Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Rhino Records Announces Black Sabbath Vinyl Reissues

Rhino Records have just announced the July 30th vinyl reissues of three Black Sabbath's 1970's releases including 'Technical Ecstasy,' 'Never Say Die!' and 'We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll.'
Sabbath’s seventh studio album, 'Technical Ecstasy,' was released in September of 1976. The LP continued the band's separation from its signature doom and darkness that had been such a trademark of their early career. While the album's lyrics dealt with topics such as drug dealers, prostitution, and transvestites, the music itself was seldom dark, including tracks like “Rock 'n' Roll Doctor,” “Dirty Women” and “It's Alright.”  (the latter sung by drummer Bill Ward—a decision supported by Ozzy Osbourne), which were all very different from the band's earlier recordings.

'Never Say Die!' was the band's eighth studio LP released in 1978 and the last Sabbath studio album until 2013 with Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired from the group in 1979.  In the UK the title-track, released well-ahead of the album and the band's first UK picture-sleeve single, reached #21 in the chart and gave the band its first Top Of The Pops appearances since 1970.

'We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll' was released on December 1, 1975 in the UK and on February 3, 1976 in the US.  It is a double-album compilation of the band’s first six records and includes the Black Sabbath staples such as "The Wizard," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "Sweet Leaf," "Fairies Wear Boots" and "N.I.B.;" among others.  In the US the RIAA certified the album as Gold in February 1980, Platinum in May 1986, and 2x Multi-Platinum in March 2000.


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Daft Punk - Random Access Memories 

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing includes download. 2013 album from the beloved Electronic French duo, their first proper studio album in eight years. In their 20-year history, Daft Punk have redefined Electronic music, pioneered the live dance concert experience and shaped Pop culture. Random Access Memories is Daft Punk's follow up to Human After All (2005). Random Access Memories is their most ambitious and epic release to date comprising 13 tracks and over 75 minutes long.

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ZZ Top - Eliminator

180 gram vinyl pressing with original artwork. From their inception in Houston, Texas in 1970, ZZ Top That Little Old Band From Texas have gone on to become world famous, rock royalty with a well-deserved induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Released in March 1983 Eliminator is the band's eighth studio album and most commercially successful of their career so far, earning them a rare RIAA Diamond certification for domestic sales of 10 million or more. Produced by the band's then manager Bill Ham the album features the hit singles Gimme All Your Lovin', Got Me Under Pressure, Sharp Dressed Man, TV Dinners, and Legs. Warner. 2013

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Black Sabbath - 13

The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion. Osbourne went on the BBC in England to discuss the band's new single, "God Is Dead?" and the inspiration behind the track. Ozzy explained, "I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead', and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."

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Prince Of Darkness – Blue vinyl

In association with Alan Howarth we are very happy to be continuing our series of John Carpenter / Alan Howarth re-issues with Prince Of Darkness, this is undoubtedly one of Carpenters Darkest and most underrated films and the score complements the images perfectly. This has to be one of the most understated, atmospheric and downright scary soundtracks ever made. Carpenter and Howarth keep it simple with oodles of tension, listen to this late at night in the dark and you won’t be going to sleep anytime soon !

Music Composed and Performed by John Carpenter
Produced & Re-mastered by Alan Howarth
Exclusive new cover art by Sam Smith (Responsible for some of our favourite Criteron artwork including Hausu & World On A Wire).
Sleeve notes provided by Alan Howarth and Sam Smith.

300 copies on pale blue vinyl.

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Ripple Music and EARTHEN GRAVE Release Re-Mastered

Double LP and CD With Bonus Tracks

Ripple Music's newest band, Chicago doom-metallers EARTHEN GRAVE is set to open the cage doors on their newly re-mastered debut album.

EARTHEN GRAVE's self-titled debut finds the band unleashing a terror of groove-laden, classic metal and doom. Twin guitar harmonies sear through the riff-fest of pure darkness and post-Sabbath heaviness. "death is another word...." the first single off the album,  is one of several bonus tracks exclusive to the Ripple Music re-release of the fully remastered EARTHEN GRAVE debut, appearing on both the CD and double-LP versions of the album.

Following a triumphant appearance at the Days of the Doomed III Festival, Earthen Grave and Ripple Music team up to let loose the doom/metal beast on July 9th through Nail Distribution, Code 7, Clearspot, and the Ripple Music Store.

The Earthen Grave re-release is available on vinyl and CD at


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Jack White’s Third Man Records teams with Jay-Z for “special” vinyl release


KISS: Gene Simmons to record duet with Engelbert Humperdinck


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