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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: July 13, 2011

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    From Nina Simone reissues to an eight-disc Megadeth box set, there are A LOT of new vinyl releases to talk about this week!

    Nina SimoneSings the Blues, To Love Somebody, Here Comes the Sun (4 Men with Beards)
    Three incredible 180-gram reissues from jazz great Nina Simone. Her debut for RCA Records, 1967’s Sings the Blues is an album of blues, soul, gospel, folk, and jazz featuring Simone’s signature tunes “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl,” “Backlash Blues,” and her definitive rendition of Gershwin’s “My Man’s Gone Now” from Porgy and Bess. 1969’s To Love Somebody and 1971’s Here Comes the Sun finds Simone tackling contemporary pop, rock, and folk hits from the Bee-Gees and Dylan to the Beatles and Paul Anka.

    Édith PiafLa Vie En Rose (Cleopatra)
    180-gram vinyl pressing of this best-of compilation features the French singer and cultural icon’s most beloved classics including her 1946 signature song “La Vie En Rose.”

    Leonard CohenSongs of Leonard Cohen (Music on Vinyl Import)
    180-gram audiophile vinyl pressing of this monumental 1968 debut from the Canadian musician/poet. One of the first albums in the burgeoning singer-songwriter movement, Songs of Leonard Cohen features some of Cohen’s finest work including “Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.” This album belongs in every record collection!

    Lucinda WilliamsWest (Lost Highway)
    180-gram double LP reissue of Lucinda Williams’ critically acclaimed 2007 release. Considered one of the alt-country artist’s most personal and musically adventurous albums, West followed the death of Williams’ mother as well as the end of a love affair, and deals with pain in the most beautiful of ways.

    George Thorogood and the Destroyers2120 South Michigan Avenue (EMI)
    On their new studio album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers pay tribute to their Chess Records heroes and mentors. Named for the address of Chess Records’ Chicago headquarters, the album features Thorogood’s rocking take on classics by Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and other blues greats, alongside new original tunes. 2xLP.

    Quicksilver Messenger ServiceQuicksilver Anthology (Friday Music)
    Limited-edition 180-gram double vinyl pressing of the out-of-print Quicksilver Anthology. Now fans can revisit the San Francisco acid rock band’s classics like “Fresh Air,” “What About Me,” “Dino’s Song,” and “The Fool” in pure audiophile goodness.

    WhitesnakeLive at Donington 1990 (AIS)
    This imported triple-vinyl pressing of Whitesnake’s incendiary headlining performance at the 1990 UK Monsters of Rock festival puts the listener right in the center of the action. Features the classic Whitesnake lineup of singer David Coverdale, guitarists Adrian Vandenberg and Steve Vai, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Tommy Aldridge.

    YesFly from Here (Frontiers Records)
    Legendary ’70s English prog-rock pioneers return with their first album in a decade! Fly from Here upholds the complex, symphonic arrangements, harmony-filled vocals, and heavy riffs at the heart of this group’s legacy. Appearing for the first time in studio form, the album’s title track is a six-part song suite, originally intended for Yes’ album Drama, that the band has been performing live since 1980.

    Uriah HeepInto the Wild (Frontiers Records)
    The new album from seminal ’70s British hard rock band Uriah Heep features 11 new songs that will please any longtime fan.

    Jack Bruce and Robin TrowerSeven Moons (V-12 Records)
    25 years after their initial collaboration, Cream’s Jack Bruce and Procol Harum’s Robin Trower team up once more for this 2008 album. With drummer Gary Husband, they conjure a bluesy power-trio sound reminiscent of Cream and Hendrix.

    Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (UMVD Labels)
    Re-mastered vinyl reissue of the industrial rock band’s 1989 breakthrough debut. Features NIN staples like “Head Like a Hole,” “Terrible Lie,” “Down in It,” and “Sin.” (All songs written, arranged, programmed, and performed by Trent Reznor.)

    QueensrÿcheEmpire (Friday Music)
    First-time 180-gram audiophile version of this enduring 1990 hard rock classic, re-mastered from the original tapes and packaged in a limited-edition gatefold jacket. Features the masterpiece hit power ballad “Silent Lucidity.”

    MetallicaSt. Anger (Warner Bros.)
    The latest installment of Metallica reissues is their Grammy-winning 2003 album, St. Anger. Markedly raw and intense, St. Anger stands out from the rest of the group’s catalog in its more modern heavy metal style and lack of guitar solos. Available as a double LP and a deluxe 180-gram 45 rpm 4xLP.

    Interpol – “Try It On” Remixes (Matador)
    This special 12-inch vinyl release features three remixes of Interpol’s “Try It On” (from the band’s 2010 self-titled album) by Ikonika, Salem, and Banjo or Freakout.

    Dead Can Dance – Box Set II (Vinyl 180)
    The second DCD vinyl box set from Vinyl 180 contains the Australian ethereal world music duo’s 4AD albums Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (1987), The Serpent’s Egg (1988), and Aion (1990), as well as an exclusive pressing of DCD’s 1984 John Peel Session. Each album has been re-mastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is presented in a collectible sleeve.

    Dead KennedysMutiny on the Bay (Manifesto Records)
    The first-ever authorized live album by the ’80s punk band is now available on vinyl! Mutiny on the Bay gathers 14 songs recorded over the course of four shows between 1982 and 1986 in the group’s hometown of San Francisco, including blistering live versions of “Holiday in Cambodia” and “California Über Alles,” DK’s most well-known hits.

    Del the Funky HomosapienGolden Era (The Council)
    The new solo album from hip-hop legend Del the Funky Homosapien is now available on vinyl!

    MegadethPeace Sells… But Who’s Buying? 25th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set (Capitol)
    In honor of its 25th anniversary, Megadeth’s Platinum-selling, sophomore breakthrough release Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (1986) is now available in an expanded 5xCD and 3xLP box set. Includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of tracks from this heavy metal classic, as well as new liner notes by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

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