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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: April 20, 2011

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    From the MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series comes this eclectic mix of numbered, limited-edition reissues on audiophile vinyl:

    INXSKick (Mobile Fidelity)
    This 1987 blockbuster is the Australian band’s best-selling and most enduring album. It features the singles “New Sensation,” “Never Tear Us Apart,” “Devil Inside,” and the No. 1 hit  “Need You Tonight.”

    The B-52sThe B-52s (Mobile Fidelity)
    The Athens, Georgia band’s 1979 debut is presented here in brilliant new fidelity that makes this kitschy new wave dance party even more vibrant. Features the cult classic “Rock Lobster.”

    Echo & the BunnymenHeaven up Here (Mobile Fidelity)
    Originally released in 1981, the British post-punk band’s sophomore release has been remastered to bring out the brooding soundscapes, cavernous echo, and complex tonalities of this classic doom and gloom album. Features the singles “A Promise” and “Over the Wall.”

    Bobby DarinLove Swings (Mobile Fidelity)
    This 1961 vocal pop record from the singer who brought us “Splish Splash” is a concept album comparing love to a swinging pendulum. Taking 12 songs from the Great American Songbook, Darin explores love’s highs and lows with Side One embodying the giddiness of a relationship in bloom and Side Two full of heartache and heartbreak.

    Dead Can DanceInto the Labyrinth (Mobile Fidelity)
    Following the reissue of the Australian duo’s swan song, Spiritchaser, earlier this month, MoFi reissued its 1993 breakthrough album as a limited-edition double LP yesterday. Widely considered to be the ethereal world fusion group’s best, Into the Labyrinth was recorded at Quivvy Church in Ireland, lending a natural resonance to its exotic and mesmerizing soundscapes.

    And don’t forget to check out these other exciting reissues and new releases:

    Eric JohnsonUp Close (Vortexan)
    The latest release from the guitar icon is now available as a 180-gram double LP. Housed in a special gatefold package and remastered specifically for vinyl, Up Close features guests Steve Miller, Sonny Landreth, Jonny Lang, and Jimmie Vaughan.

    SuperchunkHere’s Where the Strings Come In (Merge)
    In the spirit of Record Store Day, Merge Records has remastered and reissued Superchunk’s long out-of-print 1995 album on 180-gram vinyl. Packaged in a heavy-duty jacket, it includes a bonus download of the live 2003 recording The Clambakes Vol. 5, as well as demos from the Superchunk vaults.

    International Submarine BandSafe at Home (Sundazed)
    The sole album from Gram Parson’s International Submarine Band is considered to be the one of the first true country rock albums. Originally released in 1968, it has been remastered from the rare original mono mix and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Includes a bonus 7-inch of the ISB’s ultra-rare debut 1966 single, which pairs “Truck Driving Man” with “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.”

    Brian SetzerSetzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! (Surfdog)
    The rockabilly guitar legend’s first all-instrumental record features the Stray Cat’s take on bluegrass and jazz classics as well as six originals.

    The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger La Carotte Bleue (Chimera Music)
    The GOASTT is the musical project of Sean Lennon and his girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Previously only available as a tour CD, the enchanting La Carotte Bleue is now available as a limited-edition blue vinyl.

    I’m From Barcelona Forever Today (Mute)
    27 members strong, Sweden’s I’m From Barcelona recorded its third album, Forever Today, live in the studio. The result: a bright, joyous twee-pop record bursting with hand claps and horns.

    tUnE-yArDsw h o k i l l (4AD)
    After wowing the crowds at SXSW, Merrill Garbus wows with her sophomore album. Featuring bassist Nate Brenner, a saxophone, ukulele, percussive backbeats, and her shapeshifting voice that chirps, raps, and soulfully croons,  w h o k i l l is as unpredictable and stunning as tUnE-yArDs’ live show.

    Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” BillyMust Be Blind (Drag City)
    The men that brought us Superwolf team up again on this 10-inch EP.


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