
  2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Side B

  1. Locomotive
  2. Hackensack

Personnel:
Thelonious Monk – piano
Ray Copeland – trumpet
Frank Foster – tenor saxophone
Curly Russell – bass
Art Blakey – drums

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; May 11, 1954.

Disc 4:
Thelonious Monk Plays

Side A

  1. Work
  2. Nutty

Side B

  1. Blue Monk
  2. Just A Gigolo

Personnel:
Thelonious Monk – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Art Blakey – drums

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; September 22, 1954

Disc 5:
Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk

Side A

  1. The Way You Look Tonight
  2. I Want To Be Happy

Side B

  1. More Than You Know

Personnel:
Thelonious Monk – piano
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Tommy Potter – bass
Art Taylor – drums

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey; October 25, 1954

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CRAFT RECORDINGS CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF

FOUNDATIONAL ALBUM HERE’S LITTLE RICHARD 

EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDES REMASTERED AUDIO, PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMOS & ALTERNATE TAKES


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Los Angeles, CA – Craft Recordings, the Catalog division of Concord Music, is pleased to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Here’s Little Richard, with a deluxe reissue of the rock ’n’ roll icon’s 1957 debut full-length album. Due out November 3rd, the 2-CD set will offer a slew of demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased material from the original sessions, in addition to the remastered classic album, which features some of the artist’s best-loved hits, including “Long Tall Sally, “Ready Teddy” and “Tutti Frutti, a song which many consider to mark the birth of rock ’n’ roll. New liner notes by GRAMMY®-nominated writer, music editor and journalist Chris Morris will round out the package.

In the early ’50s, Little Richard (born Richard Penniman) combined the spirit of church music, the bawdiness of blues and the swing of New Orleans jazz and turned it into something altogether new: rock ’n’ roll. It wasn’t until the Macon, Georgia native signed to Art Rupe’s Specialty Records at the age of 23, however, that Little Richard truly developed his signature sound and over-the-top persona. His legendary debut album (and the first 12-inch LP for the Los Angeles-based independent label), Here’s Little Richard offers many of his most recognizable songs, and garnered the artist seven hits in the R&B Top Ten chart, and two in the Pop Top Ten.

This expanded edition of the album includes 22 tracks of bonus material, eight of which are previously unreleased. Included is an early take of “Tutti Frutti,demos of “Slippin’ and Slidin’” and “Miss Ann” and alternate takes of classic tracks like “Rip It Up” and “Reddy Teddy. In his liner notes, Chris Morris writes, “Like the classic recordings on Here’s Little Richard, these alternate versions reveal the blossoming of an unprecedented and wholly original talent whose first recordings broke down the categorical doors between R&B and pop. As they did in late 1955 when Little Richard arrived, like something from another planet, these wailing, rampaging songs present something new, rich and strange under the sun.”

One of the first artists to be inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Little Richard remains a living legend, and has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1993 GRAMMY® Awards, inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003), the NAACP Image Awards’ Hall of Fame (2002) and, most recently, the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2015. In 2010, Little Richard was listed as number eight in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” while also that year, the Library of Congress inducted “Tutti Frutti,” the song that started it all, into its National Recording registry, proclaiming that the song “announced a new era in music.”

Preorder Here’s Little Richard on Amazon.

Track list for Little Richard (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition):

Disc 1

  1. Tutti Frutti
  2. True, Fine Mama
  3. Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave
  4. Ready Teddy
  5. Baby
  6. Slippin’ and Slidin’
  7. Long Tall Sally
  8. Miss Ann
  9. Oh Why?
  10. Rip It Up
  11. Jenny Jenny
  12. She’s Got It

Disc 2

  1. Tutti Frutti (take 2)
  2. True Fine Mama (incomplete take)
  3. Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave (take 6)*
  4. Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave (take 8)
  5. Ready Teddy (take 1)*
  6. Ready Teddy (takes 2 & 3)*
  7. Baby (demo)
  8. Baby (take 1)
  9. Slippin’ and Slidin’ (demo)*
  10. Slippin’ and Slidin’ (piano & drums demo)
  11. Long Tall Sally (take 1)
  12. Long Tall Sally (take 6)
  13. Miss Ann (demo)
  14. Miss Ann (take 1)
  15. Miss Ann (take 6)
  16. Oh Why? (takes 3 & 4)*
  17. Oh Why? (take 9)
  18. Rip It Up (take 1)*
  19. Rip It Up (take 3)
  20. Rip It Up (take 4)*
  21. Rip It Up (take 6)*
  22. She’s Got It (alternate version)

*previously unreleased

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CRAFT RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF
JESUS ROCKED THE JUKEBOX: SMALL GROUP BLACK GOSPEL (1951-1965)
OUT SEPTEMBER 15TH

ESSENTIAL COLLECTION OF EARLY GOSPEL RECORDINGS CELEBRATES
THE ROOTS OF SOUL AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL


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Craft Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new compilation celebrating the roots of American popular music. Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) delves deep into the Specialty and Vee-Jay Records’ vaults, to honor such esteemed gospel groups as The Staple Singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Swan Silvertones and The Soul Stirrers – several of whom would eventually cross over into the secular soul and pop radio airwaves. In his extensive liner notes, which accompany the release, gospel music author, talk show host, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gospel Music, Robert M. Marovich writes, “Whether stolen, borrowed, leased, or subconsciously emulated, the music of the African American church in the twentieth century has had a profound and permanent influence on popular music. Every perspiration-drenched performance by a soul singer [and] every shouting improvisation from a rock-and-roll vocalist…evokes the exuberance of black preachers, church singers, and church musicians in the throes of the spirit.”

In stores on September 15th, the 40-track compilation will be available as a 3-LP album, housed in a triple-gatefold jacket, or on 2 CDs. The collection contains some of the most sought-after sides of the genre, including “Father Don’t Leave” by the Silver Quintette and “People Don’t Sing Like They Used To Sing” by the Original Blind Boys, both long-forgotten gems that shine with new light.

The Church is where it all began: from Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, who sang together in a choir before forming the Impressions, to Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin, who all sang in religious groups before making it big as soul singers. Jesus Rocked the Jukebox offers a variety of acts – some, like Sam Cooke and The Staple Singers, who became huge stars, as well as lesser-known artists, who stayed with the flock and declined to make the move to secular music, and, often, in turn, stardom.

In his liner notes, Marovich adds, “Black sacred music’s influence on popular music was inevitable if you consider that the church was the primary music school for generations of African American singers and musicians. The list of R&B and soul artists who honed their skills singing in the church choir, accompanying the church choir, or performing as part of a gospel group or quartet is prodigious.”

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JESUS ROCKED THE JUKEBOX – LP TRACK LISTING:

SIDE A

  1. People Don’t Sing Like they Used to Sing – The Original Blind Boys (2:16)
  2. Jesus Gave Me Water – The Soul Stirrers (2:31)
  3. Uncloudy Day – The Staple Singers (2:59)
  4. Where Shall I Go – The Swan Silvertones (2:03)
  5. I Am So Glad – The Patterson Singers (3:24)
  6. I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This – The Highway QC’s – (2:45)
  7. Oh Sinner – The Harmonizing Four (3:16)

SIDE B

  1. God Has Not Promised – The Highway QC’s (3:01)
  2. Let Jesus Lead You – The Detroiters (2:49)
  3. Let Me Ride – The Staple Singers (2:43)
  4. Sinner Man – The Swan Silvertones (3:11)
  5. Ananais – The Chosen Gospel Singers (2:13)
  6. Wade In the Water – The Harmonizing Four (3:03)

SIDE C

  1. Just Another Day – The Soul Stirrers (2:44)
  2. The Way Up the Hill – The Highway QC’s (2:55)
  3. Living For My Jesus – The Happyland Singers (2:29)
  4. Pray On – The Staple Singers (2:49)
  5. Sinner’s Crossroads – The Silver Quintette (3:11)
  6. This May Be the Last Time – The Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama (2:33)
  7. It’s In My Heart – The Harmonizing Four (2:32)

SIDE D

  1. Swingin’ On the Golden Gate – The Happyland Singers (2:02)
  2. After While (take 8) – The Pilgrim Travelers (2:38)
  3. Mary Don’t You Weep – The Swan Silvertones (2:51)
  4. Heavenly Father – The Patterson Singers (2:53)
  5. Sit Down Servant – The Staple Singers (2:46)
  6. Stay With Me Jesus – The Chosen Gospel Singers (2:45)
  7. Come and Go to That Land (take 3) – The Soul Stirrers (2:36)

SIDE E

  1. Angels Watching Over Me – The Detroiters (2:16)
  2. I Can See Everybody’s Mother – Original Blind Boys of Alabama (2:26)
  3. Happy Home – The Harmonizing Four (2:07)
  4. Move Upstairs – The Gable-Airs (3:28)
  5. Pray – The Highway QC’s (2:27)
  6. How I Got Over – The Swan Silvertone Singers (2:54)
  7. Help Me Jesus – The Staple Singers (2:47)

SIDE F

  1. Sign of the Judgement – The Swan Silvertones (3:04)
  2. Hallelujah – The Harmonizing Four (1:59)
  3. Sinner Run to Jesus (take 1) – The Soul Stirrers (2:07)
  4. Father Don’t Leave – The Silver Quintette (1:59)
  5. He’s Alright – The Blind Boys of Alabama (2:03)
  6. The Lord’s Prayer – The Swan Silvertones (3:06)

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GRAMMY®AWARD-WINNING AND PLATINUM-SELLING SOUNDTRACK

WALK THE LINE TO DEBUT ON VINYL

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Los Angeles, CA – Craft Recordings announces the vinyl debut of the best-selling soundtrack to the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line. Due out July 21st, the album features original recordings from the Academy Award-winning film, with fiery performances by actors Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, and deft production by the legendary T Bone Burnett.

Stepping into the boots of one of music’s most iconic figures, Joaquin Phoenix delivers a collection of Johnny Cash’s most memorable songs on this GRAMMY®Award-winning soundtrack. Rather than sourcing Cash’s original masters, Director James Mangold took a fresh approach to the soundtrack, appointing legendary producer T Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Art Thou? Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp) to navigate Phoenix and his fellow cast members through new recordings of classic country and rockabilly tunes. Phoenix’s performance captures the same rawness and power that made The Man in Black an undeniable force, while Reese Witherspoon brings the songs of June Carter alive. With the addition of classic country and rockabilly covers by Tyler Hilton, Johnathan Rice, Shooter Jennings and Waylon Payne, Walk The Line’s original soundtrack recording serves as a lively tribute to some of American music’s most legendary figures.

Following its original release in 2005, the album made quite a splash – peaking at #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart, #3 on the Country Albums chart and #9 on the Billboard Top 200. The title not only garnered a 2007 GRAMMY® Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack, but was also certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2006. AllMusic.com praised the album as “A good tribute to both [Johnny Cash and June Carter], while providing some fascinating insight to the art and craft of Phoenix and Witherspoon as actors.”

Walk The Line (Original Soundtrack Recording) track list:

Side A:

  1. Get Rhythm (Joaquin Phoenix)
  2. Walk the Line (Joaquin Phoenix)
  3. Wildwood Flower (Reese Witherspoon)
  4. Lewis Boogie (Waylon Payne)
  5. Ring of Fire (Joaquin Phoenix)
  6. You’re My Baby (Johnathan Rice)
  7. Cry! Cry! Cry! (Joaquin Phoenix)
  8. Folsom Prison Blues (Joaquin Phoenix)

Side B:

  1. That’s All Right (Tyler Hilton)
  2. Juke Box Blues (Reese Witherspoon)
  3. It Ain’t Me Babe (Joaquin Phoenix / Reese Witherspoon)
  4. Home of the Blues (Joaquin Phoenix)
  5. Milk Cow Blues (Tyler Hilton)
  6. I’m A Long Way From Home (Shooter Jennings)
  7. Cocaine Blues Joaquin (Phoenix)
  8. Jackson (Joaquin Phoenix / Reese Witherspoon)

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STAX RECORDS TO REISSUE MELVIN VAN PEEBLES’ GROUNDBREAKING SOUNDTRACK
SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG
ON 180-GRAM VINYL AND HIGH-RESOLUTION DIGITAL AUDIO MAY 26th  

TITLE JOINS A COLLECTION OF ICONIC REISSUES CELEBRATING
STAX RECORDS’ 60TH ANNIVERSARY

 
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Los Angeles, CA – Stax Records, an imprint of Concord Music Group and its Catalog Division, Craft Recordings, is pleased to announce the reissue of one of its most provocative titles: Melvin Van PeeblesSweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Consistently hailed as a landmark, genre-defining album, this 1971 soundtrack — performed by a then-unknown Earth, Wind & Fire with contributions by Van Peebles — will be made available on May 26th for the very first time in high-res and standard digital formats. The vinyl edition features audio remastered from the original analog tapes and cut on the original Stax lathe at Memphis’ Ardent studios, then pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing. The remastered LP also includes new liner notes from author, journalist and music critic Jeff Weiss, as well as from Melvin’s son Mario Van Peebles, director of New Jack City (1991) and 2003’s Baadasssss!, which chronicles the making of his father’s landmark film.

Trailblazing writer, director, actor and composer Melvin Van Peebles was financially and creatively responsible for the entire production of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Van Peebles not only directed, scripted, and edited the film, but also wrote the score and directed the marketing campaign. The film, which in the end grossed more than $10 million (the highest ever for an independent film at the time), was acclaimed for its political resonance with the black struggle. In his liner notes, Jeff Weiss notes, “For all the resistance mounting in the streets, no black director had yet made a film that captured the spirit of rebellion, frustration and the refusal to accept injustice. Van Peebles alchemized Malcolm X, Iceberg Slim and Soul on Ice with Huey Newton, Gil-Scott Heron and the French New Wave. Badass cinema was born.” The Black Panthers made the film required viewing. And despite the fact that few theaters would screen the X-rated film, the soundtrack helped to market the film to the masses, through radio waves and word of mouth. The success of the film proved to be a genre-defining moment, giving birth to Blaxploitation, and opening the doors for films like Shaft and Super Fly.

The soundtrack features a combination of hymn-based vocalization and jazz rhythms, capturing the funky, gritty and soulful spirit of the time, and foreshadowing the use of sampling that would occur in hip hop music, some 20 years later. Weiss adds, “The soundtrack operates like a surrealist Mobius strip comprised of call-and-response chants against the man…It’s as avant-garde as the film’s kinetic mix of psychedelic jump cuts and dream-like sequences. The music becomes a character itself, unseen but forcefully heard.”

The reissue of Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is part of a wider, year-long initiative, celebrating Stax Records’ 60th anniversary. The cross-label collaboration between Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment will highlight the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the ’60s and ‘70s.

About Stax 60:
The 60th anniversary of the legendary soul label Stax Records commemorates its extraordinary legacy as an international hit-making machine and its indispensable chapter in American musical history as an integrated company in the heart of the Civil Rights movement. The Stax 60 celebration will highlight the hits, deep cuts and rare tracks from the Memphis label’s heyday of the ’60s and ‘70s, including the many legendary artists who jointly created the world-renown “Stax sound,” – Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Sam & Dave, The Dramatics and many more. The Stax 60 campaign will honor the music from Soulsville USA through curated collections, deluxe box sets, hi-resolution audio, streaming playlists and unique vinyl initiatives.

Track listing:
A1. Sweetback Losing His Cherry
A2. Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around
A3. Come On Feet
A4. Sweetback’s Theme
B1. Hoppin’ John
B2. Mojo Woman
B3. Sanra Z.
B4. Reggins Hanging On In There As Best They Can
B5. Wont Bleed Me
B6. The Man Tries Running His Usual Game But Sweetback’s Jones Is So Strong He Wastes The Hounds (Yeah! Yeah! And Besides That Will Be Coming Back Takin Names & Collecting Dues)

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THELONIOUS MONK WITH JOHN COLTRANE
COMPLETE 1957 RIVERSIDE RECORDINGS 

TO BE REISSUED AS DELUXE VINYL BOX SET JUNE 9TH ON
CRAFT RECORDINGS 


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For an all-too-brief, magical time in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history —
Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane — performed together every night at New York’s Five Spot Cafe and between April and July of that year, they made their only studio recordings together.

This June 9th, the newly minted imprint Craft Recordings, is set to reissue Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane’s Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings as a deluxe vinyl edition box set featuring new artwork, rare photos and 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI from lacquers cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Remastered from the original analog sources, audio will also be released in hi-res digital formats. The collection features such stellar musicians as Art Blakey, Wilbur Ware, Coleman Hawkins, Shadow Wilson, Ray Copeland and Gigi Gryce. Rounding out the package is an insightful essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who, as producer of the original sessions, was present at the creation of every note.

Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward and ready to learn from one of the masters, Monk. In a DOWNBEAT interview Coltrane recalled, “Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I learned from him in every way.”

Regarding Craft Recordings inaugural release, Sig Sigworth, President, Craft Recordings, shares: “Craft Recordings is built on a dedication to create innovative, high-quality releases. The intersection of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk in 1957 defines high quality and innovation, so it was an easy choice to have this unique package be Craft Recordings’ debut release.”

2017 marks what would have been Monk‘s 100th birthday and this release celebrates the brief but prolific intersection of genius between two of jazz’s all-time luminaries.

The 3-LP box set is available to pre-order on Amazon.

Track List:

Disc One
A1. Monk’s Mood [false start]
A2. Monk’s Mood
A3. Crepuscule with Nellie [take 1]
A4. Crepuscule with Nellie [take 2]
A5. Crepuscule with Nellie [breakdown]
B1. Blues for Tomorrow [first stereo release]
B2. Crepuscule with Nellie [edited: retakes 4 & 5]

Disc Two
A1. Crepuscule with Nellie [retake 6]
A2. Off Minor [take 4]
A3. Off Minor [take 5]
A4. Abide with Me [take 1]
A5. Abide with Me
B1. Ephistrophy [short version]
B2. Ephistrophy
B3. Well, You Needn’t [opening]

Disc Three  
A1. Well, You Needn’t
A2. Ruby, My Dear [with Coleman Hawkins]
B1. Ruby, My Dear [with John Coltrane]
B2. Nutty
B3. Trinkle, Tinkle

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