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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: February 8, 2012

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    Between new albums from Paul McCartney and Of Montreal, this week’s vinyl releases come full circle. And there are some excellent reissues and anthologies in the mix. So dig in and don’t forget your valentine.

    Paul McCartney Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music)
    The new solo album from Paul McCartney is an intimate collection of American standards alongside two new McCartney originals. Produced by jazz producer Tommy LiPuma, Kisses on the Bottom features Diana Krall and her band plus guests Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder performing songs that McCartney grew up with and later drew upon in his songwriting with John Lennon. Available as a 180-gram double gatefold LP with digital download card.

    The Grateful DeadWake of the Flood (Mobile Fidelity)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of the 1973 album that ushered in a new era for the Dead: a new label, a new line-up, and a new sonic palette full of horns and violin. Part of Mobile Fidelity’s Amazing Grateful Dead reissue series (which also includes Live/Dead, Skull and Roses, and In the Dark) the album was half-speed mastered from the original tapes and will let you experience this classic like never before.

    The Deftones Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick)
    The fifth album from the alt-metal band, originally released in 2006, is available once again on vinyl. In essence, Saturday Night Wrist could be considered the Deftones’ Rumours as the making of the album was wrought with turmoil, strained relationships, and drug addiction – and the result is one of the band’s most acclaimed and diverse works to date. Produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction) and former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez.

    Rainbow Bent out of Shape (Plastic Head Distribution)
    Limited 180-gram green vinyl reissue of the British hard rock band’s more commercial 1983 album featuring “Street of Dreams” and “Can’t Let You Go.” This was the last album released by Rainbow before Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover left to reform Deep Purple.

    Foghat Last Train Home (Ingrooves/Foghat Records)
    Limited-edition reissue of the classic rock band’s 2010 homage to its blues roots. Pressed on 180-gram blue vinyl.

    Gene AmmonsBlue Gene (Original Jazz Classics)
    Vinyl reissue of this 1958 “blowing session” studio jam based on various blues forms. In the room are jazz tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, trumpeter Idrees Sulieman, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Doug Watkins, drummer Art Taylor, and percussionist Ray Barretto on congas.

    Dr. DogBe the Void  (ANTI-)
    The new album from Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog is a cathartic rock and roll record that combines the stellar songcraft of the band’s last two albums, Fate (2008) and Shame, Shame (2010), with its explosive live energy. Double LP is packaged with full album on CD.

    Cocteau Twins Stars and Topsoil: A Collection 1982-1990 (4AD)
    Available for the first time on vinyl, Stars and Topsoil is the Scottish dream-pop band’s first best-of collection from their 4AD years. And it’s exquisite.

    Mark Lanegan Band Blues Funeral (4AD)
    After a series of collaborations with Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian), the gravelly voiced, former-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan returns with a new double LP – his first solo release since 2004’s Bubblegum. Featuring guest appearances from cohorts Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Greg Dulli (Gutter Twins), and Jack Irons, the album brims with his dark, spooky blues-rock and distinctly reflects Lanegan’s influences (i.e. The Gun Club’s Miami, Joy Division’s Closer, and Roxy Music’s Country Life.)

    Chuck ProphetTemple Beautiful (Yep Roc Records)
    A concept album about San Francisco? It’s about time! Named after the extinct rock club where singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet saw his first shows as a teenager, Temple Beautiful was made in San Francisco, by San Franciscans, about San Francisco. Prophet describes it as “my effort to tap into the history, the weirdness, the energy, and spontaneity that brought me here in the first place.”

    Wendy ReneAfter Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965 (Light in the Attic)
    For the first time ever the Memphis soul legend’s music is available together in one collection. This double vinyl LP features Rene’s early recordings with the Drapels and well-known singles (like “After Laughter,” which Wu-Tang Clan sampled on their album 36 Chambers), as well as rarities and two unreleased tracks.

    Ben KwellerGo Fly a Kite (The Noise Company)
    The fifth studio album from the pop-rock singer-songwriter marks the debut release of his Austin-based label, the Noise Company. Go Fly a Kite is being heralded as career-defining for its ability to showcase Kweller’s diversity and many talents. 180-gram vinyl plus free CD.

    Of MontrealParalytic Stalks (Polyvinyl Records)
    You know you’re in for a ride with each of Kevin Barnes’ brainchilds, and his latest, Paralytic Stalks, is a dizzying avant-pop frenzy indeed – but also an intimate and rewarding one. Available on 180-gram vinyl.

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