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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: December 28, 2011

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    The last reissues of 2011 are the perfect antidote to your sugar coma. Between the 180-gram imports from Real Gone Jazz (who took three classic albums from some of the most legendary jazz artists and packaged them together on virgin white vinyl) and Wax Time, all signs point to NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO EXPAND YOUR JAZZ VINYL COLLECTION!

    John ColtraneJohn Coltrane (Real Gone Jazz)
    From Coltrane's early years come these reissues of his 1957 solo debut, Coltrane, its follow-up, Blue Train, and 1958’s Soultrane.

    Nina SimoneNina Simone (Real Gone Jazz)
    Nina Simone’s 1958 debut album, Jazz As Played at an Exclusive Side Street Club (also released as Little Girl Blue), is paired with The Amazing Nina Simone (1959) and Nina Simone at Town Hall (1959) to make for one incredible collection.

    Ray CharlesRay Charles (Real Gone Jazz)
    Re-mastered triple LP set featuring the 1959 albums What’d I Say and The Genius of Ray Charles along with 1960’s The Genius Hits the Road.

    Chet Baker - Chet Baker (Real Gone Jazz)
    1958’s It Could Happen to You plus 1959’s Chet and Chet Baker in Milan.

    Ahmad Jamal Ahmad Jamal  (Real Gone Jazz)
    From the great jazz pianist: 1956’s Count ‘Em 88, 1958’s But Not for Me, and 1959’s Jamal at the Penthouse.

    Billie HolidaySongs for Distingué Lovers (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl reissue of this 1957 recording from the great jazz singer, featuring her expressive readings of standards from the Great American Songbook. The album finds Holiday backed by an all-star band and features solos by trumpeter Harry Edison, saxophonist Ben Webster, and guitarist Barney Kessel.

    Sun Ra and his Arkestra Jazz in Silhouette (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl reissue of this 1959 masterpiece from Sun Ra’s pre-avant-garde, Chicago period.

    Duke EllingtonSuch Sweet Thunder (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of this 1957 album - a 12-part suite based on the works of William Shakespeare - from the great jazz composer and big band leader.

    Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald - Ella and Louie Again (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of this classic 1957 collaboration between two of the most recognizable jazz vocalists, the sequel to their 1956 duets album.

    Phil SpectorA Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records (Music on Vinyl Import)
    The greatest rock ‘n’ roll Christmas album of all time is now available on 180-gram vinyl. Featuring Spector’s signature Wall of Sound production technique together with the incredible vocal performances of Darlene Love, the Crystals, the Ronettes, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. Originally released in 1963.

    David Bowie Heathen (Music on Vinyl Import)
    The best of his late-career releases, 2002’s Heathen is reissued here on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Co-produced by Tony Visconti, it feels like classic Bowie – and features guest guitar spots from Pete Townshend and Dave Grohl, as well as a Pixies cover and a Neil Young cover.

    Yes In the Present: Live from Lyon (Frontiers Records Import)
    2011 triple live album from the prog-rock vets, recorded in Lyon, France on December 1, 2009. Features new lead singer Benoit David backed by the group’s founding fathers.

    Johnny WinterSecond Winter (Friday Music)
    180-gram audiophile reissue of the self-produced 1969 album from the legendary Texas blues rocker. Re-mastered from the original tapes, it is presented here in its original three-sided format. One of Winter’s finest albums, Second Winter features his career-defining songs “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

    James Carr In Muscle Shoals 7-inch (Kent Records UK)
    For this EP, the Memphis soul man ventured down to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and cut these four tracks at FAME and Quinvy Studios between 1968 and 1969. This limited-edition 7-inch import features longer, new stereo mixes of both tracks on Side One and mono versions of both tracks on Side Two. The ‘60s-styled sleeve features a very rare photo of Carr.

    Pete ShelleySky Yen (Drag City)
    Vinyl reissue of the experimental electronic solo debut from the Buzzcocks frontman, recorded in 1974 and originally released in 1979.

    Van Dyke Parks – "Amazing Graces"/"Hold Back Time" (Bananastan LLC)
    The latest from the acclaimed songwriter’s 7-inch single series. Album art features life-size sculptures of Van Dyke Parks by Charles Ray.

    Marianne FaithfullDangerous Acquaintances (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram reissue of Faithfull’s 1981 album featuring “For Beauty’s Sake,” a song she co-wrote with Steve Winwood.

    Beth Gibbons and Rustin ManOut of Season (Music on Vinyl Import)
    The 2002 solo debut from Portishead singer Beth Gibbons featuring former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb, aka Rustin Man, reissued on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

    Jill ScottWho Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of the 2000 debut album from the soul singer and spoken-word poet.

    2012 sneak-peak:
    The Monkees Greatest Hits (Friday Music)
    Classic ‘60s hits like "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Valleri,” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” can all be enjoyed in full audiophile splendor NEXT WEEK thanks to this 180-gram reissue from Friday Music, impeccably mastered from the original 1969 Colgems Records tapes. Includes long-time unearthed vinyl mixes of the band's hit singles as well as album tracks like “She” and “Shades of Gray.”

    And in case you missed last week’s awesome reissue from Friday Music:

    America History/America’s Greatest Hits (Friday Music)
    This 1976 greatest hits compilation was produced by George Martin (the Beatles) and is loaded with the band’s classic-rock hits like “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Sister Golden Hair,” and “I Need You,” as well as stand-out album tracks. It is now available for the first time on 180-gram audiophile vinyl – classic Phil Hartman album artwork and all.

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