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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: February 22, 2012

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    Think of every essential jazz record from 1961, and you can bet it was reissued this week on 180-gram vinyl. There is also plenty of new music to sink your record needle into including albums from two of Saturday Night Live‘s recent musical guests.

    Bill Evans TrioExplorations (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of this 1961 album by the original Bill Evans Trio featuring the legendary jazz pianist, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. A riveting album, Explorations is said to have established a new standard for trio interaction.

    Duke Ellington Meets Count Basie Battle Royal (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of this 1961 album documenting the first (and sole) time these two jazz legends crossed paths in the recording studio.

    Louis Armstrong & Duke EllingtonThe Great Summit (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of the legendary 1961 album that brings together these two influential jazz giants for the first and only time. Features Armstrong and his All Stars playing a selection of Ellington’s best compositions with Ellington sitting in on piano.

    Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Vol. 1 (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of this 1961 live set from Eric Dolphy and his legendary quintet featuring trumpeter Booker Little. Documenting one night of their two-week residency at the Five Spot Cafe in New York City, the album reveals the innovation that made this combo so esteemed in the progressive post-bop world. As a bonus, this reissue includes Dolphy’s first version of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”

    The Montgomery BrothersGroove Yard (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of this 1961 album from one of the best sibling-based groups in jazz: guitarist Wes, pianist Buddy, and bassist Monk. Highlights include their covers of Carl Perkins’ “Groove Yard” and Harold Land’s “Delirium.”

    Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Wax Time Import)
    Limited 180-gram vinyl pressing of the chart-topping soundtrack to the 1961 motion picture. Relive the many adventures of Miss Holly Golightly and enjoy Mancini’s timeless “Moon River.”

    Charles Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus (Wax Time Import)
    The one exception to this week’s 1961 theme is Charles Mingus’ 1956 breakthrough as a leader. Overflowing with imagination, Pithecanthropus Erectus broke conventions as well as new ground in jazz, and it established Mingus as an adventurous modernist. 180-gram vinyl reissue.

    Django ReinhardtSwingin’ with Django, Are You in the Mood?, Rhythm Futur, Swing de Paris (Monk)
    Enjoy the virtuoso jazz guitarist and gypsy jazz pioneer on vinyl with these four compilations from Monk Records.

    Phoebe SnowPhoebe Snow (Friday Music)
    180-gram audiophile vinyl reissue of Phoebe Snow’s acclaimed 1974 debut album featuring the hit “Poetry Man.”

    Sleigh BellsReign of Terror (Mom + Pop Music)
    You may have just caught this Brooklyn “shred-pop” duo on SNL over Presidents Day Weekend, and now you can listen to their new album on vinyl!

    Lana Del Rey – Born to Die (Interscope)
    Even if you didn’t see Lana Del Rey on SNL, chances are you heard about her performance. Say what you will, but there’s something in the laconic pop of “Video Games” that makes me think it will translate far better on vinyl.

    Cursive I Am Gemini (Saddle Creek)
    The latest from the Omaha rockers is a concept album that tells the tale of two estranged twins, Cassius and Pollock, and it’s being called Cursive’s musically heaviest album in years.

    Archers of LoafVee Vee (Merge Records)
    Limited-edition vinyl reissue of the college rock heroes’ acclaimed sophomore album, originally released in 1995. Re-mastered and pressed on mossy-green vinyl, it includes a download coupon of the album plus 16 bonus tracks.

    Jim WhiteWhere It Hits You (Yep Roc Records)
    This lo-fi Americana pioneer is back with a new double LP. And in the hellish turmoil and heartbreak of his wife leaving him during the making of Where It Hits You, White produced a harrowing masterpiece and some of his finest songwriting to date.

    Josh Ritter Bringing in the Darlings (Pytheas Recordings)
    The new 10-inch EP from the esteemed singer-songwriter was inspired by Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, and the Everly Brothers and recorded with simplicity in mind.

    Damien JuradoMaraqopa (Secretly Canadian)
    The new album from “Seattle’s folk-boom godfather” is, as promised, unlike anything you’ve heard from Damien Jurado before. The difference? The touch of producer Richard Swift – be it a bossa-nova groove here or some Spector-esque psychedelia there – which really takes Jurado’s weary acoustic guitar to the next level.

    Tindersticks The Something Rain (Constellation)
    This Nottingham band is back with a new album and the longest song of its two-decade career in the album’s spoken-word opener, “Chocolate.” Already garnering a great deal of critical praise, The Something Rain was described by Simon Price of the UK’s Independent as “nine pieces of beautiful bossa-nova noir, daydreamy reverie, and existential easy listening.” 180-gram pressing.

    Arctic Monkeys – “Black Treacle” / “You and I” 7-inch (Domino)
    The fourth single from the Arctic Monkeys’ critically acclaimed fourth album, Suck It and See, paired with new B-side “You and I” featuring vocals from Richard Hawley.

    TortoiseStandard (Thrill Jockey)
    Vinyl reissue of the 2001 album by the post-rock band. Pressed on high-quality virgin vinyl, it features the original artwork-lined inner sleeve and custom silk-screened outer bag.

    Speech DebelleFreedom of Speech (Big Dada Records)
    The powerful follow-up to the South London rapper’s Mercury Prize winning debut, Speech Therapy. Double vinyl pressing.

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