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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: March 14, 2012

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    The close vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers, the mysterious guitar riffs of Jimmy Page, and the live energy of the Decemberists are just a few of the things you can enjoy on vinyl this week. We’ve also got a stream of 180-gram jazz classics from Wax Time Imports and records from some of punk rock’s best here on the list.

    The Everly Brothers The Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers (Friday Music)
    Thanks to Friday Music you can now listen to the rock and roll pioneers’ phenomenal two-part harmonies on 180-gram vinyl. This 1962 greatest hits compilation from the legendary sibling duo features 12 of the Everly Brothers’ biggest hits including “Cathy’s Clown,” “That’s Old Fashioned,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Walk Right Back,” “Ebony Eyes,” and their classic take on Little Richard’s “Lucille.” Lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes.

    Jimmy PageBurn Up (Cleopatra Records)
    12-inch vinyl picture disc featuring rare, early blues-rock recordings from the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist and a host of friends including bassist John Paul Jones.

    The Style CouncilCafé Bleu (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of the ambitious 1984 debut from the Paul Weller-led British duo. Originally released in the U.S. as My Ever Changing Moods, the album includes that standout track along with other adventures in jazz, soul, pop, and hip-hop, and guest musicians Tracey Horn and Ben Watt from Everything But the Girl.

    The DecemberistsWe All Raise Our Voices to the Air: Live Songs 04.11-08.11 (Capitol)
    Triple-vinyl live album culled from various shows during the indie-rock superheroes’ 2011 tour in support of their Grammy-nominated album The King Is Dead. 20 tracks span the Decemberists’ rich 10-year career, capturing both their exciting versatility and spontaneity onstage.

    TelevisionTelevision (Vinilissimo)
    The eponymous reunion album by the influential NYC proto-punk band was originally released in 1992, some 14 years after Television disbanded. Thanks to Vinilissimo, you can now experience Tom Verlaine’s intricate guitar attack on vinyl.

    Social DistortionSocial Distortion (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of the SoCal roots-punk band’s breakthrough album from 1990. Features Social D’s well-known cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and the hits “Ball and Chain” and “Story of My Life.”

    Lee FieldsFaithful Man (Truth & Soul)
    2012 album from the veteran funk and soul artist featuring production from Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels (Adele, Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z). After 43 years in the business, Lee Fields has yet to miss a step.

    Willie DixonI Am the Blues (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram audiophile vinyl reissue of this classic Chicago blues album. Originally released in 1970, the album features the legendary songwriter and his band of Chicago All-Stars performing some of Dixon’s best-known tunes including “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man,” “The Little Red Rooster,” “Spoonful,” and “Back Door Man.”

    Louis Armstrong & Dave BrubeckThe Real Ambassadors (Wax Time Import)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of this unique jazz collaboration based on the jazz musical written and composed by Dave Brubeck and his wife lola. This recording showcases the talents of Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, and the innovative vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross while addressing Cold War politics and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

    Wes Montgomery So Much Guitar! (Wax Time Import)
    This 1961 album is not only a jazz classic but one of the great jazz guitarist’s finest recordings – and it is now available on 180-gram audiophile vinyl! The interaction between Montgomery and pianist Hank Jones is not to be missed.

    Bill Evans TrioWaltz for Debby; Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Wax Time Import)
    180-gram vinyl pressings of these companion live albums by the influential jazz pianist and his renowned trio of bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. Recorded during their June 25, 1961 performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City, it is one of the best live jazz recordings of all time as well as the final performance by LaFaro, who was killed in a car accident just 10 days later.

    Charles MingusCharles Mingus Presents (Wax Time Import)
    This 1960 recording from the ever-exciting jazz bassist is now available on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Released on the independent label Candid Records, the album features the quartet of Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson, and Dannie Richmond recreating the atmosphere of their ongoing performances at the Showplace in New York.

    Duke EllingtonPiano in the Foreground (Wax Time Import)
    180-gram audiophile pressing of this 1961 album featuring the jazz pianist in a rare trio setting. In addition to beautiful renditions of the jazz standards “I Can’t Get Started,” “Body and Soul,” and “Summertime,” Piano in the Foreground features some true Duke obscurities.

    FlashFlash (Friday Music)
    The acclaimed 1972 self-titled debut from the prog-rock quintet featuring former Yes guitarist Peter Banks and virtuoso keyboardist Tony Kaye. For the first time ever, this prog masterpiece is available on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a striking gatefold cover. Includes the hit single “Small Beginnings” and the radio standards “Dreams of Heaven” and “Children of the Universe.”

    Kevin AyersJoy of a Toy (Vinilissimo)
    Whimsical 1969 solo debut from Soft Machine founding member Kevin Ayers.

    Golden EarringFrom Heaven From Hell (Music on Vinyl Import)
    To celebrate the golden anniversary of Dutch rockers Golden Earring, Music on Vinyl released this brand new compilation featuring a personal selection of favorites. Presented on two 120-gram 10-inch records with the first 500 pressed on gold vinyl.

    Shocking BlueLove Buzz (Music on Vinyl Import)
    And another exclusive MOV compilation honoring a ‘60s rock band from The Hague. Shocking Blue was the first Dutch band to have a #1 hit in the U.S. (“Venus”), and their song “Love Buzz” has been covered by the likes of Nirvana and Prodigy. This vinyl-only release features their greatest hits on two 120-gram 10-inch records. First 500 on shockingly blue vinyl.

    Roots Saying Something (In & Out Records)
    Live album from the all-star saxophone band of Arthur Blythe (alto), Nathan Davis (tenor and soprano), Chico Freeman (tenor and soprano), and Benny Golson (tenor), recorded at Muddy’s Club in Germany. In typical Roots tradition, it features tributes to some of the great saxophonists in jazz.

    GBHPunked in the OC: Live at the Celebrity Theater 1988 (Cleopatra)
    Limited 12-inch vinyl pressing of this epic 1988 live performance by the influential U.K. punk band, recorded at the Celebrity Theater in Anaheim, CA.

    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs – Long Distance (Transdreamer)
    On her new album, Holly Golightly revisits her early solo work with her current band, the Brokeoffs, not only covering herself but covering her covers!  “It’s my top 10 tracks prepared from scratch and served up fresh,” she explains.

    Shooter JenningsFamily Man (Entertainment One)
    Shooter Jennings’ return to his country roots after his Stephen King-narrated dystopian concept album Black Ribbons. In fact, this could be his most country album to date, as well as his most autobiographical.

    LuceroWomen & Work (ATO Records)
    The new album from Lucero is a true Memphis country soul record – a love letter from Lucero to its hometown.  Produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly).

    Delta SpiritDelta Spirit (Rounder)
    On its third album, the San Diego band makes a move away from its “twangy” and “rootsy” affiliations and delivers a true modern rock record. And who better to help them do it than producer Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)!

    Laura MarlingAlas, I Cannot Swim; I Speak Because I Can (Alternative Distribution Alliance)
    From the young English folk songstress, vinyl pressings of her Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Alas I Cannot Swim (2008), and its 2010 coming-of-age follow-up featuring Mumford & Sons.

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