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Prince designed "Purple Rain" as the project that would make him a superstar, and surprisingly, that is exactly what happened. Simultaneously more focused and ambitious than any of his previous records, "Purple Rain" finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop,rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs. Although Prince's songwriting is at a peak, the presence of the Revolution pulls the music into sharper focus, giving it a tougher, more aggressive edge. Even with all of his new, but uncompromising, forays into pop Prince hasn't abandoned funk. Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever created.
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UK LP pressing! Jimi Hendrix's untimely death in September of 1970 left a gaping hole in the funk-rock genre. With 1971's Maggot Brain, Funkadelic showed that they were rightful heirs to Hendrix's throne. This is the album where everything seems to come together for the legendary band. Most obviously, the songwriting is sharper and more focused. As on their previous releases, epic instrumental compositions dominate. But this time they are much more coherent and less reliant on studio trickery and psychedelic effects. Maggot Brain is unquestionably one of rock and funk's all-time classics. Westbound. 2006.
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Bruno Mars

24k Magic [Vinyl]

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Critically-acclaimed international megastar Bruno Mars has unveiled his first piece of solo music in nearly four years. Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, "24K Magic" (pronounced twenty-four karat magic) sees Bruno bringing the bounce to his newest single. The multi-GRAMMY-winning Mars has also announced his highly-anticipated third studio album - also dubbed 24K Magic - will arrive everywhere November 18th.
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Sam Cooke

Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

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Double 200gm vinyl LP pressing. From Sam Cooke's teenage debut as a full fledged member of the legendary Soul Stirrers in 1951 through his career as a rhythm and blues phenomenon thanks to the recordings for which he is acknowledged as the progenitor of Soul music. His hit songs, most of which he wrote, went on to become pop standards, enduring to this day. Sam Cooke's amazing body of work is encapsulated in SAM COOK: PORTRAIT OF a LEGEND 1957-64, the ultimate Sam Cooke greatest hits package.
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Prince

Prince [Vinyl]

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Prince is the eponymous second studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 19, 1979 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince, with the only known contribution from another person being "some vocal harmony" added by close friend/bassist André Cymone on Track 2. Prince recorded the album in just a few weeks after Warner Bros. Asked for a follow-up to his 1978 debut, For You. Prince had used twice his initial recording advance on the album, and it had failed to generate a pop hit (although "Soft and Wet" became a No. 12 R&B hit). Displeased at his lack of success, Prince quickly recorded the follow-up. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeed; no other contemporary artist can blend so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole.
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Aretha Franklin

Greatest Hits [Vinyl]

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Aretha Franklin Greatest Hits (Vinyl) - Beyond the timeless classic hits such as "Respect," "A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools," "Think," "Daydreaming" and "Freeway Of Love" among the dozens of chart-topping records that have established her as a cultural icon, Aretha Franklin's catalog of over forty albums in forms listeners of her unmatched, unparalleled artistry as an interpreter of song, bar none. Her elevation to 'royal' status is indeed not just a function of her hit making ability but of her unique inventiveness as a musician who fuses art and soul seamlessly. Indeed, it's often been said that Aretha could take 'happy birthday' and turn it into a veritable opus and while those who know her will testify to her culinary skills in the kitchen, it is her mastery as a musical chef that is evident on each and every one of those forty-plus albums, many of which have achieved gold and platinum status.
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Lizzo

Cuz I Love You [Deluxe LP]

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The new album from Lizzo, featuring the hit singles "Juice" and "Truth Hurts"

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Janelle Monae

Dirty Computer [2LP]

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The third LP (and first in five years) from the actress and recording artist features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death.

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Otis Redding

The Dock Of The Bay

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The Dock of the Bay is the first of a number of posthumously released Otis Redding albums, and his seventh studio album. It contains a number of singles and B-sides dating back to 1965 and one of his best known songs, the posthumous hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay". In 2003, the album was ranked number 161 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967-once just days before his death in a December 10, 1967, plane crash. It was released after his death on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. It charted at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. Redding started writing the lyrics to the song in August 1967, while sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito, California. He completed the song with the help of Stax producer and Booker T and the M.G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper. The song features mimicked seagull whistles and sounds of the waves crashing on the shore.
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UK LP pressing. Otis Redding Sings Soul is the third album by soul singer Otis Redding and is considered by many critics to be Redding's first great album. Recorded in April and July of 1965, it was released September 15th of that same year. Otis Blue includes covers of three songs by Sam Cooke, Redding's idol, who died the previous December in 1964. Their styles couldn't have been more different; Cooke smooth and sure, Redding raw and pleading. But Redding's versions of "Shake" and "A Change Is Gonna Come" show how Cooke's sound and message helped shape Redding's Southern soul sound. Redding's singing reaches a new level of expressiveness with this as well as with covers of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" and the Motown hit "My Girl".
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Prince

For You [Vinyl]

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Limited vinyl LP repressing. 1978 release, the debut album from the R&B/Funk/Rock icon. Includes 'Soft And Wet', 'Crazy For You', 'Just As Long As We're Together' and more. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock 'n' roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres.
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Bruno Mars

Doo-Wops & Hooligans [Import]

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Peter Hernandez (born October 8, 1985 in Waikiki, Hawaii), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is a Filipino-Puerto Rican American singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist signed to Atlantic Records. He is most well known for singing and co-writing the hooks for the #1 hit Nothin' on You by B.o.B, and Billionaire by Travie McCoy; he also co-wrote the international hits Right Round by Flo Rida and Wavin' Flag by K'naan.
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Prince

Around The World In A Day [Vinyl]

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Limited vinyl LP pressing. Around The World In A Day is the seventh studio album by Prince, and the second to feature his backing band The Revolution. It was released on April 21, 1985 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. Departing somewhat from the commercial sound of his previous release, the massively successful Purple Rain (1984), the album instead saw Prince experimenting with psychedelic styles and more opulent textures. In compliance with Prince's wishes, the record company released the album with minimal publicity, withholding accompanying singles until almost a month after the album's release. Around the World became Prince and the Revolution's second #1 album on the Billboard 200. Two of it's four singles reached the Top 10: "Raspberry Beret" and "Pop Life".
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Michael Jackson

Thriller [Vinyl]

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Limited vinyl LP repressing in gatefold jacket. Thriller is the sixth solo studio album by Michael Jackson. It was released by Epic Records on November 30, 1982, as the follow-up to Jackson's critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off The Wall. Thriller explores similar genres to those of Off The Wall, including pop, post-disco, rock and funk. Recording sessions took place on April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles with a production budget of $750, 000, assisted by producer Quincy Jones. Seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. In just over a year, Thriller became-and currently remains-the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 65 million copies worldwide. It has become the first album ever to be certified 32 times multi-platinum for U.S. sales, marking more than 32 million sales shipped. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including for Album of the Year.
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Childish Gambino

Awaken, My Love! [LP]

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Awaken, My Love! is a bold departure from the hip-hop sound of his previous work, and finds the Atlanta star evolving into full-on funk and R&B mode. Donald Glover and longtime collaborator Ludwig Goransson channel the spirit of Parliament Funkadelic with a potent psychedelic funk vibe that permeates through the entire album. Check the Bootsy-esque single "Redbone" and the epic"Me And Your Mama" for a taste, we know you'll be coming back for more! This deluxe double vinyl pressing comes pressed at 45RPM for the best possible sound and comes complete with digital download, glow-in-the-dark cover, and a Virtual Reality headset that allows for access to exclusive VR live performances from the PHAROS Experience.

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Leon Bridges

Coming Home [Vinyl]

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Leon Bridges is the 'out of almost nowhere' story that only comes along once in a while. Awareness of Leon Bidges and his unique craft continues to grow authentically and consistently. It was only last summer that Leon was singing open mics in his hometown Fort Worth, TX. One of those open mics was attended by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of the notable indie band White Denim who were absolutely floored by Leon's voice, songs, and creative vision.
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Michael Jackson

Bad [Vinyl]

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Limited vinyl LP repressing in gatefold jacket. Bad is the seventh solo studio album by Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, 1987, nearly five years after Jackson's previous studio album, Thriller. Bad was recorded during the first half of 1987. The lyrical themes on the record relate to media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, romance, self-improvement and world peace. The album is widely regarded as having cemented Jackson's status as one of the most successful artists of the 1980s, as well as enhancing his solo career and being one of the best musical projects of his career. Five of the singles hit #1 in the United States, while a sixth charted within the Top Ten, and a seventh charted within the Top Twenty on the Hot 100. Bad peaked at #1 in thirteen countries and charted within the Top Twenty in other territories.
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SZA

Ctrl [Colored Vinyl] (Gate) (Grn) (Ofv) (Dli)

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Limited double colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2017 release. Ctrl is the debut studio album by singer/songwriter SZA. Following the release of debut extended play Z (2014), SZA began writing for other artists and working on her debut, however her debut project was met with various setbacks. SZA followed an analog process and contributed heavily to the album's lyrics. Recording continued until 2017 by which SZA had created two hundred songs. During the recording process SZA opted for a freestyle method, relying on moments in the studio. The album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200. It generated the singles "Drew Barrymore", "Love Galore", and "The Weekend". As of October 2017, the album has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for accumulating over 500,000 in album-equivalent units and pure sales.
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Michael Jackson

Off The Wall [Vinyl]

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Limited vinyl LP repressing in gatefold jacket. Off the Wall is the fifth solo studio album by Michael Jackson. It was released on August 10, 1979, following Jackson's critically well-received film performance in The Wiz. While working on that project, Jackson and Quincy Jones had become friends, and Jones agreed to work with Jackson on his next studio album. Recording sessions took place between December 1978 and June 1979 at Allen Zentz Recording, Westlake Recording Studios, and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California. Jackson collaborated with a number of other writers and performers such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. Five singles were released from the album. It was his first solo release under Epic Records, the label he would record on until his death roughly 30 years later.
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Death Grips

No Love Deep Web [Vinyl]

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Vinyl edition of Death Grips second studio album "No Love Deep Web," limited to 1000 copies
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Beyonce

Lemonade [Deluxe Yellow 2LP]

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LEMONADE is Beyoncé's sixth studio album, originally released on April 23, 2016. This release includes the first pressing of the 180 gram, yellow, four-sided vinyl, allowing for a higher sound quality.
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Khalid

American Teen [Vinyl]

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18-year-old El Paso-native singer/songwriter, Khalid, burst onto the music scene with his first single "Location", which received great critical acclaim. By 18-years-old, Khalid, who is classically vocal trained, had drawn on his experiences with moving often and the unique experience of growing up having lived in two continents and parlayed them into the creation of his viral smash, "Location". Khalid released "Location" before his high school graduation and it garnered over 1.52 million plays in less than two months, along with critical praise from various music tastemakers.
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Erykah Badu

Baduizm

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing. Baduizm is the1997 debut album by neo soul singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. The album won numerous accolades including winning awards for "On & On" and a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998. Baduizm's success earned Erykah Badu popularity at the time and helped establish her as one of the emerging neo soul genre's leading artists. Recording sessions for the album took place during January to October 1996 at Battery Studios in New York City, Sigma Sounds and Ivory Studios in Philadelphia, and Dallas Sound Lab in Dallas. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics initiative, UMe reissue this album in it's entirety, on double vinyl LP for the first time.
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Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Al Green's Greatest Hits is a 1975 greatest hits release by soul singer Al Green. The compilation has consistently ranked as one of the best executed 'greatest hits' albums in history. The album peaked at #3 on Billboard's Top Soul LPs and at #17 on the Billboard 200. Al Green is a soul/gospel singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Take Me to the River", "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still in Love with You", "Love and Happiness", and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together". Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum's site as being "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music".
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Sade

The Best Of Sade [Vinyl]

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing. The Best of Sade is the first greatest hits album by vocalist Sade Adu and her band. It was originally released in November 1994. By Epic Records. Sade formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Their music features elements of soul, R&B, jazz, soft rock, and funk. Sade's 1984 debut studio album Diamond Life, was a hit internationally, reaching # 1 in several countries and the Top Ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies. In late 1985, Sade released their second studio album Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US. It was certified double platinum in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986 Sade won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their 2000 fifth studio album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade's US certified sales so far stand at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAAand have sold more than 75 million records worldwide to date. The band were ranked at #50 on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time."
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Erykah Badu

Mama's Gun

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing. Mama's Gun is the second studio album by American neo soul singer Erykah Badu. It was recorded between 1999 and 2000 at Electric Lady Studios in New York and released on November 21, 2000, by Motown Records. A neo soul album, Mama's Gun incorporates funk, soul, and jazz styles. It has confessional lyrics by Badu, which cover themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships. The album has been viewed by critics as a female companion to neo soul artist D'Angelo's second album Voodoo (2000), which features a similar musical style and direction. The album contains the single "Bag Lady", a top 10 Billboard hit, nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics initiative, UMe reissues this album on standard weight vinyl for the first time since it's original pressing.
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Charles Bradley

Changes [Vinyl]

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Soul singer Charles Bradleys star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming, and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013s Victim of Love. Dubbed The Screaming Eagle of Soul, the singer is proud to present his highly anticipated third album Changes, on Daptone imprint Dunham Records. The album is named for his popular, smoldering (SPIN) cover of the Black Sabbath track. I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing Changes and get emotional, notes Bradley. It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.
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H.E.R.

H.E.R. [LP]

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Double vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket including digital download. 2016 release from singer/songwriter Gabi Wilson, better known by her stage name H.E.R. (acronym for "Having Everything Revealed"). Gabi's debut EP, H.E.R. Vol. 1, made iTunes' Best of 2016 R&B/Soul Albums list, with the track "Losing" making the iTunes Best R&B/Soul Singles list, it's video viewed over seven million times on YouTube. The release also included a cover of Drake's "Jungle". Addressing the secrecy over her identity, H.E.R. has said: "The mystery is a metaphor for who I am, or who I was at the time of creating the project... I feel like oftentimes we don't like to be open as people about our emotions or things that we are going through. At the time [of recording], I was very closed off except for when I was writing or when I was in the studio."
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Parliament

Mothership Connection [Vinyl]

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Vinyl LP repressing of this classic album by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and the gang packaged in a limited 3D cover. Mothership Connection was the fourth album by funk band Parliament. Mothership Connection became Parliament's first album to be certified gold and later platinum. The Library of Congress added the album to the National Recording Registry in 2011, declaring "The album has had an enormous influence on Jazz, Rock and Dance music." Continuing with it's Respect The Classics campaign UMe are reissuing this classic back on vinyl with a limited edition 3D cover that's mind blowing! Includes 'Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)' and more.
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Solange

A Seat At The Table [Vinyl]

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A Seat At The Table, is the new album from Solange Knowles. The album will be available digitally on September 30th, released on CD November 18th, and on vinyl LP December 9th. Solange describes A Seat At The Table as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." A Seat At The Table was written by Solange, and features a host of guest artists including Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina.
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James Brown

20 All-Time Greatest Hits

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20 All-Time Greatest Hits! Contains 20 of his most famous recordings, including "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1" & Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), Pt. 1. in 2003, it was ranked on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This classic album is presented for the first time on vinyl.
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Anderson .Paak

Ventura

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Vinyl LP pressing. While he was working on Oxnard, the ever-ambitious Anderson.Paak was recording Ventura at the same time. As he explains it, both albums showcase the duality that has inspired the Grammy-award winning artist throughout his career. "Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth. [I] held one [album] back because that would have been too many songs to perform live!" Now with a more soulful sound representative of the beautiful, scenic Ventura, Anderson.Paak gives us "King James", "Make It Better", and more - with features including Smokey Robinson, André 3000, Nate Dogg among others. Welcome to Ventura!
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The Weeknd

House Of Balloons [LP]

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The Weeknd releases part one of the critically-acclaimed Trilogy with the debut of House of Balloons releasing on 8/14/2015. The CD will be a standard jewelcase. Alternative R&B revolutionary The Weeknd remains one of the most enigmatic artists of the 21st century. The Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-selling trendsetter first rose to prominence with his three independent online releases in 2011 House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Upon release, media tastemakers ranging from Complex, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Spin to MTV, BET, XXL, and The Source immediately became supporters. Under a creative alliance between the artist s visionary collective XO and Republic Records, 2012 s Trilogy reached platinum status in the US & Canada and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Only a year later, Kiss Land would go on to reach #2 on the Top 200, #1 on iTunes and be named #5 on Entertainment Weekly s BestAlbums of 2013 list. In 2015, he ll unveil his next musical statement and the revolution will continue...
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