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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: March 28, 2012

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    This week’s vinyl reissues will transport you to another time and place – be it San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury in the late ‘60s, Andy Warhol’s New York in the early ’70s, or Clint Eastwood’s country music adventures post-Rawhide. One thing that these releases all have in common, though, is that they are way too big for an iPod.

    Jefferson Airplane Crown of Creation, Volunteers (Sundazed)
    Vinyl reissues of the psychedelic-rock pioneers’ 1968 album, Crown of Creation, which found them adopting a heavier sound, and its landmark 1969 follow-up, Volunteers, the San Francisco band’s most political album. Both essential Airplane, both re-mastered from the original masters and featuring original replica album artwork.

    Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin – Live at the Carousel Ballroom, 1968 (Sony Legacy)
    In that same spirit is this double LP from Big Brother and the Holding Company. Recorded live at San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom in the summer of ‘68, it features Janis Joplin as well as the visionary sound engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley. This recording comes courtesy of his Sonic Journals and features such classics as “Ball and Chain,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Summertime.” Push your speakers together (per Bear’s recommendation), close your eyes, and enjoy one of the best live albums from the era.

    Clint Eastwood – Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites (Real Gone Music)
    Fresh off his run on the TV series Rawhide, Clint Eastwood – still an up-and-comer at the time – recorded a collection of country classics on this 1963 album. This marks its first-ever vinyl reissue and is presented on 180-gram wax.

    Moe TuckerI Feel So Far Away Anthology 1974-1998 (Sundazed)
    3xLP anthology from the driving force behind the Velvet Underground, drummer Maureen “Moe” Tucker. Known for her unconventional set-up (no cymbals, no stool, just toms, a snare, and an upturned bass drum all played with mallets rather than drumsticks), her primal rhythms and lean, direct style stood in stark contrast to the lengthy, tripped-out drum solos of the era and helped define VU’s sound. This first-ever career anthology shines a light on her obscure solo work as a multi-instrumentalist in the decades that followed. It includes her collaborations with members of Sonic Youth, Violent Femmes, Half Japanese, and VU, as well as her own reinterpretations of seminal VU tracks like “Heroin,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” and “I’m Sticking with You” featuring Jonathan Richman.

    UFO Seven Deadly (Steamhammer/SPV)
    A brand new album from the veteran British hard-rock band! In fact, Seven Deadly marks their 21st studio album. Double vinyl pressing plus two bonus tracks.

    Flying ColorsFlying Colors (Mascot)
    The debut self-titled album from the new rock supergroup of drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple), bassist Dave LaRue, keyboardist Neal Morse, and vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev). Portnoy commented that “the diversity element is pretty crazy” referencing the album’s sonic nods to everyone from the Beatles and Queen to Radiohead and the Foo Fighters.

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