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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: February 9th 2011

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    Vinyl collecting isn’t just about sifting through old crates of LPs (though nothing beats the thrill of the hunt). As vinyl records continue to make a comeback, more and more artists are embracing the format and releasing their new albums on vinyl – often for close to the same price as a CD, and often with a digital download coupon. At the same time, reissues of classic albums that have been remastered afford a cleaner sound and enhanced overall listening experience to those old treasures you once hunted down. So, let’s take a look at what hit the shelves this week!

    EaglesTheir Greatest Hits 1971-1975 Re-issue (Rhino)
    One of the top-selling albums of all time is now available on 180-gram vinyl. This collection features the band’s hit singles prior to the release of Hotel California. Classics like “Take It to the Limit” and “Best of My Love” sound better than ever before.

    MotörheadThe Wörld is Yours (EMI)
    The 20th studio album from veteran British rock band Motörhead. Bassist/singer Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, guitarist Phil Campbell, and drummer Mikkey Dee thrash as hard as ever here as they take a hell-raising look at modern society and invite listeners to do the same. The album was initially released only as a CD on the front of Classic Rock Magazine.

    BauhausCrackle (Beggars Banquet)
    Finally, this greatest-hits compilation is available on vinyl! Crackle draws from the goth-rock forefathers’ first four albums, including everything from “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” to “She’s in Parties” and their hit cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust.” Resequenced and remastered from the original 1998 release, this double LP is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with under 20 minutes playing time per side, making it a loud cut with minimum compression.

    Jack JohnsonBrushfire Fairytales (Everloving)
    Jack Johnson’s multi-platinum acoustic pop/rock debut. This 10th anniversary reissue was remastered by famed engineer Bernie Grundman and cut directly from tape. It includes live versions of “Flake” and “Inaudible Melodies” as digital downloads.

    Okkervil River – “Mermaid” 12-inch single (Jagjaguwar)
    The new single from indie-rock/alt-country band Okkervil River. This vinyl 12-inch features the instrumentally lush “Mermaid” and “Walked out on a Line” from the band’s upcoming full length, I Am Very Far, due out May 10. It also includes a digital download of both songs.

    …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead Tao of the Dead (Superball)
    …Trail of Dead’s new double LP indulges their prog-rock tendencies and marks a return to their more bombastic roots. An epic homage to influences like Pink Floyd, Neu!, Rush, and Yes, Tao of the Dead is being heralded as competition for the band’s 2002 cornerstone, Source Tags & Codes (Interscope). Includes a digital download coupon.

    Akron/Family Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans)
    The highly anticipated and highly mysterious fifth album from psychedelic noise-folk band Akron/Family. It was written in a cabin on the side of an active volcano in Japan, recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit, and its producer predicts it will “transcend the internet.” Released as a double LP.

    Jessica Lea MayfieldTell Me (Nonesuch)
    A 21-year-old Jessica Lea Mayfield follows her impressive debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, with Tell Me, a dark-hued Americana album produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The 12-inch vinyl LP comes with a 10-inch live EP, as well as a digital download code for both albums.

    Nicole AtkinsMondo Amore (Razor & Tie)
    Recalling a more commanding Stevie Nicks or a more ethereal Janis Joplin, this New Jersey songstress’ new album, Mondo Amore, is brimming with dramatic tension, soulful pop, and gritty blues-rock.

    Recommended Debuts from the Indie Section:

    Esben and the Witch: Violet Cries (Matador Records)
    Taking its name from a Danish fairytale, this Brighton, England trio is mystifying and literary. Their dark and atmospheric debut album, Violet Cries, echoes late Scott Walker and Nick Cave in its instrumentation, and PJ Harvey in its vocals. Includes a digital download.

    Wild Nothing: Gemini (Captured Tracks)
    Wild Nothing is Jack Tatum of Blacksburg, Virginia. His debut album, Gemini, is reminiscent of guitar-driven shoegaze, new wave, and dream-pop of the 1990s, and rife with sonic detail. Audiophile heaven.

    Thai? Dai!: The Heavier Sound of the Luk Thung Underground (B-Music)
    Underground Thai rock that melds Thai folklore with garage and psychedelia. Check it out!

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