Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

A Letter Home (Deluxe) by Neil Young

Neil Young recorded a collection of covers with Jack White on a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man's Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea. He describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever." Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording.

As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” (which inspired Young to write 1972’s “Needle and the Damage Done”), Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” Don Everly’s “I Wonder If I Care as Much,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Home Town,” and many others. Click here to view a video for “Needle of Death”

One of the most influential artists of all time, Neil Young has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity. Before starting his multi-platinum solo career, he was a founding member of the folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield and worked with the groups Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Canadian singer-songwriter was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his work as a solo artist and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982. Young's philanthropic work is as renowned as his musical legacy. His famous Bridge School Benefit Concert has become a yearly tradition since 1986 and continues to boast an incredible line-up of high-profile artists. Each year, Young donates all of the proceeds to the Bay Area's Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. He was also one of the original founders of Farm Aid in 1985, and continues to be an active member on the organization's board of directors.

Double LP Includes Standard & Audiophile 180g Pressing 
Standard Audio CD + DVD With Footage From The Recording 
12" X 12", 32-page Full Color Booklet 
Seven 6" Vinyl Discs Pressed On Clear Vinyl 
7th Disc Of This Set Features A Version Of Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" Backed With An Alternate Take / Arrangement Of "Crazy"

1. A Letter Home intro
2. Changes (Phil Ochs) 
3. Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan)
4. Needle of Death (Bert Jansch)
5. Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)
6. Crazy (Willie Nelson) 
7. Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin)
8. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson) 
9. If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot)
10. Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter)
11. My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen)
12. I Wonder If I Care as Much (Don Everly)

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Greatest Hits: Steely Dan (Pre-Order) by Steely Dan

The duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker created some of the classiest, most sophisticated pop music of the 70's. Their compositions are so musically complex and fascinating that the Julliard actually offers a class devoted to their music. Features all 18 tracks from the original release, including `Do It Again', 'Reeling In The Years', 'Bodhisattva', 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number', 'Any Major Dude (Will Tell Ya)','Here At The Western World' (originally issued only as a B-side), 'Doctor Wu', 'Black Friday', `Peg' and 'Josie'.

UK Import - One Time Press

1. Do It Again
2. Reelin' in the Years
3. My Old School
4. Bodhisattva
5. Show Biz Kids
6. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
7. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
8. Pretzel Logic
9. Any Major Dude Will Tell You
10. Here at the Western World [#]
11. Black Friday
12. Bad Sneakers
13. Doctor Wu
14. Haitian Divorce
15. Kid Charlemagne
16. The Fez
17. Peg
18. Josie

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Jack White - Lazaretto (Pre-Order)
2. Led Zeppelin II (Pre-Order)
3. Led Zeppelin III (Pre-Order)
4. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell (Pre-Order)
5. Led Zeppelin I (Pre-Order)
6. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
7. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
8. Neil Young - A Letter Home (Deluxe)
9. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
10 Pink Floyd - The Wall


from our friends at AudioFidelity

Herbie Mann - Live Jazz at the Village Gate

A Serious Landmark Recording of Live Jazz at the Village Gate

Herbie Mann established himself as jazz's most popular flutist for over a decade, and in so doing also solidified the flute's rightful place in jazz.  In 1962, his live album Herbie Mann at the Village Gate was his first major hit, selling over half a million copies.  The immense popularity of At the Village Gate made Mann a true superstar.

This live disc was recorded before jazz clubs were like museums, before musicians were like curators. People are sitting comfortably being all beatnik and cool about everything. But when Herbie Mann walks in, sexy hairy sweaty chest and all, they go ballistic!  You hear people talking, responding, and humming in the background – their presence pulls you into the room.  This "noise" adds an extra dimension of realness, of being front-row in the swing, which is jazz at its best.

The first track on the LP, "Comin' Home Baby", placed in the Top 30 on the pop charts and became Mann's first big hit. Composer Ben Tucker plays second bass on that cut, and Mann's other sidemen include vibraphonist Hagood Hardy, bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik, drummer Rudy Collins, and Chief Bey and Ray Mantilla on percussion.   From the smoke-filled room, a woman with a whisky  voice testifies from the audience: “Oh yeah, play it!”

Next are two great Gershwin songs. Mann's version of “Summertime” deserves a place in any collection.  The song’s bittersweet essence is distilled and transported to Rio. The drums and percussion come up a samba beat. Fingers snap in time, and it’s all Bossa Nova.

Last is the long “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” clocking in at almost 20-minutes. Mann’s smart solo on this track wails - the crowd goes wild as his flute rises up from the rhythm section, settles back in, and rises up again, over and over.

Here it all is: a base of bebop with the Latin beat, but also Middle Eastern and African influences. There’s funk on this album, there’s cool, and Boss Nova, and samba, and bebop.  At this rare moment in Mann’s career, it all held together, and it just swings.

Side 1
Comin' Home Baby (8:37) 
Summertime (10:18)

Side 2
It Ain't Necessarily So (19:55)

Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray

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from our friends at Relapse

Black Anvil - Hail Death 

New York black metal titans Black Anvil return with their third full length ‘Hail Death’—an uncompromisingly heavy mix of Dissection, Slayer and Behemoth.  While many of Black Anvil’s black metal contemporaries are born from the bedroom, ‘Hail Death’ is the filthy sound of the New York streets----gritty, punishing, strong and real.  In the 4 years since their last record, Black Anvil have tirelessly toured and played shows with the likes of Marduk, Watain, Inquisition and more, and with ‘Hail Death’ Black Anvil rightfully take their place amongst those contemporary black metal giants.

***Black 2xLP housed in gatefold packaging with insert.  Includes a digital download of the entire album***

Pressing Info: 
First Press 
1000 x Black Standard Gram 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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General Surgery -Like An Ever Flying Limb EP

Macabre Medical Masters GENERAL SURGERY hack off 5 brand new tracks and present them via a 7" slab of orange vinyl!  This bonesaw of an EP is at 45 RPM.

Pressing Info 
First Press 
1000 x Orange 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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great interview about our friend in vinyl ross at EnjoyTheRideRecords

UTG Interview: Enjoy The Ride Records' Founder Ross Shotland


Led Zeppelin Premieres New "Whole Lotta Love" Video

According to Robert Plant: "This version of 'Whole Lotta Love' is the mix down from the night that we recorded it, so it doesn't have any of the overdubs that everyone will be familiar with, because when they hear this they'll think, 'Oh yeah, that's the original' and all of a sudden they'll go, 'No, it's not.'"


Great Albums With Just 3 Tracks or Less: Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Jethro Tull


Scientists Can Now Manipulate Your Brain to Like Certain Genre of Music


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Led Zeppelin III ~ Led Zeppelin
2. Led Zeppelin II ~ Led Zeppelin
3. Are We There ~ Sharon Van Etten
4. Violator ~ Depeche Mode
5. XSCAPE ~ Michael Jackson
6. Led Zeppelin I ~ Led Zeppelin
7. And Then You Shoot Your Cousin ~ The Roots
8. Legend - 30th Anniversary Edition ~ Bob Marley & the Wailers
9. Suburban Light (reissue) ~ Clientele
10. Playing The Angel ~ Depeche Mode

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Ghost Stories ~ Coldplay
2. Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack ~ Demi Lovato
3. Turn Blue ~ The Black Keys
4. Xscape ~ Michael Jackson
5. A Letter Home ~ Neil Young
6. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe CD Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
7. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe CD Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
8. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe CD Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
9. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
10. Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions ~ R.E.M.


BecauseSoundMatters Top 10 Best Sellers  

1. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun Deluxe 2LP Vinyl
2. Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation (Blue Colored Vinyl)
3. LP - Forever For Now Vinyl + Poster Bundle
4. The Black Keys - Turn Blue Vinyl
5. Mastodon - The Hunter Vinyl
6. Various Artists - Girls Volume 2
7. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
8. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
9. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C.
10. Michael Bublé - Georgia On My Mind (7" Peach Colored Vinyl Single)


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/19 - 5/25, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Coldplay - Ghost Stories
2. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
4. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
5. The Apache Relay - The Apache Relay
6. Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman
7. Coldplay - Rush Of Blood To The Head
8. Jeff Buckley - Grace
9. Big Star - #1 Record
10. Childish Gambino - Because The Internet
11. Hank Williams - Garden Spot Programs 1950
12. American Football - American Football
13. Yann Tiersen - Infinity
14. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
15. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
16. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
17. Beck - Morning Phase
18. St Vincent - St Vincent
19. The Black Keys - Brothers
20. The Beatles - Abbey Road
21. The xx - Coexist
22. The National - High Violet
23. Arcade Fire - Funeral
24. Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
25. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes


Billboard's 25 highest-grossing touring artists from 1990 through 2014

2. U2
23. CHER
25. AC/DC


album cover art of the day:

Slash to Release World On Fire Album in September


album cover art of the day, part two:

Alestorm Sunset On The Golden Age Cover Artwork Unveiled