Friday, November 14, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at Sundazed


James Brown Love Power Peace (3-LP Set)

James Brown’s magnum opus! Love Power Peace is the sound of the Godfather and his youngblood J.B.’s (including Bootsy and Catfish Collins) electrifying a crazed Parisian audience on March 8, 1971.

Sequenced and mixed by Brown himself for a planned triple album, the set was shelved when key band members departed before it could be issued. Here, for the first time, are the sides as intended, exactly as delivered by James Brown Productions to his label in 1971—a 3-LP set with each disc mastered from the original mixdown reels, and each with a unique name, Love, Power and Peace! Brown and band rip through recent singles like “Sex Machine,” “Super Bad,” “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” and “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” with a metronomic precision laid down by bassist Bootsy Collins and drummer Jabo Starks. “Ain’t It Funky Now” — formerly a slow, simmering groove — is transformed into a fast, funky tour de force in which newbie Catfish Collins unleashes one of the most badass guitar solos ever, while a medley of three other Brown standards (“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”/“I Got You (I Feel Good)”/“I Got the Feelin’ ”) blazes by faster than the Godfather of Soul’s personal Learjet.

Interspersed with just the right amount of slow numbers like “Georgia on My Mind,” and including tracks from the show’s supporting acts that were not included on the 1992 CD (which was a remixed, incomplete show), this document of the funk revolution features rare photos and liner notes by tour director Alan Leeds. The way to jump on board for a trip through James’ world at the height of his career!

• First release of 3-LP set as envisioned by James Brown
• Includes deluxe jacket with rare photos and liner notes by Alan Leeds
• Mastered from Brown’s 1971 mixdown reels, unused until now 

Side 1: 1. Introduction 2. Brother Rapp 3. Ain't It Funky Now 4. Georgia On My Mind - Part 1 

Side 2: 1. Georgia On My Mind - Part 2 2. Sunny 3. Intro: Bobby Byrd 4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours 5. I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) 

Side 3: 1. Introduction: Vicki Anderson 2. Don't Play That Song (You Lied) 3. Yesterday 4. Break & Intro Announcement 5. Dance & It's A New Day 6. Bewildered - Part 1 

Side 4: 1. Bewildered - Part 2 2. There Was A Time 3. Sex Machine 4. Try Me - Part 1 

Side 5: 1. Try Me - Part 2 2. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Got You/I Got The Feelin' 3. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose 4. It's A Man's Man's Man's World 5. Who Am I 

Side 6: 1. Please Please Please 2. Sex Machine (Reprise) 3. Super Bad 4. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved 5. Soul Power 6. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Reprise) 7. Finale 

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Freddy (Freddie) King Bossa Nova and Blues  

One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green in the UK to Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the States. But even his staying up all night playing poker with Grand Funk wasn’t enough to prevent his seminal King/Federal albums from staying out of print on vinyl for decades — until Sundazed came to the rescue. The reissue campaign that began with meticulously mastered editions of King classics Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, and Freddy King Goes Surfin’ continues with his rare 1963 offering, Bossa Nova and Blues. In the tradition of his surfing album, which wasn’t really surf, Bossa Nova and Blues had no bossa nova — but the advertising was at least half true, and hey, there were two cuts that had “bossa nova” in the title. Though King was best known for blues instrumentals, “Bossa Nova Blues” and “The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist” (dig the dance craze threesome) were actually the only two instrumentals on an album otherwise dedicated to bluesy ballads. But of course, Freddie made it work — churning out bonafide classics like the karmic “Someday, After A While (You’ll Be Sorry)” (later covered by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on A Hard Road, also reissued on Sundazed mono CD/LP), the emotive “The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You),” the soulful “It Hurts to Be In Love,” and the more uptempo, New Orleans-flavored “You’re Barkin’ Up the Wrong Tree.”

This Sundazed mono edition reproduces the original artwork and presents the original 12-song LP on 180 gram vinyl mastered from the original analog reels and pressed at Record Technology Inc.

SIDE A 1. (I'd Love To) Make Love To You 2. You're Barking Up The Wrong Tree 3. Look Ma, I'm Cryin' 4. It Hurts To Be In Love 5. You Walked In 6. Bossa Nova Watusi Twist

SIDE B 7. Is My Baby Mad At Me 8. Someday, After A While 9. One Hundred Years 10. Bossa Nova Blues 11. The Welfare (Turns Its Back On You) 12. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile)

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upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


2014 will see the 40th anniversary expanded reissue of one of Rory Gallagher's finest live recordings.

Recorded over 3 live shows in Dublin, Cork and Belfast at the height of the troubles tearing the country apart, Rory's legion of loyal fans continue to turn out in force. The resulting album, the legendary Irish Tour '74 went on to become one of Gallagher's most celebrated records and established him as a truly world class performer.

40 years and over 2.500.000 copies later, Irish Tour is now the subject of the most expansive reissue to date. Including 8 previously unreleased bonus tracks, all fully remastered, photos, extensive liner notes, memorabilia and much more.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Triple gatefold sleeve
  • 16-page booklet 
  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Includes 8 previously unreleased tracks
  • Remastered audio


Modern Times is the thirty-second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, originally released in 2006. Following Time Out Of Mind and Love And Theft, the album was Dylan's third album in a row to be met with nearly universal praise from fans and critics. It continued its predecessors' tendencies toward Blues, Rockabilly and pre-Rock balladry, and was self-produced by Dylan under the pseudonym "Jack Frost".

Modern Times became the singer-songwriter's first #1 album in the US since 1976's Desire. It was also his first album to debut at the summit of the Billboard 200. At age 65, Dylan became the oldest living person at the time to have an album enter the Billboard charts at number One.

It also reached #1 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland, debuted #2 in Germany, Austria and Sweden. It reached #3 in the UK and the Netherlands, respectively, and had sold over 4 million copies worldwide in its first two months of release.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Printed innersleeves


Tower Of Power is the third album release for the Oakland-based Funk band Tower of Power. This is their most successful album to date, which was released in May 1973. The album peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Top LP's chart and received a Gold record award for sales in excess of 500,000. The album spawned their most successful single, "So Very Hard to Go". The single peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other singles from the album also charted on the Billboard Hot 100: "This Time It's Real" and "What Is Hip?".

It marked the debut of Lenny Williams being the lead vocalist (though Williams had a solo career prior to joining T.O.P., plus he co-penned the song "You Strike My Main Nerve" from the previous album Bump City. Tower Of Power also introduced the world to saxophonist and future Saturday Night Live band leader, Lenny Pickett, who was the youngest member of the band at the time, replacing original lead sax player Skip Mesquite. Also joining the lineup was organist/keyboardist Chester Thompson and guitarist Bruce Conte, who replaced original guitarist Willie James Fulton.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


After the huge success of predecessor It's a Shame About Ray , The Lemonheads released Come On Feel The Lemonheads in 1993. The album reached number 56 on the Billboard 200, making it the Lemonheads' highest ever chart position to date. It produced the singles "It's About Time", "Big Gay Heart", "The Great Big No" and "Into Your Arms", which reached number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks for nine weeks, a record at the time in which they shared with U2.

Come On Feel The Lemonheads is perhaps the most interesting record that the Lemonheads have released, because it finds Dando confused about everything, particularly love, both for girls and drugs, and his burgeoning fame. There are moments of self-indulgence, whether it's the aimless piano instrumental "The Jello Fund" or two versions of the drug-obsessed "Style," yet they are as essential to the album's desperate tone as the heartbreaking acoustic ballad of "Favorite T." Between those two extremes is some of the finest power pop and country-rock Dando has ever written.

He still has a tendency to be too cutesy, as on the otherwise winning country-rock of "Being Around" and "Big Gay Heart," but the hooky rush of "The Great Big No," the bright "I'll Do It Anyway," and the lovely simplicity of "Into Your Arms" is irresistible.   180 gram audiophile vinyl


Let It Flow was the biggest selling album that Dave Mason had while on Columbia, as it contained his biggest hit "We Just Disagree" as well as "Let It Go, Let It Flow." There is a great deal else to recommend this record, including the horn-and-string ornamented "Mystic Traveler"; the soaring, soulful "Spend Your Life With Me"; the funky "Takin' The Time To Find"; and the soulful "What DO We Got Here?" 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Pink Floyd 'Endless River' Vinyl

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.

David Gilmour describes the record as follows: "The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

Stylistically, The Endless River includes all of the musical elements that characterize Pink Floyd: mellifluous keyboards, jazz-tinged drums, musique concrete, ethereal vocals, and distinctive, emotional lead guitar. As well as Pink Floyd's trademark backing vocals, there is one vocal track, with lyrics by author Polly Samson, who also contributed to The Division Bell.

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

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Ben Folds Five 'Live' On Double Vinyl Available

ImAVeePee Records/Sony Music is proud to release Ben Folds Five Live, the first live album from piano-pop trio Ben Folds Five. Recorded in 2012 on their first tour in more than a decade, this new set - available on CD and double-vinyl - will be the perfect prelude to the band's spot on the Last Summer on Earth Tour, which will see Ben Folds Five filling amphitheaters across America alongside Barenaked Ladies and Guster.

For longtime fans of Ben Folds' biting, piano-based power-pop songs, the past two years have been full of excitement. In 2011, Folds reunited with bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee to record the first new Ben Folds Five songs since 1999 for the career-spanning compilation The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective. Inspired by the collaborative spark after so many years apart, the trio reconvened in Folds' Nashville studio to record their fourth studio album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. The album was an immediate hit, peaking within Billboard's Top 10 - the band's highest-charting release.

Ben Folds Five consistently thrills audiences with their high energy performances, and Ben Folds Five Live captures the band in top form across four continents through 2012 and 2013. The band deliver powerful renditions of their most beloved classics like "Jackson Cannery," "Brick" and "Song For The Dumped" as well as new hits from The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, including "Do It Anyway," "Draw A Crowd" and "Sky High."

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Brian Eno Vinyl Reissues Available From Bleep

Brian Eno - Nerve Net (Expanded Edition)

Brian Eno abandons his trademark ambient explorations in favour of more idiosyncratic electronic experiments on 1992’s Nerve Net, available once again courtesy of All Saints Records. While nothing here has perhaps quite the bite of comparable offerings past (like David Byrne collaboration My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts), Eno still presents an interesting sonic vision. Funky instrumentals like opener ‘Fractal Zoom’ and ‘Ali Click’ were certainly novel in Eno’s oeuvre, as was the piano-led noir piece ‘Disturbed Being’. For fans, there are characteristically unclassifiable constructions like ‘My Squelchy Life’ and the extended ‘Web (Lascaux Mix’).

Estimated Shipping: 11/28/14

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Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly (Expanded Edition)

Brian Eno proves he can still muster some of the old magic on The Shutov Assembly, originally released in 1992. Recorded during an early 90’s run that saw him laying down everything from electronica to pop, his work here most closely resembles his landmark Ambient series. Far from aimless drones, the pieces here continuously shift and change. Opener ‘Triennale’ interweaves feather-light synths and nature sounds, and on ‘Markgraph’, hazy electronics blanket the rich bass line. ‘Francisco’ calls to mind the eerie analogue experiments of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, while the sweeping synth washes on ‘Stedeljik’ invoke your favourite sci-fi score, perhaps something by Vangelis. CD edition includes a second disc containing 7 completely unreleased recordings from Brian Eno archives, taken from the same period as The Shutov Assembly.

Estimated Shipping: 12/01/14

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Brian Eno - The Drop (Expanded Edition)

Brian Eno stretches out on The Drop, his 1997 collection of jazz-influenced experiments, available once again courtesy of All Saints Records. While Eno is hardly ever short of a concept, there doesn’t seem to be one here, though there is an aural motif of sorts. The sketches here, most less than three minutes and lacking any traditional song structure, are mainly built from piano and live sounding electronic drums, especially heavy on ride cymbal. The cheese factor may be a bit high, but the atmosphere is thick on moody pieces like ‘Swanky’, ‘Boomcubist’ and ‘Rayonism’. Fans of revisionist composers like Angelo Badalamenti will know the score.

CD edition includes 9 rarely-heard bonus tracks from the same period as The Drop, previously only available as limited edition of 1,000 sold at an exhibition of Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings at La Floret in Japan in 2006, the original issue of which has since become a collector’s item amongst Eno fans.

Estimated Shipping: 12/01/14

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ALLAN DAVIE AND THE ARROWS 'Arrow Dynamic Sounds' Available On Vinyl  

Starting in the '60s as a surf group, Davie Allan & the Arrows took instrumental music a step further, hot-wiring their sound with the abuse of fuzz pedal. "Talking about pop culture, baby? Allan was an architect, a natural fact rock & roll artist. Allan's ax rocks, stalks and talks with heat, assurance and (believe it or not) a maturity that transforms the oft-shallow rock-instro into epic-scale slabs of rock & roll expression. Dazzling." - L.A. Weekly

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BLOODY HOLLIES 'Yours Until the Bitter End' Available On Red Vinyl

"Yours Until the Bitter End" is a work that reflects a lengthy career that fully embraces The Bloody Hollies' vast influences while at the same time maintaining the band's unique sound of explosive, over-driven mayhem balanced with intelligently thought-out songwriting. What is most impressive about The Bloody Hollies, however, is the diversity of their strengths, ranging from 70's classic rock, Americana blues, to an even power-pop songwriting style. Many who are familiar with the band's sound know them by their trademark murder-themed blues/rock anthems that remind listeners of the 60's and 70's golden age of rock & roll.

The new album still embraces the dark side of raw garage punk, but comes armed with a more eclectic array of songwriting and musicianship. But don't let the touches of organ, violin, and xylophone fool you, the band's hybrid of blues and rock & roll continue to shine more impressively than ever. The Bloody Hollies recorded in San Diego, but enlisted the expertise of Jim Diamond in Detroit, a familiar friend of the bandÕs that helped bring the sound of this record to its full potential.

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Bring Me the Horizon Vinyl Box Set Details Via Banquet Records

Incredible box set from Bring Me The Horizon. No strangers to Kingston, they're one of the UK's biggest and best metal / metal-core bands, who are set to go up to an even bigger level with their new album next year.

Bring Me The Horizon present their first vinyl box-set. 1 EP and 3 studio albums all on 12” vinyl, presented over 5 discs and housed in a rigid card slipcase, with accompany collectable art prints - one for each album front cover and one for the box-set cover, designed by Oli Sykes.

The Bring Me The Horizon story, far from being over, documents the tale of a bunch of Sheffield metal kids. A young group who have steadily evolved throughout their career into one of the most important and groundbreaking artists of their generation. Always producing the unexpected and constantly reinventing themselves both sonically and visually, Bring Me The Horizon are one of the most respected alternative bands alive and continue to release incredible new music to this day.

Expected Nov 24th. This is a very limited release, and will be available on pre-order only.

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Third Man 1st Audiophile Turntable - Just In Time For Christmas!  

Yes, Mr. White has finally delivered a turntable worthy of ThirdMan brand.

Here are the details:

Pro-Ject Limited Lightning Yellow RM 1.3 Turntable - As a limited release, this turntable will not be available long

Our first audiophile turntable, made by Pro-Ject with one thing in mind: sonic transcendence. The radical design, shape of the chassis with decoupled motor, inverted main bearing, and newly designed tone-arm guarantee that this turntable is a worthy and sizable upgrade to your listening station. The Limited Lightning features a factory-mounted moving magnet cartridge, an inverted chrome-plated, stainless steel axle that rests on a polished steel bearing in a bronze housing for low wow-and-flutter and speed accuracy, three nylon cone feet to further reduce noise and vibration, and a three point MDF plinth with an isolated motor assembly optimized for low noise and speed stability. Is that Greek to you? Let us translate: this turntable will make your records SING.

Comes with exclusive slip mat.

 Fitted Cartridge: Pearl
 Amplifier Connection: MM-Input
 Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 rpm
 Motor Completely Decoupled
 RCA Phono Jacks
 S Shaped Pro-Ject 8.6S (8.6") Tonearm with Carbon Fiber Armtube
 Overhang: 19mm
 Downforce Range: 10 - 30mN
 Speed Variance: ±0.8%
 Wow & Flutter: ±0.15%
 Signal-to-Noise: -70dB
 Power Supply: Outboard Power Supply; Output Voltage: 12V / 200mA AC; Power Consumption: 2W
 Dimensions (WHD): 15 x 4.5 x 13.8 in., 380 x 115 x 350 mm
 Weight: 7.3 lbs., 3.3 kg

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from our friends at SlyVinyl (look for their feed in the left column!)

Dexter – Music From The Showtime Original Series // Limited to 1000 Blood Splatter Vinyl LP

California X – Nights in the Dark // Limited to 300 Colored Vinyl LPs


a crate digger's dream:

Man finds ultra-rare records in bargain bin, sells for $15,000


Missed Connections Records Celebrates Guelph Talent with Vinyl Compilation Featuring Minotaurs, Gregory Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith


from our neighbors to the north:

Meet the 18-year-old behind Toronto's new record shop Tonality Records


DANKO JONES To Release 'Fire Music' On Vinyl In February


Gov’t Mule Announce Double LP Vinyl Release Of Live Pink Floyd Covers Album 'Dark Side Of The Mule'


Nasum Honoured with Vinyl Reissue Campaign


great write up:

A Great American Record Company Gets Its Due - Two lush, retro box sets celebrate Paramount Records, a company that never understood its own artistic significance


interesting list from Time Magazine (lots of glaring omissions)

35 of the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Album Covers of All Time


This Transforming Briefcase Turntable Is a Walkman For Your Records


magnified vinyl (again)

These Magnified Images Of Vinyl Records Look Like A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland


Elvis Presley's First Recording Headed to Graceland Auction - The event next year will also include the singer's first driver's license and an autographed single


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 11/03 - 11/09, 2014

Vinyl Top 25

1. Modest Mouse - Lonesome Crowded West
2. Big Star - Live In Memphis
3. Led Zeppelin - IV
4. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
5. Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
6. Modest Mouse - This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About
7. Various - Elf: Music From The Motion Picture
8. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
9. The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
10. Can - Future Days
11. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone
12. Caribou - Our Love
13. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Days Of Abandon
14. Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita
15. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
16. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
17. Arctic Monkeys - Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys
18. Frank Sinatra - Jolly Christmas
19. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
20. William Onyeabor - LP Boxset 1
21. Can - Soon Over Babaluma
22. Haim - My Song 5 10"
23. John Carpenter - Halloween III soundtrack
24. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
25. Les Sins - Michael


album cover art of the day:

Stick To Your Guns reveal cover art & tracklist of upcoming album “Disobedient”