Friday, November 15, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at MusicRecordShop

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Miami Pop Fetival  

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival introduces the first recorded stage performances of "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Tax Free" while showcasing definitive live takes on such classics as "Fire," "Hey Joe," "I Don't Live Today" and "Purple Haze." The package includes never before published photos taken at the festival and an essay by award-winning music journalist and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. The first ever major rock festival staged on the East Coast, the May 1968 Miami Pop Festival was the first event promoted by Michael Lang--who would organize Woodstock, the biggest pop culture event of the decade, fifteen months later--and Ric O'Barry, who had been the dolphin trainer for the popular television program Flipper. Lang and O'Barry had been inspired by the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the groundbreaking gathering where Jimi Hendrix, making his US debut, famously set fire to his guitar at the conclusion of his performance. Lang staged the festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, securing the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the headline act for the two-day festival.

Track Listing
LP 1
1. Introduction
2. Hey Joe
3. Foxey Lady
4. Tax Free
5. Fire
6. Hear My Train a Comin'
7. I Don't Live Today

LP 2
1. Red House
2. Purple Haze
3. Fire (Afternoon Show)
4. Foxey Lady (Afternoon Show)

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Chvrches - Bones of What You Believe

The Bones of What You Believe is the debut studio album by Scottish synthpop band Chvrches. It was released on 20 September 2013 by Virgin Records and Goodbye Records. The album has spawned the singles "The Mother We Share", "Recover" and "Gun".

Track Listing
LP 1
1. The Mother We Share
2. We Sink
3. Gun
4. Tether
5. Lies
6. Under the Tide
7. Recover
8. Night Sky
9. Science/Visions
10. Lungs
11. By the Throat
12. You Caught the Light 

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from our friends at Sundazed

The Velvet Underground Singles 1966–69 


Not a Record Store Day release, but a very limited edition colored vinyl pressing!

Box set contains seven (7) 45 rpm 7" vinyl singles, with exact repros of rare VU picture sleeves and labels, liner notes, rare photos, an exclusive Sundazed postcard and more.

Sundazed is proud to release The Velvet Underground Singles 1966–69, a 7 x 7" single box set honoring the legendary New York combo's 7" vinyl output in their rare mono versions. The set features exact reproductions of Velvet Underground singles, two of them with their original picture sleeves. The singles are packaged in a distinctively designed box, along with rare vintage photos and new liner notes by Rolling Stone's David Fricke (who also penned the acclaimed notes for the historic 1995 Velvets CD box set Peel Slowly and See).

 The Velvet Underground—whose membership included Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker, Doug Yule and Nico—introduced numerous sonic and thematic innovations that laid much of the groundwork for punk and alternative rock. Although they're now acknowledged as one of the most influential bands in rock history, during their existence the Velvets barely registered on mainstream radar, and were often reviled by mainstream observers as well as hippie-era arbiters of cool. But, as Fricke writes in the new set's liner notes, "Somewhere, in another rock & roll universe, the Velvet Underground are more than a legendary band. They are stars, with hit singles—the original seven-inch masterpieces inside this box."

Although they never came close to scoring a hit, the Velvet Underground was ideally suited to the 7" single format. "The Velvet Underground were a great singles band," David Fricke notes, adding that the Velvets "invented modern rock with searing guitar distortion, throbbing improvisation and brutally realistic tales of life on the wild side. But they did it all in these classic pop songs—compact miracles of raw drive, intimate beauty and Top 40 ecstasy, heard again in the original, thrilling mono single mixes."

The seven singles included in The Velvet Underground Singles 1966–69 comprise the four Velvets singles originally released in the U.S. on the Verve and MGM labels, plus an additional pair of singles that were prepared for release but never made it to the marketplace and a special radio-only promotional single. The singles feature alternate mono versions that differ in significant ways from the songs' better-known stereo album versions. For instance, the band's 1966 debut single "All Tomorrow's Parties" appears here in a special mono edit that amplifies the song's melodic beauty and sonic tension, and a mono mix of their sophomore single "Sunday Morning" emphasizes the song's haunting quality. Meanwhile, the mono single version of "White Light/White Heat" exemplifies the vintage Velvets' stark, distortion-laden fury, while a mono edit of "What Goes On" accentuates that song's inherent pop jangle.

The Velvet Underground Singles 1966–69 also includes two unissued singles, one with a never-released pairing of "White Light/White Heat" backed by "I Heard Her Call My Name," and the other with "Temptation Inside Your Heart" and "Stephanie Says," recorded in the waning days of the band's classic Reed/Cale/Morrison/Tucker lineup and unheard by the public for nearly two decades thereafter. The set's seventh single is a reproduction of a vintage promotional disc, a two-and-a-half minute radio spot promoting the band's eponymous third album and featuring legendary disc jockey Bill "Rosko" Mercer, with excerpts from "I’m Set Free," "What Goes On" and "Beginning to See the Light," as well as a picture sleeve with an un-airbrushed variation on the album's iconic cover art.

By presenting the Velvets as a singles band, The Velvet Underground Singles 1966–69 shows, in David Fricke's words, "rock history the way it should have been: the Velvet Underground as the New York Beatles, guaranteed to blow up your radio and your mind."

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new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Various Artists - BBC Radiophonic Music

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio. There had been much interest in producing innovative music and sounds to go with the pioneering programming of the era. Often the sounds required for the atmosphere that program makers wished to create were unavailable or non-existent through traditional sources and so some would look to new techniques to produce effects and music for their pieces. Much of this interest drew them to musique concrète and tape manipulation techniques, since using these methods could allow them to create soundscapes suitable for the growing range of unconventional programming.

These two records were recorded in 1968 and 1975 respectively, and have until this day never seen a vinyl release at all! The BBC Radiophonic Workshop would also create the soundtrack for Doctor Who in 1963 and later on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop would document their findings and share these with the public. In this way, they influenced mainstream music. Sound engineer Roger Mayer, who supplied guitar pedals to Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, was influenced by their wiring diagrams. In 1997 the electronic dance music magazine Mixmag described the Workshop as, "the unsung heroes of British electronica." 180 gram audiophile vinyl

Nina Simone - Sings The Blues 

Nina Simone Sings The Blues (1967) can rightfully be called a true classic in both Soul and Blues genres. The album is a showcase for the intensity of Nina's soulful croon and demanding piano skills, accompanied by a marvelous backing band with Eric Gale and Rudy Stevenson on guitar, Bob Bushnell on bass, drummer Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Ernie Hayes on organ and Buddy Lucas on both harmonica and sax.

With a song selection that ranks among the best Blues tunes ever written, this record goes back to the essence of the Blues – raw and honest spine-shivering melodies. On 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

Dream Theater - Live At Budokan

The 3rd live album of Dream Theater was recorded at the Budokan hall in Japan, in front of an ecstatic crowd. A lot of the material included on Live At Budokan comes from the Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence album.

Highlights on the album include "Instrumedley", where all members successfully showcase their prowess on each of the band's instruments. John Petrucci's riffs are groovy and his solos are (as usual) second to none. James LaBrie's voice just keeps on getting better and John Myung's supple bass lines add wonderful layered harmonies to their Prog Metal masterpieces. On 180 gram audiophile vinyl with insert, gatefold sleeve.  Available on vinyl for the first time!

The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth

The third album of The Strokes once again proved that their unique sound defined the '00s. A strong set of 14 tracks, each trimmed to the absolute core of The Strokes sound: staccato, Poppy, memorable hooks wrapped around Julian Casablancas's moaning voice.

The opener "You Only Live Once" and the following "Juicebox" have become modern classics overnight. Includes 180 gram audiophile vinyl, printed inner sleeve and 3-panel insert!

Elvis Costello - Mighty Like A Rose

Just like Spike, Mighty Like A Rose (1991) is an album that twists and turns in its stylistic delivery. Costello hired producers Mitchell Froom and Kevin Killen to aurally shape the album's 14 songs into a well sequenced, intricately layered masterpiece.

Highlights of the album are the opening track "The Other Side Of Summer", that made it to a single that performed well on the Rock Charts. "All Grown Up" and "So Like Candy" are examples of the genius and wit of Elvis Costello's songwriting.  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl.


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