Friday, March 15, 2013

Music Record Shop Weekly

Welcome to the new weekly feature (look for it every Friday) called MusicRecordShop Weekly.  Here we take a look at new releases and some hard to find vinyl records and boxed sets that will easily satisfy even the most serious record collectors.  Here's five that we think you will enjoy:

1. Megadeth - System Has Failed - Vinyl LP Import 2013 

When Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with radial neuropathy (strained nerves in his left arm and hand) in 2002, it almost meant the end of Megadeth after two decades of thrash metal. Megadeth's first years are deemed legendary with classic albums such as Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction. Then in 2004 Mustaine resurrected Megadeth and released The System Has Failed. A surprise return including Chris Poland on guitar whom Mustaine fired after the masterful Peace Sells album. This re-pairing makes the album even more ferocious than the good old fashioned Megadeth thrash is all about. Dave Mustaine is going for that vibe on "Back In The Day" and he infuses it with melodic songwriting which makes this an outstanding Megadeth album, if not, the best Metal Album of 2004!
  • Label - Music On Vinyl
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Record - LP - Sealed
  • Limited Edition - 1000
  • Colored Vinyl - Purple

Track Listing
1. Blackmail The Universe
2. Die Dead Enough
3. Kick The Chair
4. The Scorpion
5. Tears In A Vial
6. I Know Jack
7. Back In The Day
8. Something That I'm Not
9. Truth Be Told
10. Of Mice And Men
11. Shadow Of Deth
12. My Kingdom

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2. John Carpenter - They Live Vinyl LP Import 2013 (Pre-Order)

For the score to one of his most iconic films Carpenter and Howarth created what can only be described as electronic blues, The score is recognisable as Carpenter but has a dusty slow pulsating western feel that really does give it a life of it's own. The 1988 film follows a nameless drifter referred to as "Nada", who discovers the ruling class within the moneyed elite are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a signal on top of the TV broadcast, concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in mass media.
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Record - LP - Sealed
  • Includes giant fold out poster
  • Re-mastered by Alan Howarth
  • Exclusive new artwork by Gary Pullin.
  • Liner notes by Alan Howarth & Gary Pullin.
Track Listing
1. TV Broadcast
2. Coming to L.A.
3. A Message
4. The Siege of Justiceville
5. Return to Church
6. All Out of Bubble Gum
7. Back to The Street
8. Kidnapped
9. Transient Hotel
10. Underground
11. Wake Up

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3. Jamiroquai - Traveling Without Moving Vinyl 2-LP Import 2013 (PRE-ORDER 3-18)

Travelling Without Moving [1996] intentionally offers more of what Jamiroquai does best: highly addictive funky grooves with a social consciousness that is matched by front man Jay Kay's charisma. The third effort of Jamiroquai was carried by an inventive video for "Virtual Insanity"; the album's flagship song. Pressed on two heavy weight champions packed in a gatefold sleeve, Travelling Without Moving is finally available on vinyl again, this time with remastered audio for maximum aural pleasure!
  • Release date: 03/18/2013
  • Merchant SKU: LAFMOV2353
  • Label Music On Vinyl
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Records - 2-LP - Sealed

Track Listing

1. Virtual Insanity
2. Cosmic Girl
3. Use The Force
4. Everyday
5. Alright
6. High Times
7. Drifting Along
8. Didjerama

1. Didjital Vibrations
2. Travelling Without Moving
3. You Are My Love
4. Spend A Lifetime
5. Do You Know Where Youre Coming From?
6. Funktion (Ruff Mix)

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Exclusively re-mastered for this vinyl release including 6 tracks that never made it into the original film. John Carpenter not only directed Escape From New York but also composed and recorded all of its music too. This score sounds as fresh today as it did when it was first released. Laden with brooding electronic pulses, flashes of Krautrock and healthy dose of nu disco ensures that this soundtrack sounds as happy on the dance floor as it is in your headphones. Exclusive cover art by Jay Shaw (aka Iron Jaiden) one of the most in demand poster artists working today, his recent work has been selling out in minutes creating a huge demand on the aftermarket. Sleeve Notes from Alan Howarth and Jay Shaw.
  • Comes with a massive A2 poster
  • Limited Edition 500

Main Title
The Bank Robbery
Over The Wall / Airforce One
He's Still Alive / Romero
Engulfed Cathedral (Debussy)
Across The Roof
Descent Into New York
Back To The Pod - Version #1

Everyone's Coming To New York
Back To The Pod - Version #2 / The Crazies Come Out
Arrival At The Library
The Duke Arrives / Barricade
President At The Train
Police Action
Romero And The President
The President Is Gone
69th Street Bridge
Over The Wall
Snake Shake - End Credits

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John Carpenter and Alan Howarth managed to do something not many people have been able to do with their score to Halloween II. They managed to take the blueprint of the first films score and make it bigger, darker and nerve shreddingly intense. Synths wail and stutter as the score progresses to the point where you feel your head might implode from the oncoming onslaught. This score really should be played late at night with all of the lights out.
  • All new artwork by Brandon Schaefer
  • Sleeve notes by Alan Howarth and Brandon Schaefer
  • Includes an A2 poster of the cover art in a variant colour


Halloween II Theme
Laurie's Theme
He Know's Where She Is
Laurie And Jimmy
Still He Kills

The Shape Enters Laurie's Room
Mrs. Alves
Flats In The Parking Lot
Michael's Sister
The Shapes Stalks Again
Operation Room
Mr. Sandman

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Musicology 101

We also want to have a little fun, so here are some rock and roll nuggets so you can win at music trivia games and become a top musicologist!

Frank Sinatra once called rock and roll "The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear."

In order to give fans a "gold record," the first 100,000 copies of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" by were stamped out of gold colored vinyl.

When Decca Records first released "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley And His Comets in the Spring of 1954, most people had never heard of rock and roll and the company had a hard time describing the song. The label on the single called it a "Novelty Foxtrot."  It is also widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Allman Brothers' only Billboard Top 10 hit, "Ramblin' Man" was the last song recorded (October 1972) by bassist Berry Oakley before his death in 1972.  It topped out at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; it was held out of first place by Gregg's future wife Cher's "Half-Breed."

CCR's John Fogerty had a notebook in which he jotted down words and names that he thought would make good song titles. At the top of his list was "Proud Mary", a phrase that brought images of a domestic washerwoman to John's mind. When he got around to putting it to music, the first few chords he used reminded him of a paddle-wheel going around. Instead of Proud Mary being a clean-up lady, she became a boat and the song is a staple at any wedding reception.

When a poem called "Too Many Teardrops" was put to music, it was re-titled "69 Tears."  Knowing that a song with such a name would never get any radio air play, it was re-named "96 Tears" and by October, 1966 became a #1 hit for Question Mark and The Mysterians.


Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

more from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Original Soundtrack - Reservoir Dogs - 180 gram audiophile vinyl 

Could you think of any other contemporary movie producer that picks better soundtracks than the widely revered Quentin Tarantino? Inventing a genre on his own, his string of best-selling nouvelle violence movies started out in 1992 with the low budget cult classic Reservoir Dogs.

The film follows a band of criminals preparing for a diamond heist and follows the characters in the crime's aftermath. Its cast consists of sublime actors such as Harvey Keitel (whose comeback was a direct result of this film), Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn (Sean's brother) and Steve Buscemi as the legendary character of Mr. Pink. The film's sparkling dialog catapulted Reservoir Dogs to eternal cult status and remains a favourite among movie fans all over the world, a fame to which its soundtrack contributed a great deal.

Music On Vinyl is proud to release these so called 'Super Sounds Of The Seventies', a selection of seminal and sometimes wacky hits by artists such as Stealers Wheel, Harry Nilsson ("Coconut" is included on Nilsson Schmilsson [MOVLP279] and Joe Tex. The movie also raised public interest in the Dutch band George Baker Selection, due to the use of his "Little Green Bag" in the film's opening titles. Keep On Truckin'!

Side 1

"And Now Little Green Bag..."  0:15
1. George Baker Selection –  Little Green Bag 

"Rock Flock Of Five" 0:11 
2. Blue Swede –  Hooked On A Feeling
"Bohemiath"  0:34 
3. Joe Tex –  I Gotcha  
4. Bedlam  –  Magic Carpet Ride Producer
"Madonna Speech"  0:59

Side 2
1. Sandy Rogers –  Fool For Love 
"Super Sounds"  0:19 
2. Stealers Wheel –  Stuck In The Middle With You 
3. Bedlam  –  Harvest Moon
"Let's Get A Taco"  1:02 
"Keep On Truckin'"  0:16 
4. Harry Nilsson –  Coconut    
"Home Of Rock"

Raveonettes - Pretty In Black

The second full-length album of Danish Fifties/Psych Pop duo The Raveonettes was released in 2005. On Pretty In Black, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo abandoned the strict recording rules the band laid upon themselves on their preceding efforts (including limiting the amount of different chords in one song, keeping an entire album in one tuning - which was in fact B Flat Major for The Chain Gang Of Love [MOVLP069]) and keeping song running times under three minutes.  Instead, the group further expand on their signature sound of Fifties inspired Rockabilly Noise Pop with the eerie feel of a thriller movie soundtrack. 

Special appearances on this album are made by Maureen Tucker of Velvet Underground on drums, Martin Rev on drum machine and Ronnie Spector, also known as Veronica Bennett of the fabulous Ronettes [MOVLP674] on backup vocals.

First 1.000 copies are pressed on pink / black marbled vinyl!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • First 1.000 limited & numbered on coloured vinyl
Side One:
1. The Heavens                                    
2. Seductress of Bums     
3. Love in a Trashcan                   
4. Sleepwalking                                            
5. Uncertain Times                      
6. My Boyfriend's Back              
7. Here Comes Mary

Side Two:
1. Red Tan                                     
2. Twilight                                       
3. Somewhere in Texas                            
4. You Say You Lie                        
5. Ode to L.A.                                
6. If I Was Young

Taste - Taste - 180 gram audiophile vinyl 

Before he went on a highly successful solo streak, Rory Gallagher fronted Taste - a highly influential Irish Blues Rock power trio that sound-wise had many things in common with contemporaries Cream. Besides Gallagher, band members in Taste were Charlie McCracken on bass (who jammed with Steve Winwood and Spencer Davis Group just prior to their breakthrough) and John Wilson, who used to kick the drums with Them before their popularity soared.  Charlie and John lay out perfect rhythms for a very young Gallagher in his pre-twenties, who showed heaps of talent for making his guitar sing the way only Rory can.  Taste's eponymous debut album from 1969 contains harder edged Rock jams like "Blister On The Moon" but also Blues traditionals like Leadbelly's "Leaving Blues" and "Catfish". Crucial material for any Blues or Rock fan.

Side 1
1 Blister On The Moon             
2 Leaving Blues                             
3 Sugar Mama                
4 Hail

Side 2                                                
1 Born On The Wrong Side Of Time                     
2 Dual Carriageway Pain                           
3 Same Old Story                         
4 Catfish                           
5 I'm Moving On


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Pentagram - "Last Rites"

Pentagram's 2011 release "Last Rites" on red colored vinyl. IMPORT LIMITED EDITION


Slayer - Live Undead (Picture Disc)

This Special Edition "Live Undead" Colored Vinyl Disc is a must have for any Slayer fan. Printed on silver vinyl with red splatter marks.


Job For A Cowboy - Genesis (Picture Disc)

Glendale, AZ extreme metal unit JOB FOR A COWBOY blend stunning musicianship and cutting edge song craft to create the absolute embodiment of modern day extreme music. The fast-rising band, known for their intense songs, explosive live performances and forward thinking vision, released their highly anticipated full-length debut, entitled "GENESIS" in 2007.



EARTHEN GRAVE Signs Exclusive Worldwide Deal With Ripple Music

Chicago's EARTHEN GRAVE is thrilled to announce their recent signing to Heavy Rock Leader, Ripple Music for worldwide release of their debut album, Earthen Grave.

The album will be available on CD and double vinyl on July 9th via Ripple Music.

Formed in 2008, EARTHEN GRAVE is a five-piece Chicago metal band that marries the sounds of metal past and future with a sweaty, pummeling live show. EARTHEN GRAVE boasts an undeniable collective metal and musical pedigree. Each member is an accomplished musician and a veteran of the metal scene, including Ron Holzner who was a member of the seminal and seismic doom pioneers TROUBLE - a band widely regarded as one of the most important unsung American metal bands of all time. In addition, EARTHEN GRAVE has that "extra something special" with occasional guest 6th member live and boasting a Full collaboration on the new release with Rachel Barton Pine. Rachel, a world-renowned classical violinist brings her frightening classical chops to a relatively new instrument, the Viper.

Originally released in 2012, EARTHEN GRAVE's self-titled debut features 10 tracks of blistering Doom and Metal that left the critics grasping for superlatives. Terrorizer Magazine hailed "...Earthen Grave sounds old school without being retro, managing to go through every element on which lesser bands usually fail with exquisite grace and solemn subtlety..."
Now to be reissued through Ripple Music, the new edition of the album, produced by Ron Holzner, has been completely remastered with four bonus tracks including the new song, "Death is Another Word...." with new drummer Chris Wozniak (LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR) and the epic live Stargazer (Rainbow) with string section and virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

And now the album will finally see a vinyl release! Double gatefold vinyl to be precise, featuring the 10 song remastered debut with the new song "Death is Another Word...." plus three bonus live tracks. One of the live tracks, "Death March Intro - End of my Daze," features TROUBLE guitarist Bruce Franklin. That's a whole new side of vinyl featuring the epic live Stargazer (Rainbow), plus three more live, never-before-released tracks.

EARTHEN GRAVE is dedicated to exploring new possibilities for the genre. As guitarist Jason Muxlow says, "It's not about being the heaviest band or the slowest - it's about having good songs. " second guitarist Tony Spillman and I played doom metal before it was even called that," Ron continues. "And for Jason, the music we pioneered was his influence. We're bringing the strands of the music together - and with the addition of Rachel using the violin as a core component of a metal band, and featuring multi-talented vocalist Mark Weiner we're taking the genre on a new journey."

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