Friday, October 17, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day's Annual Black Friday Event 

New David Bowie 10" Single Leads Legacy's RSD Black Friday 2014 Line-Up

New Legacy Vinyl Collectibles include Releases by Aaliyah, Bessie Smith, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, The Kinks, Miles Davis, OutKast, Wham!, Wu Tang Clan and the "American Hustle" Soundtrack Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a 10" vinyl single premiering two new tracks by the legendary David Bowie.

1994 is represented with the 20th anniversary editions of Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing But A Number (in a 12" double LP 180 gram white vinyl pressing); Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP (on vinyl for the first time ever in a 10" numbered edition which includes the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo); and OutKast's breakout "Player's Ball" single (newly reissued on 10" translucent green vinyl).

Legacy's Black Friday 2014 releases include these Record Store Day exclusives

Aaliyah – Age Ain't Nothing But A Number  2LP – White Vinyl 180 Gram
Twenty years ago, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number introduced the world to the stunning talent of Aaliyah. Her sensuous, soulful vocals, combined with the writing and production skills of R. Kelly, established her as one of R&B's brightest stars. This collectible 2LP edition of her debut is pressed on white 180-gram vinyl and features the Top 10 hits "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" plus the rare international bonus track "The Thing I Like."

Bessie Smith - At The Christmas Ball – Red 7" Single
Legacy celebrates the 2014 holiday season with a classic vinyl single by the Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, featuring her classic "At the Christmas Ball" c/w "Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town" pressed on on a red vinyl 7" 45 RPM single featuring a replica of the original Columbia 78 RPM label.  Bessie Smith is the subject of a new biopic, starring Queen Latifah, coming in 2015.

Dave Matthews Band – Recently EP Double 10" Vinyl
This individually numbered limited edition of the Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP marks the first ever vinyl release of this music.  The deluxe double 10" includes the original EP and the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo as well as a free download of both versions.

David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" c/w "Tis A Pity She's A Whore 10" vinyl single
Two new tracks from music legend Davie Bowie on a 10" vinyl single.

Joe Satriani – Joe Satriani EP  12" Vinyl 45 RPM 180G - 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani's self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This "one man band" recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis "Blue Xmas"   7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with "Blue Xmas," a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with "Devil May Care," another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. "Blue Xmas" is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

OutKast – "Player's Ball" 10" Translucent Green Vinyl
OutKast proved "the South got something to say" when they returned to the stage earlier this year after an eight-year absence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique sound and influential Southern hip-hop movement with their breakthrough debut single "Player's Ball" on 10" translucent green vinyl. This limited, numbered single features a rare extended version of the track alongside two tracks from the duo's acclaimed 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Wham! – Last Christmas 12" Translucent Red/Green Vinyl
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wham!'s "Last Christmas"--the much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael--with this limited edition 12" translucent red/green vinyl single which includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe.

Wu-Tang Clan – "C.R.E.A.M."  10" Die Cut Picture Disc on 120G Vinyl
The lyrical mastery and groundbreaking production technique of the Wu-Tang Clan changed the hip-hop scene forever. Legacy Recordings celebrates the 1994 release of their single "C.R.E.A.M."—hailed as one of the greatest rap singles by The Source, Rolling Stone and Time—with a limited collectible vinyl single die-cut in the shape of the group's iconic logo and backed with the single's original B-side "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'."

The following will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley – Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl
The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12" vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix "bootleg" issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies' "signature statement" as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Various Artists - American Hustle Soundtrack 2LP - 1 Red 1 Blue Colored 150G Vinyl
The soundtrack to the blockbuster film is now a 2 LP Gatefold (on red & blue vinyl) with 6 songs not found on the CD version.  The soundtrack featuring tracks by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Elton John, Tom Jones, Jeff Lynne, Donna Summer, and Wings.


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'Kicking Against The Pricks' Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

Fourteen classic NC&TBS albums will be reissued & available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time. Each album artwork has been crafted to reflect the original release from the cover to the printed inner sleeves. Please note that due to the varied release dates for these reissues, each vinyl will be dispatching separately and therefore incurs its own shipping cost.

Released on the 18th August 1986, the band’s third album was a collection of cover versions of songs ranging from ‘I’m Gonna Kill That Woman’ (John Lee Hooker) to ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ (Jimmy Webb) to ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ (Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook). Said Cave, “"They were all done for different reasons. Some songs were tributes… other songs we didn't think the song was ever done particularly well in the first place. Some songs had just haunted my childhood, like ‘The Carnival Is Over’ (Tom Springfield), which I always loved.”

This title is due for release on the 24th November 2014.

Pre-Order at Nick Cave's website HERE

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

Released on the 3rd March 2008, the band’s fourteenth studio album, the last to feature founding member Mick Harvey, is widely regarded as one of the band’s greatest works. NME described it as a “gothic, psycho-sexual apocalypse”. Said Cave, “I've taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest.”

This title is due for release on the 17th November 2014.

Pre-Order at Nick Cave's website HERE


upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


After releasing the Venus & Mars 10" [MOV10013] earlier this year, Jett Rebel stirred up the music scene in The Netherlands by playing numerous gigs on festivals like Lowlands and Pinkpop, and receiving several national awards for his musical artistry. It is safe to say, 23 year old Jelte Tuinstra is simply bound for stardom.

Debuting with 14 psychedelic, pure Pop songs, his first full-length album is called Hits For Kids. As Jett himself explains, "Hits For Kids implies that it's something you don't expect. It fits the theme of the record;  nothing is what it seems." Tuinstra himself calls Hits For Kids "songs for free spirits. Songs for people that want and dare to be themselves." Jett (or Jelte) really tells a linear story with Hits For Kids. The 14 songs are interweaved into one listening experience, telling the story of his coming-of-age since the first moment of his breakthrough last year.

Everything on the album has been written, composed and played by himself: drums, bass, guitar, vocals, organ, accordion, synth, percussion, even flute & sax. Hits For Kids was mixed in London by Tony Platt, known for mixing Bob Marley, AC/DC and Foreigner. The album is mastered by Ray Staff, who also mastered Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash and Muse.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Including a CD copy of the album
  • Brand new album!


About the film: when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. In cinemas worldwide Sep/Oct 2014.

The soundtrack for The Maze Runner features a score by John Paesano, an American film composer and conductor. Paesano studied classical music with composition at the Conservatoire de Paris.  In 2012 he was honored with an Annie Award for Best Score for the award winning television series Dreamworks Dragons: Riders Of Berk, which is based off of the Academy Awarding winning film How To Train Your Dragon.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve + insert
  • At The Movies Edition: packed in resealable PVC collector's bag
  • First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent green & black vinyl


Kojak Variety is a 1995 cover album by Elvis Costello. Featured are cover versions of tracks by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Willie Dixon, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others.

"Days" had previously appeared on the album Until The End Of The World, the 1991 soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film of the same name. The album's obscure title refers to the name of a variety store near to where the album was recorded; Costello was amused by the seemingly random name of the enterprise, and in a similar spirit, decided to apply the name to his album.

The line-up of Kojak Variety consists of Costello on harmonica and vocals, James Burton on guitars, Jim Keltner on drums, amongst others.

This is the first ever vinyl release of this great album!  180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Pre-Order AC/DC 'Rock or Bust' On Vinyl

Announced in September, 2013, ROCK OR BUST is the new and highly anticipated studio album from AC/DC will be released in the US on December 2nd, 2014. This is the first album of new AC/DC material since 2008s multi platinum 'Black Ice'.

The first single from ROCK OR BUST is "Play Ball", which will impact radio formats October 7th. "Play Ball" is also currently being featured as part of Turner Sports' 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.

ROCK OR BUST is available on CD and LP that features very special multi dimensional moving cover art, which gives the illusion of the band s iconic logo exploding as the package is moved in different directions. There will also be a standard package version of the CD available.

This title will be released on December 2, 2014.

Pre-Order HERE

Pre-Order Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)

The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks, " mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven, " mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before. Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.

Pre-Order HERE


Stars 'No One Is Lost' Vinyl Release

Stars’ seventh studio album No One Is Lost is out now.  The band recorded ‘No One Is Lost’ at Montreal’s Mile End Studios, the former home of Handsome Furs (and the site of Arcade Fire’s first rehearsals). Creeping into the sound of the new record was the music from the now-defunct discotheque Royal Phoenix located downstairs. The result is Stars’ most dance-floor-ready album to date.

Drummer Pat McGee explains, “The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential. It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”
  • Pressed on 2x12" pink translucent vinyl
  • Includes Digital Download of full album No One Is Lost on October 14, 2014
  • Includes Instant Gratification Digital Download of 'From The Night' single
  • All digital downloads are available as high quality MP3 (320 kbps), FLAC, and WAV files
Ships from Montreal, Canada

Order HERE


Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused Available At Bleep

Stephen O’Malley, Greg Anderson & Scott Walker combine forces in a dream (nightmare?) collaborative album 'Soused', across five tracks we are treated to one of the finest most challenging music each artist has ever put there name to, Scott Walker's all empowering vocals fit perfectly against Sunn O))) 's doom metal back drop, from the industrial drumming that opens album center piece 'Bull' to the end of the world greyscale psychedelia of 'Fetish' this is one of the finest drone based metal albums you will ever hear, a fine bit of doom and gloom perfect for the winter months ahead.

First pressing on Deluxe 2xLP heavyweight black vinyl

Tip-on sleeve
Designed by Stephen O'Malley
Includes download code
Scott Sunn O))) sticker while stocks last

Order at Bleep


Cursive 'The Ugly Organ' Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

With The Ugly Organ, Cursive made a landmark album for itself and Saddle Creek.

The darkest days of the Bush Era were settling in like a dense fog over the entire country, and the outlook was bleak. That made The Ugly Organ especially potent, its gloomy inward focus a natural reflection of the era. The press accolades came quickly, from the mainstream (Rolling Stone called it “a brilliant leap forward,” and Entertainment Weekly said it “raised the Saddle Creek bar”) to the niche (The A.V. Club called it “a potent piece of rock art,” Alternative Press gave it a perfect score).

Just prior to The Ugly Organ, Saddle Creek had released the celebratory compilation Saddle Creek 50, which included Cursive’s gleefully self-referential “Nonsense” (“I really don’t want to write another ‘I’m a dick’ song again”), which is included on this reissue. The label’s 49th release had been another Cursive joint, the “Art is Hard” single, which featured the explosive six-minute B-side “Sinner’s Serenade,” also included here. Rounding it out are four songs from Cursive’s split EP with Eastern Youth, 8 Teeth to Eat You—check out the ferocious playing by cellist Gretta Cohn on “Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb 24, 1997”—and two songs from the single for “The Recluse.” - Kyle Ryan, The A.V. Club

The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] is not in stores until NOVEMBER 24! We will ship your order on NOVEMBER 10 - that’s two weeks early! Also on NOVEMBER 10, your account will be updated to allow for a full download of the album.

Order at SaddleCreek


Pixies Announce Expanded 'Doolittle' Vinyl Reissue

The week commencing 1st December, Pixies and 4AD will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doolittle with the release of Pixies: Doolittle 25 - an expanded edition of the classic album that brings together all the album's B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos for the first time, with nearly half of the tracks having not been commercially released before.

The second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering - Doolittle was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, it was an instant hit, containing some of the band’s most memorable singles (‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Debaser’). Included among the many plaudits thrown Doolittle’s way was Pitchfork ranking it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it their Second Best Album of All Time. The band toured Doolittle in 2009 to celebrate its 20th birthday and five years on, it’s now time to give it the deluxe release treatment it deserves.

Pre-Order at the Pixies website HERE


Annual UK vinyl sales set to crack the one million mark for the first time since the mid-’90s


more from the uk:

Retro records are back in style: The Plymouth music lovers embracing vinyl


great article from china:

Mission: Save vanishing music of vinyl records


from the great state of michigan

Erickson: Lansing's GTG Records celebrating life as an indie


great insights and well written article (although i hate the terms 'vinyls,' and  'hipster'.....)

Vinyl Revival - Is the Return of the Record Player Just Another Hipster Trend?


Red Red Meat Launch Vinyl Reissue Campaign


BEHEMOTH To Release 'Xiadz' Limited-Edition Vinyl EP


album cover art of the day:

SODOM To Release 'Sacred Warpath' EP