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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 21, 2012

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    This week: ‘90s icons Fiona Apple and Smashing Pumpkins release new music, the latest album from Technicolor rapper Nicki Minaj makes its vinyl debut, and classic titles from Cyndi Lauper, Chicago, Al Green, Thin Lizzy, and the Ventures get a vinyl update.

    Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of the acclaimed new album from the Grammy-winning songstress, her first in seven years. Recorded under the radar of her record label, it sheds the ornate production of her past work yet remains rich in musical inspiration (from Tin Pan Alley to barrelhouse jazz) and all the wonderfully jarring drama and boiling turns of phrase we’ve come to expect from Ms. Apple. And rest assured, despite its extended title, The Idler Wheel… is Apple’s most refined album to date.

    Smashing PumpkinsOceania (Martha’s Music)
    Smashing Pumpkins’ new studio album is an installment in their 44-song art-rock epic Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Unlike their 2007 comeback album, the heavy, metallic Zeitgeist, Oceania is full of that dynamic splendor that distinguishes the band’s best '90s work.

    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual (Mobile Fidelity)
    Limited-edition vinyl reissue of Cyndi Lauper’s breakthrough 1983 debut, a landmark ‘80s pop album featuring the hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop,” and “All Through the Night.” Back on vinyl for the first time in decades, it has been re-mastered to eliminate any harshness or brittleness in sound.

    Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)
    Double vinyl pressing of Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album. Part rap, part dance-pop, Roman Reloaded features the single “Starships” as well as guests Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, and of course Minaj’s alter-ego Roman Zolanski. (Dare I call her the hip-hop Cyndi Lauper?)

    Chicago Chicago V (Friday Music)
    The first-time audiophile pressing of this revered entry in Chicago’s catalog. Originally released in 1972, Chicago V features the band’s original lineup (Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine and the horn section of Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider, and James Pankow) and the hit singles “Saturday in the Park” and “Dialogue.”

    Thin LizzyBlack Rose: A Rock Legend (Friday Music)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of this hugely successful 1979 album from the Irish rockers – their first studio album to feature blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore. Includes the hits "Do Anything You Want To," "My Sarah," and "Waiting for an Alibi."

    The VenturesOn Stage (1965), Wild Things! (1966), Super Psychedelics (1967), Hawaii Five-O (1969) (Sundazed Music, Inc.)
    More vinyl reissues from “the band that launched a thousand bands,” the masters of tone and technique, the Ventures. These four titles from the highly influential instrumental surf-rock band have been sourced from the original Dolton and Liberty Records reels and painstakingly re-mastered.

    Al Green Gets Next to You (Fat Possum/Ryko)
    Limited-edition vinyl pressing of this seductive 1971 album from the legendary soul singer. Includes his reinterpretations of the Temptations’ "I Can't Get Next to You,” the Doors’ “Light My Fire,” and Green’s own classic hit “Tired of Being Alone.”

    Harry Nilsson - The Point! (Get on Down)
    Harry Nilsson's endearing 1971 album The Point! is back on vinyl with fully re-mastered audio sourced from the original recordings. A fable about the round-headed Oblio who grew up in the Pointed Village, the album was adapted into a short animated film and is packaged here with a fully restored eight-page comic storyboard, the same that was included with the original vinyl release.

    Ten Years AfterA Space in Time (Audio Fidelity)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of the UK blues-rockers’ more pop and acoustic-oriented 1971 album, featuring their biggest hit "I'd Love to Change the World."

    CodeineWhen I See the Sun Box Set (Numero)
    Limited-edition box set from the ‘90s slow-core band contains vinyl pressings of its three releases (1990’s Frigid Stars, 1992’s Barely Real EP, and 1994’s The White Birch), each restored from the original masters and accompanied by singles, demos, live recordings, and Peel Sessions. Each of these titles is also available individually as a deluxe double LP plus CD set including bonus material.

    The FuzztonesHallucination Generation (Lilith)
    180-gram double LP from the original ‘60s garage-psych revivalists. Features 25 of the Fuzztones’ best tracks from the past three decades and includes guest appearances by the likes of Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Arthur Lee (Love), James Lowe (the Electric Prunes), Sky Saxon (the Seeds), and more!

    Various Artists - The Sound of Jazz (Pure Pleasure Records)
    The best hour of jazz ever aired on national TV is now available as a 180-gram mono vinyl LP! This soundtrack from the 1957 CBS television special brings together leading jazz musicians from the era including Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Henry “Red” Allen, Jimmy Giuffre, Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Rushing, Mal Waldron, and many more.

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