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Grandma's Goodbye, mixes from the track on The Contessa's Party

Thorne: Grandma's Goodbye

Total running time: 53 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color four-page insert, disk and tray.
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The Contessa's Party and its dense dancing arrangements continues attracting new guests. Grandma's Goodbye is the most recent track to receive the Thorne/Norty Cotto extended remix treatment. Here, they go further: Thorne contributes a huge megamix of 16'28" with new material and fresh grooves. It's been a while since we heard one of these, and there's a reason: they take days and days to build.

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The Shirts, Only The Dead Know Brooklyn
The Shirts: Only the Dead Know Brooklyn

Total running time: 47 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color cardboard outer sleeve, 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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The Shirts were one of the original CBGB's bands in the mid-seventies, and achieved success with their first two albums in 1978 and 1979. They drifted apart after their third, only to reform and regroup in 2003 purely for the musical fun of it. With two new, strong female singers added, they're back with their fourth album and reunited with original producer Mike Thorne. 13 new songs resurrect their immediately recognizable sound, but with a new century sensibility.

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Thorne: The Contessa's Party
Thorne: The Contessa's Party

Total running time: one hour and 14 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color cardboard outer sleeve, 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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The Contessa's Party, the second full-length CD from Thorne, marks the fullest fruition yet of a distinctive approach to making music - and records - nurtured by artist-producer Mike Thorne over the course of nearly 35 years. It is also, as the title implies, the soundtrack for one lively dance soirée, complete with a colorful cast of guests: Sarah Jane Morris, BETTY, Lene Lovich, Kit Hain, and the Uptown Horns. Back then a few years, it was time to reinvent the extended club mix, to make music which moved you physically yet was substantial enough to listen to closely.

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Thorne: Dancing With B
Thorne: Dancing With B club collection

Total running time: one hour and 12 minutes
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Thorne: Dancing With B

Thorne: Dancing With B 45rpm 12" vinyl record

The Contessa's Party went down so well with the New York dance people that we commissioned noted club DJ/remixer Norty Cotto. He contributes three powerful mixes to this CD collection, complementing three brand new long ones in very different styles from Thorne. The 12" vinyl has one of Norty's extended mixes on each side.

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Lene Lovich: Shadows and Dust
Lene Lovich: Shadows And Dust

Total running time: 45 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color cardboard outer sleeve, 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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Lene Lovich's impact on pop music can hardly be understated.  The influence of her arty, flamboyant new wave persona, assertive, banshee-howl-inflected vocals, and idiosyncratic songwriting style can be seen clearly in countless female artists, from peers like Siouxsie Sioux and Grace Jones, to those who have followed in her footsteps: Björk, PJ Harvey, Gwen Stefani, and Karen O.  In her absence, would be hard to conceive of the modern landscape of alternative female pop artists. Lene has carved out a unique niche in the world, always while doggedly pursuing her own muse, her own passions. And only an artist as inventive as Lene can take such ephemeral materials as Shadows and  Dust, and fashion them into a record as gripping as this, her fifth full-length offering.

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Charles Ives: Universe Symphony

Total running time: one hour and five minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color cardboard outer sleeve, 32-page booklet, disk and tray.
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Charles Ives' last and possibly greatest work has been completed in a new realization by Johnny Reinhard, after over ten years of extensive research through libraries and the composer's papers. He premiered the first performance, with the approval of the Ives Society, at Lincoln Center, June 6 1996. This recording was five years in the making, a labor of love reflecting the greatest care in conveying the great composer's (the father of US 'classical' music) musical ambitions: 64 minutes of virtuoso playing from 72 instruments. See our Ives page for more background to an extraordinary man and an extraordinary, singular piece of radical music. The CD package includes as 32-page full-color booklet all in English (for translations in many other languages see our Translations page), cardboard jewel box sleeve.

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Sprawl
Thorne: Sprawl

Total running time: 57 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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Mike Thorne retired from commercial record production in 1994, having delivered many innovative and successful recordings, such as Tainted Love and Voices Carry.  Sprawl, his own first album, features huge vocal arrangements contributed by Kit Hain, Sarah Jane Morris, Lene Lovich and BETTY.  The instrumental sound centers on tough techno, intense and unusual horn arrangements powered by the Uptown Horns, and raucous drums.  Songs include two unrecorded from Marianne Faithfull, Pretty Vacant (the Sex Pistols, 1976) and an exclusive translation of Le Ballet (originally a seductive French language song from Céline Dion).

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Sprawl 

BETTY: Snowbiz
Total running time: 28 minutes . Full CD jewel box container, with full color eight-page insert, disk and tray.
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BETTY always celebrate birthdays, holidays and sometimes just getting up in the morning. Come the end of the year, it can be quite a job doing just that. Things often go seriously wrong and not according to plan. During this 28-minute CD EP, enjoy a very different take on the holidays with personal problems like Holiday Office Party (blues) and Happy Holidays (from me to me). The threat of total depression is deftly alleviated by Georgia (calls me) and Miracles Can Happen (they do every day). BETTY also offer several trademark a cappella vocal tracks, including Itchy Fingers (I want my pressie) and the warm Lullabye (for Ruby). And a few other unexpected surprises, avalanches, meltdowns etc.

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Albums at the Stereo Society

BETTY: Carnival
Total running time: 28 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color eight-page insert, disk and tray.
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Step right up! Hurry, hurry! Welcome to the rocking roller coaster ride of Carnival, BETTY's debut album on the Stereo Society label. Sneak into the freak show as our heroines take you on a musical journey through the lighter and darker side of innocence lost. BETTY is internationally known for their wild live shows, mixing passionate rock songs with clever spoken word pieces to spin concerts as breathtaking as a turn on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Savor this 30-minute masterpiece in one sitting with the Millennium Man and Jungle Jane. Whatever your heart desires, You'll be sticky with cotton candy.

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Hilly Kristal: Mad Mordechai
Total running time: 34 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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Hilly Kristal, who died August 28 2007, is best known as the owner of CBGB's, New York's downtown rock & roll club which, after 33 years in business before it was shut down, was perhaps the most famous in the world.  Most people have not heard his sonorous bass voice and quirky songs, and don't realize that he used to earn his living this way.  Songs include an eight-minute party version of Mud, the story of the little wiggly pig, 'S No Joke, a paranoia-disco rap by the guy you didn't want to find sitting next to you at the bar, and Rock 'n' Roll Jackson, one of the lesser-known Knights of the Round Table.  Also, a previously unrecorded song from Otis Blackwell, writer of many Elvis Presley hits, Everybody's Buddy.

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Raven

Johnny Reinhard: Raven
Total running time: 55 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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Johnny Reinhard has pursued a distinctive course in microtonal performance and composition.  He is a virtuoso bassoonist.  This album of his own compositions features many of New York's progressive musicians playing an extraordinary collection of instruments and arrangements from conch shells to tuba to upright bass to gong.  The single vocal piece is a gothic setting of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven.  Many of his pieces follow a programmatic idea, such as Dune, for solo bassoon, Atlantis, for five shell players, tuba and chimes, and Chaco Canyon for solo flutes.

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Cry Tomorrow

The Reds: Cry Tomorrow
Total running time: 43 minutes. Full CD jewel box container, with full color 16-page booklet, disk and tray.
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The Reds began as one of the most powerful guitar- and keyboard-based bands of the later New Wave, formed in Philadelphia in the late seventies.  Several albums later, they became a duo, backed by Mike Thorne's rhythm and synthesizers, and made further recordings for Sire. Their music was central to some of the early episodes of Miami Vice, and they continued scoring for movies such as Michael Mann's Manhunter. Delivered by one of the most forceful combinations ever of rock & roll attitude, Cry Tomorrow is a reworked version of their outstandingly powerful original 1992 indie release, and includes a radical version of the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter.

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