Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides by Grateful Dead

The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship unparalleled to this day.

With their very first San Francisco live gigs and when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut concert recordings would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the biggest concert attractions of all time.

Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 14 super rare live recordings from the mid-sixties. None of these recordings were ever previously released at the time. Recorded in San Francisco from a July 1966 performance, when they were signed to the Scorpio Records label, this ultra rare concert tape simply became manna for the fans and was truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and early psych and garage rock fare.

Dead fan favorite Viola Lee Blues kicks off the rare collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Grateful Dead classics like Don’t Ease Me In and the stellar Jimmy Reed classic Big Boss Man truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or classic rock in general. Known for their jams in concert, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare blues tracks like One Kind Favor, Next Time You See Me and of course their super rare Bob Dylan interpretation of It’s All Over Now Baby Blue, which would be an interesting choice not knowing there would be future collaborations with Dylan in both of their important later careers.

Even superlative covers of Otis Redding’s Pain In My Heart and the Slim Harpo blues champion I’m A King Bee are included in this amazingly important and historic rock release from this much loved band.

These Grateful Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now… Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl – The Grateful Dead’s Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 14 live performances unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as you stare at the brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.

As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine album is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions which was released in late 2013.

Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead collection.

Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene

Order at SoundStageDirect

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium (Pre-Order)
2. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Yellow Vinyl)
3, Led Zeppelin - Mothership (Very Best Of) (On Sale)
4. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
5. Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind (Pre-Order)
6. Led Zeppelin I (Pre-Order)
7. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
8. Eagles: The Studio Albums 1972-1979 Box Set (On Sale)
9. John Harrison - Creepshow: Original 1982 Score (Green) (Pre-Order)
10. Led Zeppelin II (Pre-Order)


Thou - The Sacrifice 12" (180 GRAM CLEAR VINYL)

THOU returns to Robotic Empire with another substantial 12" EP of five songs in 25 minutes, delivering some of their most condensed work to date.

Recorded at the same time as their "Heathen" album, but eschewing the crawl found on most of their long-players, THOU ups the tempo a bit for this brilliant release while retaining their well renowned doom and roar.

Several new bludgeoners ("New Orleans Is a Hole", "Pill" and "Eulogy") are joined with the masterful drone of "I Believe Because It Is Impossible" and, per usual, a ferocious NIRVANA cover, this time putting "I Hate Myself and I Want to Die" through THOU’s apocalyptic grinder.

The vinyl edition is housed in a casewrap tip-on style LP jacket with 45RPM, 180gram color vinyl and high quality digital download included, THOU once again presents the thunder with quality and class.

Order at RoboticEmpire


from our friends at TheOmegaOrder

RICH ROBINSON - The Ceaseless Sight (Gatefold 2LP)

Rich Robinson, best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and founder of The Black Crowes, stands ready to complete the solo artist evolution that he began ten years earlier. The Ceaseless Sight, is an album that represents the full maturation of Rich as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a solo artist. A worldwide Black Crowes tour kept Robinson busy in 2013, but he found the time to return to Woodstock to record The Ceaseless Sight. The album finds Robinson stepping solidly into his own as a solo artist as he adds confident vocalist and lyricist to his accomplished musical resume. The Ceaseless Sight will be released early in 2014 and the Rich Robinson Band will tour through the year in support of its release.

**All LP's come with a CD insert of the full album

***All Omega Order pre orders come with The Acoustic/Instrumental EP 'The Dirigible Utopia'  in a silkscreen printed CD sleeve.

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Aesthethica - Liturgy

Brooklyn based Liturgy is Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Greg Fox, Tyler Dusenbury, and Bernard Gann. Aesthethica, their second album and third release, shows the band exploring, in greater depth, themes initially touched on by their critically acclaimed debut album, Renihilation. The band used every instrument, literal or figurative, to produce meaning and intensity, disregarding the genre boundaries of black metal, hardcore and experimental music.

NEW WHITE VINYL RE-PRESS NOW IN STOCK AND SHIPPING! Deluxe 2xLP version is pressed on 150gram white vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with fully artworked inner sleeves and PMS Gold printing. Included is a free download coupon.

Order at ThrillJockey


from our friends at SlyVinyl

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold // Limited Edition Gold Vinyl LP

Kiss – Kissteria // Limited to 1000, 34 LP Box Set


interesting story out of the great city of boston:

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from the great state of texas:

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The Rock*A*Teens Treat 'Sweet Bird of Youth' to First Vinyl Pressing via Merge


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Sun Ra's Vintage Master Tapes Are for Sale on eBay


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Harry Smith’s seminal Anthology of American Folk Music reissued in mammoth vinyl box set/


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from the folks at EasyStreetOnline

EasyStreetOnline Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers 

1. Beck - Morning Phase
2. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
3. Grieves - Winter & The Wolves
4. Kevin Drew - Darlings
5. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
6. Manchester Orchestra - Cope
7. Future Islands - Singles
8. Radiohead - In Rainbows
9. Thievery Corporation - Saudade
10. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Vol. 1-Chronicle-20 Greatest Hits


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Illmatic XX ~ Nas
2. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ The Creator Tyler
3. Salad Days ~ Mac Demarco
4. Here & Nowhere Else ~ Cloud Nothings
5. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
6. St Vincent ~ St. Vincent
7. Happy ~ Pharrell Williams
8. It's Album Time ~ Todd Terje
9. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
10. Supermodel ~ Foster the People

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. Duets ~ Linda Ronstadt
3. Out Among The Stars ~ Johnny Cash
4. A Dotted Line ~ Nickel Creek
5. G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
6. Catacombs Of The Black Vatican ~ Black Label Society
7. Everlasting ~ Martina McBride
8. Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life ~ Ronnie James Dio
9. Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne ~ Various
10. Welcome To The New ~ MercyMe


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 3/31 - 4/06, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
2. Manchester Orchestra - Cope
3. Beck - Morning Phase
4. Band Of Skulls - Himalayan
5. Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
6. Temples - Sun Structures
7. Cloud Nothings - Here & Nowhere Else
8. St Vincent - St Vincent
9. Nirvana - In Utero (2013 mix)
10. The Shins - Live At Third Man
11. Various - Emotional, Cosmic, & Occult World Of Joe Meek
12. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
13. Future Islands - Singles
14. S Carey - Range Of Light
15. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
16. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
17. Kevin Drew - Darlings
18. Bryce Dessner w/ Jonny Greenwood - St Carolyn By the Sea: Suite from There Will Be Blood
19. Mac Demarco - Rock & Roll Night Club
20. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
21. The Black Keys - El Camino
22. Radiohead - OK Computer
23. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
24. Melvins - Live At Third Man
25. Lambchop - Nixon


if you are interested, some great vinyl bargains can be had at BecauseSoundMatters "Flash Sale" HERE