10-01-2020

Resist the Matriarch of the Blues

Utopia, Kosheen, Gregory Isaacs, Toots and the Maytals, Nits, Etta James, Nina Simone, Accept and Incubus 

First of all we wish you, our dear newsletter reader, the best for 2020. We start this year with two wonderful releases from our Todd Rundgren series. His debut (Todd Rundgren's Utopia) with the American rock band Utopia can be seen as one of the most definitive prog albums of all time. Their second album, Ra, moves on where it stopped on their self-titled debut album. It's the last of their pieces which are closely related to the prog music. Both records are available as limited editions of 1000 individually numbered copies on coloured vinyl. The British electronic music group Kosheen released their first album Resist in 2001, it includes their hits “Hide u” and "Catch". This title is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on transparent yellow coloured vinyl.

From our Selected Reggae Classics series come two brand new releases. The first one is Gregory Isaacs' Out Deh!, where he and the Roots Radics band proved to be an excellent combination. The other release is Pass the Pipe by Toots and the Maytals, one of the best known and most important ska and rocksteady groups of all time. The art-rock record Omsk was the first Nits album they recorded together with keyboard player Robert Jan Stips. This release is available as a limited edition of 500 individually numbered copies on transparent vinyl.

Matriarch of the Blues, as Etta James is called many times, is a 2000 album marking her return to the blues, after recording country, jazz, and pop songs. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 44th Grammy Awards and now available on vinyl for the first time. In 1969, the High Priestess Of Soul, Nina Simone, descended onto the stage of the Philharmonic Hall in New York to record her new live album, Black Gold. It became a legendary performance. This release is available as a limited 50th-anniversary edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on black & gold marbled vinyl.

After Accept's split in 1990 they released their first live full-length, Staying a Life. It captures the band during their heyday, with rocking versions of classics like “Princess of the Dawn”, “Fast as a Shark”, and “Burning”. This title is available as a limited 30th-anniversary edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on smoke-colored vinyl. Incubus carved their own musical niche and earned a huge following by tireless touring and releasing ever-improving quality albums. A Crow Left Of The Murder came out in 2004, and hit the album charts at number two. This title is available as a limited edition of 2000 numbered copies on transparent yellow vinyl.

GREGORY ISAACS - OUT DEH

Gregory Isaacs was a Jamaican reggae musician who reached an international audience in the early '80s by releasing Night Nurse. The follow-up on the Island records label was Out Deh!, where he and the Roots Radics band continue in being an excellent combination.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Reggae series with SELECTED REGGAE CLASSICS sticker on seal
  • Featuring “Private Secretary”, “Sheila”, and more songs
UTOPIA - TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA

Todd Rundgren's Utopia is the debut album by the American rock band Utopia. It can be seen as one of the most definitive prog albums of all time. Praised by many as an superb masterpiece where every aspect of Todd's creative ideas come together on record.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • 7th release of the Music On Vinyl Todd Rundgren/Utopia series
  • Limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on blue marbled (solid blue & white mixed) coloured vinyl
ETTA JAMES - MATRIARCH OF THE BLUES

Matriarch of the Blues, as Etta James is called many times, is an 2000 album marking her return to the blues, after recording country, jazz, and pop songs. The album reached a peak position of number two on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart, and was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 44th Grammy Awards.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • Available on vinyl for the first time
  • 20th anniversary of her Grammy nominated album
THE NITS - OMSK

With the release of Omsk The Nits created a piece of Art Rock consisting of many atmospheric songs. The recording itself is excellent and some out-standing classics like “Nescio”, “A Touch of Henry Moore”, and “Tons of Ink” are all part of this wonderful album.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • “Nescio”, "Tons Of Ink" & "Unpleasant Surprise"
  • Limited edition of 500 individually numbered copies on transparent vinyl
TOOTS & THE MAYTALS - PASS THE PIPE

The Jamaican musical group Toots & the Maytals can be considered as one of the best known and most important ska and rocksteady groups of all time. Soulful melodies and fine rhythms are all over the record. It includes standout tracks like "Feel Free", "No Difference Here", "Rhythm Down Low", and "Get Up, Stand Up". 

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Reggae series with SELECTED REGGAE CLASSICS sticker on seal
  • Featuring the hit single “Famine”, “Get Up, Stand Up” and more songs
NINA SIMONE - BLACK GOLD

In 1969, the High Priestess Of Soul, Nina Simone, descended onto the stage of the Philharmonic Hall in New York to record her new live album, Black Gold. This is a poignant and touching album from the peak of her performing and recording period that should not be overlooked.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • 1970 album featuring "To Be Young, Gifted And Black" and "Ain't Got No - I Got Life"
  • Limited 50th anniversary edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on black & gold marbled vinyl
UTOPIA - RA

The second album, Ra, by the rock band Utopia moves on where it stopped on their self-titled debut album. It's the last of their pieces which are closely related to the prog music. It's dynamic and versatile and contains all the elements that make a great record.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • “Pyramid” Insert
  • Printed innersleeve
  • 8th release of the Music On Vinyl Todd Rundgren/ Utopia series
  • Limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on Sun (Orange & Yellow mixed) coloured vinyl
INCUBUS - A CROW LEFT OF THE MURDER

A Crow Left Of The Murder came out in 2004, and hit the album charts at number two. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien, who's known for his Pearl Jam production work.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Multi-platinum 2004 album, #2 in the Billboard Top 200
  • Featuring the singles “Megalomaniac”, “Agoraphobia” and “Talk Shows on Mute”
  • Limited Edition of 2000 numbered copies on transparent yellow vinyl



ACCEPT - STAYING A LIFE

After Accept's split in 1990 they released their first live full-length, Staying a Life. It captures the band during their heyday, with rocking version of classics like “Princess of the Dawn”, “Fast as a Shark”, and “Burning”.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Live concert from Osaka, Japan
  • "Balls To The Wall", “Burning”, "Fast as a Shark", "Restless and Wild" & "London Leatherboys"
  • Limited 30th anniversary edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on smoke-coloured (transparent & black mixed) vinyl

10-01-2020