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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: September 21, 2011

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    From Cumbia to classical, we’ve got a really eclectic mix this week. I’d say it’s fitting then that the eclectic new supergroup Superheavy and its genre-defying eponymous debut kicks off the list.

    SuperHeavySuperHeavy (Universal Republic)
    The highly anticipated debut album from the intercontinental project featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, English producer/former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart, and the Indian film composer behind the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, A.R. Rahman. An intriguing mix of blues-rock, reggae, soul, and Bollywood.

    The Who
    Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (Rock Classics Import)
    Triple 180-gram red, white, and blue vinyl pressing of this legendary live performance by the English rock band. Recorded at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 29, 1970, the album features songs from the Who’s famous rock opera Tommy, live favorites like “Substitute,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Heaven and Hell,” “My Generation,” and “Magic Bus,” covers of “Shakin’ All Over” and “Summertime Blues,” as well as new songs the band was working on for its next (eventually abandoned) rock opera, Lifehouse.

    Roy OrbisonThe Last Concert (Let Them Eat Vinyl Import)
    180-gram double LP reissue of Roy Orbison’s final live performance. Recorded on December 4, 1988 in Highland Heights, Ohio, this historic performance features classics like “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” “Only the Lonely,” “In Dreams,” “Mean Woman Blues,” and “Dream Baby.”

    Gary NumanPure, Scarred, Live at Shepherds Bush (Let Them Eat Vinyl Imports)
    Vinyl reissue of Gary Numan’s industrial-goth album, Pure, originally released in 2000; a double 180-gram clear vinyl pressing of the live album recorded during his tour for Pure, Scarred; and a 180-gram orange vinyl pressing of the English new wave musician’s November 9, 1997 concert at Shepherds Bush Empire during his Exile tour. Both live albums feature different takes on Numan’s signature 1979 hit “Cars.”

    Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos & New Philharmonia OrchestraSuite Española (Original Recordings)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the record featuring Isaac Albéniz’s eight-part work for the piano, Suite Española, orchestrated by the Spanish conductor and composer Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Originally released by Decca in 1967.

    Clap Your Hands Say YeahHysterical (Self-released)
    The indie-rock band’s first new album in over three years is available on 180-gram light blue vinyl in a gatefold package with a download card. Also available as a (super limited) limited-edition double album with three exclusive bonus tracks.

    Black Label Society1919 Eternal, Hangover Music Vol. VI (Rock Classics Import)
    Imported vinyl reissues of two epic albums from the heavy-metal band fronted by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. 2002’s dirgy 1919 Eternal is full of meaty riffs and a darker feel, and 2004’s more mellow Hangover Music Vol. VI features a piano version of Procol Harum’s 1967 hit “Whiter Shade of Pale,” as well as a memorial for Layne Staley of Alice in Chains.

    OpethHeritage (Roadrunner)
    The 10th album from the Swedish death-metal quintet is actually a departure from death metal with its clean versus growled vocals, keyboard-heavy instrumentation versus monolithic guitars, and lots of virtuosic, prog-worthy musicianship.

    Afghan WhigsGentlemen (Hi-Speed Records)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the soul-influenced alt-rock band’s stunning and intense 1993 concept album.

    YellowcardThe Underdog EP (2002), Ocean Avenue (2003), Lights and Sounds (2006), Paper Walls (2007) (Hopeless Records)
    Four Yellowcard albums for the first time ever on vinyl! Included in this series of reissues is the pop-punk band’s extremely rare Underdog EP.

    Van Dyke ParksArrangements, Volume 1 (Bananastan)
    Compilation album featuring 15 of Van Dyke Parks’ greatest arrangements dating back to his ’60s studio adventures. These are performed by Ry Cooder, Arlo Guthrie, Little Feat, Sal Valentino, the Mojo Men, Dino Martin, George Washington Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, as well as Parks himself.

    Los DestellosConstelacion (Secret Stash)
    From the “Father of Peruvian Cumbia” Enrique Delgado and his band Los Destellos, Constelacion (1971) is one of the most collectible South American LPs, reissued here for the first time. Developed in the 1960s, Peruvian Cumbia is associated with the country’s Amazonian region, and its unique sound mixes Colombian Cumbia with rock, funk, psychedelia, surf music, Cuban Guaracha, and traditional Peruvian Criollo. Delgado, a Criollo guitar player, was the first artist to make the electric guitar the lead instrument in Cumbia.

    PleasureDust Yourself Off (Hi Horse Records)
    Vinyl reissue of the highly sought-after 1975 debut album from the Portland, Oregon jazz-funk band. The LP includes the breakbeat cut “Bouncy Lady,” featuring one of the key breaks used in hip-hop, as well as Pleasure’s hit cover of “Midnight at the Oasis.”

    Jeff BeckPerforming This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (Rock Classics Import)
    180-gram double LP pressing of this live album from the rock guitar legend. Features the best performances from Beck’s multi-night stand at the renowned London jazz club including his cover of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” and Stevie Wonder’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” two performances on which Beck’s guitar really sings.

    Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!! The Music of Ornette Coleman (Original Jazz Classics)
    The 1958 debut album by jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman that “shook up the jazz world” at the time of its release with its free-jazz dissonance and blues leanings. Features Coleman on his alto sax, trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Billy Higgins, bassist Don Payne, and pianist Walter Norris. (Coleman would exclude the piano on all subsequent releases up until the ’90s.)

    Emmylou HarrisLive in Germany 2000 (101 Distribution Import)
    Live archive release from the country music legend. Recorded during her Halloween 2000 performance in Baden-Baden, Germany, the album leans heavily on material from her at-the-time new release, Red Dirt Girl, as well as a cover of “Love Hurts,” which Harris originally performed with Gram Parsons on his 1974 album Grievous Angel.

    Sun Ra and His ArkestraJazz in Silhouette (Real Gone Jazz Import)
    This 1959 album is one of the best from Sun Ra’s Chicago period, prior to his New York explorations in the avant-garde.

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    One Response to “Vinyl Releases of the Week: September 21, 2011”

    1. Hrvoje Says:
      October 18th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      You should really check out Pain Of Salvations Road Salt Two which also came out that week. Its prog blues rock and the production is very much 70ish and pretty dirty (in a good way). beautiful really