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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: January 18, 2012

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    The internet might be off today, but this week’s batch of vinyl releases is ON.

    Janis JoplinClassic LP Collection (Legacy)
    Limited edition 4xLP box set collects four of the legendary psychedelic blues singer’s most celebrated albums: Big Brother and the Holding Company (1967), Cheap Thrills (1968), I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969), and Pearl (1971). Each album has been sourced from the original masters and pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

    Bryan AdamsWaking Up the Neighbors (Audio Fidelity)
    20th Anniversary reissue of Bryan Adams’ sixth studio album. Originally released in 1991, the Robert Lange- (Def Leppard, AC/DC) produced album spent seven weeks at the top of the charts thanks to its mega-hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” and popular singles “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started,” “Do I Have to Say the Words,” “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven,” and “There Will Never Be Another Tonight.” The 75-minute double LP is presented here on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

    Sade Diamond Life (Audio Fidelity)
    180-gram vinyl reissue of Sade’s brilliant 1984 debut album. This sleek hybrid of pop, soul, and jazz features her first Top 10 hit, “Smooth Operator,” and popular singles “Your Love Is King” and “When Am I Going to Make a Living.”

    Ani DiFrancoWhich Side Are You On (Righteous Babe)
    New double LP from the fearless ‘90s female icon. As indicated by its title track – the famed protest anthem popularized by Pete Seeger nearly 50 years ago and drastically re-imagined here by DiFranco (and featuring the activist folk singer himself on banjo and vocals) – the album speaks to the current political climate, as well as the personal.

    Kings of Leon The Early Vinyl Box Set (Song Legacy)
    This deluxe 7xLP box set features re-mastered double 180-gram vinyl pressings of the Southern garage rockers’ first three albums – Youth & Young Manhood (2003), Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004), Because of the Times (2007) – and a fourth LP of unreleased studio and live tracks from the period surrounding these albums picked by the band themselves. Packaged in a numbered lift-off box.

    Taj MahalRecycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff (Original Recordings Group)
    45rpm 180-gram pressing of this 1972 double LP from the acoustic blues revivalist. It’s divided between studio tracks featuring back-up vocals from the Pointer Sisters and live tracks recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and showcases Mahal’s knack for mixing blues with bluegrass, Caribbean, and Hawaiian styles.

    Guided by VoicesLet’s Go Eat the Factory, “Chocolate Boy” 7-inch single (Guided by Voices)
    GBV’s classic line-up (Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos, and Kevin Fennell) follows up its successful reunion tour with this new album. The lo-fi indie rock aesthetic of their classic albums Bee Thousand (1994) and Alien Lanes (1995) can be felt here in Let’s Go Eat the Factory’s minute-long pop blasts, which were recorded in living rooms, basements, and garages. Standouts include “Chocolate Boy,” also released as a limited-edition 7-inch; “We Won’t Apologize for the Human Race,” which Sprout describes as “Peter Gabriel singing ‘I Am the Walrus’”; and “Doughnut for a Snowman,” which Pollard calls “the goofiest, twinkliest song I’ve ever written.”

    Junior KimbroughYou Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough (Fat Possum)
    This career-spanning compilation is a great way to discover the king of Mississippi hill-country blues. It includes everything from his first recording – an impromptu-sounding “Release Me” played with rockabilly cult figure Charlie Feathers – to the most celebrated songs from his critically acclaimed ’90s albums including “All Night Long,” “You Better Run,” and “Meet Me in the City.” Praised by everyone from Iggy Pop, with whom he once toured, to the Black Keys, who released an album of  Junior Kimbrough covers (Chulahoma), Kimbrough’s modal, hypnotic blues have been incredibly influential.

    Hawkwind Leave No Star Unturned: Cambridge January 1972 (Dirtier Promotions)
    Double LP pressing of the science-fiction-laced hard-rock band’s 1972 performance. Recorded in remarkably high quality, the performance features the band’s classic line-up of Dave Brock, Nik Turner, Lemmy, and Robert Calvert, and finds the band hitting its prime.

    PeachesThe Teaches of Peaches (XL Recordings)
    Peaches’ seminal debut album is on vinyl for the first time! Originally released in 2000 by Berlin’s Kitty-Yo label, The Teaches of Peaches features Feist on vocals and explodes with Peaches’ lewd electro-clash doctrine.

    Deerhoof and David BazanDeerBazan 7-inch (Polyvinyl)
    The latest in a series of collaborative 7-inchs pairing the quirky indie-rock band Deerhoof with different guest vocalists is DeerBazan featuring David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headpones). On Side A, the Deerhoof instrumental “No One Asked to Dance” from the group’s 2011 album Deerhoof vs. Evil becomes “No One Asked Bazan to Dance” with Bazan’s vocal contributions. Side B features Bazan’s re-working of the Headphones classic “Gas and Matches.”

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