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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: Thanksgiving 2011 Edition!

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    Judging by all the exceptional reissues and collectors’ box sets out this week, the holiday season is in full force this year! And the best news is that all of these treasures are available online, so you don’t need to wrestle the Black Friday crowds to get them. Here’s to a truly happy holiday and even happier listening.

    Rolling StonesSome Girls (Republic)
    Re-mastered vinyl reissue of the Stones’ seminal 1978 album. The English rock icons’ best-selling album in the U.S., Some Girls features classics like “Beast of Burden,” “Shattered,” and “Miss You,” as well as a cover of the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).” Also available is a super deluxe edition that includes the re-mastered original album on CD, another CD of 12 unreleased songs—outtakes from 1978 that were recently completed by Jagger and crew, and a 7-inch single of the re-mastered “Beast of Burden”/”When the Whip Comes Down.”

    The WhoQuadrophenia (Geffen)
    Re-mastered double LP reissue of the British rock band’s landmark 1973 rock opera—the Who album Pete Townshend says he is the most proud of. And for the mega fan, there is also a super deluxe limited edition box set with CDs of additional demo tracks, an eight-track quadraphonic surround-sound DVD, a 100-page hardback book that provides an in-depth look at the making of the album, and one lone piece of vinyl—a 7-inch single featuring “5.15”/”Water” in a picture sleeve.

    Foo FightersFoo Fighters (1995), The Colour and the Shape (1997), There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), One By One (2002), In Your Honor (2005), Skin & Bones (2006) reissues (Sony Legacy)
    Sony Legacy reissues a huge chunk of the Foo Fighters’ back catalog, beginning with 1995’s self-titled debut (when the band was a Dave Grohl solo project) and covering everything through the band’s 2006 live acoustic album, Skin and Bones.

    NirvanaBleach (Sub Pop)
    From the Seattle indie label that initially released Nirvana’s debut album in 1989 comes this vinyl reissue. With the mission of reminding people that Nirvana had an album before their 1991 breakthrough, Nevermind, Sub Pop also stays in the spirit of Bleach‘s original $600 recording budget by presenting it here as a non-deluxe, affordably priced single LP reissue.

    Kate Bush50 Words for Snow (ANTI-)
    The new album from the British art-rock legend is subtly beautiful, peculiar, and totally alluring. Featuring Bush’s earthy voice and quiet, jazzy piano surrounded by electronic ripples and light drums, it’s not only the otherworldly soundscapes and unconventional arrangements but Bush’s restraint—a calm that lets the album’s seven expansive tracks breathe—that lends 50 Words for Snow its immersive quality. The album also features a duet with Elton John, a duet with Journeyman singer Andy Fairweather Low, actor Stephen Fry reciting Bush’s (mostly made up) 50 words for snow on the title track, and vocal contributions from Bush’s 12-year-old son, Bertie.

    Ben FoldsThe Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective (Sony Legacy)
    This retrospective anthology does exactly what it sets out to do: capture each stage of the piano-pop songwriter’s career, from his years with Ben Folds Five to his solo efforts, soundtracks, and collaborations. You will find Ben Folds’ biggest hits, deep cuts, and rarities—all re-mastered from the original tapes—as well as a brand new track from Ben Folds Five, who reunited just for this album. Double vinyl LP.

    The Decca Sound Box Set (Decca)
    From the world-renowned label that prides itself on unsurpassed audio fidelity and the ability to capture the true brilliance of a performance comes this 6xLP box set featuring six Decca Classical recordings from the ’50s to the present day. Enjoy de Falla, Rachmaninov, Respighi, Wagner, Messiaen, Beethoven, and Britten performed by some of the world’s greatest orchestras and captured on 180-gram vinyl.

    CalexicoRoad Atlas 1998-2011 Box Set (Quarter Stick)
    A complete collection of Calexico’s tour-only CDs available on vinyl for the first time ever! Includes four single LPs and four double LPs as well as a 40-page book of tour photographs and an mp3 download coupon that includes additional bonus tracks of previously unreleased recordings.

    David LynchCrazy Clown Time (Pias America)
    The proper musical debut from the surrealist filmmaker (yes, the man behind the television show Twin Peaks and such films as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive) is indeed dark, cinematic, a bit bluesy, and a bit weird. It also dabbles in dark electro-rock and features Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O on opener “Pinky’s Dream.”  Lynch, who has collaborated on the music to much of his film work, produced and wrote the album. He also performs on it, singing and playing guitar—though his vocals are often dressed up in effects as he inhabits a variety of characters. Double vinyl LP pressing.

    StyxPieces of Eight (Friday Music)
    180-gram limited edition vinyl reissue of the Chicago quintet’s classic 1978 album. Featuring the hits “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” and “Sing for the Day,” Pieces of Eight finds the band taking its prog-rock roots to the arena and cementing its status as rock superstars.

    Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Box Set (Lost Highway)
    20 of the label’s finest albums—including the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Willie Nelson’s Countryman, Hank Williams’ 20 Greatest Hits, and Lucinda Williams’ West and Blessed—all pressed on clear vinyl. Get ’em while they’re still available!

    My Morning JacketCircuital Deluxe Box Set (ATO)
    The acclaimed 2011 album from My Morning Jacket is now available in this super deluxe box set, which features a hardcover book of lyrics and photos from the recording session, two green 180-gram LPs, a 30-minute DVD documentary, and an archival-quality lithograph of a Danny Clinch photo of the band.

    The Black KeysChulahoma (Fat Possum)
    Limited-edition picture disc reissue of the Black Keys’ 2006 EP featuring six songs by Junior Kimbrough, the late Mississippi bluesman who greatly influenced the duo’s Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.

    The Head CatFool’s Paradise (Cleopatra)
    Limited-edition vinyl reissue of the 2006 album that brought together Lemmy of Motörhead, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, and guitarist extraordinaire Danny B. Harvey for a collection of covers from the likes of Buddy Holly (“Tell Me How,” “Not Fade Away”), Carl Perkins (“Matchbox”), and Johnny Cash (“Big River”).

    DeftonesWhite Pony (Maverick)
    The Deftones’ pivotal 2000 album, White Pony, is back on vinyl and available as a double vinyl LP.

    The Marshall Tucker BandGreatest Hits (Shout Factory)
    In celebration of their 40-year anniversary, the Southern rock band gives its fans the gift of its greatest hits on 180-gram vinyl. The double LP features 14 of the band’s most notable songs like “Can’t You See,” “Heard It in a Love Song,” and “Fire on the Mountain,” plus three previously unreleased live tracks.

    Ziggy MarleyWild and Free (Tuff Gong Worldwide)
    2011 project from reggae torchbearer Ziggy Marley, featuring co-production from Don Was and guest appearances by Heavy D, Woody Harrelson, and Ziggy’s son Daniel.

    The WeakerthansFallow, Left and Leaving (Epitaph)
    Reissues of the Canadian indie-rock band’s Fallow (1997) and Left And Leaving (2000).

    J. Mascis – “Circle” 7-inch (Sub Pop)
    A 7-inch single from Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis featuring his cover of Edie Brickell’s “Circle” (which has recently become a live favorite amongst his fans) paired with “I’ve Been Thinking” from the Several Shades of Why sessions, previously unreleased in the U.S.

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