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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: May 25, 2011

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    Yesterday, Bob Dylan turned 70 and all of these great records were released on vinyl:

    Bootsy CollinsTha Funk Capitol of the World (Mascot Records)
    The new album from legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins is now available on vinyl. Described by Collins as a “musical biography,” it features collaborations with fellow P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell, and special guests Snoop Dogg, Chuck D., Ice Cube, actor Samuel L. Jackson, banjo player Béla Fleck, the Rev. Al Sharpton, scholar Dr. Cornel West, and guitarists Buckethead and Catfish Collins (Bootsy’s late brother).

    Gary MooreLive at Montreux 1997 (Lilith)
    The influential blues-rock guitarist is known for his passionate playing style, and this 180-gram double live LP of his performance at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival captures it all, from his distinctive tone to his undeniable virtuosity.

    Miles DavisBlue Haze (Original Jazz)
    Originally released in 1954, Blue Haze documents three different recording sessions, one with a quintet featuring Charles Mingus on piano, and another with a quartet featuring Art Blakey. Includes the trumpeter’s famous tune “Four.”

    SantanaMoonflower (Friday Music)
    This platinum-selling 1977 live and studio album gets the 180-gram reissue treatment from Friday Music. Packaged in a gatefold cover with the original album art, the double LP includes Santana’s hit cover of the Zombies’ “She’s Not There” and live renditions of original classics like “Black Magic Woman” and “Europa,” recorded during the band’s Festival tour.

    Deep PurpleShades of Deep Purple (Hi Horse)
    1968 debut album by the English hard rock band includes their hit single “Hush,” “Mandrake Root,” a unique version of the Beatles’ “Help!” and a 7:30 minute version of “Hey Joe.”

    Crosby-NashAnother Stoney Evening (Blue Castle Records)
    The first release on David Crosby and Graham Nash’s own Blue Castle Records label, this 180-gram double LP captures the beginning of their musical relationship together as a duo. The acoustic set was recorded in the fall of 1971 at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

    SadeUltimate Collection (Epic)
    This three disc greatest hits compilation features 25 of Sade’s classic songs including “No Ordinary Love,” “Smooth Operator,” and “Soldier of Love,” as well as four new songs.

    Teenage FanclubThirteen (Original Recordings)
    This 1993 album from the Scottish alternative rock band Teenage Fanclub is now available on vinyl for the first time in America. Re-mastered and pressed on high quality European vinyl.

    Thurston MooreDemolished Thoughts (Matador)
    The new folk-influenced acoustic solo album from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore was produced by Beck Hansen, and is being described as beautifully haunting. Double LP features Beck on various instruments, as well as Mary Lattimore on harp and Samara Lubelski on violin.

    BorisHeavy Rocks, Attention Please (Sargent House)
    These two new albums from the Japanese experimental rock trio could not be more different. Heavy Rocks, which shares a title with the band’s classic 2002 album, is a strikingly HEAVY contrast to the surprisingly dream-pop/shoegaze-leaning Attention Please, Boris’ first album to feature vocals by guitarist Wata on every song.

    Amon TobinISAM (Ninja Tune)
    Brazilian electronic musician Amon Tobin describes his innovative new album as a “sound sculpture.” Instead of his usual jazz-based vinyl sampling, he utilizes heavily processed field recordings, which he synthesizes to create playable instruments.

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