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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: July 27, 2011

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    Fans of ’60s garage rock have a big treat in store for them this week courtesy of Sundazed Music, and people who enjoy clever pop parodies with their polka will be thrilled to hear that Weird Al’s new album is now available on vinyl!

    Weird Al YankovicAlpocalypse (Volcano)
    On his new studio album, music parodist Weird Al takes on pop heavyweights Gaga, Cyrus, Swift, Perry, Bieber, and more. But a Weird Al album wouldn’t be a Weird Al album without a polka medley, and he delivers here with “Polka Face.”

    The Guess WhoThe Best of the Guess Who (Friday Music)
    This hit 1971 album from the world-renowned Canadian rock band is now available for the first time ever on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. The Guess Who’s first best-of compilation, the album features a versatile collection of  songs including the smash hits “American Woman,” “No Time,” “Undun,” “These Eyes,” “Hand Me Down World,” “Share the Land,” and more.

    IncubusIf Not Now, When? (Epic)
    Back from hiatus, the multi-platinum rockers return with a new album that is darker, lusher, and more romantic than any of their previous work. Vinyl is a double 180-gram LP.

    Joss StoneLP1 (Stone’d Records/Surfdog)
    The new album from soul singer Joss Stone (AKA “Aretha Joplin”) is the first release on her own label and has her creative stamp all over it. Co-writing and co-producing alongside Stone is Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart.

    Jim FordHarlan County (Light in the Attic)
    The first stateside reissue of this 1969 blue-eyed country funk and soul album from the American singer-songwriter Jim Ford. Features arrangements by Gene Page (the Righteous Brothers, Barry White, Marvin Gaye) and legendary session musicians Dr. John, Jim Keltner, and James Burton.

    Oscar & the MajesticsNo Chance Baby, “Baby Under My Skin” / “I Can’t Explain” single (Sundazed)
    The ultimate ’60s garage-rock compilation, No Chance Baby is the first-ever collection of Oscar & the Majestics’ complete ’60s output. In addition to the band’s singles for Chicago’s USA Records label, the album includes ultra-rare and unissued material from the personal archives of Oscar Hamod himself.  This includes the previously unreleased song “Baby Under My Skin,” also available as a 7-inch single from Sundazed with an earlier, unreleased version of the group’s well-known take on the Who’s “I Can’t Explain” as the B-side.

    Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (Traffic Ent.)
    Double LP reissue of this cornerstone hip-hop album from 1987. Featuring the sharp lyrics of KRS-One and the hard-hitting beats of DJ Scott La Rock, Criminal Minded not only bore a dancehall reggae influence, it set the stage for East Coast gangsta rap.

    HelmetStrap It On (Original Recordings Group)
    The definitive vinyl reissue of Helmet’s innovative 1990 debut. Full of staccato riffs, this explosive alt-metal album has become a cult classic.

    The Remains – “Let Me Through”/ “Why Do I Cry” 7-inch single (Sundazed Music)
    This 7-inch single features a rare 1966 recording of the Boston band performing “Let Me Through” on the Ed Sullivan Show paired with a live in the studio reworking of their first single “Why Do I Cry.”

    Fever TreeLive 1969 (Sundazed Music)
    Previously unreleased concert recording of the Texas garage-rock band’s 1969 performance at Houston’s Mount Carmel High School. 180-gram vinyl pressing.

    From the Indie Racks:
    Little DragonRitual Union (Peacefrog)
    The new album from the Swedish electro-pop quartet is oozing with sweet soul and funk and already being lauded as spellbinding.

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