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Avante : Mackie's Back - ON SALEnew

Review: The nine mixed-voice members of Avante put it right out there in the liner notes, next to the listing and credits for the 10 cuts on their new CD: "Mackie's Back is both a debut, and a tribute, to the towering vocal ensembles who have shaped who we are. From Gene Puerling, to Chanticleer, to The Manhattan Transfer, to The Swingle Singers, Avante's influences are clear." Founded in Raleigh, NC in 2010 with the objective of fusing Contemporary A Cappella with the art form of Vocal Jazz, the five men and four women singers of Avante's repertoire ranges from Contemporary Choral works to cutting edge jazz with a modern flair. Avante tours the United States, in concert, corporate venues and on college campuses, usually drawing high praise for its high standard of musicianship and unique arrangements. Two nationally regarded clinicians in the group join in the group's educational outreach, providing workshops to students of all ages. Our favorites among the 10 excellent cuts are an original, "What Kind of Band," by group member Kevin, who also arranged "Feeling Good," "Third Time Lucky," Billy Joel's "Always a Woman" and "When I Fall." Group member William arranged "When Sunny Gets Blue" and the manic jazz standard "Twisted;" we also particularly loved the Puerling-arranged "London By Night," E. Lloyd's "Cells, Planets" and Brecht and Weill's deathless, chilling ballad "Mack The Knife," to which the title lyric refers. There's a tremendous amount of vocal talent here--Avante has a confident, fresh sound, surprising arrangements and a love of creating beautiful harmonies that shows. An impressive debut album from fast-rising Avante!

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q22222c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Vocal Jazz CDs


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Crossroads : The Simple Life - ON SALEnew

Review: After being crowned 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, Crossroads has become one of the most sought-after a cappella foursomes in the world, performing in Germany, France, Finland, the U.K., Spain and all over the United States. First coming together as a group in 2007, Tenor Fred, Lead Mike, Bass Jim and Baritone Brandon found that they shared a genuine friendship rooted in faith, family, harmony and a love of great music. And that has given them the opportunity to share their music with audiences all over the world! "The Simple life," their 3rd album, features 11 finely crafted and arranged tunes. Some of our favorites are the Ella Fitzgerald renditions of the title track, "Give Me the Simple Life" and the sultry lament "Angel Eyes;" the Deep River Boys' 1941 version of the 1876 song "My Grandfather's Clock;" Michael Buble's hit single "Hold On," Lerner & Lowe's classic "Gigi," Ron Miller and Orlando Murden's "For Once in My Life," the traditional hymn "Rock My Soul;" Cole Porter's "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and Robert Lowry and Mrs. A. S. Hawkes' deeply moving "I Need Thee Every Hour." "The Simple life" is a powerful collection from one of Barbershop's most talented and beloved champions, Crossroads.

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q22224c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


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Home Free : Full Of Cheer - ON SALEnew bestseller

Review: One of our favorite winners of Season 4 of NBC's hit, The Sing-Off, based of course on our own Harmony Sweepstakes, bring us a country-flavored, harmony-rich smorgasbord of Christmas songs. "Full of Cheer" is exactly that, ten beautifully arranged by group members Adam and Chris Rupp, Tim Foust and Ben Bram. The harmonies here are as delicious as the ones that wowed the delighted Sing-Off judges, and are especially sweet on traditional favorites "White Christmas (featuring wonderful faux harmonica and pedal steel)," "O' Holy Night," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "Silent Night," featuring guest vocalist Taylor Davis. We also loved Jimmy Melton, Anthony Mobley and Danielle Neal's funny and nostalgic "Hairy Christmas," the hilarious country classic "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" and the manic, funny title tune, where the guys celebrate that "my baby left me full of cheer!" Of the many things we love about Home Free is how much fun they have singing, their sound is rich and effortless, and their arrangements tight and sweet. Your friends and family, country fans or not, will love "Full of Cheer!"

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q22230c | 1 CD | $11.95 |


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Honey Whiskey Trio : Stories of Love, Death and Spirits - ON SALEnew

Review: We hadn't seen Courtney, Ann and Christina, 2013 Harmony Sweeps Champs, for a year, until they beautifully hosted the 2014 Finals on May 17th, where we fell in love again! The three women are pictured on the album cover as blackbirds (signifying love), singing while perched on an antique shovel (signifying death) against the circular, nicely rendered background of the top of a keg (signifying spirits). The hand of each member of the trio is clear on each of these 12 finely crafted tunes, several of which drew ovations from our delighted audience at Marin Veterans Auditorium. Courtney arranged the lovely traditional "Duncan and Brady," Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "All I Have to Do Is Dream," Sticks McGhee's "Wine Blues," Billy Mayhew's "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" and she wrote favorites "Mockingbird," "Whiskey Wife," "I'll Be Your Coat" and "My Love." Ann wrote and arranged "Nothing But My Whiskey;" and Christine transcribed the traditional "Little Margaret," wrote "Wash Me Clean" and arranged the memorable Shape Note hymn, "Farther On." The three voices are well matched, the songs are powerful and emotional, and the trio sings with heart and passion. Between songs on stage Courtney thanked the audience, calling the 2013 Finals win the highlight of their lives. Well, the HWT gave such a moment to the 2013 audience and to all of us who saw them at the 2014 Finals-they have a rare gift. "Stories" is a winner from the first cut to the last!

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q22190c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || World Music CDs


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House Jacks : Pollen - ON SALEnew

Review: Experiencing the Jacks live at a trendy South of Market club in San Francisco first turned us on to the power and glory of a hot group that could move and thrill an audience onstage with only mikes in their hands. Since then the guys, Nicholas Girard, John Pointer, Elliot Michael Robinson, Deke Sharon & Austin Willacy have had big fun touring, recording, meeting and performing with other groups and always growing their fan base. The aptly named "Pollen" is a fascinating experiment that involves some of our all-time favorite groups, for example Australia's Sweeps Champs The Idea of North, England's The Swingles, and BR6 from Brazil. The Jacks wrote songs, arranged them, performed them live and "noodled with the arrangements," then recorded the songs, added some parts and sent the recordings to their guest artists and "told them to go crazy, then we added complimentary parts of our own." The only caveat: "Everything you hear is a human voice, but sometimes we mess with it." Ten amazing tunes, some of our favorites are: "Crazy," with The Idea of North; "Quiet Moon," with BR6; "This Life" with The Swingles; "Confessional," with Canada's Cadence; "As It Falls Apart" with MICappella, Singapore; "Your Love" with Maybebop, Germany; "Get What You Need" with Cluster, Italy; "Talk2Me" with Postyr Project, Denmark; "Wo Ai Ni" with Voco Novo, Taiwan and Freeman, China; and "Got What You Wanted" with Exit, Korea and Kaichiro Kitamura, Japan. Writing credits for these wonderful vocal collages go to Austin for "As it Falls Apart," "Crazy" and "Got What You Wanted;" Nicholas for "Your Love;" John for "Get What You Need," "This Life" and "Confessional;" Elliot for "Talk2Me;" and Deke for "Wo Ai Ni" and "Quiet Moon." In a cappella poker five Jacks, drawing some of the best international kings, queens & aces in the deck, makes every track of "Pollen" a stone winner. You don't want to miss this one!!

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q22235c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella |


King's Singers : Let It Snow - ON SALEnew

Review: One of Germanys best-loved classical performers joins forces with a legendary close-harmony group for a winter-themed album to bring warmth to the dark months of the year: Albrecht Mayer & The Kings Singers. The pairing of probably the worlds most famous and accomplished oboist, with the UKs celebrated vocal ensemble The Kings Singers is a heavenly musical partnership. The interplay of colors, melodies and harmonies between these performers enchant and delight in Baroque, classical and seasonal favorites. Mayer, the oboist with the magical tone, is renowned for the sublime singing quality of his playing. On Let It Snow the tone of his oboe blends magnificently with the silky sounds of a group that has been entertaining audiences across the globe since 1968. This specially chosen mixed-genre program is woven around the theme of winter: snow, ice, fireplaces, sleigh rides, Christmas, New Years, Chanukah.

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q22237c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Men's Choir Christmas


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Love Notes : From The Heart - ON SALEnew

Review: Ah, yes, we remember Sweet Adelines quartet The LoveNotes, Britanny, Mia, Caitlin and Stephanie from 2009 when they easily won the Bay Area Regional. We had previously seen them in the Regional as UnderAge, after they won the 2005 Sweet Adelines quartet championship for Young Women in Harmony. Now over 18 and calling themselves The LoveNotes, their 12 minute set, featuring a killer rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," won them Audience Favorite and Second Place only to more experienced Sweet Adelines contenders Maxx Factor. The Notes kept rising, and today they're wearing the crowns and gold medals of the 2014 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions! Their debut CD "From the Heart" has 13 cuts, some favorites are "No, No Norman," "Hooked On This Skype Thing," "I Used to Call Him Baby," the moody Bond and Adele classic "Skyfall," "Something's Coming," "Danny Boy" and "If We Hold On Together," but every cut is a polished winner. Our girls next door have grown up, and they're the best in the world!

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q22189c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Sweet Adelines Music


Martins : A Cappella - ON SALEnew

Review: Nearly two decades after releasing their first a cappella album - a perennial fan favorite and instant bestseller - the Dove Award-winning trio regroups for a recorded celebration of harmony and hymns. Heritage songs of the faith such as, "Come Thou Fount," and modern inspirational hits like, "The Prayer," and, "You'll Never Walk Alone," couple with the production artistry of southern gospel darlings Michael English and David Phelps, creating another vocal-only hit for the incomparable sibling singers.

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q22232c | 1 CD | $12.95 || Contemporary Christian CDs


Max Q : A Little Christmas - ON SALEnew

Review: One of our favorite barbershop quartets of all time sing holiday classics in their own inimitable style. Christmas never sounded as good!

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q22182c | 1 CD | $8.95 || Barbershop Christmas


Nelons : Hymns: A Cappella Sessions - ON SALEnew

Review: Take all the elements you've come to expect from the group - unparalleled vocal excellence, a sound built on the interplay between a soaring soprano and Kelly's emotional smooth alto with the intertwining tenor, and add impeccable tight family harmony with an uncanny gift of communicating God's love and you have a worship experience that you will not soon forget.

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q22195c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Contemporary Christian CDs


OC Times : The Road - ON SALEnew

Review: Pride of Orange County, CA, Lead Sean Devine, formerly of the much-beloved Alley Cats, Tenor Shawn York, Baritone Patrick Claypool and Bass Cory Hunt of OC Times rose quickly in the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet standings, placing 18th in 2004, 5th in 2005, 2nd in 2007 and finally winning Gold in 2008! Since then the group has been touring nationally and internationally extensively, finally pausing long enough in LA's The Greene Room for Marc Greene to work his magic on their aptly-titled third album, "The Road." There are 13 classic, feel-good tunes here, some of our favorites are Fats Domino's soulful hit "I'm Walkin'," Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm," Brian Wilson's poignant anthem "In My Room," The Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea," Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance," Lennon & McCartney's "If I Fell," a sweet "Just My Imagination/My Girl" Medley, and Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel." Top-drawer arrangements, pitch-perfect harmonies, unbelievably soaring closing chords - the Times has it all. Want to listen to one of Barbershop's all time best do their stuff? Hit "The Road!"

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q22223c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


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Pentatonix : PTX Vol 3 - ON SALEnew

Review: Pentatonix, Season 3 winner of The Sing-Off, brings us their third finely-crafted album, simply named "III." There are "only" 7 tunes here, which is kind of like saying the Sistine Chapel is only a painted ceiling. "Problem," by Kotecha, Martin, Salmanzadeh and Kelly, is a rhythmic, rappish love tune, "On My Way Home," by Evigan, Martin, Lomax, Johnson, Johnson & Coffee, is a gorgeous anthem with a soaring chorus, "La La Latch," by Khan, El Kaubaisy, Mbabazy, Smith, Murray, Omer and Napier is sweetly delicate and complex; "Rather Be," by Patterson, Napier, Marshall & Chatto, is a jazzy, upbeat love song, "See Through" by Angeria, Koiv and Kirjonan, features strong vocal percussion and sweetly melodic leads; the oddly-named "Papaoutai Feat. Lindsay Sterling" by Paul Von Haver, sung in French, is a salsa-flavored, rhythmic dance tune and "Standing By," written by the group, is gently poetic that builds to anthemic, then returns, a gem that seemed to end way too soon. Five man, one woman Pentatonix creates wonderfully arranged, multi-dimensional pieces that fill the speakers with rich, perfectly harmonic sound. If you're into a cappella, as we are sure you are, you'll want to own and listen to "III" to experience what sounds and harmonies, that, although rare, are now possible!

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q22198c | 1 CD | $5.95 | A Cappella |


Pentatonix : That's Christmas To Me - ON SALEnew bestseller

Review: Four men, one woman Pentatonix, Season 3 Sing-Off Champs, places a sumptuous slice of holiday cheer on our mantelpiece, "That's Christmas to Me." Some of our favorites among the 10 cuts are reinvented traditional hymns like the opening cut "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Mary Did You Know," and "Silent Night;" popular Christmas songs like "Sleigh Ride," a "Winter Wonderland"/"Don't Worry, Be Happy" medley that features guest artist Tori Kelley, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy;" and three songs new to our ears: Robin Pechnold's "White Winter Hymnal," Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez's "Let It Go," and the beautiful, nostalgic title track, written by Pentatonix. One of our favorite Sing-Off winners, Pentatonix truly celebrates the human voice with stunning arrangements, unbelievable leads and harmonies and vocals that redefine a cappella. Don't miss this one!

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q22199c | 1 CD | $8.95 | A Cappella |


Peter Hollens : Peter Hollens - ON SALEnew

Review: Peter Hollens is a bona fide a cappella internet star with over 750,000 YouTube subscribers with his videos having more than 100 million views. His creativity is prolific, releasing a new video every two weeks but this is his first release on physical CD. Picked up by Sony Classics this release has all of his most popular songs plus some special guests such as Jackie Evancho on "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix on "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

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q22231c | 1 CD | $10.95 | A Cappella |


Second Edition : Second Edition 1 - ON SALEnew

Review: After two decades of being out of print, this legendary recording by the 1989 BHS International Quartet Champions, The Second Edition is once again available, and it sounds better than before! Digitally remastered from the original reels, this groundbreaking recording is a must have for every barbershop enthusiast. If you have one of the original pressings, you're gonna want to have this new release because the sound is clearer and better than you could have imagined! It was in the fall of 1987, that the quartet began this recording, and finished and released "Second Edition 1" in the spring of 1988. They were the first barbershop quartet to offer a recording in the digital CD format. Enjoy The Second Edition classics such as The Darktown Strutters' Ball, Mistakes, Just A Cottage Small (By A Waterfall), The Longest Time featuring Doug Harrington, Hello My Baby, Brahms' Lullaby and more.

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q22227c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


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Second Edition & The Growing Girls : The Best Of Two Worlds - ON SALEnew

Review: The Best of Two Worlds is the epitome of the stars literally aligning. In spring 1989 both The Second Edition and Growing Girls began planning a joint concert called The Best Of Two Worlds. To each group's thrill, The Second Edition won the 1989 BHS International Quartet Championship in July, and the Growing Girls were crowned the 1989 SAI Queens of Harmony in October, less than two weeks prior to the debut concert. Shortly after the premiere concert, The Second Edition and Growing Girls recorded The Best Of Two Worlds. This recording was only ever released on cassette tape... until now! Digitally remastered from the original reels, and for the first time available on CD! Enjoy Growing Girls favorites; Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), Goody Goodbye and Sommarpsalm (Hymn to Summer), and The Second Edition favorites; Lullaby In Ragtime, Rain Medley, My Old Kentucky Home and more! Also features both groups singing together on songs like Let There Be Peace On Earth! And, Included for the first time, a never before released bonus track featuring two singers from each group!

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q22228c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs