Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale) by Led Zeppelin

On their first two albums, Led Zeppelin unleashed a relentless barrage of heavy blues and rockabilly riffs, but Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth. And even the rockers aren't as straightforward as before: the galloping "Immigrant Song" is powered by Robert Plant's banshee wail, "Celebration Day" turns blues-rock inside out with a warped slide guitar riff, and "Out on the Tiles" lumbers along with a tricky, multi-part riff. Nevertheless, the heart of the album lies on the second side, when the band delve deeply into English folk. "Gallows Pole" updates a traditional tune with a menacing flair, and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" is an infectious acoustic romp, while "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" are shimmering songs with graceful country flourishes. The band hasn't left the blues behind, but the twisted bottleneck blues of "Hats off to (Roy) Harper" actually outstrips the epic "Since I've Been Loving You," which is the only time Zeppelin sound a bit set in their ways.  - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

  • Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl
  • Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Jimmy Page and Pressed at Pallas In Germany
  • 180 Gram Vinyl In Tri-Fold Sleeve That Includes The Wheel & Die-Cut Holes From Original LP Sleeve
  • The Second LP Features Previously Unreleased Studio Outtakes
  • Shipping Approximately June 3rd

1. Immigrant Song
2. Friends
3. Celebration Day
4. Since I've Been Loving You
5. Out on the Tiles

6. Gallows Pole 
7. Tangerine
8. That's the Way
9. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
10. Hats off to (Roy) Harper

1. The Immigrant Song (Alternate Mix)
2. Friends (Track - No Vocal)
3. Celebration Day (Alternate Mix)
4. Since I've Been Loving You (Rough Mix)
5. Bathroom Sound (Track - No Vocal)

6. Gallows Pole (Rough Mix)
7. That's The Way (Rough Mix)
8. Jennings Farm Blues (Rough Mix)
9. Key To The Highway/Trouble In Mind (Rough Mix)

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Live At The Cellar Door by Neil Young

Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, on Reprise Records. The album collects recordings made during Young's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970, a few months after Reprise released his classic third solo album After The Gold Rush in August.

The album, which features Young performing on acoustic guitar and piano, includes tracks that are interesting for several reasons, such as stunning live versions of songs that appeared on After The Gold Rush ("Tell Me Why," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Birds," "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and the title track) and solo performances of the Buffalo Springfield songs "Expecting To Fly" (from their 1967 second album Buffalo Springfield Again), "I Am A Child" (from their third and final album Last Time Around and Young's 1977 Decade compilation), and "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong," from their 1966 self-titled debut.

In addition, Live At The Cellar Door features early, raw performances of songs that wouldn't appear until subsequent Young albums, including the rarity "Bad Fog Of Loneliness" (which appears on Live At Massey Hall '71 - released in 2007-but was previously unreleased until the studio band version was included on Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972), "Old Man" (released two years later on 1972's Harvest album), a rare solo performance of "Cinnamon Girl" on piano (the full band version appears on Young's 1969 second solo album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere), and "Down By The River," also from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Live At The Cellar Door was recorded by Henry Lewy and produced by Young.

Mastered By Chris Bellman At Bernie Grundman Mastering And Pressed At Pallas In Germany

1. Tell Me Why
2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
3. After the Gold Rush
4. Expecting To Fly
5. Bad Fog of Loneliness
6. Old Man
7. Birds
8. Don't Let It Bring You Down
9. See the Sky About to Rain
10. Cinnamon Girl
11. I Am A Child
12. Down By the River
13. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Led Zeppelin II (Pre-Order)
2. Led Zeppelin III (Pre-Order)
3. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
4. Led Zeppelin I (Pre-Order)
5. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
6. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
7. Led Zeppelin I (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
8. Led Zeppelin III (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
9. Led Zeppelin II (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
10. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon


Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana's Mehliana Album Out Now On Vinyl

The debut album from the electric duo of Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, features Mehldau on Fender Rhodes and synthesizers and Guiliana on drums and effects. Mehliana comprises 12 original tunes—six written by the duo and six written by Mehldau—and was engineered and mixed by Greg Koller (Jon Brion, Kanye West). Jazzwise calls it "astonishing ... one of the best albums of 2014."

The vinyl edition includes two 140-gram LPs pressed at Pallas MFG in Diepholz, Germany, and a CD of the album.

Order at Nonesuch


yet another update has been posted at WaxPoetic about the list of record store day releases. stop by and look at the list!

Record Store Day 2014: The List (So Far)


Pretty Lights to Release Color Map of the Sun B-Sides For Record Store Day


Tame Impala to release live EP for Record Store Day


Neil Young Delays Time Fades Away Reissue, Accompanying Box Set

Neil Young 'bought 20,000 copies of 'Comes a Time' album to use as roofing' - Singer-songwriter was not happy with audio quality of 1978 album


The Horrors to release new LP Luminous as signed and limited deluxe edition


Wendy Carlos’ original Tron soundtrack gets vinyl reissue


Arthur Russell’s seminal World Of Echo gets rare vinyl reissue


Kiss confirm 40th anniversary box set


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 3/10 - 3/16, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Johnny Cash - She Used To Love Me A Lot 7"
2. Manchester Orchestra - Every Stone 7"
3. Real Estate - Atlas
4. Arctic Monkeys - AM
5. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
6. St Vincent - St Vincent
7. Radiohead - Kid A
8. Mudhoney - Live At Third Man
9. Broken Bells - After The Disco
10. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
11. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
12. Radiohead - OK Computer
13. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
14. Tame Impala - Lonerism
15. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
16. Metronomy - Love Letters
17. Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
18. Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural Things
19. Tinariwen - Emmaar
20. Divine Fits - Live At Third Man
21. Against Me - Transgender Dysphoria
22. Peter Walker - Second Poem To Karmela
23. Lambchop - Nixon
24. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
25. Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ Tyler The Creator
2. Lost In The Dream ~ War on Drugs
3. Supermodel ~ Foster the People
4. Morning Phase ~ Beck
5. Awake ~ Tycho
6. Underneath the Rainbow ~ Black Lips
7. Singles ~ Future Islands
8. 808s & Heartbreak ~ Kanye West
9. Pinata ~ Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
10. Happiness Is ~ Taking Back Sunday

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Idina Menzel
2. Supermodel ~ Foster the People
3. Morning Phase ~ Beck
4. G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
5. Lost In The Dream ~ War on Drugs
6. Out Among The Stars ~ Johnny Cash
7. Extremist ~ Demon Hunter
8. Going to Hell - Deluxe Edition ~ The Pretty Reckless
9. Emerald: Musical Gems Deluxe CD/DVD ~ Celtic Woman
10. Pure Heroine ~ Lorde


album cover art of the day: 

STEEL PROPHET: 'Omniscient' Cover Artwork Unveiled