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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: August 2, 2012

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    It’s a full-on British Invasion this week with the London Olympics and vinyl releases from Blur, the Smiths, and Joss Stone! The Americans are not absent from the medal stand, though, thanks to exciting reissues from Canned Heat, Sam & Dave, and Los Lobos, as well as a new album from Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

    Blur Leisure (1991), Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999), Think Tank (2003) (Virgin Records)
    These ‘90s Britpop legends were honored in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, and now they are getting the royal treatment with all seven of their studio albums re-mastered and reissued on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. With the exception of Blur’s debut, Leisure, each album has been expanded to a double LP.

    The SmithsHatful of Hollow (Rhino)
    Another great British band gets a vinyl reissue this week! The Smiths’ 1984 collection of singles and rarities, Hatful of Hollow is a must for fans and includes the original BBC recordings of songs that would be re-recorded for the band’s self-titled debut.

    Joss Stone The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 (S-Curve)
    Double vinyl pressing of the new album from the Grammy-winning British soul-singer. A follow-up to Stone’s successful 2003 debut, The Soul Sessions, the album is a collection of soul covers with one R&B take on a contemporary song – Broken Bells’ “The High Road.”

    Jimmy Cliff Rebirth (Hip-O)
    Limited-edition vinyl pressing of the new studio album from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff – his first new full-length in over seven years! A mix of ska, rocksteady, and pop, Rebirth features production from Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong and covers of the Clash's "The Guns of Brixton" and Rancid's "Ruby Soho."

    Canned Heat Cookbook (The Best of Canned Heat) (Friday Music)
    For the first time on 180-gram vinyl is this 1969 best-of compilation from the rock and boogie band Canned Heat. Includes the classics “Going Up the Country” and “On the Road Again.”

    Sam & DaveThe Best of Sam & Dave (Friday Music)
    Another audiophile-first courtesy of Friday Music is this best-of compilation from ‘60s soul/R&B legends Sam & Dave, originally released in 1969. Features definitive hits like “Soul Man,” “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby,” and “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” as well as backing from Booker T. & the MG's and the songwriting team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter.

    Los Lobos By the Light of the Moon (Mobile Fidelity)
    Re-mastered 180-gram vinyl reissue of Los Lobos’s classic 1987 album. According to MoFi: “For the first time, T-Bone Burnett’s stripped-back production functions as it should. Namely, Los Lobos sound as if they’re playing at a small, sweaty neighborhood joint late on a Sunday night for an audience of locals, friends, and family.”

    Bob Marley and the WailersIn Dub, Vol. 1 (Island)
    Vinyl pressing of the previously digital-only collection of classic Bob Marley dub remixes.

    Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats (Sire Records)
    Vinyl pressing of the quirky pop songstress’s sixth album, a collection of new material and old live favorites.

    At the Drive-Inin/CASINO/OUT (Fearless Records)
    Reissue of the post-hardcore band’s classic 1998 sophomore album on clear 12-inch vinyl.

    Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)
    Dirty Projectors’ sixth album is a jump in a new direction for the Brooklyn indie-rock band with its emphasis on the songs and the songwriting.

    Old 97’sDrag It Up (2004), Mimeograph EP (2010), The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1 (2010), The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2 (2011) (New West Records)
    Re-mastered 180-gram vinyl reissues of three studio albums from the Dallas, Texas alt-country pioneers, and a 180-gram 10-inch reissue of their 2010 covers EP, Mimeograph.

    The Gun ClubPastoral Hide and Seek (Bang! Records)
    Re-mastered vinyl reissue of the L.A. punk-blues band’s 1990 studio album.

    Charles BukowskiBukowski Reads His Poetry (Real Gone Music)
    This 1980 release is based on a September 14, 1972 poetry reading by Charles Bukowski in San Francisco, and it has been restored to vinyl courtesy of Real Gone Music who states: “If there were ever an echo of the analog world, this album would be it.”

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