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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 8, 2011

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    It’s a good day for Lady Gaga’s Little “audiophile” Monsters and a great day for vinyl when the pop megastar – known for breaking records on Twitter and iTunes – embraces the format. In addition to new Gaga, we have exciting vinyl reissues from the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Stanley Clarke, not to mention a Marvin Gaye box set!

    Lady GagaBorn This Way (Interscope)
    Lady Gaga’s chart-topping new studio album is now available as a double vinyl LP. Features the international hit singles “Born This Way,” “Judas,” “The Edge of Glory,” and “Hair.”

    The Grateful DeadBlues for Allah, Shakedown Street (Audio Fidelity)
    180-gram, limited-edition reissues of the Grateful Dead’s jazz fusion-rooted 1975 album, Blues for Allah, and their definitive Shakedown Street album, originally released in 1978. Both LPs feature iconic album art and some of the San Francisco band’s most beloved live staples.

    Neil YoungNeil Young, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Reprise)
    180-gram vinyl reissues of Neil Young’s first two solo albums after having left Buffalo Springfield. Released just four months apart in 1969, his eponymous solo debut features concert staple “The Loner” and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere features fan-favorites “Cinnamon Girl,” “Down By the River,” and “Cowgirl in the Sand,” also marking the debut of his band Crazy Horse.

    Marvin GayeWhat’s Going On 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Motown)
    This special box set includes two CDs, one vinyl LP, and a gatefold booklet of rare photos, lyrics, and new essays. Marvin Gaye’s self-produced timeless classic is re-mastered here with an additional 28 bonus tracks (including rarities, unreleased tracks, and original mono versions of the album’s hit singles). Also included is the original “Detroit Mix” of What’s Going On, on vinyl for the first time.

    Stanley ClarkeSchool Days (Friday Music)
    180-gram audiophile vinyl reissue of one of the most influential solo bass recordings in jazz fusion history. This 1976 release features the hit title track, “Desert Song,” and “Life Is Just a Game.”

    R.L. BurnsideSound Machine Groove (Sutro Park)
    Recorded in 1979 and 1980, Sound Machine Groove was the blues musician’s first album with electric guitar and first to feature a band, the Sound Machine. Known for his punk-blues crossover appeal in the ’90s, Burnside introduces soul, funk, and R&B to his raw Mississippi blues here. 180-gram vinyl reissue.

    Peter MurphyNinth (Nettwerk)
    The ninth solo album from the “Godfather of Goth” is his first in seven years. Ninth also marks the first album after the final disbanding of Bauhaus.

    Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See (Domino)
    Capturing a vintage live feel, Arctic Monkey’s fourth album strikes a balance between the more abstract, beefed-up rock excursion of 2009’s Josh Homme-produced Humbug and the British band’s dancefloor beginnings.

    Okkervil River – “Rider” 7-inch (Jagjaguwar)
    The second single from Okkervil River’s latest album, I Am Very Far. Features the b-side “I Guess We Lost.”

    The Airborne Toxic EventThe Vinyl Collection (Island)
    This vinyl box set bundles the L.A. band’s 2008 eponymous debut (featuring their breakthrough single “Sometime Around Midnight”), their 2011 album All At Once, and the two-disc All I Ever Wanted: Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each box set is numbered and signed by the band.

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