Friday, July 29, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

surprising how little you can get done while watching a 2 year-old. (my grandson has been visiting).  i have a couple of days worth of music news and vinyl releases, so for those who just found me, welcome to the CVR Blog and for my loyal readers, thanks for the patience! (a special thanks to all in Denmark, who come in second as far as visitors to the blog, the US being first) (i am US based)

lots and lots to get to, read on!

============= has a wonderful story, let's hope they can pull it off. it's amazing, 50 years!

Mike Love: Beach Boys Planning New Album for 50th Anniversary

by Gary Graff, Detroit

The Beach Boys are planning to commemorate the group's 50th anniversary with a new album involving all of the remaining members, although frontman Mike Love says it's more in the planning stages at this juncture and probably won't surface until 2012.

"Where we're at right now is Brian (Wilson)'s written some songs, I've written some songs (and) we're talking very seriously about getting together and co-writing and doing some new music together," Love tells

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Vinyl sales up 55% In UK

According to data from the Entertainment Retailers Association and Official Charts Company vinyl sales were up 55% in the first half of the year.  And while they still remain a niche product overall, ERA stats also suggest many music fans will pay a premium to buy music on good old fashioned vinyl.

A total of 168,296 vinyl records were sold in the UK in the first half of 2011, compared with 108,307 in 2010. Radiohead contributed 20,771 of those vinyl units with their ‘King Of Limbs’ record, while limited edition vinyl releases for the increasingly popular Record Store Day helped boost the overall sales of the format as well.

Commenting on these stats, ERA boss Kim Bayley told CMU: “Vinyl may still be a niche format, but it is growing fast. Whether it is the ‘warmer’ sound many music fans appreciate, the large-scale artwork of a twelve-inch sleeve or its sheer retro appeal, vinyl seems to be capturing the imagination of buyers despite the fact it typically costs twice as much as a CD containing exactly the same music. Much of the focus in the music industry [of late] has been on cutting prices, partly in response to the rise of internet piracy. The success of vinyl shows music buyers will pay a premium if we deliver them a package they really love”.


great story at a source i check frequently,, this story about a classic rock god from ages ago.....

Hippiefest: Gary Wright interview

By Mark Voger/The Star-Ledger

Well, he sounds British, anyway.

In 1976, when "Dream Weaver" and "Love is Alive" shot up the charts to the No. 2 spot virtually back-to-back, the rock world celebrated singer-keyboardist Gary Wright, formerly of the British band Spooky Tooth. Despite vocals reminiscent of Stevie Winwood and a look reminiscent of David Bowie, Wright was no Brit. He hailed from ... New Jersey.

Born in Cresskill and a graduate of Tenafly High School, Wright is coming home to perform on Aug. 9 in Red Bank, Aug. 10 in Morristown and Aug. 12 in Englewood as part of the Hippiefest tour alongside Felix Cavaliere, Mark Farner, Dave Mason and Rick Derringer.

Read the rest of the article at entertainment section


Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump Solo Album Due Soon

Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has announced his debut solo album 'Soul Punk' is scheduled for release on October 17. (in the UK) Stump has been working on a solo release ever since Fall Out Boy announced they were taking an extended break in 2009 and released a solo EP 'Truant Wave' earlier this year.

Track list

1. Explode
2. This City
3. Dance Miserable
4. Spotlight (New Regrets)
5. I In Lie
6. Run Dry (x heart x fingers)
7. Greed
8. Everybody Wants Somebody
9. Allie
10. It's Gonna Get Better


just substitute dollars for the pounds in this article, it doesn't matter. what i read is a writer's passion about vinyl, a touching tribute to an ever evolving music medium!

My eBay £122 7in confession ...

This is a confession, not to you forgiving readers, but to my girlfriend. I just had to spend £122 on a 7in copy of Do It by Pat Powdrill – and I got a bargain

Ian Watson/,

I have a confession to make. Not to you, the dear, sympathetic Guardian readership, but to my girlfriend, and possibly my accountant. On 19 July, at 1.18pm precisely, I spent £122 buying a 7in single off eBay. It's a purchase I had been planning in general for the previous 18 months and intently for the six days before I actually stumped up, and now it's over, now I've won (and how ironic that word feels at the moment), I feel an uncomfortable mixture of elation, guilt and stone-cold fear.

The record in question is Do It by Pat Powdrill, my favourite northern soul single of all time.

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Indie Stores Object to Jay-Z, Kanye Release Plans

CHRIS TALBOTT AP Entertainment Writer is reporting that scores of independent record store owners are calling out Jay-Z and Kanye West over release plans for their much-anticipated "Watch the Throne" collaboration

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San Jose Mercury News has a great article and it is a sign of the times!

Digital music explosion leaves some music fans hungry for vinyl

By Tony Hicks/Contra Costa Times

When the man who heads one of the biggest up-and-coming cloud music services wants a serious listening experience, there's only one place he turns.

He drops the needle onto an LP.

"I have a dedicated listening room in which I only listen to vinyl," says David Hyman, CEO of Berkeley-based Mog, an online subscription music service. "The sound quality is incredible."

If that sounds like a contradiction, it's not. At least not to Hyman, who says "Mog subscribers should be happy that's what I hold as my standard."

While few would argue that digital music -- either on personal libraries played on MP3 players or accessed via cloud-computing music sites such as Mog, Oakland's Pandora or Lala -- represents the present and future for most listeners, that doesn't mean more tangible means of listening, like vinyl records, will die.

Especially vinyl. Call it a culture clash or an appreciation for a classic sonic experience, but lots of loyal listeners refuse to budge from the format that has been around since the late 1800s.

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Metallica Announce 30th Anniversary Shows

Metallica says on their website that on the week of December 5, 2011, there will be a full-on Metallica week in the Bay Area of San Francisco. The legends will be playing four shows for Met Club [their official fan club] members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica... fun for the entire family!

Metallica is offering their fans a chance to participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets [one ticket for each of the four shows] and automatic entry into contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 [get it?]. There will also be individual show tickets available for $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Met Club members only through a reservation system.

Head to for more info on the week's festivities and ticketing info.


New ZZ Top Album: Billy Gibbons Speaks

Michael Leonard

ZZ Top’s new album is now finished, being mixed, and will be released in the fall of 2011. Billy Gibbons tells Mojo magazine, “It sounds and feels like Tres Hombres, with a few elements of the Eliminator period thrown in. A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy stuff.

Songs recorded include “Flyin’ High,” “More Slower Blues.” “Chartreuse” and “Have A Little Mercy.” The latter is, says Gibbons, inspired by early B.B. King cuts.

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Sympathy For The Record Industry Comes Out of 4-Year Retirement to Release The Limited Edition Vinyl of

The Ettes’ New Album Wicked Will out August 2nd!

On August 2nd, the legendary label Sympathy For The Record Industry will come out of a four-year retirement to release the limited edition collector’s vinyl of The Ettes’ brand new fourth studio album Wicked Will. Additionally, there will be three limited edition 7” singles for the album’s closing track “The Worst There Is.” Each of the three 7” will feature cover art of each band member, with their b-side of choice. Sassy frontwoman Coco Hames’ b-side is “Randy Scouse Git,” a Monkees cover. Poni Silver chose “Eat The Night,” the first song that The Ettes ever wrote and recorded, and Jem Cohen’s b-side is “Colours” by Donovan.

The beautiful and defiant new album Wicked Will reunites The Ettes with producer Liam Watson (The Kills, White Stripes), who helmed their debut Shake the Dust. The Ettes put their fuzzy bass runs, 60s girl group haze, primal drums beats and searing guitars front and center for their most varied album to date. Coco, along with Ettes co-founder Poni Silver and Jem Cohen, have created an album oozing with vulnerability and attitude – all adding to the one-and-only mystique that makes The Ettes one of today’s most exciting rock bands.


DoradoPkg Adds Old Style Tip-On Record Jackets To Their Music Industry Packaging Services

Leading Print & Packaging Company Launches New Service

DoradoPkg, a leading manufacturer of entertainment packaging products, including vinyl record jackets, today announced the addition of Old Style Tip-On Record Jackets to their extensive line of music packaging. DoradoPkg prints over 100,000 record jackets monthly for their roster of indie music clients. In addition to 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch album covers, DoradoPkg also manufactures album inserts, inner sleeves, center labels, CDs, digipaks and promotional print items.

Popular in the 1960's, Old Style Tip-On Jackets are comprised of two-sheets of paper wrapped around a heavy chipboard shell. The corners of the front sheet are carefully folded over the chipboard while the second sheet is placed on the back and laminated in place. The result is an album cover that matches the authenticity of historic record jackets; many audiophiles equate the difference between Old Style Tip-On and standard record jackets to the difference between hard cover and paperback books. With vinyl releases on the rise (vinyl sales have already increased by 41% in 2011, according to Nielsen Soundscan), the demand for both sonically and visually interesting albums also continues to grow.

Watch: The Dorado - Record Jacket in 7 Steps

DoradoPkg completed research and development on Old Style Tip-On Jackets and added them to its product line in June. Since then they have seen a steady increase in demand for these products.In addition to the upcoming project for People Under the Stairs, the printing press has completed several successful runs of Old Style Tip-On Jackets, including Beirut's forthcoming album via their own label, Pompeii Records, and the latest release for UK post-punk band Zounds, from Broken Rekids.

"As vinyl continues to make a resurgence, DoradoPkg's clients are presenting us with incredibly unique print and packaging ideas for their album releases," says Jennifer Freund, CEO of DoradoPkg. "For eighteen years, DoradoPkg has taken pride in working with independent labels and artists and the enthusiasm they have for the vinyl medium is unmatched. We're proud to offer them Old Style Tip-On jackets combined with the special finishes DoradoPkg provides, like UV coating, foil stamping and embossing. We're ready to realize the visual component of our clients' albums in as creative a way possible."

About DoradoPkg

DoradoPkg prints album covers and other entertainment materials as dynamic and vibrant as the music they hold. Artists, labels and distributors have turned to DoradoPkg since 1993 for the best album covers and record jackets available at a fair price. Committed to customer service, DoradoPkg works with and cares about all genres of music and all kinds of clients - from major distributors to bands self-releasing albums. DoradoPkg's staff personally checks each record jacket before it leaves the warehouse to ensure a high-quality product. With its well-defined spine, sturdy seams, superior print quality and custom modifications including special die-cuts, spot finishing, foil stamping and embossing, each album exceeds your expectations. That's the Dorado Record Jacket. For more information about DoradoPkg, visit


Heaven and Hell Records to Release M-16 'Locked and Reloaded'

Heaven and Hell Records uncover another forgotten gem from 1980s New York. The competitive scene was full of great hard rock and heavy metal bands but only few would rise to the top and constantly pack out the areas venues, Schenectady's M-16 were one of those who did.

From the bands early beginning in 1981 as a local cover band playing metal standards from Maiden, Priest, and Def Leppard M-16 quickly built a reputation in the area. Every time you would scan the local papers and magazines M-16 would be playing somewhere and sure to sellout the place. By 1988 the band released their only album to date 'Locked and Loaded' a solid piece of hook filled melodic hard rock. By the following year the M-16 would disband, although the band would reform.

This year Heaven and Hell Records plan to release M-16 'Locked and Reloaded' for the first time ever on CD. The reissue is part of the 'Lost Relics' series and will be re-mastered and include bonus tracks and more.


MACHINE HEAD Post Tracklist and Cover Art For New LP

MACHINE HEAD is scheduled to release their new album, 'Unto The Locust,' on September 27 via Roadrunner Records. 'Unto The Locust' was recorded at JingleTown Studios in Oakland California, with Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn producing. The was mixed by Flynn and Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SADUS, TESTAMENT).


Standard CD:
'I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)'
I) 'Sangre Sani'
II) 'I Am Hell'
III) 'Ashes To The Sky'
'Be Still And Know'
'This Is The End'
'Darkness Within'
'Pearls Before The Swine'
'Who We Are'

Special Edition CD+DVD:
'I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)'
I) 'Sangre Sani'
II) 'I Am Hell'
III) 'Ashes To The Sky'
'Be Still And Know'
'This Is The End'
'Darkness Within'
'Pearls Before The Swine'
'Who We Are'
'The Sentinel' *
'Witch Hunt' *
'Darkness Within' (Acoustic) *

* Bonus tracks

- The Making Of Unto The Locust Documentary

Metal Hammer are set to release Unto The Locust on September 26th in the UK with a special edition fan-pack.


OPETH Detail Deluxe Collector's Edition Box

OPETH's new album, 'Heritage,' will be released on September 20th in North America, and September 19th internationally, via Roadrunner Records.

Opeth has spent over two decades steadily amassing a body of work that is at once possessed of a fervent and unrelenting devotion to aesthetic progression (and perfection) while simultaneously scaling the summits of power, mysticism and might aspired to by the group's hard rock forefathers in BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN.

The band's roots in the doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death metal and dark romanticism are undeniable and will never elicit apology. But the transcendent emotional and melodic heights achieved on the brilliantly titled tenth full length Opeth album, Heritage, marks a new chapter in the storied quintet's career. Band leader, singer, guitarist, songwriter and long-running consistent member Mikael Åkerfeldt has reshaped the pathway forward for his artistic vehicle without sacrificing the hard won spiritualism of previous endeavors

Heritage Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set Includes:

- Double-LP set of Heritage with exclusive lenticular artwork (180-gram virgin vinyl in gatefold jacket)
- Custom gatefold jacket that houses the Heritage special edition CD/DVD set (includes 2 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of album and ‘making of Heritage’ documentary)
- Exclusive 7” of 2 bonus tracks
- Litho print of album cover
- Oversized 16-page booklet with exclusive photos and artwork
- All content housed in custom slipcase
- Receive a digital download of the album the day BEFORE release and an instant grat of lead track, 'The Devil’s Orchard'

'The Devil's Orchard'
'I Feel The Dark'
'The Lines In My Hand'
'Marrow Of The Earth'
'Face In The Snow'

Includes 2 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of album and ‘making of Heritage’ documentary

Side 1:
'The Devil's Orchard'
'I Feel The Dark'

Side 2:

LP 2:
Side 1:
'The Lines In My Hand'

Side 2:
'Marrow Of The Earth'

Side A:

Side B:
'Face In The Snow'


Brian Jonestown Massacre readies career-spanning singles collection

On August 30th, neo-psychedelic rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre will celebrate the band's 19th anniversary with The Singles Collection (1992-2011), a collection of tracks only previously available as 7" singles via A Records.

This includes “Convertible”, “Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique’s Dream)”, as well as from their most recent vinyl release in "There’s A War Going On”. Additionally, there are a couple of songs (“Thoughts of You” and “Never Ever”) the band recorded in 1993 under their Acid alter ego. Each of the 22 tracks on the two-disc set have been remastered and the release comes with a 24-page booklet. Check out the tracklist below.

An issued press release also reports that Brian Jonestown Massacre is currently recording a new album in Germany, which will be released in 2012.

The Singles Collection (1992-2011) Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. She Made Me
2. Evergreen
3. Convertible
4. Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique’s Dream)
5. Hide & Seek
6. Methodrone (Live at the Compound)
7. Cold To The Touch
8. Anemone
9. Never Ever
10. Feelers
11. Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth

Disc 2
1. This Is Why You Love Me
2. Lantern
3. Malela
4. If Love Is The Drug Then I Want To OD
5. When Jokers Attack
6. Prozac vs Heroin
7. Nailing Honey To The Bee
8. Illuminomi
9. There’s A War Going On
10. Thoughts Of You by Acid
11. Never Ever by Acid


This Time Next Year Releasing New Album

This Time Next Year have recently announced that they will release their second album, 'Drop Out Of Life' on September 27 on Equal Vision Records. The album was produced by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert (A Day To Remember, H2O, Fireworks), engineered by Paul Miner (New Found Glory, A.F.I., Atreyu) and mixed by Paul Leavitt (Circa Survive, All Time Low, Darkest Hour).

Vocalist Pete Dowdalls has said the following about the upcoming effort:

“Drop Out Of Life is our way of encouraging people to quit whatever brings them down in life and go find out what it is you love. If you hate something, why keep doing it? We're not telling people to give up; we're telling them to drop out. Life can be really tough but it's up to you to make it better. Be positive, always look forward, and do what you want.

I want people to vicariously live through the heartaches and triumphs I've experienced over the years. Drop Out Of Life is as much about the people who always supported us as it is about our personal struggles. This record is dedicated not only to our family, friends and fans, but to anyone out there who has felt defeated, broken or helpless in life. Stay positive, keep your friends close and do whatever it is you want to do in life. Forget acceptance, forget normality, drop out of life.”

Equal Vision Records has also teamed up with No Sleep Records to release "Drop Out Of Life" on vinyl. This Time Next Year's vinyl release date and pressing info will be announced at a later date by No Sleep Records.


1. Drop Out Of Life
2. Better Half
3. Living Hell
4. Last Call
5. Modern Day Love Story
6. Spoontonic
7. Matchbook
8. My Side of Town
9. Get it, Got it, Good
10. Note
11. This is an Airport Train


Lanie Lane Records With Jack White For Blue Series

Lanie Lane has recently recorded two tracks with Jack White. The tracks will be released on vinyl and iTunes through White’s Third Man Records label, as a part of the Blue Series. Lane’s release will be availiable on the 23rd of August, featuring two tracks that contrast each other, the first is a sassed stomp number called Ain’t Hungry. The second is described as a wailing waltzing lament to withheld love, named My Man.

Commenting on the experience of working with White she said “It was an honour to be asked by Jack to record with him at Third Man. I was so inspired by the whole process and by how raw and instinctively everything happened. I got so much out of the experience and I’m very proud of the end result.”


ICED EARTH: 'Dystopia' Artwork, Release Dates Revealed

Although "Dystopia", ICED EARTH's 10th studio offering, is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs — and even an appearance by band mascot "Set Abominae."

"I've always been fascinated by the darker side of life," Schaffer said during a break from master tracking ICED EARTH's forthcoming CD. "Movies like 'Metropolis', 'Brazil', and 'The Matrix' resonate with me. The same for albums like '2112', 'The Wall', and, of course, 'Operation: Mindcrime'. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me."

Read lots more and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth


Staind Release New Album Artwork

Here is the cover art for Staind’s upcoming self-titled record. The album, which was produced by Johnny K and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, is scheduled for release on September 13 via Flip/Atlantic Records.

Staind tracklist:

1. Not Again
2. Eyes Wide Open
3. Failing
4. Wannabe
5. Throw It All Away
6. Now
7. The Bottom
8. Take a Breath
9. Paper Wings
10. Something to Remind You


The Jesus & Mary Chain Catalog Reissued

All six studio albums by art-rockers The Jesus & Mary Chain will be reissued this fall via the Edsel imprint of UK-based label Demon Music Group. It appears they will go in chronological order, with 1985’s ‘Psychocandy’ and 1987’s ‘Darklands’ set to come out on September 19, followed by 1989’s ‘Automatic’ and 1992’s ‘Honey’s Dead’ on September 26, and 1994’s ‘Stoned and Dethroned’ and 1998’s ‘Munki’ on October 3.

Each album will be reissued as a 2CD/1DVD set, including B-sides, live sessions, TV appearances, and rare or unreleased material. The first two reissues come with 30 bonus tracks each, including the rejected track “Jesus Fuck,” an unreleased version of “Darklands” with strings, a 1985 acoustic John Peel session, and much more. Both reissues also feature 32-page booklets that “tell the band’s story in their own words” and also include contributions from Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, who was a drummer for JAMC in their early days.


The Who Announce the Release of 'Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut' Box Set

Release date: November 2011, "Quadrophenia is the Who album I am most proud of." - Pete Townshend

After the 1971 album Who's Next, Pete Townshend returned to the "rock-opera" concept, so dramatically realized through "Tommy," with another ambitious double-album masterpiece. Based around the story of Jimmy, QUADROPHENIA tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The story also takes its influence from the band's early fans from the original mod era, and its themes of teenage angst and disaffection still resonate strongly today.

The project was intended to reflect the four characters of the Who and features some of Townshend's most inspired, personal songwriting—way ahead of its time in scope and purpose.

This is one of the most widely recognized albums of the Who's career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances.

The album is hugely significant in popular culture, influencing many other artists, musicians and film-makers – inspiring the classic 1979 British film by Franc Roddam and the U.K. "mod revival" of the 1970s.

"This 2011 revisit to the Who's 1973 'Quadrophenia' recording is inspired by current and continuing interest in the project," explains Townshend. "The Who performed a concert version of the piece at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with excellent reviews, and the success of that event led to the prospect of a Who tour in 2012 based on the album. The last such tour was between 1996-1997."

The album is scheduled for release via Universal Music Enterprises in November 2011. The box set gives a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album and will feature a remaster of the original double album, Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album, an exclusive eight-track 5.1 sound DVD, a deluxe hardback book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, memorabilia and other exclusive material that will be announced over the coming months.

Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut will be the definitive version of the album and a must for any self-respecting fan of the Who—and beyond.

To accompany the box set, double vinyl, a 2-CD digi-pak and digital versions will also be released.

Go to  to find out more and also register at the  for further news.

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises


ABSU Reveal Cover Art for New Album 

Candlelight Records has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu's new album titled 'Abzu'. As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

'Abzu' Track List::

1. Earth Ripper
2. Circles of the Oath
3. Abraxas Connexus
4. Skrying in the Spirit Vision
5. Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
6. A Song for Ea including:
a. E-A
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. Third Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters - The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise)


TRIUMPH’s Classic Breakthrough Album ‘ALLIED FORCES’ To Be Reissued as Killer Vinyl Package for 30th Anniversary

For the updated version of ‘Allied Forces,’ Triumph worked with legendary producer Bob Ludwig, starting directly from the original source material. The album art will replicate the packaging of the original vinyl, reproducing the 4-color UV inner sleeve with all of the original photos, lyrics and credits.

Pressed onto 180 gram vinyl, the release will also include a download card so that fans can have a digital version for portable listening. This download will also include a bonus video.

Triumph’s 1981 release, ‘Allied Forces’, was the album where it all came together for these Canadian prog-metallists – great compositions, great performances, and great album design…back when album designs mattered!

And now, fans will be able to take a highly welcomed trip down memory lane, as ,‘Allied Forces’ will be reissued as a “30th Anniversary Vinyl Edition” on Tuesday, September 22 2011.

The album’s original tracks are from the actual EQ’d masters (as prepared by the legendary Bob Ludwig), while the packaging itself will exactly mirror the original ’81 vinyl version (including the four-color, UV coated inner sleeve, complete with photos, lyrics and credits).

The record itself will be pressed on pristine 180 gram vinyl, which will also include a download card, so fans can download this rock n’ roll classic , as well as a free video, directly to their digital player.

TML Entertainment will be releasing the album, distributed by ADA in the US and UMG in Canada. The LP will be manufactured by Rainbo Records in Los Angeles, the premier replicator of vinyl in North America.

‘Allied Forces’ spawned two of Triumph’s most beloved and enduring arena rock anthems -’Magic Power’ and ‘Fight the Good Fight’. Produced by the group themselves (vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist Michael Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore), the nine-track album was certified Platinum, and has gone on to sell an impressive 2.5 million copies worldwide.

“I am excited that the ‘Allied Forces’ LP is being re-released,” enthuses Levine. “Vinyl was always my favorite audio format, because it has really nice warmth and depth. Yet another reason to polish up the turntable and crank up the volume!”

Additionally, all three members of Triumph, will be debuting the release of the album along with host Bob Coburn, live on Rockline Radio, Wednesday, September 21st (30 years to the week of the album’s original release).

Soon, you will be able to re-create the excitement you experienced when you cruised down to the local record shop to pick up ‘Allied Forces,’ back in the fall of ’81.

Get prepared to fight the good fight once more!

‘Allied Forces’ Track Listing:

Side “A”
“Fool for Your Love” – 4:34
“Magic Power” – 4:54
“Air Raid” – 1:18
“Allied Forces” – 5:05
“Hot Time (In This City Tonight)” – 3:23

Side “B”
“Fight the Good Fight” – 6:16
“Ordinary Man” – 7:17
“Petite Etude” instrumental – 1:15
“Say Goodbye” – 4:34


The Smiths Box Set - Set For Release This October

The Smiths, are releasing a new limited edition box set this October 3rd approprietly called "The Smiths Complete-Deluxe Collectors Box Set." Complete with all four of the band's studio albums, three comps, 25 7" singles and one full live album, the albums will be released on mini-LP CDs and 180-gram vinyl. The set also includes a DVD of the band's videos, booklet of expanded liner notes, prints of all the album covers and a code to download all of the above online.


Poison City to release new Samiam album on vinyl

Press Release:

We're extremely proud to announce the forthcoming Australia/ NZ vinyl release of Samiam's brand new studio album 'Trips'. Produced and recorded on two-inch tape by Chris Dugan (Green Day, U2, Iggy Pop) at Green Day's personal studio Jingletown in San Francisco, CA and mixed by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Deathcab For Cutie, Knapsack) in New York City, 'Trips' is the first Samiam album in over 5 years.

Pre-orders for the limited edition colour LP version will be available via the Poison City E-Store from August 5th.

To hear an exclusive stream of new tracks "80 West" and "Over Now", head over to AV CLUB.

Samiam 'Trips' LP is out September 16th via Poison City Records. CD version also available from Hopeless Records.


The Mighty Fine Release New Album on Pre-Order

The sophomore album from The Mighty Fine, 'In Revival,' is now available for pre-order from Solidarity Recordings, with an official street date of August 16th on CD format, while a 12" vinyl version will be pressed in the fall.

Produced by Nolan Perry, mastered by Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, Direct Hit!) and featuring artwork from Dave Watt, In Revival is the follow-up to The Mighty Fine's 2010 self-released full-length, Bad Timing For Everything. On its latest stellar effort, the California trio extolls the most positive virtues of contemporaries such as The Menzingers and Against Me! - driving, punchy rhythms, soaring choruses and dynamic song structures - while still carving out a unique space for itself within the crowded punk universe. Played with passion and a fiery conviction, but also executed with precision and carefully considered ideas, In Revival bares the mark of a band ready for bigger and better things.


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Network – Money Money 2020 on Vinyl!

Network have finally released their album, “Money Money 2020? on 180 gram blue wax! The album has been out since 2003 and has never been pressed until now. The album is out today and you can pick it up here.

On July 26, Adeline Records will finally unleash the vinyl version of THE NETWORK's debut album "Money Money 2020". Originally released in 2003 and inexplicably not seeing the wax treatment until now, this BLUE 180-GRAM record features 12 tracks of pure new-wave pop punk gold. Since the album debuted, THE NETWORK have only played two shows: one at the Key Club in Los Angeles in 2003 and the other opening for Green Day on the last show of the American Idiot tour in 2004. "Disease Is Punishment," a live DVD, was also released showcasing the Key Club performance. THE NETWORK is comprised of mysterious mask-wearing members Fink, Van Gough, The Snoo, Captain Underpants, Z, Balducci and Reto Peter.

Vinyl Color: 180 Gram Blue

Track Listing

Joe Robot
Transistors Gone Wild
Supermodel Robots
Money Money 2020
Love And Money
Right Hand-O-Rama
Hungry Hungry
Spastic Society
X-Ray Hamburger


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/18 - 7/24, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Wilco - I Might 7"
2. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
3. 311 - Universal Pulse
4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
5. Castle Face Records - Group Flex V. 1 (flexi disc book)
6. JEFF The Brotherhood - We Are The Champions
7. The Flaming Lips w/ Prefuse 73 - The Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee 12"
8. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
9. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
10. Portugal. The Man - In The Mountain, In The Cloud
11. Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall 7"
12. Joanna Newsom - What We Have Known 12"
13. Diarrhea Planet - Yama-Uba 7"
14. DeRobert & The Half-Truths - Beg Me 7" EP
15. They Might Be Giants - Join Us
16. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
17. Woods - Find Them Empty 7"
18. Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump (reissue)
19. The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina
20. Nirvana - Nevermind
21. LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions
22. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
23. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
24. Jeff Buckley - Grace
25. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue


and in music history for today July 29:

In 1959, the Isley Brothers record their second single, "Shout", which will not achieve great chart success, but would sell over a million copies and become a Rock and R&B classic. The Isley's next four singles flopped and they would not have another hit until "Twist And Shout" in 1962.

In 1961, Bob Dylan performed at the Hootenanny Special which was broadcast as a twelve-hour radio special.

Peter, Paul and Mary's "Blowin' In The Wind" was released in 1963.

Also in 1963, the Newport Folk Festival resumes after a four year layoff with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary.

In 1963, with the US charts full of hot rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release “Little Deuce Coupe.”

The Beatles film "Help!" premiered in London in 1965. Critics didn't like the movie as much as "A Hard Day's Night" and even John later commented that "the best stuff is on the cutting room floor."

In 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.

In 1966, Bob Dylan received serious neck injuries when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorcycle while riding near Woodstock, New York. He had just come off a British tour using The Band as his backup group. During his nine month recovery, "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" was released and The Band began work on their first album, "Music From Big Pink", that would be issued in the summer of 1968.

1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said, “We’re bigger than Jesus now.” American Christians reacted with outrage, organizing “Beatle bonfires” and burning the group’s records.

An edited version of The Doors' "Light My Fire" reached number one in the US in 1967. Eventually, many radio stations would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break. Despite its American success, the record could only manage #49 on the UK chart when it was first released, but reached #7 when it was re-issued in 1991

In 1972, Gilbert O'Sullivan started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)". The follow-up, "Clair" would reach #2 the following November.

In 1973, Led Zeppelin lost $180,000 in cash when a thief made off with their safe deposit box from two Madison Square Garden concerts in New York City.

In 1974, 32 year-old Cass Elliot, a one-time member of The Mamas and Papas, died in London following an appearance at the Palladium. A post-mortem the following day said that she died as a result of choking on a sandwich and from inhaling her own vomit. It's later revealed that she suffered a heart attack. She was staying at Harry Nilsson’s London flat when she died. Her biggest solo hit was "Dream a Little Dream of Me", which reached number 12 and was actually backed by the rest of The Mamas and The Papas. Cass Elliot's body was cremated and her ashes were buried in Maryland.

In 1978, "Macho Man" becomes The Village People's first Billboard chart entry. It will top out at #25.

In 1987, Ben & Jerry's introduced Cherry Garcia in honor of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.

In 1988, record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. He worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and many others. He played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's “Rose Garden,” Charlie Rich's “Behind Closed Doors,” Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.”

In 2005, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "All You Need is Love", gathered from his music stand after The Beatles' final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder.

and birthday wishes to (among others): Randy Sparks (New Christy Minstrels) (78), Patty Scialfa (E-Street Band) (58), Martina McBride (45), Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) (65) and the peerless Geddy Lee (Rush) (58)