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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: November 16, 2011

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    Whether you like acoustic steel-string guitar (John Fahey), heavy metal guitar (Mastodon), or an orchestra in place of guitar (Peter Gabriel), there is something for you this week. And in vinyl news, there is a new reissue label called Real Gone Music that is launching this month with 180-gram reissues from Question Mark and the Mysterians, and Impex Records is the exciting new audiophile label from the Cisco Music team. Anyway, on to the new releases:

    Peter GabrielNew Blood (Real World)
    The new album from music great Peter Gabriel is now available as a double 180-gram LP plus bonus 7-inch! After setting other people’s songs to orchestral arrangements on his 2010 LP, Scratch My Back, Peter Gabriel now re-imagines his own music in an orchestral setting. He ditches the rock instrumentation—and leaves off some of his mega-hits like “Sledgehammer,” “Shock the Monkey,” and “Games Without Frontiers”—and reconstructs carefully selected songs including “Don’t Give Up,” “Digging in the Dirt,” “San Jacinto,” “The Rhythm of the Heat,” and “In Your Eyes” with just his voice and a 46-piece orchestra. The 7-inch features his classic “Solsbury Hill” and “A Quiet Moment.”

    John FaheyThe Transcendental Waterfall: Guitar Excursions 1963-1967 (4 Men with Beards)
    6xLP box set gathering some of the most influential guitar solo recordings from one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Included are the noted fingerstyle guitarist’s albums Blind Joe Death (1959), Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes (1963), The Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites (1964), The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party (1966), The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death (1965), and Days Have Gone By (1967), all reissued on 180-gram vinyl.

    MastodonThe Hunter (Reprise)
    The new album from Atlanta’s sludge-metal monsters is now available as a deluxe double 180-gram LP. Produced by Mike Elizondo, The Hunter has earned rave reviews as the year’s best metal album. Also available on 140-gram vinyl.

    Sigur RosInni (XL Recordings)
    Anyone who has ever seen this Icelandic group live understands the otherworldly brilliance they can harness in concert. For their first live release, Sigur Ros pairs a triple 150-gram LP and 75-minute concert DVD capturing their last show before their 2008 hiatus, at the close of their world tour at London’s Alexandra Palace. The live album is comprised of the full set played in order with just one omission. A previously unreleased song called “Lúppulagid” is also included as the final non-live track on the album.

    Various ArtistsThis Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2 (Republic)
    The second Christmas collection from Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label is sure to bring plenty of warmth to the holiday season. The album features originals by Johnson, G. Love, Matt Costa, ALO, Money Mark, Zach Gill, Paula Fuga, and Neil Halstead, as well as classic Christmas songs like “Frosty the Snowman” performed by Zee Avi, “Jingle Bell Rock” performed by Rogue Wave, and a cover of the Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” by Bahamas.

    The Scorpions Comeblack (Sony Import)
    Limited double vinyl LP pressing of the new album from the German hard-rock vets. The cleverly titled Comeblack features re-recordings of Scorpions classics as well as covers of some of their favorite songs by the Beatles, the Stones, T. Rex, the Kinks, and others.

    The Dream AcademyRemembrance Days (Reprise)
    Vinyl reissue of the English pop-rock trio’s sophomore album, originally released in 1987. Features the tracks “Indian Summer,” “Power to Believe,” and a cover of “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” featuring Lindsey Buckingham.

    LowI Could Live in Hope (Plain)
    Double 180-gram vinyl reissue of the slowcore band’s magnificent 1994 debut album.

    Question Mark & the Mysterians96 Tears, Action (Real Gone Music)
    Kicking off the newly formed vinyl reissue label Real Gone Music are two reissues from the legendary Michigan garage-rock band Question Mark & the Mysterians. Both the band’s 1966 debut, featuring its biggest hit “96 Tears,” and its 1967 follow-up album, featuring the single “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” are now available on 180-gram 45rpm vinyl.

    Alkaline TrioFrom Here to Infirmary (Cobraside)
    Re-mastered 10-year anniversary reissue of the punk band’s third full-length album. Features the songs “Private Eye” and “Stupid Kid.”

    Jennifer WarnesThe Well (Impex Records)
    From Jennifer Warnes—the voice behind “Up Where We Belong” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”—is a 180-gram vinyl reissue of her 2001 album, The Well. Re-mastered at 45rpm by the new audiophile label Impex Records.

    The Impressions This Is My Country (Hi Horse Records)
    Reissue of the Chicago soul group’s 1968 album, featuring a mix of Curtis Mayfield’s socially conscious songs like the title track and “They Don’t Know” as well as his love songs.

    The Gerry Mulligan Quartet – What Is There to Say? (Original Recordings)

    180-gram vinyl pressing of this classic 1959 jazz album by baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and his famed pianoless quartet. The last album he would record with the quartet, it captures Mulligan in his prime with songs like the title track, “My Funny Valentine,” “Utter Chaos,” “Just in Time,” and “Festive Minor.”

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