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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: May 4, 2011

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    This week we’ve got more imports from the Netherlands-based Music on Vinyl label, as well as some British Invasion reissues from The Hollies, a reissue from “the American Beatles” Cheap Trick, and the highly anticipated new album from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes.

    Toto25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam (Music on Vinyl Import)
    Recorded during Toto’s 25th anniversary world tour, this 2003 live collection features the band’s biggest hits “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna,” and “Africa.” Reissued for the first time on vinyl and available as a 180-gram double LP.

    The HolliesBeat Group! and Bus Stop (Sundazed Music)
    In honor of The Hollies’ recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sundazed Music has reissued these classic British Invasion albums from 1966. Out of print for decades, the albums have been sourced from the original U.K. mono masters and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

    Cheap TrickIn Color (Audio Fidelity)
    Reissue of Cheap Trick’s 1977 sophomore album featuring the studio version of “I Want You to Want Me.” Now the record deemed by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time is available on 180-gram vinyl.

    The Incredible String BandWee Tam and The Big Huge (4 Men with Beards)
    Originally released in 1968 as two separate LPs in the U.S. and as one two-disc set elsewhere, Wee Tam and The Big Huge feature some of the Scottish psychedelic folk band’s best known works and finest vocal harmonies. Featuring songwriters Robin Williamson and Mike Heron augmented by their girlfriends Christina “Licorice” McKechnie and Rose Simpson, the albums mix ’60s mysticism with ancient British Isles folk, Eastern instrumentation, and a quirky sense of humor.

    Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
    This double LP is a richer, more ambitious follow-up to the Seattle folk sextet’s widely acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut. Drawing inspiration from the ’60s folk boom, Helplessness Blues sets Fleet Foxes’ hymnal-like vocal harmonies to more direct lyrics and intricate instrumentation that includes flute, sax, and Tibetan singing bowls.

    Brandi CarlileLive at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony (Columbia)
    This double concert LP from the breakthrough Seattle singer-songwriter captures two sold-out shows at the esteemed Seattle concert hall. Accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, Carlile and her band perform a selection of originals and covers including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” and Elton John’s “Sixty Years On.” The orchestral arrangements were created for Carlile by Sean O’Loughlin (Feist, Belle & Sebastian) and the legendary Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, David Bowie, Miles Davis).

    Ed KowalczykAlive (Music on Vinyl Import)
    Debut solo album from the frontman of ’90s alternative rock band Live. A big hit in the Netherlands, the album is available on 180-gram audiophile vinyl courtesy of the Netherlands-based Music on Vinyl label.

    Gruff Rhys Hotel Shampoo (Wichita Recordings)
    The third solo album by Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, Hotel Shampoo was originally going to be an album of melancholy piano ballads. Written during the Welch musician’s stay in Patagonia (while filming his “psychedelic western musical”), it endued up being one of Rhys’ most ambitious albums, greatly influenced by Tropicalia. Features a duet with Swedish vocalist El Perro Del Mar.

    Birds of AvalonBirds of Avalon (Gigantic)
    Sophomore album from the North Carolina psych-rock band is analog-only and vinyl-approved.

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