Friday, May 23, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Universal Music Enterprises Releases


Featuring: Regina Spektor, Staple Singers, tUnE-yArDs, Kelis,The Velvet Underground & Nico, and more!

Universal Music Enterprises releases ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES. The line-up of artists includes Regina Spektor, Kelis, Betty Davis, The Staples Singers, The Velvet Underground & Nico, and more.  The soundtrack will come in three configurations including CD, Digital and a special edition, first run only in orange vinyl.

Orange Is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.


new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Original Soundtrack - GODZILLA

In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn when the epic action adventure Godzilla is released. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Film composer Alexandre Desplat was hired to compose an original soundtrack for Godzilla. Desplat had not composed previously for a monster film, having worked on movies such as The King's Speech, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the final two Harry Potter films. Desplat accepted the contract after being impressed with Edwards' Monsters. Desplat describes the soundtrack for Godzilla as "non-stop fortissimo, with lots of brass, Japanese drums, and electric violin." The score is also conducted by Desplat.

Godzilla hits theaters May 16th, 2014 and stars Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn & Bryan Cranston.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Includes 60x60cm poster
  • Limited edition on blood red vinyl
  • Score by Alexandre Desplat
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Blessing in Disguise is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metal Church. New vocalist Mike Howe joined up with the band for the recording of this 1989 release, replacing David Wayne, who left the band. Mike Howe brought the band a fresh boost of energy and the album represents some of the best material in the band's long career. Some critics and fans even claim this is the best Metal Church release.

The album was produced by the legendary metal producer Terry Date (White Zombie, Deftones, Dream Theater), who previously worked with the band on the 1984 self-titled debut album. Highlights on the album are "Anthem to the Estranged" and "The Spell that Can't be Broken". Overall the album contains impressive, heavy guitar work. Metal Church gained all lot of respect for their contribution to metal music and Blessing in Disguise is a classic! The re-issue is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl and includes an insert.


Two essential recordings from Radiophonic Workshop members Paddy Kingsland & Peter Howell get the reissue treatment with the vinyl only release of Kingsland's exceptional 1973 album Fourth Dimension [MOVLP1035], alongside fellow member Peter Howell's ARP synth opus, 1978's Through A Glass Darkly. Both of these albums have been crate diggers' gold for many years and are reissued for the very first time.

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop came together in 1958 to produce music and sound effects for BBC Radio and Television programmes using hand built, custom designed electronic, tape and electro-acoustic techniques. By the mid-1970s, the synthesiser era was well-and-truly here, with the Workshop increasingly being asked to provide theme tunes and background music for TV and radio.

Production on Peter Howell's first solo album Through a Glass Darkly started in 1977, with Peter given the opportunity to develop a new suite of compositions specifically to cover one side of the album, albeit on a typically tight BBC time schedule and virtually non-existent budget! The album stands shoulder to shoulder with Vangelis's Beauborg and Jean Michel Jarre's Equinoxe, in terms of its influence and pioneering use of synthesizers.   180 gram audiophile vinyl

Radiophonic Workshop 2014 Festival Appearances:
 Glastonbury Festival June 28
 Henley Festival July 9
 Camp Bestival Aug 1
 End Of The Road Festival August 29
 Festival No 6 Sep 5
 Bestival Sep 7


Dreamland (1996) is the first album by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Madeleine Peyroux. This wide-ranging set features Peyroux singing swing standards, originals and tunes that hint at country and folk music. Her supporting cast, which changes on each selection, includes a restrained James Carter on tenor and bass clarinet, Marc Ribot on dobro and guitar, trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, Vernon Reid on guitar and violinist Regina Carter, among others. Highlights include "Walkin' After Midnight",  "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter", "La Vie En Rose" and "Muddy Water". 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


The fifth album of DJ Krush Kakusei was released in 1998. Continuing his series of solo albums as collaborative efforts, this album is an invigorating, moody, and powerful release. Krush once again lets his abilities at both musical creation and turntablism work together for great results.

"Escapee", a track worked on with fellow beatmaster A.S.A., is almost stereotypically Krush, but it sounds so great, the crackle of vinyl and acoustic bass moan steering the course. Other musical collaborations abound, unsurprisingly: "Parallel Distortion" with DJ Sak features odd video game noises and a quirky synth bass rhythm echoing through the flow, while "Krushed Wall" has the Rhythm Troops having a blast with the usual Krush sound and tons of unexpected stops, scratches, and cuts. 180 gram audiophile vinyl, Insert and this is a first pressing of 1.000 copies on transparent vinyl


Amazing soundtrack by Ennio Morricone for this iconic Italian cult movie. 180 gram audiophile vinyl Printed innersleeve

First pressing available as limited edition of 500 numbered copies on transparent vinyl


Glassworks is the most pleasant craftwork ever from the great minimalist exploiter. Six warm pieces in a successful attempt to create a more pop-oriented work.

The Philip Glass ensemble performs with an amiably soft-edged minimalist sound, in an almost new-agey vein. Glass anticipated resistance toward the funding of his more expensive projects, so he created a  more  accessible, and marketable recording. And with success. More then 200.000 albums were sold in five years.

Glassworks is another Music On Vinyl Classical release by this fantastic composer. 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Deluxe PVC sleeve


Amos Lee is the self-titled debut album by American singer-songwriter Amos Lee, released by Blue Note Records in 2005. The album is produced by Lee Alexander, the bassist in Norah Jones' band. Norah Jones herself plays the piano on 2 tracks; "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" and "Colors".

The songs on the album incorporate themes of folk, soul, gospel and jazz. His style is a mix of Bill Withers, Arthur Lee, and James Taylor. Amos has recently toured with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Adele, Dave Matthews and many others.

Original vinyl copies are scarce!  180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Recorded in Rome, Italy at RCA's studios, Chet Is back! is the 1962 studio album by the undisputed master of the trumpet, Chet Baker. Backed by a group of up-and-coming European jazz musicians, which included Belgian saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, Belgian guitarist Rene Thomas, Italian pianist Amedeo Tommasi, French bassist Benoit Quersin, and Swiss drummer Daniel Humair, according to critics Chet Baker may have never sounded better.

The album features compositions by other jazz musicians like Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't", Charlie Parker's "Barbados" and Sonny Rollins' "Pent Up House". The album also includes an original composition by Amedeo Tommasi entitled "Ballata in forma di blues". Ballads are featured as well, including the classic Academy Award-winning "Over the Rainbow". 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Hip Hug-Her finds the group diving deeper into soulful territories, no doubt aided by the addition of bassist Duck Dunn to the fold. The title track was the band's most successful single since their debut "Green Onions". Their cover of The Young Rascals song "Groovin'" was also a hit but other tunes such as the midtempo Motown anthem "Get Ready" make this one of the strongest full-lengths in the Booker T. & the MG's catalog.  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


new from our friends at Relapse

Wolvserpent -Perigaea Antahkarana (Purple) 2XLP

Boise, Idaho duo WOLVSERPENT summon a deeply lush and powerful amalgamation of doom, dark-folk, drone, chamber music and black metal on their Relapse debut ‘Perigaea Antahkarana’.

Shimmering tribal drone dances with epic blackened metal to create a sound much much bigger than its two human parts.  Simultaneously dark and beautiful, WOLVSERPENT’s sprawling Relapse debut gracefully blends stringed amplified instruments with a 21st century approach to composition to create a 4 part masterwork that is dark, emotional, menacing, cinematic, atmospheric, and heartbreakingly lovely.

Pressing Info: 
First Press
900 x Grimace Purple Standard Gram
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

***2XLP version comes housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket and Includes a Free Digital Download of the Album***

Order at Relapse


Cayetana - Nervous Like Me 

The story of Cayetana is the story of punk rock. No matter the age, no matter the place, punk rock is all about seizing a moment in time. It is about not waiting for approval or permission to create art. Punk rock is simply about doing it yourself and doing it now. So, it did not matter that these three friends came together to start a band yet knew very little about their instruments. This was their journey to take together. And from there, Cayetana was born. Learning and growing together these friends have crafted a sound that is as organic as music can possibly be. So, it is no surprise how perfectly everything fits into place here. The memorable vocals, the affecting lyrics, the rolling, imaginative bass, and the steady, spiky drums all showcase the remarkable chemistry of three musicians / friends completely in tune with one another. Pulling from elements and influences of indie and folk, Cayetana's sound is all inclusive. It's raw and unflinching, imperfect and beautiful. Yes, Cayetana grabbed their moment. Yes, Cayetana is punk rock.

This item is coming soon on vinyl; here are the details:

Pressing Information
First Pressing:
200 White w/ Gold + Black Starburst
250 Opaque Silver
300 Opaque Gold
350 Opaque Cream
400 Black

For more info visit TinyEngines


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Box Set Release

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Announce The Release Of 'CSNY 1974', The Long Awaited Boxed Set With 40 Live Tracks, All Previously Unreleased, From Their Historic 1974 Summer Tour 40 Years Ago.

Several Versions Will Be Available July 7/8 From CSNY & Rhino, Including Previously Unreleased Concert Footage, And A Limited Edition Set Presented In A Custom Wood Box.



•All 40 tracks on six 180-gram 12” vinyl records, housed in a custom laser-etched birch LP folio case. LP folio case.
•40 high-quality audio tracks on a Pure Audio Blu-Ray disc
•Digital download of full 40 tracks.
•Bonus DVD
•Coffee Table size book of never before seen photos from the 1974 tour.

This set is limited to 1000 copies, individually numbered, and housed in a custom laser-etched birch wood box. It is available exclusively thru CSNY.

 Disc One – First Set 
1.“Love The One You’re With”
2.“Wooden Ships”
3.“Immigration Man”
5.“Carry Me”
6.“Johnny’s Garden”
8.“Grave Concern”
9.“On The Beach”
10.“Black Queen”
11.“Almost Cut My Hair”

Disc Two – Second Set
1.“Change Partners”
2.“The Lee Shore”
3.“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”
4.“Our House”
7.“Time After Time”
8.“Prison Song”
9.“Long May You Run”
10.“Goodbye Dick”
11.“Mellow My Mind”
12.“Old Man”
13.“Word Game”
14.“Myth Of Sisyphus”
16.“Love Art Blues”
17.“Hawaiian Sunrise”
18.“Teach Your Children”
19.“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”

Disc Three – Third Set
1.“Déjà Vu”
2.“My Angel”
3.“Pre-Road Downs”
4.“Don’t Be Denied”
5.“Revolution Blues”
6.“Military Madness”
7.“Long Time Gone”
8.“Pushed It Over The End”

Bonus DVD
1.“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”
2.“Almost Cut My Hair”
3.“Grave Concern”
4.“Old Man”
5.“Johnny’s Garden”
6.“Our House”
7.“Déjà Vu”
8.“Pushed It Over The End”

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Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album 'This Is Your Life' To Be Released On Colored Vinyl

An all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. the effort was produced by his wife Wendy Dio.  The double LP includes contributions by Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford and appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

This will be released as a special-edition double red-color vinyl LP on July 8 via Rhino Records.

Side A
1. "Neon Knights" - ANTHRAX * 
2. "The Last In Line" - TENACIOUS D * 
3. "The Mob Rules" - ADRENALINE MOB 
4. "Rainbow In The Dark" - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher *

Side B 
1. "Straight Through The Heart" - HALESTORM * 
2. "Starstruck" - MOTÖRHEAD with Biff Byford * 
3. "Temple Of The King" - SCORPIONS * 
4. "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" - DORO

Side C 
1. "Holy Diver" - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE 
2. "Catch The Rainbow" - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren * 
3. "I" - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy * 

Side D
1. "Man On The Silver Mountain" - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren * 
2. "Ronnie Rising Medley" (featuring "A Light In The Black", "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer", "Kill The King") - METALLICA * 
3. "This Is Your Life" - DIO

* Previously unreleased


vinyl pre-order from LightInTheAttic

Various Artists - Country Funk Volume II 1967 - 1974 

Available: July, 15, 2014

In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from the late ‘60s to the mid ’70s, Country Funk is the sound of country music blending with sounds and scenes from coast to coast, white America’s heartland music blending with the melting pot as the nation assessed its identity in advance of its bicentennial year.

The good news for the people who fell in love with the first volume of Country Funk is this: there’s plenty more where that came from. Light In The Attic has followed up that first 16-track disc with a second volume, Country Funk Volume II 1967 – 1974, and a new set of loose-talking, lap steel-twanging tracks. On the single CD / 2xLP volume you’ll find household names like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Bobby Darin and Dolly Parton. You’ll also find obscure artists like Bill Wilson, whose lost Ever Changing Minstrel album was produced by the feted Dylan producer Bob Johnston, and Thomas Jefferson Kaye, noted producer of Gene Clark’s opus No Other. Gene Clark’s here too, as half of Dillard & Clark, wringing raw emotion from The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down”.

All of the individuals featured have a story to tell, whether it’s that of the sidelined session musician, the fading star or the country upstart. There’s Donnie Fritts (“Sumpin’ Funky Goin’ On”), whose roots stretch back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and who has played keyboard for Kris Kristofferson for decades. There’s Canadian group Great Speckled Bird, who joined Janis Joplin and more on 1970’s Festival Express tour. There’s Hoyt Axton, who along with singing the harmonica-sucking ode to “California Women”, also took a role in Gremlins. There’s Jim Ford, who Sly Stone once described as “the baddest white man on the planet”. And there’s Billy Swan, who kicks proceedings off with a soul-stirring organ, a lazy kickdrum and his rockabilly vocals echoing like a croon into the grand canyon.

Compiled and presented once again by the team behind Volume I (DJ and music supervisor Zach Cowie plus Light In The Attic’s Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy), the release also includes a reunion of writer Jessica Hundley and Jess Rotter (original album/label artwork and new illustrations by) in the form of a comic book called “The Hot Dawgs".

It may be the genre that had no name, but there’s plenty of gas in the country funk trunk yet.

•All tracks newly re-mastered
•Features cuts by Bob Darin, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Willie Nelson and more
•2xLP housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket
•Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations
•Subscribers and Pre-orders get the exclusive “Country Funk” bandana. Hand silk-screened with teal ink on rough-hewn fabric. Designed by Henry Owings / Chunklet Graphic Control, with art by Jess Rotter / Rotter & Friends

•Color vinyl editions:
- 200 on “Sky Blue” wax + Bandana ( LITA Vinyl subscriber exclusive)
- 200 on “Lime Green” wax + Bandana ( pre-orders deluxe exclusive – limit 2 per customer)
- 100 on “Gold” wax + 7" (LITA Shop exclusive – limit 2 per customer)

1. Billy Swan - Don't Be Cruel 
2. Bob Darin - Me and Mr. Hohner
3. Hoyt Axton - California Women
4. Townes Van Zandt - Hunger Child Blues
5. Thomas Jefferson Kaye - Collection Box
6. Willie Nelson - Shotgun Willie
7. Jackie DeShannon - The Weight
8. Gene Clark & Doug Dillard - Don't Let Me Down
9. Bill Wilson - Pay Day Give Away
10. Dolly Parton - Getting Happy
11. Larry Williams & Johnny Watson with The Kaleidoscope - Nobody
12. Jim Ford - Rising Sign
13. JJ Cale - Cajun Moon
14. Donnie Fritts - Sumpin Funky Going On
15. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tulsa Turnaround
16. Great Speckled Bird - Long Long Time To Get Old
17. Willis Alan Ramsey - Northeast Texas Women

Pre-Order at LightInTheAttic


Heaven Or Las Vegas - by Cocteau Twins 

1990's Heaven Or Las Vegas is an audible release of tension and a surge of unfettered love that is many people's favourite Cocteau Twins album.

Heaven Or Las Vegas was also the last record the Cocteau Twins made for 4AD. They'd been part of the family for years, helping to define what the press used to call the "4AD sound", and it's almost always the way that family members must at some point leave the nest. The die was cast, and they departed for Fontana, releasing two more albums (Four Calendar Café, and Milk And Kisses) before disbanding in 1996.

1. Cherry-Coloured Funk 
2. Pitch The Baby 
3. Iceblink Luck 
4. Fifty Fifty Clown 
5. Heaven Or Las Vegas 
6. I Wear Your Ring 
7. Fotzepolitic 
8. Wolf In The Breast 
9. Road, River and Rail 
10. Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires

Get a copy HERE


Foureign Friends (Lions/My First Castle/Odd Dates/Gulfer) Split 7" Vinyl

Lions / My First Castle / Odd Dates / Gulfer team up to create 'FOUREIGN FRIENDS', a split 7" via ENJOYMENT RECORDS.

Proving that when 4 bands with solid DIY ethics collaborate on a single release, the result can be rather spectacular.

All parties bring the positive punk vibes through a well refined mix of indie-mathpop (Lions), melodic screamo (My First Castle), punk/emo (Odd Dates) & math-emo (Gulfer) . Outcome: a juggernaut of quirky and melodic rock numbers that do not fuck around.

Ultimately, this is a record put together to celebrate new friendships and exciting new music within the DIY music community. 100% fun. 0% bullshit.

First pressing limited to only 100 copies on black wax.

**Note: Runs of 100 vinyl cost exceptionally more to produce, therefore the selling price is higher than normal for a 7" record**

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Son Lux "Alternate Worlds" 

Limited Edition split color vinyl nearly sold out!

Alternate Worlds, the new EP from producer/composer Son Lux, is officially released next Tuesday and is now shipping from JNR!  The EP reimagines four songs from Lanterns, and includes a collaboration with Lorde. Yep, Lorde the pop star.  These exquisite reinventions traverse unfamiliar terrain within remembered landscapes. Their world is both alien and familiar.

We have fewer than 100 copies remaining of the limited edition white/clear split color vinyl! Limited to just 1500, and pressed on 12", 45rpm (loud-cut) virgin vinyl. All orders include an instant download in both MP3 and WAV formats.

Get a copy at JoyfulNoiseRecordings


Bonnie Raitt's 'NICK OF TIME' Gets Vinyl Treatment on June 24 to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Press Release: Universal Music Enterprises 

On June 24, Capitol Records/UMe will release a special vinyl-only edition of Bonnie Raitt's classic NICK OF TIME in honor of the album's 25th anniversary. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's tenth album still stands as her signature work and as a turning point in her legendary career. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart, sold five million copies, and won three GRAMMY® Awards, including “Album of the Year.” Rolling Stone ranked NICK OF TIME as number 230 on its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

The NICK OF TIME - 25th Anniversary album was remastered from the original analog tapes, overseen by both the albums producer, Don Was and engineer Ed Cherney and is being released on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

"Personally, I think it may be the best record of my career," says Raitt. "Every record has its charm and its significance, but I think we finally got it right — I could finally say, 'Yeah, that's what I had in mind.' As a mixture of styles, reflected in one record, it was a really good version of what I do."

NICK OF TIME came along at a fortuitous moment for Raitt, following a difficult few years in which she had been dropped by her long-time label, Warner Bros., and got sober and healthy. The album was produced by Don Was, which initiated a working relationship that went on for several projects (the 1991 follow-up, Luck of the Draw, sold over seven million copies), and spawned four singles, including the hit "Thing Called Love." NICK OF TIME was bookended by two landmark Raitt original compositions: the opening title track, a powerful mediation on aging, and the closing cut, "The Road's My Middle Name," a rollicking update of the blues that captured her life as a traveling performer.

"It's a particularly great batch of songs," says Raitt, "and the synchronicity of finding these songs when I did — the emotional connection and the gratitude that I had to be given another shot — I think that shows. It was kismet to have it come out this well."

More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. The recipient of ten GRAMMY® awards - including "Best Americana Album" for her most recent release, 2012's Slipstream— she appears on Rolling Stone's lists of both the Greatest Singers and Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Over the years, Raitt has contributed to over 100 album projects, collaborating with the likes of B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. Yet it is the breakthrough of NICK OF TIME (which received an additional GRAMMY® nomination when it was remixed for Surround Sound in 2004) that serves as the cornerstone of her body of work.

"The success of NICK OF TIME brought me a level of freedom, and the opportunities to do everything I had wanted to do," says Raitt. "Nearly every gift in my life now is, in so many ways, because of what happened with that album and the GRAMMYs®. Definitely one of the greatest highlights of my life."


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