Monday, June 24, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Cat Stevens - Majikat (180+ Virgin Vinyl)

All his classic songs are here.

A must for Cat Stevens fans and for anyone interested in the great pop musicians of the 70's.

In 1976, "Majikat" became Cat Stevens' final tour.  The release by Audio Fidelity of this classic album on our "Live on Vinyl" series is a great reminder of just how successful, talented, innovative and influential Cat Stevens is.  The album features 20 of his biggest hits, his best known and most loved creations

This 2-LP set is definitely an artist at the peak of his career.  “Majikat” is a testament to a classic artist whose music endures and influences even today.  Full of a mature yearning for spiritual truth and a deep compassion for humanity, as well as a strong sense of humor, all wrapped up in great melodies. This is the first time the music from this tour has ever been available on vinyl.

Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray. 

 1.Wild World
 2.The Wind
 4.Where Do The Children Play
 5.Another Saturday Night
 6.Hard Headed Women
 7.King Of Trees
 9.Lady D'Arbanville
 10.Banapple Gas
 11.Majik Of Majiks
 12.Tuesday's Dead
 13.Oh Very Young
 14.How Can I Tell You
 15.The Hurt
 16.Sad Lisa
 17.Two Fine People
 18.Fill My Eyes
 19.Father & Son
 20.Peace Train California Blues

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Cheap Trick - In Color (180+ Virgin Vinyl)

1977's, In Color is Cheap Trick's second album release and the songs and music are as impressive as the band's debut. Melodic, gritty, and just a rockin' good time, the record is one of rock's best ever sets of lip-smacking, hip-shaking, guitar-driven, harmony-coated super-songs.

The album contains the studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" that would go on to become one of their biggest hits a few years later when it was released on the "At Budakon" album, along with four other tracks from this record  ("Hello There," "Big Eyes," "Clock Strikes Ten" and "Come On, Come On") and these original versions have all the energy of that classic live set.

Producer Tom Werman understood the band's pop dynamic and brought out the best in the individual members - this is pop/rock written and performed by young adults and it's as close to perfection as pop-metal/power-pop gets. Aside from the craftsmanship, the album has genuine heart and a fun attitude. Cheap Trick is a band that never took itself too seriously as famously illustrated on the gatefold LP jacket with pretty-boys, singer Robin Zander and bassist Tom Petersson, looking cool in full color astride motorcycles on the front cover while the geek-squad, drummer Bun E. Carlos and guitarist Rick Nielsen, rest on motor bikes, in black and white and upside-down, on the back.

Mastered by Kevin Gray.

Side 1

1   Hello There 
2   Big Eyes 
3   Downed   
4   I Want You To Want Me  
5   You're All Talk   

Side 2
1   Oh Caroline 
2   Clock Strikes Ten 
3   Southern Girls  
4   Come On, Come On 
5   So Good To See You

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801  - 801 Live (double vinyl preorder)

801 Live is regarded as one of the truly great 1970s live releases.

A supergroup comprising Phil Manzanera, Brian Eno, Francis Monkman (Sky, Curved Air), Bill MacCormick (Matching Mole), Lloyd Watson and drummer's drummer Simon Phillips, 801 produced an adventurous Art Rock music, mainly drawing on the catalogues of Manzanera, Eno and Quiet Sun.

The album includes the band's celebrated epic rendition of Tomorrow Never Knows.

This is the Vinyl 180 audiophile double vinyl version of the album, which has been remastered and pressed on 180gm vinyl with heavyweight gatefold sleeve and comes with newly designed inner bags and a different track order from previous editions.

Pre-order for July 8th shipping.

Quiet Sun - Mainstream (double vinyl preorder)

Quiet Sun was Phil Manzanera's pre-Roxy Music project, alongside Bill MacCormick (Matching Mole / Random Hold), Charles Hayward (This Heat) and Dave Jarrett.

A stunning, Psychedelically inclined Progressive Jazz Rock album, Mainstream was recorded 4 years after the band's break-up during the night-shift sessions for Manzanera's debut solo album, Diamond Head.

Occasionally echoing the styles of early Soft Machine, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, and hinting at the ambition of the 801 project to come, Mainstream is the only remaining legacy of this great 'lost' British band.

This is the Vinyl 180 audiophile double vinyl version of the album, which has been remastered and pressed on 180gm vinyl with heavyweight gatefold sleeve and comes with newly designed inner bags and the extra tracks included on the deluxe cd edition.

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Yes  - Tormato (vinyl)

A superb replica version of 1978's Tormato, including the vinyl insert.

Part of Friday Music's limited edition 'Yes 180gm Audiophile Vinyl Series', Tormato is one of Yes's most underrated releases.

Containing the ethereal ballads Madrigal and Onward, the endearingly daffy Circus Of Heaven and the Art Rock powerhouse, On The Silent Wings Of Freedom.

N.B. We have a very limited quantity. Buy HERE

King Crimson - Red (200 gram vinyl with bonus MP3 codes preorder)

Red is the fourth in a series of audiophile King Crimson vinyl reissues.
Newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp, this super-heavyweight 200gm vinyl re-issue is housed in a reprint of the original sleeve and contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1974 pressing (Robert Fripp's personal file copy).

One of the most powerful and influential albums in the band's remarkable career.

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David Bowie. Life On Mars? (Picture Disc) 7" Vinyl

40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION 7” PICTURE DISC SINGLE OF ‘LIFE ON MARS ’ Following the announcement of the Record Store Day release of a limited edition ‘Drive-In Saturday’ picture disc, EMI will release a 40th anniversary limited edition 7” picture disc of David Bowie’s iconic ‘Life On Mars ’ single. Originally appearing on the Hunky Dory album, ‘Life On Mars ’ was released as a single on 22nd June, 1973 on RCA – reaching #3 in the UK - when Bowie’s career had gone stratospheric following the huge success of his The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane albums and tours. This 40th anniversary release features the rare Ken Scott mix, mixed by the producer at Abbey Road Studios in 2003 (that created the Ziggy Stardust 5.1 mixes) of the single on the A-side and is b/w the AA-side ‘Life On Mars  (Live)’ taken from a recording at The Music Hall, Boston on 1st October, 1972’, previously only available on the 2 CD 30th Anniversary Edition of Aladdin Sane. Both sides feature photos from legendary photographer Mick Rock: the A-side, a photo from the era-defining ‘Life On Mars ’ promo film, which the photographer also directed; the AA-side a photo from the Music Hall, Boston concert. Packaging: 7” Picture Disc Vinyl housed in a poly-sleeve.

We expect this item to be in stock on July 9, 2013

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David Bowie. John, I'm Only Dancing. 7" Vinyl.

Following the Record Store Day release of the limited edition ‘Starman’ 7” picture disc, on 4rd September EMI will release a 40th anniversary limited edition 7” picture disc of David Bowie’s ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’.

Originally released September 1st 1972 and then re-recorded January 20, 1973 during the Aladdin Sane sessions, in a slightly different arrangement featuring Ken Fordham on Saxophone, this limited edition picture disc vinyl contains both versions!

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New Music Releases - July 2013

July 2

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - You’re Always On My Mind
Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
Bell X1 - Chop Chop
Big Black Cloud - Black Friday
Ciara - Ciara
Darkane - The Sinister Supremacy
Editors - The Weight of Your Love
Huntress - Starbound Beast
I Can See Mountains - Life On A Houseboat
Juicy J - Stay Trippy
Look Alive - Mistakes & Milestones
Maya Jane Coles - Control
Never Shout Never - Sunflower
Owen - L’Ami du Peuple
Relient K - Collapsible Lung
The Leisure Society - Alone Aboard The Ark

July 9

Battlecross - War of Will
Ben Folds Five – Live
Butcher Babies - Goliath
Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday (reissue)
Coffins - The Fleshland
Colette Carr - Skitszo
Daughn Gibson - Me Moan
Erimha - Reign Through Immortality
Freddie Gibbs - ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally)
Girl On Fire - Not Broken
Hebonix - Unreal
I Killed Everyone - Necrospire
Isis - Celestial (reissue)
letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful
Like Moths To Flames - An Eye For An Eye
Lord Dying - Summon the Faithless
Lycus - Tempest
Maps - Vicissitude
Monsters Scare You! - Die A Legend
Mount Eerie - Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011
My Heart To Fear - Algorithm
Nothnegal - Nothnegal
Octopus Project - Fever Forms
Pat Travers Band - Can Do
Pest - The Crowning Horror
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - That's It!
Robert Pollard - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
Scud Mountain Boys - Do You Love The Sun
Sirenia - Perils Of The Deep Blue
Skylar Grey - Don't Look Down
Smith Westerns - Soft Will
Speaking The Kings - Here To Stay
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
The Burial - In The Taking Of Flesh
The Octopus Project - Fever Forms
Thundercat - Apocalypse
Unkind - Pelon Juuret
Venemous Maximus - Beg Upon The Light
Whitesnake - Made in Britain / The World Record
Wilson - Full Blast Fuckery

July 16

Ace Hood - Trials & Tribulations
Andrew Cedermark - Home Life
Beach - In Us We Trust
Candice Glover - Music Speaks
Chris Brown - X
Court Yard Hounds - Amelita
Daft Punk - Get Lucky (12")
David Lynch - The Big Dream
Defeater - Letters Home
Desert Stars - Habit Shackles
Diana Ross - An Evening With Diana Ross (reissue)
Diana Ross - The Boss (reissue)
Doc Watson - The Definitive Doc Watson
Eric Copeland - Joke In the Hole
Evan Brewer - Your Itinerary
Gauntlet Hair - Stills
Gold Panda - Half Of Where You Live
Hypocrisy - Penetralia / Osculum (box set)
King Conquer - 1776
Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go
Nektar - Remember the Future (vinyl)
Patrick Sweany - Close To The Floor
Pepper - Pepper
Pet Shop Boys - Electric
Philip Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
Sarah Miles - One
Sick Puppies - Connect
Soft Metals - Lenses
Supremes - Cream Of The Crop (reissue)
Supremes - Join The Temptations (reissue)
Supremes - Love Child (reissue)
Supremes - Sing Holland Dozier Holland (reissue)
Supremes - Supremes A Go Go (reissue)
Tallhart - We Are The Same
Wet Willie - Wetter the Better / Left Coast Live

July 23

A. Tom Collins - Stick & Poke
Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising Sun (concert blu-ray)
All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature
Alpha & Omega - No Rest, No Peace
Armed For Apocalypse - The Road Will End
Baroness - Live at Maida Vale
Black Tusk - Tend No Wounds
Cathedral - The Garden Of Unearthly Delights (reissue)
Cathedral - The Guessing Game 
Counterparts - The Difference Between Hell And Home 
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Eric & Magill - Night Singers
Fight Or Flight - A Life By Design?
Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
Get Dead - Bad News
Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
Grant Hart - The Argument
Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture Of You
Hands Like Houses - Unimagine
Harm's Way - Blinded (EP)
Hypocrisy - Penetralia + Osculum Obscenum (2-CD) (reissue)
Hypocrisy - The Guessing Game (reissue) 
Jackson Scott - Melbourne
Kyle Andrews - Brighter Than The Sun
Leftover Cuties - The Spark & The Fire
Legion of the Damned - Ravenous Plague
Mammoth Grinder - Underworlds
Mariah Carey - TBA
Misery Signals - Absent Light
Nadine Shah - Love Your Dum and Mad
Old Gods - Stylized Violence 
Otis Redding - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection
Phillip H. Anselmo & the Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only
Secrets - Fragile Figures
Selena Gomez - Stars Dance
Serj Tankian - Jazz-Iz Christ
Smashing Pumpkins - The Aeroplane Flies High (box set)
The Love Language - Ruby Red
The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas
The Winery Dogs - The Winery Dogs
Transplants - In A Warzone
True Widow - Circumambulation
Van Dyke Parks, ‘Songs Cycled’
We Came As Romans - Tracing Back Roots
Weekend - Jinx
YMCMB - Rich Gang
Zorch - Zzoorrcchh

July 30

Ameila Lily - Be a Fighter
Ashanti - Braveheart
Backstreet Boys - In A World Like This
Billy Idol - Icon
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (Aerosmith members guest star)
Chimaira - Crown of Phantoms
Dan Swano - The Inheritance
Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell
Glen Campbell - See You There
James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance
Joan of Arc - Testimonium Songs
Legion - Woke
Mercenary - Through Our Darkest Days
Moreland & Arbuckle - 7 Cities
Nilsson - The RCA Albums Collection (box set)
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
Steve Winwood - Icon
Swim Deep - Where the Heaven Are We
Tech N9ne - Something Else
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin - Bakersfield
Whitesnake - Icon