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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 29, 2011

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    Out this week are some fantastic compilations and reissues that are 100-percent worthy of your record needle. Topping the list is a collection of Buddy Holly covers by everyone from Cee Lo Green to Paul McCartney. Dig in!

    Various Artists – Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy)
    Artists as diverse as Cee Lo Green, Graham Nash, Florence + the Machine, Patti Smith, Modest Mouse, Fiona Apple, and Paul McCartney add their own take to favorites from the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s catalog for this exciting 19-track compilation. Released on 180-gram, 45-rpm, double vinyl.

    Pat Metheny What’s It All About (Nonesuch)
    This 180-gram double LP stands out from the rest of Pat Metheny’s expansive catalog not because it is a solo acoustic album but because it is the first to feature no Metheny compositions. Instead, the jazz guitarist and composer dedicates the album’s 10 tracks to, as he explains, “some of the music that was on my radar before I ever wrote a note of my own, or in a few cases, even before I played an instrument.” These include Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence” and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “And I Love Her.”

    The Black CrowesShake Your Money Maker, Amorica reissues (Plain)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl reissues of the Black Crowes’ first and third albums. Released in 1990, their multi-platinum debut Shake Your Money Maker features the Crowes’ hit cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” as well as their acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels.” Amorica, released in 1994, contains the same Southern rock swagger and some of the group’s best songs.

    Iron MaidenFrom Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010 (UMe)
    Following 2009’s Somewhere Back in Time compilation, which highlighted the English heavy metal band’s earlier work from 1980-1990, From Fear to Eternity gathers both singles and album tracks from Iron Maiden’s last eight studio albums. Triple-vinyl Picture Disc edition.

    Alicia KeysSongs in A Minor Anniversary Edition (Sony Legacy)
    In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Alicia Keys’ breakthrough debut, the first-ever vinyl edition of Songs in A Minor is now available as a 180-gram double LP. Originally released in 2001, the album earned Keys five Grammys, including Song of the Year for the hit single “Fallin'” and Best R&B Album.

    Marianne FaithfullHorses and High Heels (Naive)
    Recorded in New Orleans’ French Quarter with a core of local musicians, Marianne Faithfull’s latest record features four originals and eight covers, including Lesley Duncan’s “Love Song” (made famous by Elton John), Carol King’s “Goin’ Back,” the Shangri-Las’ “Past Present and Future,” and New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint’s “Back in Baby’s Arms.” The album also features the guitar of John Porter and Lou Reed, cameos from Dr. John and MC5’s Wayne Kramer, and one song with lyrics specially written for Faithfull by the Irish playwright Frank McGuiness.

    The Sisters of MercyFirst and Last and Always (MoFi)
    Limited-edition vinyl reissue of this 1985 goth-rock classic. The Sisters of Mercy’s debut album, First and Last and Always features the group’s original line-up of singer Andrew Eldritch, lead guitarist Gary Marx, rhythm guitarist Wayne Hussey, and bassist Craig Adams, with drums courtesy of their drum machine, Doktor Avalanche.

    BreadThe Best of Bread (Friday Music)
    Originally released in 1973, this multi-platinum album is now available on 180-gram audiophile vinyl for the first time ever. Included are the group’s soft-rock classics like “Make It With You,” “If,” “Baby I’m-a Want You,” “Diary,” and “Everything I Own.”

    PoisonOpen Up and Say…Ahh! (Friday Music)
    Following the success of Poison’s multi-platinum debut, their sophomore album Open Up and Say…Ahh! proved to be a major milestone for the glam-metal band. Originally released in 1988, it produced the chart-toppers “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” “Fallen Angel,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and the No. 1 power ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” 180-gram audiophile vinyl reissue with first-time gatefold cover.

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