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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: February 29, 2012

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    Happy Leap Day, vinyl lovers! How fitting that the vinyl releases of the week are just as extraordinary as the date itself.

    Pink FloydThe Wall (Capitol)
    The final installment in the extensive “Why Pink Floyd…?” reissue campaign is the band’s most ambitious album, The Wall, originally released in 1979. As with the other titles in the series, Capitol is offering a few deluxe reissue options including a double vinyl pressing.

    The Ventures Surfing (1963), The Ventures Play Telstar and the Lonely Bull (1963), The Ventures in Space (1964), The Fabulous Ventures (1964), Walk, Don’t Run, Vol. 2 (1964) (Sundazed Music)
    Sundazed Music has painstakingly re-mastered five albums from the great instrumental rock band’s catalog and reissued them on 180-gram colored vinyl with original replica artwork.

    Willie Nelson Live from Austin, Texas (New West Records)
    180-gram double vinyl pressing of this incredible 1990 performance at Austin City Limits, which includes a couple of duets with Shelby Lynne and fan favorites like “Always on My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” and “If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time.”

    Johnny CashLive from Austin, Texas (New West Records)
    First-time 180-gram vinyl pressing of the legend’s 1987 Austin City Limits taping. Includes classics like “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Big River,” as well as a duet with his wife June and covers of Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” Guy Clark’s “Let Him Roll,” Tom T. Hall’s “I’ll Go Somewhere and Sing My Songs Again,” and John Prine’s “Sam Stone.”

    Susan TedeschiLive from Austin, Texas (New West Records)
    Last but not least, blues singer-songwriter Susan Tedeschi also gets the 180-gram treatment for her 2003 Austin City Limits performance during which she covers the likes of Sly Stone, John Prine, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Dylan.

    Biz Markie The Biz Never Sleeps (Traffic Entertainment)
    Vinyl reissue of the famed Clown Prince of Hip-Hop’s 1989 sophomore album featuring his Top-10 hit “Just a Friend.” An old-school hip-hop classic.

    Robert Glasper ExperimentBlack Radio (Blue Note Records)
    Vinyl pressing of the new album from acclaimed jazz pianist Robert Glasper and his eclectic Experiment. They bridge the gap between R&B, hip-hop, rock, and jazz with special guests including Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, and Meshell Ndegeocello. In addition to collaborative originals, Black Radio features surprising covers of Sade’s “Cherish the Day,” David Bowie’s “Letter to Hermione,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and the standard “Afro Blue.”

    Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Jim JamesNew Multitudes (Rounder)
    A Woodie Guthrie tribute album from four alt-country torchbearers, New Multitudes commemorates the 100th anniversary of the folk legend’s birth and brings unpublished, lovelorn lyrics from his California period to life. Veering away from the theme of workers’ rights and protest songs, this material captures both the hope and loneliness of L.A.

    Hank ThompsonSongs for Rounders (Real Gone Music)
    Re-mastered 160-gram vinyl reissue of one of country music’s most essential albums, notorious cover art and all. Originally released in 1959, Songs for Rounders was a bold album for its time with its honky-tonk tales of prostitution, drinking, gambling, and drugs.

    Jozef Van Wissem and Jim JarmuschConcerning the Entrance Into Eternity (Important Records)
    This collaboration between the Dutch lutenist and American independent filmmaker/guitarist is just as extraordinary as it sounds.

    Die AntwoordTen$ion (Downtown)
    The futuristic rap-rave/performance art group from Cape Town, South Africa returned earlier this month with a new (even freakier) album, and it is now available on vinyl.

    Jean Michel JarreOxygène (1976), Équinoxe (1978), Magnetic Fields (1981), Rarities (Disques Dreyfus)
    First-ever vinyl reissues of the ambient and electronic music pioneer’s three best-selling albums as well as a rarities collection, all re-mastered from the original reels and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

    Lee Perry and the Upsetters High Plains Drifter (Pressure Sounds)
    This new compilation from the boundary-pushing reggae producer collects Jamaican singles from 1968 to 1973 and presents them here as a double vinyl LP. “Rare as they come and very funky.”

    SaxonWheels of Steel (1980), Strong Arm of the Law (1980), Denim and Leather (1981), Power & the Glory (1983), Crusader (1984), Innocence Is No Excuse (1985), Rock the Nations (1986) (Back on Black Imports)
    The UK heavy-metal label Back on Black has reissued seven titles from the legendary UK heavy-metal band on 180-gram colored vinyl.

    Andre WilliamsHoods and Shades (Bloodshot Records)
    Self-described as “the Andre Williams folk album,” Hoods and Shades was recorded in Detroit during the summer of 2010 with the R&B legend’s “Detroit Boys,” who include Grammy-winning producer Don Was on upright bass, Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, and the Dirtbombs’ Jim Diamond on electric bass. Raw and bluesy, it “plays out like an afternoon hangout among music peers” in its soul-blues, psychedelic funk, and rockabilly roots jams.

    Surfer Blood Astro Coast (Kanine Records)
    Surfer Blood’s breakout 2010 debut is now back in print on vinyl. MP3 download code includes bonus remixes from the album.

    The definitive Ventures reissues.

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