Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

The Complete Albums Collection 1980 – 1988 (Pre-Order) by Iron Maiden

BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.

The albums will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes and packaged in identical artwork to the initial 1980's releases.

The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

Limited Edition – Only 2,500 Units Available

Special Collector’s Box Contains The First 3 Iron Maiden LP’s On 180 Gram Black Vinyl (iron Maiden, Killers And The Number Of The Beast) And Is Sized To Complete Your Collection Of All Eight 1980’s Iron Maiden LPs

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Songs Of Innocence (Pre-Order) (On Sale) by U2

Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
2. Iron Maiden - The Complete Albums Collection 1980 – 1988 (Pre-Order)
3. U2 - Songs Of Innocence (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
4. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
5. Bruce Springsteen - The Album Collection Volume 1 1973-1984 (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
6. Frank Zappa - Apostrophe
7. Oasis - (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
8. Various Artists - Forrest Gump (20th Anniversary Soundtrack) (Pre-Order)


Sly Stone I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 Vinyl Reissue Via Light In The Attic

In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower’s releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly’s design and musicianship stamped into the grooves–and the words “Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone” on the sticker.

Set up by Stone’s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone’s little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too–the imprint folded in 1971–but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower’s output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly’s productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork There’s A Riot Goin’ On.

This long overdue compilation of Sly’s Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves you’ll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of There’s A Riot Going On. I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stone’s career.

•Compilation and notes by Alec Palao
•An exclusive new interview with Sly Stone himself
•In-depth liner notes with first-hand reminiscences of the Stone Flower era from many of the participants
•Features all five Stone Flower produced singles plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives
•All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes
•2xLP housed in a gatefold “tip-on” jacket

LP Available: November 4, 2014

Pre-Order at LightInTheAttic


Sam Amidon Lily-O Available On Vinyl Via Nonesuch

Lily-O, a new album of reimagined folk songs by Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon was released September 30 by Nonesuch Records, with the vinyl following on October 27. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Feist) and features the innovative jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro.

Lily-O’s ten songs are mostly traditional folk songs gathered from disparate sources and refashioned in Amidon’s signature way. The interplay between the four musicians is informed by their backgrounds in improvised music and the spontaneous nature of the sessions. As always, the central element is Amidon’s voice, which, in his deceptively understated manner, tells tales of adventure, love, violence and redemption.

LP is ready for pre-order at Nonesuch (Due 10/27)

Pre-Order at Nonesuch


PRIMORDIAL to Release New LP In November Via Metal Blade Records

Dublin's finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen' later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.

Comments singer A.A. Nemtheanga on "Where Greater Men Have Fallen": "Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to grouse lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma) to come over and work on the new album." The band's idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks but add a more live sound, broader and heavier. In 2014, we stand at the brink of releasing album number eight and, according to Nemtheanga: "we feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!"

* Pre-Order: Expected to ship on or around November 20, 2014 *

Pre-Order at MetalBladeRecords


Pink Floyd The Endless River Vinyl Pre-Order

The Endless River represents a return to the creative principles that informed the writing process that produced Pink Floyd classics like Echoes, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Animals.

In early 1993, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright set up their equipment in their own Britannia Row Studios in Islington and created more than hundred pieces of music by jamming together, interacting with each other's performances and recording the results.

They then honed the pieces at David's Astoria floating studio, played them live for 2 days at Olympic Studios in Barnes with an extended lineup (Guy Pratt on bass, Jon Carin on keyboards and Gary Wallis on percussion). After that, the core trio returned to Astoria, and worked further on the compositions, alongside co-producer Bob Ezrin, refining the structure, tempos and arrangements. The result, after lyrics and vocals were added, was the 12 million selling 'Division Bell' album.

At the time, there had been talk of a separate ambient album being created from the non-vocal tracks not subsequently issued on 'The Division Bell', but the idea was eventually dropped.

In 2014 David Gilmour and Nick Mason re-entered the studio and, starting with unreleased keyboard performances by Richard Wright, who sadly died in 2008, added further instrumentation to the tracks, as well as creating new material. The result is The Endless River, including 60% of recordings other than the 1993 sessions, but based upon them. The title is a further link, '... the endless river…' being part of the closing phrases of High Hopes, the final song of the previous Pink Floyd album.

2-LP SET includes
- Heavyweight 180 gram vinyl
- Gatefold sleeve, full color inner bags
- 16-page 275mmx275mm booklet with unseen photographs from 1993 sessions
- Download card

This title will be released on November 10, 2014.

Pre-Order The Endless River


UK Vinyl Album Sales in 2014 Already Exceed 2013′s Total

UK sales of vinyl albums this year have already exceeded the total achieved in the whole of 2013, according to analysis by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Year-to-date sales of vinyl albums now total 844,122, according to ERA analysis of Official Charts Company data, compared with the 829,243 sales recorded in 2013. With three months of the year still left to run, that means total 2014 vinyl sales will almost certainly exceed one million, more than four times their level as recently as 2008.

Source: Official Charts Company


billboard sets the record straight...

Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl - A Billboard analysis shows that Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl in the U.S.


The Go-Betweens' Early Years Celebrated with 'G Stands for Go-Betweens' Box Set


The Vinyl Factory to reissue the ICA’s rare collection of early electronica Cybernetic Serendipity Music


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
3. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone ~ Lucinda Williams
5. 747 (Deluxe) ~ Lady Antebellum
7. The Endless River (Deluxe CD\ Blu-ray) ~ Pink Floyd
8. PLECTRUMELECTRUM ~ Prince & 3rdeyegirl
9. Popular Problems ~ Leonard Cohen
10. Melody Road (CD + Early Ticket Promo) ~ Neil Diamond


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 9/22 - 9/28, 2014

Vinyl Top 25

1. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
2. Aphex Twin - Syro
3. Tweedy - Sukierae
4. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
5. The Growlers - Chinese Fountain
6. King Tuff - Black Moon Spell
7. Gary Clark Jr - Gary Clark Jr Live
8. Goat - Commune
9. Jack White - Lazaretto
10. Various - Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born In The USA
11. Bonnie Prince Billy - Singers Grave A Sea Of Tongues
12. Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers
13. The Beatles - Revolver MONO
14. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
15. Whirr - Sway
16. Jimi Hendrix - Cry Of Love
17. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band MONO
18. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
19. Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin'
20. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
21. Tennis - Ritual In Repeat
22. Ty Segall - Manipulator
23. Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy
24. Queen - Live At The Rainbow '74
25. Spoon - They Want My Soul