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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: July 26, 2012

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    I am jumping up and down with excitement over this week’s new releases from Patti Smith and Neil Young. There are also some great reissues from Pantera, Yaz, and the Monkees (what a combo!).

    Neil YoungAmericana (Reprise)
    The first album from Neil Young and Crazy Horse in nearly nine years, Americana is a collection of American folk songs including “Oh Susannah,” “Clementine,” and “This Land Is Your Land” (including the original, deleted verses). Double vinyl LP.

    Patti SmithBanga (Columbia)
    Patti Smith's first collection of original material since 2004's Trampin', Banga was inspired by Smith’s dreams and observations. Among its many reflections on the world is a rock song for the people of Japan affected by last year’s earthquake (“Fuji-san”), a ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse (“This Is the Girl”), and a birthday song for friend Johnny Depp (“Nine”). Featured guests include Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli, Smith's son Jackson, and her daughter Jesse Paris. 180-gram double LP.

    YazUpstairs at Eric’s (Mobile Fidelity)
    Limited-edition vinyl pressing of the influential 1982 debut from the British synth-pop duo of Vince Clarke (ex-Depeche Mode) and Alison Moyet. Features the hit “Situation” in its entire Club Mix version, as well as “Don’t Go” and “Only You.” A new wave classic!

    PanteraThe Great Southern Trendkill, Reinventing the Steel, Official Live: 101 Proof (Elektra)
    Metal fans get three 180-gram Pantera reissues this week presented in tip-on gatefold jackets: 1996’s The Great Southern Trendkill, expanded to two LPs; 2000’s Reinventing the Steel; and the 1997 live album Official Live: 101 Proof.

    The MonkeesInstant Replay (Friday Music)
    For the first time on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, the Monkees’ 1969 album Instant Replay. Includes the hit single “Tear Drop City,” Mike Nesmith’s Nashville sessions, Micky Dolenz’s “Shorty Blackwell,” and Davy Jones’ “You and I” featuring Neil Young on guitar.

    SugarCopper Blue/Beaster, File Under: Easy Listening (Merge Records)
    Re-mastered vinyl reissues from Bob Mould’s post- Hüsker Dü band Sugar. The band’s quintessential 1992 debut, Copper Blue, has been paired with its companion EP, Beaster, on a double LP (plus digital downloads of both records, B-sides, and a complete 1992 live show), and the band’s 1994 sophomore full length, File Under: Easy Listening, is also presented on vinyl with a digital download of the full record, B-sides, and a complete 1994 live show.

    Whitesnake 1987, Slide It In, Slip of the Tongue (EMI Imports)
    Re-mastered 180-gram vinyl imports of three classic albums from the British hard-rock band, all presented in gatefold jackets with new artwork: the 25th Anniversary Edition of White Snake’s 1987 breakout album, known as Whitesnake in the US and 1987 in Europe, on marbled vinyl featuring the European tracklisting; its 1984 predecessor Slide It In, presented on limited-edition white vinyl and featuring the European tracklisting; and its 1989 follow-up, Slip of the Tongue, presented on limited-edition red vinyl.

    John Lee HookerThat’s My Story (Original Blues Classics)
    Vinyl reissue of this ruminative 1960 album from the great bluesman, John Lee Hooker. Features a more stripped-back acoustic sound and features two of Cannonball Adderley’s sidemen, acoustic bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes, on many of its tracks.

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