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    Vinyl Roundup: October 10, 2012

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    Happy Rocktober! So far this month there have been lots of exciting new releases and reissues from some of our favorite artists. Take a look:

    KISSMonster (UMe)
    The legendary rockers are back with their 20th studio album. A collaboration between co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons with longtime members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, Monster is a straight-ahead rock album and a nod to the music that inspired them.

    No DoubtPush and Shove (Interscope)
    The legendary Orange County ska-revival band returns with its first new album in 11 years! And it’s available on vinyl.

    WeezerWeezer (Blue Album), Lion and the Witch EP (Mobile Fidelity)
    Weezer fans rejoice: the Blue Album is now available on 180-gram vinyl! Rediscover this indelible 1994 classic – also known as the best geek-rock record ever made – with the grand-scale sonics it deserves. Also reissued on 180-gram vinyl is the collectible 2002 EP Lion and the Witch, back in print for the first time in years. This live set was recorded in Japan in 2002 and includes Weezer favorites like “Holiday,” “Island in the Sun,” and “El Scorcho.”

    R.E.M.Document (Mobile Fidelity)
    The 1987 album that broke this Athens, Georgia college-rock band into the mainstream is now available on 180-gram vinyl. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and more revealing than ever, it features the R.E.M. classics “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and “The One I Love.”

    The Pretenders Learning to Crawl (Mobile Fidelity)
    This 1984 triumph from the Pretenders sounds better than ever now on 180-gram vinyl. Re-mastered from the original tapes, this super-quiet analog LP really brings out the full range of emotions on the album. Features the singles “Middle of the Road” and “Back on the Chain Gang.”

    Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (Universal Music UK Import)
    In honor of its 35th anniversary, this influential 1977 album from the British punks has been reissued as a double pink and yellow vinyl LP.

    Iggy and the Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog (Cleopatra)
    Special collector’s edition 12-inch vinyl picture disc featuring re-mastered recordings from the punk icons.

    Bo DiddleyI’m a Man Live ’84 (Cleopatra)
    Limited-edition 12-inch vinyl picture disc features live performances from the blues-rock legend including “Bo Diddley,” “Roadrunner,” and “I’m a Man.”

    Ricky NelsonRicky Sings Again (Mobile Fidelity)
    Rediscover this 1959 rock and roll evergreen from Ricky Nelson with improved warmth and fidelity on MoFi’s Silver Label LP vinyl reissue. Ricky Sings Again finds Nelson moving beyond his teen pop image and becoming a serious rockabilly singer. Features the career-defining hit “Lonesome Town” as well as the singles “Believe What You Say,” “It’s Late,” and “Never Be Anyone Else But You,” which helped make Nelson the leading singles artist from 1958–59.

    Tears for FearsSeeds of Love (Mobile Fidelity)
    Audiophile collector’s edition of this 1989 album from the English duo. While guest vocalist Oleta Adams brings out the album’s gospel undercurrents, this Silver Label vinyl reissue brings out a new clarity and enhanced spaciousness to the hits “Woman in Chains” and “Sowing the Seeds of Love.”

    Electric Light OrchestraMr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (Frontiers)
    In celebration of E.L.O.’s 40th anniversary, founding member Jeff Lynne revisited and re-recorded the band’s greatest hits. The resulting album lets fans experience some of the orchestral rock-fusion band’s most classic tracks of the ‘70s (“Evil Woman,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Don’t Bring Me Down”) like never before in improved fidelity. Also includes the new composition “Point of No Return.”

    Jeff Lynne Long Wave (Frontiers)
    While he was at it, the creative force behind E.L.O. (and co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys), Jeff Lynne also recorded a solo album of standards. Long Wave is a tribute to the songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s that inspired him.

    HeartFanatic (Sony Legacy)
    The new album from the Wilson sisters is their most rock and roll to date.

    Nico All Tomorrow’s Parties (Cleopatra)
    Gorgeous 12-inch picture disc compilation from the enigmatic German chanteuse, Warhol Superstar, and Velvet Underground collaborator. Includes her hypnotic performances of Velvet Underground classics such as “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “Femme Fatale” as well as her own “Janitor of Lunacy.”

    Dwight Yoakam 3 Pears (Warner Bros.)
    Grammy-Award winning country artist Dwight Yoakam is back with his first all-new studio album in seven years. The album finds Yoakam in the producer’s chair and features two songs co-produced with alt-rocker Beck.

    Wanda JacksonUnfinished Business (Sugar Hill Records)
    The new album from the legendary singer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson. Unfinished Business marks Jackson’s 31st studio album and the production debut of fellow artist Justin Townes Earle.

    Fela KutiVinyl Box Set 2 (Knitting Factory)
    The second in a series of curated vinyl box sets includes long-awaited vinyl reissues of six albums from the Afrobeat pioneer:  Live! with Ginger Baker (1971), Roforofo Fight (1972), Alagbon Close (1974), Confusion (1975), He Miss Road (1975), and Na Poi (1976). Each album features original replica artwork right down to the vintage vinyl label.

    Lisa Marie PresleyStorm & Grace (Universal Republic)
    The Memphis-born musician lives up to her namesake with her new album, Storm & Grace. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, it is a stripped-down and moody Americana album that really showcases her artistic talents.

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