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PO: Charles Bradley - Black Velvet

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Damn, can't wait for this one!
 
Out November 9th. Pre-Orders begin shipping October 29th
 
 

Pre-Order Options:

  • Black Velvet CD
     
  • Black Velvet LP (Standard Black Vinyl)
     
  • Black Velvet Limited Color LP (Quad Black & Purple Vinyl - 1 Per Person)
     
  • Black Velvet Deluxe Box 
    Includes:
    - "Even More Black Velvet" Bonus 12" EP of 4 stripped-down mixes & a message from Charles.
    - Full color photo book, featuring extended liner notes by producer Tommy “TNT” Brenneck.
    - “Black Velvet” Slipmat.
    - Inner sleeves featuring a painting of Charles riding a horse through the sky! As well as the surreal story that inspired it, transcribed in Charles’ own words.
    - Charles’ original “Black Velvit” business card.
    - Seeded MP3 download card, can be planted to grow Wildflowers in Charles’ memory. Green thumb not included. (1 Per Person)
     
  • Black Velvet Limited Color LP & Black Velvet Forever T-Shirt (with bonus Black Velvet postcards - 1 Per Person)
     
  • Black Velvet Deluxe Box & Black Velvet Forever T-Shirt (with bonus Black Velvet postcards - 1 Per Person)
     
  • Black Velvet Forever Set: Limited Color LP & Deluxe Box & T-Shirt Combo (with bonus Black Velvet postcards - 1 Per Person)

    The Black Velvet Forerver T-Shirt features a stunning photo of Black Velvet in all his glory, recently unearthed in the Dunham archives at Diamond Mine Studio and complete with water damage. Upon discovery, a member of the Daptone family immediately went rogue with it by printing a couple shirts at one of those DIY mall kiosks (you know the kind). Needless to say, it was too good to keep for ourselves. Only available in the Black Velvet pre-order bundles - Printed in Brooklyn on Next Level Apparel (Unisex).

 

November 5th, 2018 would have been Charles Bradley’s 70th birthday. In celebration of his extraordinary life, Daptone imprint Dunham Records is proud to release his fourth and final album, Black Velvet.

Black Velvet is a celebration of Charles Bradley, lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records. Though chronologically the material spans Charles' entire career, this is no anthology, greatest hits or other shallow rehashing of the songs that already made him famous. Rather, this album is a profound exploration through the less-travelled corners of the soulful universe that Charles and his longtime producer, co-writer and friend Tommy "TNT" Brenneck created in the studio together over their decade-long partnership. It features new songs recorded during the sessions from each of his three albums, heard here for the very first time in all their scorching glory: "Can't Fight the Feeling," "Fly Little Girl" and the heart-wrenching single "I Feel a Change"; hard core rarities like his funk-bomb duet with LaRose Jackson, "Luv Jones," the psychedelic groover, "(I Hope You Find) The Good Life" and the ever-illusive alternate full band electric version of "Victim of Love"; sought-after covers of Nirvana's "Stay Away," Neal Young's "Heart of Gold" and Rodriguez's "Slip Away"; and the title track "Black Velvet," a stirring Menahan Street Band instrumental to which Charles was never able to cut a vocal.

Black Velvet is a celebration of his life, and is destined to join Charles' first three albums alongside the cannon of essential soul records for the ages.

Original cover photo by Kisha Bari.

 

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Grabbed a quad black and purple. I kinda want the box, even though it only amounts to one 4-song EP and a bunch of extras. I’m super tight on funds - and since the colored is strictly limited to one and the box makes no mention of limited, I’ll get this now before they’re gone. might get a box down the line anyway. 

 

EDIT: the email says the box set is 1 per person too, implying limited too. Dang.

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45 minutes ago, HoneyFrosted said:

Grabbed a quad black and purple. I kinda want the box, even though it only amounts to one 4-song EP and a bunch of extras. I’m super tight on funds - and since the colored is strictly limited to one and the box makes no mention of limited, I’ll get this now before they’re gone. might get a box down the line anyway. 

 

EDIT: the email says the box set is 1 per person too, implying limited too. Dang.

The box was way more readily available to pre-order through retail outlets than the color LP was a couple of weeks ago. I think there were only 3 places that were offering the color but were sold out already. Might be different now that this was officially announced.

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He was such a master, it's a shame he's gone.

 

Fans of Charles Bradley should check out the Shalada's, also on Daptone. It's one of Charles' backing musicians and his family, really good soul type stuff:

 

https://shopdaptonerecords.com/collections/the-sha-la-das/products/love-in-the-wind

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