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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 15, 2011

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    Reissues are in bloom this week! In addition to deluxe Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Depeche Mode, and Neil Young reissues, there is a treasure chest of jazz vinyl imports from the Wax Time imprint and an anthology from Motown’s West Coast subsidiary, Mowest.

    Paul McCartneyMcCartney, McCartney II (HEAR Music)
    Two of Paul McCartney’s classic solo albums – one launching his solo career, the second re-igniting it after the dissolution of his band Wings – re-mastered at Abbey Road and reissued on two-disc, 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Includes an MP3 download and bonus audio tracks of previously unreleased outtakes and rarities.

    Neil YoungHarvest, A Treasure (Reprise)
    Next up in the Neil Young reissue series is his legendary 1972 country-rock classic, Harvest, featuring the No. 1 hit “Heart of Gold.” Also out this week, A Treasure is a new live double LP comprised of material recorded during Young’s 1984-85 U.S. tour. Available on both 140-gram and 180-gram vinyl, the album includes five previously unreleased songs and finds Young performing with some of country music’s greatest, the International Harvesters.

    Deep PurpleDeep Purple in Rock (Friday Music)
    180-gram audiophile reissue of the English rock band’s game-changing 1970 album, featuring the Mark II line-up and debuting a new, hard-rock sound. Classics “Speed King,” “Child in Time,” and “Living Wreck” are all here, as is the original gatefold LP artwork.

    Depeche ModeRemixes 2: 81-11 (101 Distribution Import)
    A career-spanning, six-LP compilation of Depeche Mode remixes from artists including M83, UNKLE, Trentemøller, Röyksopp, Francois Kevorkian, Dan the Automator, Peter, Bjorn and John, and even former Depeche Mode members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder.

    Elvis CostelloThe Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
    Originally released in 2004, The Delivery Man began as a concept album about a delivery man from the American South with a hidden past – a character from the song “Hidden Shame,” which Costello had written for Johnny Cash in 1986. Though this narrative arc was eventually displaced, the inspiration of the South remains in the album’s exploration of American roots music. Features guest vocals by Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris.

    David Bowie – “Golden Years” remix (101 Distribution Import)
    For this remix project, four DJs at the L.A. public radio station KCRW reinterpret Bowie’s 1975 single “Golden Years.” Each of their unique remixes are featured here on this 180-gram, 12-inch vinyl, along with the 2002 remaster of Bowie’s original.

    Keith Richards Vintage Vinos (Mindless Records)
    This limited-edition double LP is pressed on red vinyl and features gatefold packaging and an etching on Side Four. The collection itself features re-mastered tracks from Keith Richards’ out-of-print solo albums Talk Is Cheap (1988), Main Offender (1992), and Live at the Hollywood Palladium (1991) featuring his band the X-Pensive Winos. Also included is the acoustic track “Hurricane” from the Hurricane Katrina relief project.

    Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973 (Light in the Attic)
    The first-ever anthology from Motown’s L.A.-based imprint Mowest is full of soul, funk, and West Coast rock. In its short run, the label’s diverse roster included Syreeta, the Sisters Love, G.C. Cameron, Odyssey, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, the Commodores, and Thelma Houston, all of which are represented here on this double LP, re-mastered from the original tapes.

    Bob MarleySoul Rebel (12 Between Us)
    Select tracks from the reggae legend’s acclaimed sessions with Lee “Scratch” Perry, including “Soul Rebel,” “African Herbsman,” and “Sun Is Shining.”

    Harry NilssonNilsson Schmilsson (Music on Vinyl Import)
    Originally released in 1971, Harry Nilsson’s third album, Nilsson Schmilsson, was the most successful of his career. It features his Grammy-winning cover of Badfinger’s “Without You,” as well as classics like the calypso “Coconut.” Reissued on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

    Woody GuthrieThis Machine Kills Fascists (Cleopatra)
    Vinyl pressing of 14 classics from the influential folk legend, including “John Henry,” “Worried Man Blues,” and “Buffalo Skinners.”

    The Only OnesThe Only Ones (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the English rock band’s eponymous 1978 debut. Featuring the well known “Another Girl, Another Planet,” the album was deemed one of the 50 best punk albums of all-time by the Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music and has influenced everyone from Blur to Nirvana.

    DeftonesAdrenaline (Warner Bros.)
    Vinyl pressing of the Deftones’ 1995 debut album.

    SebadohBakesale (Sub Pop)
    Deluxe reissue includes re-mastered vinyl pressing of Sebadoh’s acclaimed 1994 album and a digital download of bonus material including b-sides, EP tracks, and rarities from the same era.

    Clap Your Hands Say YeahClap Your Hands Say Yeah (Self-released)
    Gearing up for the release of their long-awaited third album in September, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have reissued a fully re-mastered vinyl pressing of their history-making, self-released 2005 debut. Says the band, “We always thought the vinyl could sound better – now it does!”

    VetiverThe Errant Charm (Sub Pop)
    The fifth full length from San Francisco’s sunny folk-rockers features some of their most pop-oriented songs to date. The perfect accompaniment to any hazy summer afternoon.

    Jazz Vinyl Imports:

    Michel Legrand & Miles DavisLegrand Jazz (Wax Time Import)
    This album compiles three 1958 recording sessions conducted and arranged by Michel Legrand. For his first exclusively jazz album, the French composer recruits the best of the best, including Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Paul Chambers on bass, and Bill Evans on piano.

    Dave Brubeck Quartet with Carmen McRaeTonight Only! (Wax Time Import)
    This rare album marks the first of three Dave Brubeck collaborations with jazz vocalist Carmen McRae. Originally released in 1961, it follows on the heels of the great jazz pianist’s defining masterpiece, 1959’s Time Out.

    Louis Armstrong & Bing CrosbyBing & Satchmo (Wax Time Import)
    The last in a long line of collaborations between the two legends that began with the 1936 film Pennies from Heaven, this 1960 record is a duet album featuring arrangements by Billy May and the feel of a stage show.

    Nina SimoneAt Town Hall (Wax Time Import)
    Nina Simone’s breakthrough album, recorded during her September 12, 1959 concert at New York’s Town Hall. It features the same rhythm section as her 1957 debut, Little Girl Blue: bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.

    John ColtraneColtrane Plays the Blues (Wax Time Import)
    The great jazz saxophonist’s 1962 blues-themed album.

    Chet Baker & Bill EvansAlone Together (Wax Time Import)
    Recorded in 1958-59, these sessions mark one of only three collaborations between the two jazz musicians. Joining them in the studio are more jazz greats: Herbie Mann (flute), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums), and Connie Kay (drums).

    Tommy Flanagan TrioOverseas (Wax Time Import)
    Originally released in 1957, Overseas marks the jazz pianist’s first recording as a leader and first recording in Europe. Joining him in the studio are bassist Wilbur Little and drummer Elvin Jones.

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