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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 29, 2012

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    So this week’s vinyl offerings are headed up by Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, and the Band. Need I say more?

    Michael Jackson – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” / “Baby Be Mine” (Epic)
    To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s classic album Bad, Epic has released this limited 7-inch vinyl reissue of the beloved pop king’s 1987 single “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” Features the original single edit and B-side “Baby Be Mine.”

    Miles Davis Bopping the Blues (Black Lion UK/Original Recording Group)
    180-gram audiophile reissue of this landmark 1946 release documenting one of Miles Davis’ earliest recording sessions and first-known instance of open-voiced trumpet playing. Joining Davis on this historically significant album is legendary tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, drummer Art Blakey, and singers Earl Coleman and Ann Baker.

    The BandMusic from Big Pink (Mobile Fidelity)
    At long last, this watershed roots-rock album receives the sublime-sounding reissue it deserves. The 1968 debut album from the Band, Music from Big Pink stems from the same pink farmhouse in upstate New York as Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes and features two songs co-written by Dylan (“This Wheel’s on Fire” and “Tears of Rage”), as well as a definitive cover of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” and the Band’s signature tune “The Weight.” 180-gram audiophile vinyl pressing.

    Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Side by Side (Wax Time Import)
    Direct metal mastered 180-gram vinyl reissue of this 1959 combo swing album. The follow-up to Back to Back, Side by Side places Duke Ellington’s alto saxophonist of many years, Johnny Hodges, at the forefront, and features accompaniment by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on piano as well as jazz luminaries like Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Jo Jones. Features one bonus track!

    Alejandro Escovedo Big Station (Fantasy)
    Following his recent collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, the Texas-based fringe rock icon Alejandro Escovedo is back with a new album, his 11th in two decades. Big Station finds Escovedo working once again with producer Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie), who lends the album its wide-screen spaciousness, and songwriting collaborator Chuck Prophet.

    Paul Weller – “When Your Garden’s Overgrown” 7-inch (Yep Roc Records)
    The second single from the Modfather (and former member of the Jam and the Style Council) Paul Weller’s latest album, Sonik Kicks, features the album track “When Your Garden’s Overgrown” on Side A, and a new song, “Lay Down Your Weary Burden,” on Side B.

    Cat PowerMoon Pix; You Are Free; The Greatest (Matador)
    While you eagerly await Chan Marshall’s next studio album, Sun (due out September 4, 2012), you can enjoy these three Cat Power classics, all reissued on 120-gram vinyl: 1998’s soulful and reflective Moon Pix, 2003’s masterful You Are Free, and 2006’s life-affirming The Greatest. Each include an mp3 coupon.

    Beachwood SparksThe Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)
    The harmony-rich band once described as “country through a kaleidoscope” is back with its first album in 11 years! The Tarnished Gold features the classic Beachwood Sparks lineup plus a stable of guests including Ariel Pink and producer Thom Monahan. Double LP in a gatefold jacket with gold foil and mp3 coupon.

    El-PCancer for Cure (Fat Possum/Ryko)
    Double vinyl pressing of the new album from the Brooklyn indie-rap icon. El-P’s first solo hip-hop album in five years, Cancer for Cure raises the bar for both hip-hop production and El-P’s own vocal flow.

    Elmore James The Best of Elmore James (Great American Music)
    Best-of collection from the most influential slide guitarist of the post-war period, Elmore James. Features songs appearing on vinyl for the first time in decades including “Shake Your Moneymaker,” “The Sky Is Crying,” and “Dust My Broom.”

    The New PornographersMass Romantic (Matador)
    120-gram vinyl reissue of the power-pop debut from the Canadian indie rockers. Originally released in 2000, Mass Romantic features the lovely alt-country singer Neko Case. Includes mp3 coupon.

    Paul BanksJulian Plenti Lives… (Matador)
    New 10-inch EP from Interpol’s baritone frontman. An introduction to Banks’ upcoming full-length, the EP centers around a new song called “Summertime Is Coming” and features an original instrumental as well as covers of songs by J Dilla, Frank Sinatra, and Harold Faltermeyer.

    Yo La TengoElectr-O-Pura; I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (Matador)
    In addition to the three Cat Power titles, two albums from the Hoboken, New Jersey indie rockers Yo La Tengo get the 120-gram vinyl treatment courtesy of Matador: 1995’s Electr-O-Pura and 2006’s I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass.

    Uriah HeepLogical Revelations (101 Distribution Import)
    Limited-edition vinyl import collection of ‘90s recordings by the British hard-rock band. Features songs from 1995’s Sea of Light and 1998’s Sonic Origami, plus live tracks from a 1994 show in Germany including the band’s early hits “The Wizard,” “Look at Yourself,” and “Easy Living.”

    Various ArtistsThe Inner Flame: A Rainer Ptacek Tribute (Fire Records)
    Another beloved slide guitarist is honored this week with this double vinyl reissue. Originally released in 1997 as a tribute/benefit album, The Inner Flame features a diverse array of guests including Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Emmylou Harris, PJ Harvey, Evan Dando, Vic Chesnutt, Jonathan Richman, and Madeleine Peyroux. It is presented here with extra tracks by Lucinda Williams, Grandaddy, Chuck Prophet, John Wesley Harding, and Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino.

    Donnie & Joe EmersonDreamin’ Wild (Light in the Attic)
    180-gram re-mastered edition of this 1979 album–“one of the most talked-about privately-pressed albums of the ’70s.” Haunting, soul-laced psych folk.

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