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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: August 10, 2011

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    Come sail away this week with reissues from Black Sabbath, Yes, Jefferson Starship, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Cypress Hill, Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Guided by Voices, Meat Puppets, and … Styx! Also out is a series of imported 12-inch singles from Björk’s forthcoming album, Biophilia.

    Black SabbathVolume 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), Sabotage (1975) (Rhino Records)
    180-gram reissues of the British heavy-metal icons’ classic early-’70s releases.

    Heaven & HellNeon Nights: Live at Wacken (Back on Black)
    Recorded at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival on July 30, 2009, this live set features songs from the three official Dio-era Black Sabbath albums as well as Heaven & Hell’s 2009 album, The Devil You Know. This tour would prove to be the heavy metal supergroup’s last, as its frontman Ronnie James Dio would pass away the following year from stomach cancer.

    YesTales from Topographic Oceans (Friday Music)
    For the first time on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, this deluxe double LP (originally released in 1973) is a fan favorite featuring four incredible workouts from the English prog rockers. Yes, that means one song per side!

    StyxThe Grand Illusion (Friday Music)
    Kicking off Friday Music’s Styx 180-gram Audiophile Series is this limited edition pressing of the American prog-rock band’s masterwork. Originally released in 1977, this multi-platinum record remains one of the most revered albums in rock history and features the band’s mega hit “Come Sail Away.”

    Jefferson StarshipRed Octopus (Friday Music)
    Re-mastered 180-gram audiophile vinyl reissue of this 1975 No. 1 album from the Jefferson Airplane spin-off. The best-selling Jefferson album to date, Red Octopus features the Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, and David Freiberg line-up and includes the hit single “Miracles.”

    Cypress HillCypress Hill (Get On Down)
    20th anniversary red vinyl reissue of Cypress Hill’s eponymous 1991 debut. One of the most influential hip-hop albums to date.

    Willie NelsonCountryman (Lost Highway)
    This reggae-infused country album was shelved for nearly 10 years before finally seeing the light of day. Now Lost Highway brings it to life on vinyl. On Countryman, Nelson infuses some of his classic country tunes with a reggae upstroke and gives Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” and “Sitting in Limbo” a country twist. Nelson also turns Johnny Cash’s “I’m A Worried Man” into a duet with reggae singer Toots Hibbert.

    Loretta LynnVan Lear Rose (Third Man Records)
    Originally released in 2004, the Grammy Award-winning Van Lear Rose finds honky-tonk legend Loretta Lynn working with the White Stripes’ Jack White. The two complement each other to brilliant effect with Lynn penning all of the album’s tracks and White handling production. They even duet on the rousing “Portland, Oregon.”

    Belle & SebastianTigermilk (1996), If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996), The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998) (Matador)
    120-gram vinyl reissues of the Scottish indie-pop band’s first three studio albums. All widely acclaimed and all considered to be among the band’s greatest works.

    Jill ScottThe Light of the Sun (Warner Bros.)
    The neo-soul/R&B artist’s chart-topping fourth studio album is now available on vinyl! This double LP includes the hit single “So in Love” featuring Anthony Hamilton, as well as collaborations with rappers Eve, Paul Wall, and the human beatbox Doug E. Fresh. A largely improvised album, The Light of the Sun mixes Scott’s signature spoken word with soul, funk, hip-hop, and jazz grooves, lush strings, and even ragtime piano to create a potent brew of empowerment.

    Cat PowerWhat Would the Community Think (1996), The Covers Record (2000), Jukebox (2008) (Matador)
    120-gram reissues of Cat Power’s two covers records and her oft-overlooked 1996 masterpiece, What Would the Community Think. Chan Marshall’s first albums of covers, The Covers Record takes on the Rolling Stones and the Velvet Underground (among others) with just a spare guitar, piano, and her emotive vocals. Jukebox is a tribute to the vocalists that have influenced her including Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Billie Holiday, and James Brown.

    Yo La TengoPainful (1993), And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2000) (Matador)
    120-gram reissues of two significant titles from the New Jersey noise-pop band: Painful, the album on which YLT really came into its own creatively, and the critically acclaimed And Then Nothing…, a more intimate, hushed record featuring the 17-minute epic “Night Falls on Hoboken.”

    Björk – The Crystalline Series (Import)
    A series of imported 12-inchs featuring variations on music from Björk’s forthcoming album, Biophilia. The first in the series features mixes of the “Crystalline” and “Cosmogony” singles by Grammy Award-winning engineer Serban Ghenea; the second features remixes of “Crystalline” by British electronic musician Matthew Herbert (who previously collaborated with Björk on her 2001 album, Vespertine); the third features versions of “Crystalline,” “Tesla,” and “Mawal” by Syrian musician Omar Souleyman; the fourth features remixes of “Cosmogony” by Herbert.

    Guided by VoicesAlien Lanes (Matador)
    120-gram vinyl reissue of the lo-fi psychedelic post-punk band’s popular 1995 album.

    Shelby Lynne Just a Little Lovin’ (Lost Highway)
    On this 2008 album, country-pop artist Shelby Lynne pays tribute to one of her favorite singers Dusty Springfield by covering nine songs that Springfield made classic – including “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore” – and contributing one Springfield-inspired Lynne original. Produced by Phil Ramone, Just a Little Lovin’ is stunning in its restrained instrumentation and intimate feel.

    Meat PuppetsUp on the Sun (MVD Audio)
    Re-mastered vinyl reissue of the Meat Puppets’ more folk-rock infused 1985 album. Definitely among the country-psych-punk band’s best.

    The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandPeyton on Patton (SideOneDummy)
    Country-blues artist Reverend Peyton covers the works of one of his greatest influences and heroes, the legendary “Father of the Delta Blues” Charley Patton. Staying true to Patton’s method, Peyton recorded the entire record in one day with one microphone. He also uses the rest of the Big Damn Band sparingly with his wife, Breezy, occasionally contributing washboard percussion and vocals, and drummer Aaron Persinger hand drumming on a hundred-year-old tobacco barrel.

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