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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: May 18, 2011

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    Albums from ’90s stalwarts Moby and the Deftones, 180-gram Bob Dylan reissues, a massive Hollies box set, and some Jesus and Mary Chain reissues from last week that somehow slipped by me – these are just a few of the vinyl releases you can get your hands on this week.

    Bob DylanBob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, John Wesley Harding (Sundazed)
    Sundazed honors Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday (on May 24) with these two 180-gram mono-edition vinyl reissues. The first albums released after Dylan’s serious 1966 motorcycle accident, they capture two very different sides of the artist. 1967’s Greatest Hits features classic songs from his first prolific period including “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” while the country-tinged John Wesley Harding (1968), which features “All Along the Watchtower” and “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” marked a turning point in Dylan’s career.

    The HolliesLost Recordings and Beat Rarities (Sundazed)
    As its name suggests, this incredible box set features 20 lost tracks and rare gems from the beloved Manchester band. In the spirit of the original Hollies 45s, these are contained on 10 7-inch discs, and range from rare U.S. and British singles to spy-style Italian movie tracks, unreleased tracks from a 1965 tour, and an extremely rare cover of the Beatles’ “If I Needed Someone,” tracked at Abbey Road.

    The Go-Go’s
    Beauty and the Beat (Capitol)
    30th anniversary pink vinyl reissue of the Go-Go’s chart-topping 1981 debut. Featuring the hits “Our Lips Are Sealed” and ” We Got the Beat,” this is a cornerstone new wave album.

    The ReplacementsDon’t Tell a Soul (Original Recordings Group)
    Originally released in 1989, this more rock-oriented album features the Replacements’ only song to crack the U.S. singles chart, “I’ll Be You,” and is considered one of their most criminally underrated albums. 140-gram reissue from the original analog tapes featuring a reproduction of the original artwork.

    The RentalsResilience (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
    A benefit album for the Japan relief effort, Resilience features 18 orchestral, short-film scores written, arranged, and performed by Lauren Chipman and former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp for their “Songs About Time” multi-media project. Guests include Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Rodrigo Amarante of Little Joy/Los Hermanos, French musician Emilie Simon, Gorka Urbizu of Berri Txarrak, violinist Danielle Belen, and Portuguese actress Dalila Carmo. Now available on 180-gram vinyl.

    LCD SoundsystemLondon Sessions (DFA Records)
    Recorded on June 29, 2010 after the band’s Glastonbury Festival performance, this limited double vinyl LP features live in-studio versions of LCD Soundsystem classics like “Drunk Girls,” “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House,” and “All My Friends,” as well as the rare b-side “Yr City’s a Sucker.”

    The Jesus and Mary ChainHoney’s Dead, Automatic (Plain Recordings)
    Limited 180-gram reissues of the Scottish alternative rock band’s third and fourth albums. Originally released in 1989, Automatic features the track “Head On” and 1992’s Honey’s Dead includes “Reverence,” “Almost Gold,” and “Rollercoaster.”

    Deftones Around the Fur (Maverick)
    180-gram reissue of the 1997 album that put the Sacramento band at the forefront of the ’90s alternative metal scene. Features the singles “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).”

    MobyDestroyed (Mute)
    Moby describes his new album as “a soundtrack for empty cities at 2 a.m.” Written on tour, during the middle of the night, while awake with insomnia, it contrasts feelings of alienation with the exuberance of performing. Double gatefold LP.

    Levon HelmRamble at the Ryman (Vanguard Records)
    In commemoration of Levon Helm Day on May 20th, Vanguard Records has released this live recording from the former Band member’s 2008 performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The set features classic songs by the Band like “Ophelia,” “The Weight,” and “The Shape I’m In” along with Helm originals and covers ranging from the Carter Family’s “No Depression in Heaven” to the Grateful Dead’s “Deep Elem Blues.” Joining the Levon Helm Band are guests Buddy Miller, Sam Bush, Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt, George Receli, and Billy Bob Thornton.

    Hank Williams IIIHillbilly Joker (Curb Records)
    The long awaited punk-inspired album (originally titled “This Ain’t Country”) from the grandson of country music legend Hank Williams. The source of much contention between Hank III and his label, the heavily bootlegged 2003 project finally sees a release – and on 180-gram clear vinyl with black, red, and white flecking, no less – repackaged with additional unreleased material.

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