Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

The Album Collection Volume 1 1973-1984 (On Sale)  by Bruce Springsteen

“Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock'n'roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.” --Jon Landau, The Real Paper, May 22, 1974

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, a boxed set comprised of remastered editions of the first seven albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1973 and 1984. All of the albums are newly remastered and all seven are making their remastered debut on vinyl.

The seven albums are recreations of their original packaging and the set is accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from Springsteen’s first decade as a recording artist.

Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system. Albums included:

•Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) 
•The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973) 
•Born To Run (1975) 
•Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978) 
•The River (1980) 
•Nebraska (1982) 
•Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

First 7 Albums Recorded & Released For Columbia Records Between 1973 and 1984
Newly Remastered From Original Analogue Masters By Acclaimed Engineer Bob Ludwig
Recreations Of Original Packaging & Accompanied By A 60-Page Book

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Nothing Has Changed by David Bowie

Collects Together For The First Time The Definitive Collection Of Bowie's Music From 1964 To 2014
NOTHING HAS CHANGED released by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings collects together for the first time the definitive collection of Bowie's music from 1964 to 2014.

Fifty years on from his first recordings, David Bowie continues to be at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, icon and a nonpareil to generations of writers, artists and fashionistas. He remains to be a unique presence in contemporary culture.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED (named after a lyric from the 'Heathen' album opener 'Sunday') compiles tracks from every period of Bowie's career from his earliest incarnations with 'Liza Jane' and 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' right up to James Murphy's 'Hello Steve Reich Mix' of 'Love Is Lost' from last year.

The album features Bowie's first new music since he stunned the world with the critically lauded 'THE NEXT DAY'. The new single 'SUE (or IN A SEASON OF CRIME)' was especially recorded for NOTHING HAS CHANGED with long time collaborator Tony Visconti.

Alongside the brand new track NOTHING HAS CHANGED features the previously unreleased 'Let Me Sleep Beside You' from the 'TOY' sessions, the download only 'Your Turn To Drive' making its debut on CD and the stunning 2001 re-recording of the 1971 outtake 'Shadow Man'.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (On Sale)
2. Ryan Adams - Do You Laugh When You Lie? (Pre-Order)
3. Houses Of The Holy (On Sale)
4. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale)
5. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
6. Various Artists - Forrest Gump (20th Anniversary Soundtrack)
7. Foo Fighter - Sonic Highways (On Sale)
8. Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale)


Dough Rollers - Gone Baby Gone 12" EP Available Via ThirdManRecords 

The Dough Rollers formed in 2009 when Malcolm Ford and Jack Byrne first decided to put their passion for American roots music to work by trying their hand at earnest, neo-revivalism. But, of course, after three years of touring and the addition of Graham Norwood on bass and Kyle Olson on drums, their sound evolved, loosening, snarkening, and darkening. These days, in large part to Ford's hellbent hollering, our boys occupy the sometimes salty, sometimes sweet spot smack dab in between rock and soul. They've toured with the likes of Bob Dylan and Queens of the Stone Age, which, one way or another, led them to Nashville in 2013 to record a 7'' vinyl single for our Blue Series. The result was one of the finest guitar explosions we've ever pressed on wax and a pivotal entry in their discography. Their latest effort, Gone Baby Gone, was recorded with QOTSA's Josh Homme producing, and their swampy new swagger fully realized. It's the work of band that, after all this time and effort, understands their place in the American rock scene.

"I like this kid's style. It's more in the simplistic realm of guitar playing. He's not trying to knock you over."- Jack White

Gone Baby Gone
Mansion on a Hill
Friend of Mine
My Love
Garbage Salad

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WILCO - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994–2014 (4-LP Set)

Nonesuch Records will release two new Wilco collections on November 17 in conjunction with the influential Chicago band’s 20th anniversary: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a 4-CD/4-LP/digital-box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, and What’s Your 20?, is a 2-CD/digital compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings. (Release date outside of North America: December 1.)

Both collections are produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History, and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind.

“Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco’s every move,” Pawelski said. “Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides—and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it’s a super-fun listening experience.”

Alpha Mike Foxtrot features 36 pages of liner notes that include track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and reflections from members of Wilco’s extended professional family. The booklet also showcases dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band’s career.

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of one of San Francisco’s most iconic street punk staples, REDUCERS S.F. and their long-time friends Pirates Press Records have put it ALL together for the ultra collector, or any fresh-cut, all the same. Packing all three LP’s and even a bonus 12” of demos, live material, B-sides and more, this is truly the essentials, and all anyone needs to figure out why this band is so integral to the Bay Area street punk / Oi! scene.

From (timeless) scathing critiques of gentrification in the Bay to drinks out with your friends at the pub, REDUCERS S.F. cover it all, and capture it all, in a real, believable, gritty and ultimately nostalgic way.

The three highly-acclaimed LP’s have and continue to speak for themselves, remastered, and reissued as part of this collection, they are sure to bring back wonderful memories for some, and undoubtedly help other people make new ones as well.

Including both released and unreleased demos from ’95-’97 with their original lead singer Jim Martinez, live tracks from their ’01 gig with ANGELIC UPSTARTS, and other very hard-to-find recordings, the bonus record (only available in this set) is an absolute must-have for all the super-fans; of which there are many...

Reforming (hopefully permanently this time) to play to their home crowd during Pirates Press’ 10th Anniversary weekend, and releasing this impressive package at the same time, will only serve to further reinforce how important this band is to their city, their scene, and beyond…

This deluxe slipcase includes all three full lengths, the bonus 12”, all on colored vinyl; Plus a full digital download for all of it!

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Angels and Airwaves 'We Don't Need to Whisper' Available Via ShopRadioCast

We Don't Need to Whisper is the debut studio album by the American rock band Angels & Airwaves. Recorded at Neverpants Ranch in San Diego, California and produced by guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, the album was originally released on May 23, 2006 through Geffen Records.

Vinyl Details
- 180 Gram double LP witih D Side Etching
- Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan Ricker
- High Gloss Gatefold jacket, 11 x 22 Insert

Vinyl Color: 
180 Gram Translucent Purple (LTD 500)
180 Gram Translucent Purple Disc A/B, 180 Gram Translucent Pink Disc C/D (LTD 1,000)

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A Place To Bury Strangers New Release 'Transfixiation' Pre-Order 

"That's the most intense fear and feeling - when you go to a show and you're actually scared," says Oliver Ackermann, guitarist and frontman of Brooklyn trio A Place To Bury Strangers.

"Or you can palpably feel the danger in the music," adds bassit Dion Lunadon, "Like it's going to fall apart at any moment and the players doing it are so in the moment they don't give a shit about anything else. They're just going for it. It's a gutter kinda vibe; everything about it is icky and evil and dangerous."

The same could be said the band's fourth album, Transfixiation. Rather than fixate on the minute details like they may have done in the past, the group, rounded out by drummer Robi Gonzalez, trust their instincts and try to keep things as pure as possible. Music is much more exhilarating when it's unpredictable even on repeat plays, and this is very much an unpredictable record. Gonzalez makes his recording debut with the band here, and it's obvious that he's helped pushed the band's recordings closer to the level of their infamous live shows.

"The one thing we have in common is this fire when we're playing," adds Gonzalez. "I don't know; it's real intense."

Release Date: 2-17-2015

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from LightInTheAttic

Howard Eynon 'So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam' Vinyl Reissue Available Via LightInTheAttic

The second release from Earth Recordings is the one and only album from the virtually unknown Australian singer HOWARD EYNON, now to be reissued 40 years after it’s original release.

So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam (note no apostrophe) is a bizarre and wonderful acid folk treasure in the vein of wild-eyed geniuses such as Syd Barret, Kevin Ayers, Neil Innes or Nick Drake, although perhaps even more beautiful and mysterious. It’s certainly more unusual, with its colloquial lyrics, acerbic wit and Howard’s Anglo-Australian accented singing voice.’.

Howard Eynon was born in the small market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire and then moved to Chichester. When he was eleven, his family moved to rural Tasmania. Settling on a dairy farm in the small town of Deloraine, Howard grew up milking cows, driving tractors, riding horses and blowing up tree stumps with gelignite and would often spend days on end in the bush without seeing another living soul.

At 17 he left the farm on his motorcycle and made his way to Melbourne to pursue a career in acting. He worked mostly in theatre and joined various theatrical repertory companies. He found himself in all kinds of small parts for local Aussie dramas such as The Sullivans. Later, he made notable small appearances in both the original Mad Max (1979) and as one of the horse riders in The Man from Snowy River (1982).

Throughout this time he continued to play music. In 1971 he had won the Grand Final of Australian New Faces and became a much-loved solo artist in Tasmania, playing many shows and toured with great artists such as Hunter S Thompson. Whilst a member of the Tasmania Theatre Company, he was asked to write and record a guitar piece for a play, which lead him to Spectangle in Hobart, Tasmania where he met Nick Armstrong, who invited him to record a full-length album.

Recording took three months and Howard was joined by a host of amazing local players and utilising Violin, Mellotron, Flute, Synths, French Horns, Double Bass, Piano and more to capture a dozen quirky and addictive tracks that would become one of Australia’s most interesting albums of the 1970’s. It was originally released in 1974 by Basket/Candle Records but has been out of print ever since. The record ranks amongst the rarest and most sought after acid folk private pressings.

Not much was known of his whereabouts or activities beyond the early 1980s.

‘So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam’ is a bold and madcap record on a par with Paul McCartney’s Ram. The evocative lyrics take in everything from political commentary, to anti-authoritarian jabs, to bright homely humour and deep descriptive stories.

This daffy folksy psychedelic ramble full of tall tales, delightfully quirky melodies, hilarious lyrics and marvelous wordplay, risqué irreverence and beguiling lapses into musical frippery, has not only stood the test of time, but completely and utterly blown it away.

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The Melvins Resurrect Early Material for New Vinyl Reissues


Chavez's 'Gone Glimmering' and 'Ride the Fader' Celebrated with Vinyl Reissues


 very informative article, recommended highly!

Inside the vinyl revival: Facts, fiction and rock 'n' roll


Does vinyl really sound better? An engineer explains


more vinyl info from

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from the great state of illinois:

Polyvinyl set to release Vol. 2 of 4-Track Singles Series


from the great state of delaware:

Vinyl Records Come Full Circle


Vinyl records refuse to fade out


cool story:

Daniel Huffman's Vinyl Records are One-of-a-Kind Works of Art [VIDEO]


Shiny Happy Records: R.E.M.'s Peter Buck Talks '7IN— 83-88' and 'REMTV' Reissues


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. That's Christmas To Me ~ Pentatonix
2. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
3. Ptxmas ~ Pentatonix
4. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
5. The Endless River (Deluxe CD\ Blu-ray) ~ Pink Floyd
6. Man Against Machine ~ Garth Brooks
7. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
8. It's The Girls ~ Bette Midler
9. Sonic Highways ~ Foo Fighters
10. Christmas at Downton Abbey (2CD) ~ Various


album cover art of the day:

New Album "Death Kult Legions" Announced By Revel In Flesh