Friday, December 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

The epic film was scored by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005), The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che  and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Packed in sturdy resealable pvc bag 
  • First pressing of 750 numbered copies on blue, white & black mixed coloured vinyl


Back To Oakland is the fourth album by Bay Area based band Tower of Power, released in spring 1974. Tower of Power followed their self-titled gold album with (as said by many critics) an even better album.

This record had tougher, funkier and better-produced cuts, stronger vocals from Lenny Williams (who was more comfortable as their lead singer), and included an excellent ballad in "Time Will Tell," and a rousing tempo in "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)". The Tower of Power horn section reaffirmed its reputation in both Soul and Pop circles.

Back To Oakland was voted by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the most important recordings for drummers to listen to.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


Continued is the second album released by swamp rocker Tony Joe White. Recorded at Monument Studios, Nashville and Lyn-Lou Studios, Memphis in 1969 and released the same year, the album contained the single "Roosevelt And Ira Lee". It was produced by Billy Swan and engineered by Tommy Strong and Mort Thomasson.

The album contains the track "Rainy Night In Georgia" popularized by R&B vocalist Brook Benton in 1970. It reached #4 on the Pop Singles and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts, respectively. The RIAA certified the single Gold for sales of one million copies. In 2004, it was ranked #498 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. David Ruffin recorded a cover version of the song the same year as Benton, however, Motown for unknown reasons did not release the album.

The song has been covered by a number of musicians, including Ray Charles, Otis Rush, Randy Crawford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Amos Garrett, Hank Williams, Jr., Shelby Lynne, John Holt, Nicky Thomas, by the duet of Conway Twitty and Sam Moore, Aaron Neville, and reggae band The Gladiators.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


from our friends at Spacelab9

DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” Picture Disc LP Revealed

Looking for a last-minute gift for that DOCTOR WHO fan in your life? Coming Tuesday, December 23rd, SPACELAB9 are proud to announce the first ever DOCTOR WHO vinyl LP soundtrack created for North American audiences. The DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” Picture Disc LP collects the very best and most iconic musical moments from the show from Season 1 (2005) through Season 7 (2013). This stunning picture disc LP is limited to a pressing of 3,000 so don’t wait too long, lest you need a Tardis of your own to obtain a copy!

It was nearly 52 years ago that DOCTOR WHO made its BBC Television debut, fascinating viewers and captivating British sci-fi fans. Half a century later, the good Doctor continues to beguile as new generations of fans from all corners of the globe immerse themselves in the storied history of the perennial fan-favorite science fiction television series. Since the series was re-booted in 2005, the time traveling adventures of The Doctor and his trusty Tardis have reached unprecedented levels of popularity, particularly in North America, where fans swoon to a sea of licensed goodies and line up as far as the eye can see for entry into their local Doctor-Con. The DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” picture disc LP will be available exclusively at Hot Topic stores and via HotTopic, while supplies last.


III & IV by Heat Leisure Available Via ThrillJockey 

Heat Leisure is a collective centered around the Carney brothers of Pontiak, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin of Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier of Beach House, and Robert J. Otten III. Their music takes a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods toAmon Düül II, Can and the Grateful Dead.

For this, their second gathering and recording at the Carney’s farm in Virginia, the group recruited the legendary Merry Prankster and Dead associate Ken Babbs, who emceed the Dead’s mythical Veneta, OR gig in 1972 that became Sunshine Daydream, to contribute a shamanistic monologue to “III,” which occupies the first side of this, their first full-length vinyl release. The Carneys approached Babbs about collaborating with Heat Leisure after staying at his Oregon farm on the last Pontiak tour. Heat Leisure’s core principles are spontaneity, serendipity, and collaboration. The band employs frying amp distortion, a signature of Pontiak, as well as an array of drums, synthesizers, samplers, organs and a heavy dose of explorative improvisation by the musicians to create a highly lyrical album.

III & IV is released on LP-only, pressed on virgin vinyl and presented in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and free download card.

Order at ThrillJockey


from billboard:

The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction


from the uk:

What goes around comes around: How vinyl is back in vogue


from the great state of florida:

Tampa record label New Granada celebrates 20 years with three-night concert


Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Goes Old School with Vinyl Record Collector’s Edition


interesting read from laweekly:

Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound Is the Patron Saint of Your Vinyl Collection


Someone actually found the vinyl records Jack White hid inside furniture


Vital Vinyl: Ville Valo Discusses HIM’s Massive Retrospective Box Set


Johnny Cash's 'American' Series Collected in Vinyl Box Set


weekend reading from rolling stone:

20 Best Reissues of 2014


What’s Selling? — Week of Dec. 18


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 12/08 - 12/14, 2014

Vinyl Top 25

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
2. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
3. Taylor Swift - 1989
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
5. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
6. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
7. Arctic Monkeys - AM
8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
9. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
10. Brandi Carlile - The Story
11. Led Zeppelin - IV
12. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
13. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
14. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
15. Diarrhea Planet - Aliens In The Outfield 10"
16. The Weeks - Buttons 10"
17. She & Him - Classics
18. The Beatles - 1967-70 (the blue album)
19. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
20. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
21. Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
22. OST - Elf
23. Jack White - Lazaretto
24. Sturgill Simpson - High Top Mountain
25. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas


album cover art of the day:

Details Of New Album "Raise A Little Hell" Revealed By The Answer