Friday, September 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

CVR blog picks of the week:

Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2002 Remix/Remaster)

Box set, Original recording remastered

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan.

Despite continuing lineup upheavals, Deep Purple remained active well into the 21st century. The late '90s and early 2000s also saw the release of many archival releases and collections preserving the band's enduring legacy (Machine Head's 25th anniversary, Friends & Relatives, Rhino's The Very Best Of, and Days May Come and Days May Go: The 1975 California Rehearsals), as well as a slew of DVDs (Total Abandon: Live Australia 1999, In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Calling, and New Live & Rare). The impressive and timeless sounding Now What?!, produced by Bob Ezrin, appeared early in 2013.

Order Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2002 Remix/Remaster)

Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl) 

Original recording remastered

John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant came together in 1968 as Led Zeppelin. Over the next decade, the band would become one of the most influential, innovative and successful groups in modern music, selling more than 300 million albums worldwide. Their songs are some of the most celebrated in rock n roll history that, to this day, resonate with fans young and old around the globe. Still, no matter how many times you may have listened to their music, you ve never heard Led Zeppelin like this before.

With the 2014 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, & Led Zeppelin III, the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin, " says Page. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time."

Order Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)


Haim Releasing Limited Edition Picture Disc

Very limited shaped picture disc vinyl featuring two versions of My Song 5, a standout track from HAIM s acclaimed debut album, Days Are Gone. Side B features the brand new remix of the song featuring A$AP Ferg.

Scheduled to be released on October 27, 2014.

Order My Song 5 (Limited Picture Disc Vinyl)


The Misfits - DEA.D. ALIVE!

The raw ferocity of the legendary Misfits captured DEA.D. ALIVE! in concert on All Hallows' Eve, in the center of Times Square, New York City! With select tracks from the band's encore set at their hometown show in NJ added for good measure, DEA.D. ALIVE! is an audio Molotov cocktail guaranteed to have bonfires burning bright with pumpkin faces, day or night, all year round. Speakers will virtually melt as a torrential downpour of "Devil's Rain" engulfs the senses, catapulting you front row center into a jam-packed house of horrors. The diverse set of modern day Misfits classics included range from current hits like "Land of the Dead" and "Curse of the Mummy's Hand" on through all-new live versions of earlier-era material.

Get it at Insound

Deathconsciousness - Have a Nice Life

Have a Nice Life released their debut double-album Deathconsciousness in 2008 to a whimper and critical non-interest; six years later, the band followed it up with 2014’s stunner The Unnatural World. In the meantime, Deathconsciousness has become a cult classic whose seamless blend of shoegaze, postpunk, new wave, industrial and noise influences inspires fanatic obsession. Now, longtime Have a Nice Life collaborator The Flenser reissues Deathconsciousness on colored vinyl with deluxe packaging. The band commented, “Working with Flenser lets us keep things comfortable on our end, while also pressing enough copies to actually meet the need and not creating an artificially inflated collector’s market, as happened with some of our past releases.”

Rhythmic, primal and expansive, Deathconsciousness offers a meditation on death, loss and unrequited love, with repeated listens revealing new layers of depth and meaning. The Flenser’s reissue is accompanied by a 75-page booklet detailing the dark and forgotten history of the Antiochean cult—an engrossing narrative that blurs the lines between liner notes, novella and academic text.

Get it at Insound

The Man Upstairs - Robyn Hitchcock

The Man Upstairs sees psychedelic troubadour Robyn Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, R.E.M.) for one of the most unique outings of his already quite distinctive career. The album – which arrives just one short year after 2013’s acclaimed Love From London – sees the British singer/songwriter musing on mortality, masculinity, and the impossibility of forever via an unexpected intermingling of self-penned originals and “songs I wished I’d written.” Modern standards like The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship” and The Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You” are reimagined as stark and melancholy folk ballads, and then set to powerful effect alongside haunting new songs like the plaintive “Recalling The Truth.” Hitchcock’s 20th solo studio recording – give or take a few outtake, demo, and rarities compilations – The Man Upstairs is a remarkable portrait of an artist raging quietly against the dying of the proverbial light, even though that light may well be the 9:35 to Winchester coming directly at him.

Get it at Insound


upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Leftoverture is the fourth album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1976. With Steve Walsh taking a back seat on the production of material, Kerry Livgren stepped up and his compositions retained much of the classically inspired complexity of Livgren's previous work. The album begins with the hit single "Carry On Wayward Son". Kerry Livgren wrote the song as a sequel to the final song, "The Pinnacle", from the previous album, Masque.

Rolling Stone called Leftoverture Kansas's best album to date, and said that it 'warrants Kansas a spot right alongside Boston and Styx as one of the fresh new American bands who combine hard-driving group instrumentation (with a dearth of flashy solos) with short, tight melody lines and pleasant singing.'
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert

2Cellos - 2Cellos

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to Pop and Rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC. Their debut album is a thrilling collection of chart-topping Rock and Pop songs performed in their signature style.

2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour. The song charted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart and landed the 2CELLOS' debut album in the Top 100.

In addition to many sold out solo tours (US, Japan, Europe) and collaborations with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael, the duo have also appeared on major TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor and many others. Together with the Chinese classical superstar pianist Lang Lang, they appeared at the CCTV New Year's Gala for more than 1 billion viewers.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • 2CELLOS is a thrilling collection of chart-topping Rock and Pop songs performed in their signature cello style
  • Limited numbered edition of 1000 copies on transparent red vinyl
  • Classical Music On Vinyl release, packed in a sturdy PVC bag Insert


Flood is the third studio album by Brooklyn-based Alternative Rock duo They Might Be Giants. Originally released in 1990, the album is generally considered to be the band's definitive release, as it is their best-selling and most recognizable album.

Despite minimal stylistic and instrumental differences from previous releases, Flood is distinguished by contributions from seasoned producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who as a team worked with artists like Morrissey, Elvis Costello and Madness.

The critically acclaimed album generated three radio singles: "Birdhouse In Your Soul", "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)", and "Twisting".  Other promotion for Flood included TV appearances, promotional videos and an international tour.

The reissue of this classic They Might Be Giants album is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl and is presented in a gatefold sleeve.


Zodiac - Sonic Child

"SONIC CHILD" the new record from Germany’s Blues Rock leaders ZODIAC is mixed, mastered and sounds amazing. Martin Meinschäfer (Megaphon Tonstudios) comments about the recordings: "There is some massive energy coming out of the speakers! In terms of production technology there where no boundaries. The game was: awesome wins! It didn't matter if it was an old deluxe guitar sound or a moog solo. It had to give the song something special, an organic sound and it had to reflect the unconditional love for music. Just the right level of natural room is again featured in the production as it did in the late 60ies and early 70ies records!”

Vocalist & Lead Guitarist Nick Van Delft comments, “The idea behind SONIC CHILD is actually very simple: As a child, you hear music in its purest form. You do this without caring about a certain image, without looking at the band pictures, without thinking about fancy clothes or any other parameters; you just listen to the music and create your own vision of it. Nowadays, it seems for many bands that music isn’t the most important element anymore. That’s why we wrote a concept album about the love for music in general. It is our “Sonic Child”, and we hope you’ll cherish it as much as we do.

Order at ProstheticRecords


from our friends at Relaspe

Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay

NEUROSIS’ critically acclaimed, tenth studio album, Honor Found In Decay  via Relapse Records/Neurot Recordings. This deluxe 2xLP edition comes packaged in a gorgeous Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket and is accompanied with a stunning 16 page LP sized Booklet. The audio was cut directly from the original studio master tapes and pressed on 180 gram weight vinyl.

Order at Relapse


Sepultura - Schizophrenia

1987's Schizophrenia exploded onto the metal scene fueled by fusing thrash & death metal, improved songwriting, musicianship, and the band's first "professional" quality production. Constant touring & the addition of classically trained lead guitarist Andreas Kisser were monumental factors in the impact Schizophrenia had on the metal community.

Vinyl Details:
 + Transparent Blue Vinyl
+ 180 Gram
 + Limited to 1500 Copies!

Order at MetalBladeRecords

Deicide - Legion

"Legion" is an onslaught of ever-shifting double-bass and extreme guitar riffing is considered by many to be an essential example of Deicide's world-class death metal. While bassist/vocalist Glen Benton never accepted the categorization, his band helped define the early '90s death movement with their intricate, ultra-heavy music and low, growling vocals.

Vinyl Details:
 + Opaque Red Vinyl
 + 180 Gram
 + Limited to 1500 Copies!

Order at MetalBladeRecords

Obituary - The End Complete

The band's third release, marks the return of lead guitarist Allen West and it also marks an impressive leap forward in production. "The End Complete" is arguably the definitive Obituary album as well as being considered by many as the prototypical death metal album.

Vinyl Details:
 + Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl
 + 180 Gram
 + Limited to 1500 Copies!

Order at MetalBladeRecords


Invada Records Releasing Four ‘Hannibal’ OSTs On 2xLP Vinyl (Exclusive)


album cover art of the day:

PANZER Featuring ACCEPT And DESTRUCTION Members: 'Send Them All To Hell' Cover Artwork, Track Listing


album cover art of the day, part two:

New Album "Catharsis" Announced By Soldierfield

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Long ago (circa 1960) and far away (Los Angeles) I went to a neighborhood theater to see a scary B-movie starring Vincent Price. It was about a creature called "The Tingler."

I remember it mostly because after the film they handed out copies of a record of the same title.

The recording was not very good, so I didn't keep it.

Now I'm wondering if for some reason, such as not being issued commercially, I should have held on to it. Would it now be a collectible?
—Daniele Clark, Florissant, Mo.

DEAR DANIELE: You were one of the lucky few, as Columbia Pictures supplied only a limited number of theaters with copies of "The Tingler" to give to their patrons.

Both the film and the record came out in 1959, the year when Columbia Pictures also released "The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock," starring Lou Costello — surprisingly without Bud Abbott.

I mention this because Colpix Records, Columbia's music division, put "The 30 Foot Bride" on the B-side of "The Tingler" (Colpix CP-122), with both sides credited to "The Tinglers (Vocal Group)."

This disc was commercially available; however, it didn't sell well at all and is now tough to find.

Had you kept that record, and stored it properly, you could probably peddle it for around $200.

"The Tingler" film is especially noteworthy because scattered seats in the theater were wired to give its occupant a shocking tingle, timed to coincide with certain eerie scenes on the screen.

I'm guessing you were not in one of those spine-tingling seats, a sensation you would surely remember.

This flick is also regarded as the first to depict the use of LSD, provided in this case by a pathologist (Price) to induce nightmares in a patient.

DEAR JERRY: I understand that Billboard and Cash Box varied in how they compiled their chart hits, but I'd like to know the highest ranking tune on Cash Box, from among those that never appeared anywhere on Billboard's surveys.

One of my records is Billy Vaughn's "Silver Moon" (1955) that peaked at No. 24 on Cash Box but didn't show up anywhere on Billboard. That's what brought this topic about.

You may know of one that is an even better example.
—C.J. Burrows, Rochester, Wash.

DEAR C.J.: The undisputed champ in this category is Wayne Newton's "The Letter."

This powerful ballad spent 31 weeks in the Cash Box Top 100, peaked at No. 1, while never making a blip on Billboard.

This might be because "The Letter" existed only as an LP cut and a promotional-only cassette single, though Billboard did list commercial cassette singles throughout the 1990s.

Regardless, this is clearly a unique occurrence in chart history, but how "The Letter" came about is equally fascinating.

During Elvis Presley's final engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton (Dec. 2-12, 1976), while alone in the penthouse suite one night after his performance, he wrote some random thoughts on a notepad.

Before leaving the room, he crumpled the paper and tossed it in the waste basket.

Depending on whose version you believe, the note was retrieved by either a hotel maid or one of those in Elvis' group. I tend to lean toward it being a maid, who, I might add, did nothing wrong. Once in the trash, it would have been up for grabs, especially for a seemingly valueless piece of paper.

Either way, the note ended up in a Sotheby's auction, and that is when its existence came to Wayne Newton's attention.

Moved by the note's backstory and content, Wayne explains it this way:

"He was a very good friend of mine, and he was a wonderful human being, so when I heard what the note said it just tore my heart out, and I had to have it.

"I'm paraphrasing, but the notes more or less say: I'm finally alone, I'm glad they're all gone now … I probably won't rest tonight … I have no need for all of this … help me, Lord

"I think he was addressing his loneliness. By that time, he had become something of a recluse.

"When the news got out that it was me who bought the note, Elvis fans from around the world contacted me, wanting copies. That's when we decided to come up with a song based on the notes.

"We titled it "The Letter," and it was written by Rick Goodman, John Minnick, Kat McCrone, and myself."

"The Letter" first appeared in January 1992 on Wayne's album, "Moods and Moments" (Curb 77556), but it quickly became the most talked-about track.

In response to that publicity, Curb issued a promotional cassette single to the media, with a slightly different title, "The (Elvis) Letter," on both sides of the tape (Curb SPRO-630).

For most of that summer, "The Letter" appeared on Billboard's "Clip List," based on the significant airplay and exposure it received on TNN (The Nashville Network).

Other than that one section, "The Letter" did not show up on any of the Billboard charts. Moreover, neither the single nor the "Moods and Moments" album was even reviewed by Billboard.

That, I believe, could be considered a major oversight.

Fueled in part by "The Letter," Wayne ranked among the 10 highest grossing concert acts in the summer of '92, according to Amusement Business Publications.

A special "thank you" is extended to Cash Box archivist, Randy Price, for assistance with this column.

IZ ZAT SO? It took "The Letter" 21 weeks to the climb from debuting at No. 77 (July 25, 1992) to No. 1 (December 12, 1992).

Only two 20th century hits took longer to scale the summit, and one tied "The Letter" in that regard:

37 weeks (1995-1996): "Macarena" (Los Del Rio)
26 weeks (1988): "Red Red Wine" (UB40)
21 weeks: (1979) "Sad Eyes" (Robert John)

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vinyl Review - The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection

When remembering the 1960's one things comes to mind; the music.  From the advent of the British Invasion to the psychedelic musings of many bands and the sensible pop songs being crafted, it's no wonder that the music lives on.  

And live on it does.  Recently, I was sent the 8 record 45 rpm set from The Turtles to review (The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection was released September 16, 2014).  Housed in a neat and study box, are eight of the band's most recognized cuts and some that you may have heard but a few times.  Manufactured and distributed by Manifesto Records and on the FloEdCo label, these songs not only bring back pleasant memories, but also a time when getting on radio's top forty meant something.

The Turtles were a mixture of pop, bubble gum, cascading melodies and straight up rock and roll. Their influences are clearly heard with every cut, from the jangly guitars and folk-pop sounds of the Byrds, the soaring harmonies of the Mamas and the Papas, the Brit pop sound of the Dave Clark Five, the quirkiness of the Lovin' Spoonful, the hook driven sound of the Kinks (in fact, Ray Davies produced a couple of the cuts ("You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain and "Love In The City"), the folk sound of Bob Dylan and even some of the hazy sweetness of Tommy James and the Shondells.

Their superb cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965 started it all and in between (from 1965 and 1970) the band placed seventeen songs on the Billboard Top 100.  Included in the set is the 1968 inventive and pure harmonic balance of their #6 hit "Elenore," the cowbell-driven 1967 #3 hit "She'd Rather Be With Me," the bubble gum pop of "You Baby" (#20 in 1966) and a cover of an early Byrds release 1969's #6 hit "You Showed Me." The top cut in the set is the instantly recognizable sound and the soaring harmonies and the band's pinnacle of success 1967's "Happy Together," which was the group's only number one record.  The song actually knocked the Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the number one slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. What's amazing is that the song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to the Turtles.  

But I think one of the most endearing qualities of the boxed set is that you sit and change the records.  With most clocking in at about the three minute mark, the set forces you (in a good way) to actually sit down and enjoy the music (after all, you do have to flip the 45's over and replace them with the others).  I must admit that giving the time length of some of the cuts, they really didn't have the time to fully develop (case in point 1966's psychedelic cut "Grim Reaper Of Love").

The band broke up in 1970, with founders Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman joining Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention before touring on their own again as Flo & Eddie. and in between many sessions as recording artists and radio programmers; they still tour today as The Turtles.

Overall, if you like 60's music, this boxed set is full of sweet ear candy, full of all the elements that made the 60's sound pleasurable to listen to.  The Turtle's boxed set is full of catchy choruses, inter-woven harmonies, addictive pop hooks and is an intoxicating palette of songs that must be heard in their entirety.  Highly recommended by the CVR blog as a collectible and an extraordinary box set of 60's music!

The limited edition Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection can be ordered at Flo and Eddie’s official Turtles site,

Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection 

It Ain't Me Babe #8 b/w You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain #51 
Let Me Be #29 b/w Love in the City #91 
You Baby #20 b/w You Know What I Mean #12 
Happy Together #1  b/w Grim Reaper Of Love #81 
She'd Rather Be With Me #3 b/w Story Of Rock And Roll #48 
She' s My Girl #14 b/w Can't I Get To Know You Better #89 
Elenore #6 b/w Outside Chance  NA 
You Showed Me #6 b/w Sound Asleep  #57 

The Turtles:
Howard Kaylan – vocals (1965–1970, 2010–present)
Mark Volman – guitar, saxophone, vocals (1965–1970, 2010–present)
Al Nichol – guitar (1965–1970)
Jim Tucker – guitar (1965–1967)
Chuck Portz – bass (1965–1966)
Don Murray – drums (1965–1966)

Joel Larson – drums (1966)
John Barbata – drums (1966–1969)
Chip Douglas – bass (1966–1967)
Jim Pons – bass (1967–1970)
John Seiter – drums (1969–1970)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Live At The Cow Palace-New Years Eve 1976 by Grateful Dead

Friday Music is very pleased to announce the exclusive first time 180 Gram Audiophile 5 LP Deluxe Box Set of the Grateful Dead’s Live At The Cow Palace - New Year’s Eve 1976. This amazing limited edition treasure trove features the historic concert in its entirety. Filled with 22 stellar first time audiophile vinyl performances, The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kruetzmann, Keith Godchaux and Donna Godchaux truly radiate with some of their finest playing and singing ever, making this a wonderful listen and highly collectible album for years to come.

Many favorite Grateful Dead classics and superior rarities abound in this lengthy limited edition audiophile dream box including the long-awaited audiophile vinyl releases of Bertha, Wharf Rat, Eyes Of The World and Jerry Garcia solo favorite Deal.  Known for their lengthy jams, four solid masterpieces get their due on this amazing set like the 23+ minute performance of Playing In The Band, Sugar Magnolia, Scarlet Begonias and Samson and Delilah.  The band went back real deep into their arsenal of classic tunes and picked even more of their most loved repertoire including a fine reading of Tim Rose’s Morning Dew and of course Dead masterpieces Uncle John’s Band, Slipknot! and Looks Like Rain.

As an added treat, a tip of the hat to Buddy Holly is preserved in the audiophile domain with their fine interpretation of Not Fade Away as well as a pair of masterful Chuck Berry classics with Promised Land and Around and Around.

Now for the first time ever as an exclusive 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl 5 LP Box Set, Friday Music is very honored to announce the limited edition Grateful Dead authorized release of Live At The Cow Palace-New Years Eve 1976.  Mastered for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead/Deep Purple/Yes) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this wonderful album will truly be a welcomed addition to your Dead collection.

The Grateful Dead’s Live At The Cow Palace album will be packaged in a stunning box set, with Timothy Truman’s artwork detailed beautifully, a rich looking black background inside the box set itself, with a poly lined LP sleeve to preserve the rich details of each of the five 180 Gram vinyl albums. Wonderful retro LP label artwork is also provided for each vinyl album. Grateful Dead…Live At The Cow Palace - New Year’s Eve 1976… an amazing concert tour first time release in the audiophile domain…only from your friends at Friday Music…Playing In The Band…
  • First Time 5 LP Audiophile Vinyl Box Set Presentation! The Legendary 1976 Cow Palace New Year’s Eve Show In Its Entirety! 
  • Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh And Bob Weir 
  • Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Grateful Dead Records Tapes 
Buy at SoundStageDirect

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Beatles Mono Box Set (On Sale)
2. Various Artists - Forrest Gump (20th Anniversary Soundtrack) (Pre-Order)
3. Various Artists - Clerks (20th Anniversary Soundtrack) (Pre-Order)
4. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
5. Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Clear Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
6. Various Artists - Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack (On Sale)
7. Beatles - Rubber Soul (Mono)
8. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski (On Sale Today Only)



“Shaun of the Dead” Original Score Available for the First Time In Any Format to Celebrate the Film’s 10th Anniversary  

Lost Original Score for “2001: A Space Odyssey” 

Jaw-Dropping Package for Time Travel Masterpiece “Looper” 

Austin, TX—September 16, 2014-- Mondo is thrilled to announce a spectacular lineup of new vinyl releases and music-related events at MondoCon, a convention to celebrate the creators behind art, film, music and collectibles. The newly announced vinyl for the original score from Shaun of the Dead will be available for the first time in any format to celebrate the rom-zom-com’s 10th anniversary with artwork by Jock. Mondo is also releasing the soundtracks for Looper and Music For 2001: A Space Odyssey with artwork and package design by Jay Shaw. Details on the vinyl releases can be found below. MondoCon takes place in Austin, TX on September 20 and 21 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater.


Edgar Wright's rom-zom-com turns 10 years old this year, and Mondo is proud to celebrate this important milestone with the complete score for Shaun of the Dead - never before released in ANY format - on 180 Gram Vinyl.

While aware that they were working on a comedy, Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead had the idea of making a score that was deadly serious and to let the comedy do its own thing. "We wanted to ‘play a straight bat,’as the English say, and treat the film as though it was a sincere and genuinely terrifying scenario." says Mudford. In doing so, they crafted a score that fits in perfectly alongside the great horror scores that inspired it.

Dan and Pete’s band 'The Sons Of Silence,' was previously featured in Edgar Wright's television show Spaced and became part of the behind-the-scenes soundtrack during the writing and casting portions of the film. "Indeed, many of the doomier, dubbier tracks of from ‘The Sons of Silence’would blend in perfectly with my playlist, made up of John Carpenter scores, Goblin rock outs and library tracks from Dawn of The Dead. So even before Dan and Pete were definitely scoring the movie, they were already scoring the movie," says Wright.

Version A
Original Score Composed by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead 
Artwork by Jock
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, and randomly inserted Winchester Ale Colored Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by director Edgar Wright, and composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead. 

Version B - “Do You Want Anything From The Shop...?" 
Original Score Composed by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead 
Artwork by Jock
Pressed on 180 Gram Strawberry Swirl Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by director Edgar Wright, and composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead. Limited to 1,000 Copies.

It will be for sale online October 7, 2014.


Stanley Kubrick's seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its classical musical cues as much as it is for its vivid imagery. What few people realize is that the cues that are now forever associated with the film were a last minute revision on the part of Kubrick. There is an original score, composed for the film by the late Alex North (Spartacus, A Streetcar Named Desire) that was abandoned during post-production. North did not discover this until the film's premiere screening.

Working with North's estate, Mondo will release this lost original score on vinyl for the first time ever. The package design by Jay Shaw, features a glossy Monolithic black, tip-on gatefold, with a holographic foil Interior gatefold, housed in a custom clear plastic slipcase.

At MondoCon, composer and writer Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject, featuring a live presentation of several iconic scenes with the lost score meticulously reintegrated into the film to show a select audience what could have been.

Original Score by Alex North 
Package design by Jay Shaw
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl and randomly inserted Beyond The Infinite Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by Jon Burlingame. Limited one-time pressing of 2001 copies.

Music For 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available for sale at MondoCon and online November 2014.


Nathan Johnson's incredible score for Rian Johnson's time-travel masterpiece is coming to vinyl for the first time. Composed using found sounds in New Orleans where the film was produced, Johnson crafted a suspenseful, innovative soundtrack to complement the dystopian landscape where time travel and murder are controlled by organized crime.

In a stunning packaging concept by Jay Shaw, this 2XLP album comes in an embossed, gold foil gatefold jacket, housed in a custom, hand-embellished canvas bag. With the help of local effects shop Hawgfly Productions, Mondo lovingly crafted a truly one-of-a-kind package befitting this modern sci-fi classic.

A bonus 7-inch record will be available for purchase in limited quantities as a companion piece for true collectors: featuring the track 'Slinky Dance' by Kid Koala, released in full for the first time ever, along with a B-Side piano version of the 'Theme From Looper' performed by Nathan Johnson himself.

Score composed and produced by Nathan Johnson 
Package design by Jay Shaw
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, accompanied by a limited bonus 7" inch record featuring never before released material by Kid Koala. Cut at 45RPM for best possible sound quality. Housed in a hand-embellished Canvas bag. Featuring Liner Notes by Nathan Johnson.

The Looper vinyl will be available for sale at MondoCon and online September 23, 2014.


from our friends at JoyfulNoiseRecordings

Announcing... "Precariat" The New LP from CJ Boyd  (Limited Edition of 150)

We are very excited to announce the new full-length album from nomadic bass player CJ Boyd! Bassist, composer, and vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Utilizing only upright bass, bass guitar and voice, CJ creates a distinctive meditative atmosphere. Songs slowly build from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound. The upcoming album is his first since 2012, and his finest work to date. Stream the epic 14-minute track "Peradora" here.

Precariat is now available via pre-order on Sea Blue & Coke Bottle Green vinyl w/ Black splatter (limited to just 150 hand-numbered copies), Sea Blue/Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital.

Pre-Order at JoyfulNoiseRecordings


Free Throw "Those Days Are Gone" LP

The debut album following up their strong CYLS debut EP "Lavender Town", "Those Days Are Gone" takes the band to a new level. 11 songs filled with emotionally charged vocals and energetic yet intricate music that will find a way into your head and refuse to leave for days and days.

Choose black or splatter, comes with download code.

Pressing Info: 
150 Black 
350 Splatter- Ultra Clear with Cyan, Purple and Pink

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Yesterday, Alanna Royale release their debut album, ACHILLES. Sample a taste of the band’s new album with their first single “Animal” which premiered exclusively through American Songwriter.

Alanna Royale combines the best elements of rock, pop, funk and soul, all executed by their fearless leader and sensual vocalist, Alanna Quinn-Broadus, an unparalleled rhythm section – Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass and Matt Snow on drums - and a tremendously talented two-piece horn section – Kirk Donovan on trumpet and Diego Vasquez on trombone.

The band’s vivacious and soulful live shows have catapulted Alanna Royale onto the music scene. And now, thanks to their impressive fanbase and reputation, Alanna Royale’s, ACHILLES, is posed to skyrocket them to superstardom.

Without a single recorded song, Alanna Royale was able to obtain an impressive fanbase and a reputation solely because of their unforgettable live performances.  In January of 2013, the band released its debut EP, Bless Her Heart, which led to sold-out shows across Nashville and prompted Mike Grimes, owner of the world famous Grimey’s to declare them, “the next big thing.”

Alanna Royale shines bright by marrying smooth, retro roots with dirty Rock n’ Roll attitude. Since the release of Bless Her Heart, the band has shared the stage with some of Nashville’s finest, and made appearances at Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, East Nashville Underground and Music City Roots. They’ve been featured in Garden & Gun and Nashville Lifestyles and on NPR.

Proving to be unstoppable, Alanna Royale has just put the finishing touches its full-length debut, ACHILLES.  Recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the album was engineered and produced by Andric Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), and features a revolving door of local talent including members of Los Colognes, Fly Golden Eagle and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  “We were pushed to the boundaries,” shares Quinn-Broadus, “and we came out on the other end with an amazing record.

Get it on vinyl HERE


Melted Toys LP Available On Vinyl

Culminating three years after their acclaimed Washed & Dried EP first unveiled the group's distinct blend of hazy, plaintive pop and psychedelic electronica, the full-length reigns in squarely as the group's most definitive vision yet. It comes on as a sort of sanctuary-in-transit, inspired both by the shifting visions of dreams and global travel, so that each of the twelve passages flicker and flame with equal impression.

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Pre-Order Various Artists 'I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson'  

An outstanding 24-song, double-LP featuring today's best artists covering songs from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom, and more. Our tribute has been praised by SPIN, NME, TIME, Rolling Stone, Paste, Nylon, A.V. Club, NPR, USA Today, and Pitchfork. This extremely limited vinyl edition features a brand new bonus track not available on the CD or digital version. 2xLP, Dual Gatefold Jacket, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, New Cover Art from reknowned Illustrator, Lonny Unitus. All pre-orders will ship in early 2015. Don't miss out on this one-time, limited-edition vinyl pressing. COMING 03/10/15

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Megadeth Albums Issued on Picture Disc Pre-Order

The album's are pressed on heavyweight vinyl and feature the 2004 remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original tracklisting. The album is packaged in a clear plastic sleeve.

Pre-Order from the links below:

Countdown To Extinction - Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
Peace Sells...But Who's Buying- Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
Youthanasia - Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
So Far, So Good, So What - Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
Rust In Peace - Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl


available from our friends at LightInTheAttic

Night Train To Terror (Original 1985 Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists

Exploitation film company Vinegar Syndrome and music label No Visible Scars bring you the hit song from the 1985 cult classic ‘NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR’ “Everybody But You” on a limited-edition 7" record.


•Deluxe 7" edition, hand-numbered and limited to 400 black vinyl & 100 blue/bone swirl (inserted randomly).

Order at LightInTheAttic


Rolling Stones to Release Two Concerts ‘From the Vault’ - Two Vintage Concerts on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and Vinyl Due in November


Bush Are Reissuing Their First Four Albums


The Dismemberment Plan to Reissue Change - Vinyl release will include 12-page booklet of art, photos, and the album's lyrics


Seven Donna Summer albums to be released as vinyl box set


Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues


Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant to Release The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-1932) - Massive box set housed in a cabinet modeled after a 1930s phonograph


Pallbearer Treat '2010 Demo' to Vinyl Reissue


Metallica Plan to Release 27 Live Albums as Box Set (Select shows will also be released on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl in early 2015)


Rush to Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Massive 'R40' Live Box Set - 10-DVD set includes bonus disc containing full 1974 set including three never-before-released songs


Record Box One: Joe Boyd unearths treasures in John Peel’s record collection


from our neighbors to the north:

Okanagan Vinyl Fest keeps record hunters spinning


interesting read:

Vinyl Round-Up: September 12, 2014


Porsche Unveils Popup Modern Record Store in NYC


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Tell 'Em I'm Gone (Amazon Exclusive) ~ Yusuf/Cat Stevens
3. Cheek to Cheek (deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
4. Cowboy Rides Away: Live From At&T Stadium ~ George Strait
5. World On Fire ~ Slash
6. Sundown Heaven Town (deluxe edition) ~ Tim McGraw
7. Popular Problems ~ Leonard Cohen
8. Bulletproof Picasso ~ Train
9. lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar ~ Robert Plant
10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mixture ~ Soundtrack