Friday, July 12, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Stone Temple Pilots - Core (Clear Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
2. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
3. Weezer - Pinkerton
4. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
5. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
6. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
7. Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf
8. Foreigner - 4
9. Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach
10. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski

New Releases & Featured Vinyl Records
4 by Foreigner
Holst The Planets by Zubin Mehta
Bruckner Symphony No. 7 by Herbert Von Karajan
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine by VPI
Blood On The Tracks (Out Of Stock) by Bob Dylan
Hard Bop by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
In The Beginning... by Townes Van Zandt
Archiv Produktion: Early Music Studio Of Deutsche Grammophon 1947-2013 by Various Artists
Rega RP1 Turntable w/ Performance Pack (Grey) by Rega


"Man of Steel" Soundtrack Now Available as Vinyl Record 

Furnace Record Pressing Completes Pressing of "Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

Original soundtrack by Hans Zimmer pressed on Limited Edition 180g Double Vinyl LP.

This summer's blockbuster "Man of Steel," was released June 14, 2013, and has earned over $500 million worldwide. Soon fans can also rejoice over a Limited Edition Deluxe 180 gram, Double-LP Vinyl Record of the critically-acclaimed soundtrack, manufactured by Furnace Record Pressing.  Academy Award®-, Grammy-, and Golden Globe-winning composer Hans Zimmer took on scoring the film, which reboots the iconic story of Superman. Working with director Zack Snyder, the soundtrack combines unique musical themes and outside-of-the-box collaborations with some of the best drummers and pedal steel guitarists in the world. Zimmer brought together a 12-member drum circle, including such greats as Jason Bonham, Sheila E. and Pharrell Williams, and combined it with eight world-renowned pedal steel guitarists.

Water Tower Music, the in-house music label for Warner Bros. Pictures, chose Furnace to manufacture the film's soundtrack on vinyl. Furnace Record Pressing is a world leader in manufacturing audiophile-quality records. The soundtrack is pressed on two 180-gram LPs, and then packed into full-color gatefold jackets with a bonus download card.

"WaterTower Music is thrilled to partner with Furnace for the "Man of Steel" LP," says head of WaterTower Music, Jason Linn. "This double disc release gives fans yet another exciting way to experience the dynamic brilliance of composer Hans Zimmer. WaterTower looks forward to exploring many future vinyl projects with both Hans and Furnace."

Musicians and record labels alike are taking advantage of the recent resurgence in popularity of vinyl records. Consumers are reigniting the love affair they once had with tangible artwork and lifelike audio reproduction that cannot be found on CDs or digital download formats.

"Releasing a symphonic score on vinyl is a great treat for fans of the movie and of Hans Zimmer. The richness of this masterpiece is heightened by the warmth that the vinyl provides upon playback, and the packaging is just stunning," says Furnace president Eric Astor.

Fans of the movie and the soundtrack are able to pre-order the Limited Edition Vinyl soundtrack now at the Superman Homepage Online Store HERE


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Holly Golightly - Truly She Is None Other (Expanded Edition)

10 year anniversary re-issue of Holly's greatest album with 2 BONUS UNRELEASED tracks!

Collector's edition on RED vinyl and digipak CD

It's been out of stock for a while so we've decided to make this re-issue a little bit special. Often cited as perhaps her best solo album 'Truly She Is None Other' was recorded in 2002/3 at Toe-Rag Studios by Liam Watson and features the song 'Tell Me Now So I Know' which was picked for the main title theme for Jim Jarmush's 'Broken Flowers' movie.

Among the nine Holly originals the album features two Ray Davies songs ('Time Will Tell' & 'Tell Me Now So I Know'), along with 'There's An End', (penned by her friend Craig Fox from The Greenhornes.) There's also a fine version of Jessie Mae Robinson's 'Black Night', a song most famously covered by Muddy Waters.

Backed by the cream of Toe-Rag's in house musicians, this is Holly Golightly at her finest.
With sleeve notes by none other than Jack White III.

Get your copy HERE



LP on RED VINYL! (Ltd to 1000 copies)

CD first time on digipak!

The Gorillas livened up the mid-70s rock scene like few others.

They were the missing link between Hendrix, glam and punk.

Interest in Jesse Hector and The Gorillas (originally The Hammersmith Gorillas) has grown steadily in recent years in no small part due to Caroline Catz' documentary film, A Message To The World, the Gorilla Got Me compilation on Big Beat Records and the recent Crushed Butler albums re-released on Last Years Youth Records. The band also featured heavily in Wired Up!, last years' excellent book of proto-punk and glam record sleeves. Unavailable for some time, we're now re-issuing their debut album. On vinyl for the first time since 1978, our version features 3 BONUS TRACKS not featured on the original Raw Records release ("I'm Seventeen" "My Son's Alive" and the classic single "It's My Life".)

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Legendary Rocker, Pete French, Teams With Ripple Music To Release New LEAF HOUND Album, Live In Japan

Late 60s/early 70s classic rock band LEAF HOUND is legendary. 

And now the band's equally legendary frontman, Pete French, and the rest of LEAF HOUND has joined forces with Ripple Music to release an LP, CD, DVD project of all newly recorded live material -  Live in Japan. 

Recorded live in July of 2012 in Tokyo, Live in Japan will see worldwide release later this year via Ripple Music. Look out world, LEAF HOUND has been unleashed once again! 

"As good a rock album as you could hope to hear. (LEAF HOUND, 'Unleashed')" -Alastair Riddell, Kerrang!

"...a long-lost and quite wonderful doom-tinged hard rock band"  - Dave Ling, Classic Rock

"...rightful heirs to the Led Zep/Bad Company blues rock crown" - Pete Sargeant, Blues Matters
Few bands from the proto-metal period command the undying respect and nods of approval as does Leaf Hound.   Talk about a pedigree.  Leaf Hound formed in 1969 under their original name, Black Cat Bones. Early incarnations of the Black Cat Bones featured guitarist Paul Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke who both left to form Free. Black Cat Bones issued one album then replaced their vocalist with perfect-wailer Peter French, Guitarist Rod Price departed soon after to join Foghat and French added his cousin Mick Halls on guitar.  With that change, Leaf Hound was born.

In 1970, Leaf Hound released the seminal album "Growers of Mushrooms" which has rightly been hailed as a bonafide classic of 70's British underground rock scene. Classic Rock magazine has raved that "Growers of Mushrooms" is one of the most influential pieces of music on the stoner rock, and the album has gained a reputation as being one of the true lost gems of the early British hard rock scene.   Original Decca vinyl copies on are one of the most rare collectable rock albums out there with prices soaring above £4,000!

After the band broke up, Peter French found himself in high demand. He has been the voice of Atomic Rooster, Cactus and Randy Pie as well as releasing an acclaimed solo album on Polydor, 'Ducks In Flight', which featured the likes of Micky Moody, Brian Robertson and Kenny Jones. But the legend of Leaf Hound wouldn't die.  Interest in the band took a seismic shift when the album was first re-released on CD in 1994, finally giving rock fans easy access to the buried treasure. It gained a second re-release in 2005. The music is a prime slice of classic 70's hard rock - a heady mix of Cream, The Who, Free, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

Following intense public demand, Pete French put a new version of Leaf Hound together in the Spring of 2004, and in 2007 Leaf Hound released their first new album in decades,  'Unleashed' on the R.A.R.E/Repertoire label to highly positive critical acclaim. The opening track, '105 Degrees', was voted one of the top 100 rock tracks of 2007 by Classic Rock magazine. To launch the release of the album, they headlined the second night of the All Hallows Festival at London's Camden Underworld.

Now, the next chapter in the myth that is Leaf Hound unfolds as the band has joined the stalwart heavy rocking label, Ripple Music to unleash an all new set of killer live Leaf Hound onto the unsuspecting public.  Soon to be released on LP, CD and DVD formats, Ripple Music will bring to a whole new audience the legend that is Leaf Hound.  With a roster of classic proto-metal rockers that includes Poobah, JPT Scare Band, and Iron Claw, Ripple Music has already proven its ability to bring classic rocking bands to a modern audience. 



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Free - Fire And Water

Free was one of the British bands that pioneered Hard Rock.  Despite a short life span, they were a huge influence bands such as Bad Company and Foreigner, thanks to their style of stripped-down British Blues.

Their follow up to Free [MOVLP415], Fire And Water, peaked at #17 in the album charts, carried by the classic Rock anthem "All Right Now" – which peaked at #4 in Billboard's Hot 100 in 1970. Paul Kossoff's guitar playing and Paul Rodger's incredible voice made Free one of the best bands around. Their revered legacy is justified with Music On Vinyl's 180 gram audiophile treatment.

Muddy Waters - More Real Folk Blues

This is Muddy in his younger years, recorded on several dates spanning 1948-1952 at what were probably his first amplified sessions.  Great tracks include the scorching "She's Alright", "Kind Hearted Woman" and "Honey Bee". More Real Folk Blues (originally released in 1967 on the famed Chess Records) is an essential early Muddy Waters compilation for Chicago Blues fans.

As the liner notes by Crawdaddy Magazine's Paul Williams state: 'Listening to Muddy Waters is as simple as forgetting your zip code; you just relax your mind, let go of the little things and let the blues come through, clean and easy. When Muddy sings, you feel the blues, and you feel the joy that goes with them.'.  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl !

Corrosion Of Conformity - Wiseblood

One of the most well-known Corrosion of Conformity albums, Wiseblood was their 5th full length release, peaking at #104 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the US in 1996.

The history of Corrosion of Conformity in modern heavy music is highly significant, not least due to Pepper Keenan's formation of Down along with Pantera's Philip Anselmo, leaders of the New Orleans NOLA scene.  A totally authentic heavy band and movement, COC naturally progressed from their thrashy, underground days to pushing the boundaries of what was classed as heavy music.  Decibel Magazine refer to COC as 'a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk' that 'irrevocably re-shaped crossover's sonic possibilities.'. 

Metallica's James Hetfield makes a guest appearance on this album, providing backup vocals on "Man Or Ash".
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • First 750 copies on black/ red splattered vinyl. Afterwards available on black vinyl.
  • Printed innersleeves 

Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees successfully delivered their unique blend of arena Rock well into the early nineties. They lived up to their name (or "Bad Reputation") as patriotic warriors defending the stars & stripes on and off stage.

The band, consisting of the inimitable Ted Nugent, Styx member Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger's Jack Blades, rocked stages with a vengeance. Their self-titled debut went platinum, carried by the hit charting power ballad "High Enough", the rocking opener "Coming Of Age" and "Runaway".

This is the first time Damn Yankees is reissued since its original release in 1990!  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Top 20 Concert Tours In North America

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America.  The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. The Rolling Stones; $7,969,276; $346.09.
2. Taylor Swift; $2,188,099; $85.18.
3. Kenny Chesney; $1,919,435; $74.36.
4. Bon Jovi; $1,612,999; $104.13.
5. Fleetwood Mac; $1,390,010; $108.91.
6. New Kids On The Block; $838,510; $66.69.
7. Jason Aldean; $780,014; $51.47.
8. Tim McGraw; $575,811; $36.47.
9. Brad Paisley; $566,551; $36.20.
10. Carrie Underwood; $495,724; $62.39.
11. Widespread Panic; $416,309; $46.05.
12. Barry Manilow; $354,265; $57.72.
13. Motley Crue; $329,571; $75.99.
14. Styx / REO Speedwagon / Ted Nugent; $221,234; $38.78.
15. Jeff Dunham; $211,902; $48.20.
16. Bassnectar; $179,128; $36.44.
17. Chris Tomlin; $163,206; $28.29.
18. Willie Nelson; $153,714; $55.53.
19. Il Divo; $152,184; $76.21.
20. Juanes; $146,839; $53.27.


CATTLE DECAPITATION To Release 'Your Disposal' 7" Single


many a band using kickstarter to release vinyl!

Your new favourite record company. How Kickstarter is igniting the vinyl revival


as a vinyl lover, there is nothing that beats this, preserving the music and records for the future!

Afrika Bambaataa Gets Vinyl Record Collection Archived


Overplayed Songs We Never Want to Hear Again


Rock On: 21 Iconic Pop Punk Album Covers


Tommy Bolin Compilation Collects Rare and Unreleased Songs


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Review Of Mondo's Maniac 2013 Soundtrack White Vinyl Pressing


Wolfmother reunite 10 weeks after breaking up, announce tour dates


Dropkick Murphys Help Raise Over $300,000 for Victims of Boston Marathon Bombings


50 Years Ago "Surf City" #1 On The Charts

In July 1963, "Surf City" by Jan and Dean hit #1 on the charts.

Surf City  was released in June of 1963, a song co-written ironically by Beach Boy Brian Wilson (and Jan Berry); whose band helped to define the genre (who released their debut LP Surfin' Safari on October 1, 1962)

The first draft of the song, with the working title "Goody Connie Won't You Come Back Home," was written by Brian Wilson.  He gave it to Jan Berry and Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean who finished writing and recording it with Wilson in the early 1960s.  Surf City" became the first surf song to reach #1 on theBillboard Hot 100 in 1963. The song also crossed to #3 on Billboard's R&B charts.

"Surf City" is one of a handful of Jan and Dean songs that used the group of leading studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. They included:

Billy Strange - guitar, arranger
Ray Pohlman - guitar, leader
Glen Campbell - guitar
Bill Pitman - bass
Hal Blaine - drums
Earl Palmer - drums


Creed Bratton Vinyl Contest

Our friends from have given me a vinyl copy of Creed Bratton's LP 'Tell Me About It" to give away to a lucky CVR blog reader.  The contest is simple.  Enter by sending an email with the words "Creed Bratton Vinyl Contest" in the subject line to this email address  and you get an entry into the drawing. Winner of the contest will be chosen by a random drawing held on August 1st 2013.  Limit one email entry per person.  Good luck and read more about the release below!



Vinyl Version Available Now

(Los Angeles, CA) - Singer-songwriter and actor-comic Creed Bratton, currently best-known for the quirky former 60’s rock-star character he portrays on the NBC TV hit comedy series The Office, is back with a new album/audio-biography Tell Me About It. Creed Bratton along with his band The Rubbermen give us a behind the scenes look into Creed. Fans of Creed's character on The Office often wonder who Creed really is - what's his story? Well his new album Tell Me About It may give them an idea. It's a three-act "audio-biography" that tells his story through music. From LSD to unemployment lines and third acts, the Creed that sits behind his desk playing solitaire and eating mung beans has done a lot of "living for today."

"I approached my 6th solo album by writing with different writers I respected. So after The Rubbermen and I had started the album, Dave Way my producer said this is the story of your career. He said you should make this a concept album. He was right.....I hadn't even seen that side of it. So we went from there to approaching it that way. The 3 acts are like a play. It's a story that takes you along in a psychedelic way. ‘Tell Me About It’ .... a audio-biography indeed, says Bratton.

A founding member of the seminal 60s rock band The Grass Roots, Bratton recorded and toured extensively behind the back-to-back monster hit singles, "Let’s Live for Today" and "Midnight Confessions," which became early 60s youth anthems. Several original members of the band reunited in 2000 for the 35th Anniversary of the historic rock venue The Whiskey A Go Go, where bands such as The Byrds, The Turtles, among others have played.

Bratton’s Dunder Mifflin co-workers got a preview of the actor’s guitar chops in a previous episode of The Office when Bratton rescued a not-quite-up-to-the-task boss Michael Scott from band jam embarrassment. His last release Bounce Back, assisted by his backing band, The 3DVB’s (aka The Rubbermen) and his Office co-star Ed Helms, showed Bratton’s passion as a serious and accomplished musician.

Act I - Let's Start Dancing
1. One Guitar
2. Faded Spats
3. Chemical Wings
4. Yeah, Hi

Act II - The Orange Juice Tastes Like Water
1. Pablo
2. PF Sloan
3. Unemployment Lines
4. My Name Is Leon
5. Heart Of Darkness
Act III - Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Obscurity
1. Old Ruminations
2. Move To Win
3. Better On Top
4. Emmy Awards (Featuring Rainn Wilson)
5. When I Settle Down

Creed Bratton - Unemployment Line